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By Don Thompson
BENJAMIN – Knox County Commissioners met last Monday to tackle a demanding agenda.
Commissioners reviewed two trust property bids, accepting one and denying the other because it did not meet the minimum bid.
The extension office reported it needs new pens and is seeking help with funding. The commissioners agreed to pay 50% of the cost. The extension office will be holding fundraisers and asking the city EDC boards and others for donations.
Redistricting the precincts was approved and will be done by Allison, Bass & Magee of Austin. Redistricting will affect future elections.
American Rescue Act funds will be used to pay for the move of the 911 office to Benjamin. The commissioners are considering using the funds to hire another deputy.
The 911 office reported an increase in calls in Sept.
Sheriff Hunter Embessi stated his office also had an increase in calls for Sept., so he is working to set up a program to motivate youth from ages 11 to 17, to help them with truancy and other issues.
The Knox County Appraisal District has collected 98.8% of the ad valorem taxes levied for 2021.
Road and Bridges Manager Brady Hansen reported that due to the dry weather in Sept., they were not able to complete grading on the roads. Several culverts and bridges need repairs and will be worked on as soon as possible. The department is buying two new diesel trucks and will add a new water truck.