Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Commissioners approved a variance request by Thomas Vaughn at 10105 Buffalo Way in Forney. Vaughn built a small mother-in-laws house on his one acre of land which was assumed to be in the City of Forney.  The home sits in the Mesquite ETJ which has jurisdiction over permitting and platting but the hired contractors went to the City of Forney and were not told of the county’s ordinance  which states only one home allowed per septic tank per acre. 

Since the home cannot be moved nor can the amount of acreage be increased, commissioners agreed to the variance.

Commissioners also agreed to absorb the one percent price hike handed down by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) in employee health benefits. This means employees will not see an increase in their medical insurance benefits.

In other news, commissioners:

• approved the purchase of a KOMATSU GD655-6 Motor Grader in the amount of $211,123 from Kirby-Smith Machinery and trading in another piece of equipment

• tabled a discussion for adopting the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 252, Subchapter C

• approved the purchase of a Hino268A Dump Truck in the amount of $84,191.85 from Rush Truck Center

• approved the Development Services Quarterly Report for April through June and the Fire Marshal’s Monthly Activity Report. Marshal’s report showed the average daily inmate population at 413, admissions to jail at 523, released from jail at 502 and out of county inmates housed at 97

• approved permission to solicit Request Fof Payment for County Road 4070 Bridge replacement in precinct 4 and engineering services

• approved claims for payment for $334,061.45.

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