State official contacts judge after Luminant announcement
Titus County Judge Brian Lee said during Monday’s meeting of the commissioners court that a high ranking member of state government had contacted him after hearing of Luminant’s plans to close its Monticello facility.
Luminant announced earlier this month that the Titus County plant will be taken offline in January, a move that will impact approximately 200 employees.
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos called Lee on Thursday and expressed support in the wake of the Luminant announcement — as well as a desire to come here and discuss economic development with local interested parties, Lee said.
“One of his real passions is economic development,” Lee said. “He called us to say that he’s certainly aware of the closing … he wanted to schedule a date in the near future to come to Titus County to talk to anyone interested about economic development.
“He wanted to assure us that he has got Titus County on his mind, and if there is anything he can do in the way of suggesting that anyone interested — in the circles that he runs in — that they might consider looking at Northeast Texas.”
Lee expressed a desire to facilitate a visit to the area by Pablos.
Luminant is a subsidiary of Vista Energy. In early October Curt Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Vista, said closing the Monticello plant was, “a difficult decision made after a year of careful analysis.”
In other action Monday, the court:
• Approved renaming a two-mile stretch of FM 4000 the Titus County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. The suggestion was made by an informal group of local people interested in veterans issues. One of them, Bo Rester, discussed the idea with commissioners during their last meeting two weeks ago.
• Heard a report from Road Engineer Roger Ledbetter.
• Approved two 40 MPH speed limit signs for CR 4875, from CR 4960 to CR 4893. Residents there have complained about motorists going too fast in the area. Where speed limits aren’t posted, as they haven’t been here, the county’s “assumed” speed limit is 60 MPH.
• Tabled a vote on acquiring “Mitchell 1” software for the mechanics’ shop. The software, which costs $4,368, would help track vehicle and equipment maintenance and repairs.
• Heard a presentation from Todd Kisel, a risk management consultant with the Texas Association of Counties, on safety equipment used by the road and bridge department. The commissioners gathered for a photo after the meeting holding pieces of the equipment Kisel discussed.
• Voted to stick with the county’s current cafeteria plan provider, Colonial.
• Approved county holidays and the court’s schedule for 2018.