Smith County Commissioners decide plans for local Adoption Day, future temporary closure of FM 849

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:38 - Written by AUGUSTA ROBINSON,

Smith County National Adoption Day will take place Nov. 17 at Green Acres Baptist Church.

The Smith County Commissioners Court finalized details about this year’s event during the court’s Tuesday meeting.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Planned adoption fairs, ceremonies and other related events are planned throughout the state.

The Smith County Young Lawyers Association is helping organize Smith County National Adoption Day.

“It’s a really wonderful time for families that are newly formed,” Smith County judge Nathaniel Moran said. “We wish that organization the best for that event and also the best for those families that are joining together to be forever families.”

In other business, commissioners approved a proposal from Trane for a chiller replacement at the Smith County Courthouse and Jail.

The county said Trane offered the lowest overall bid for the project at $186,040.37. Moran said the project is in accordance with the county’s five-year capitol improvement plan.

Officials said Trane is prepared to start on the project immediately.

Commissioners also approved a measure to temporarily allow the Texas Department of Transportation to close Farm-to-Market Road 849 at its crossing with Interstate 20. 

The closure would be done during the replacement of a bridge structure. FM 849 is located near the Hideaway community. The date of the closure in not yet known, but commissioners said it would be announced at a later date.

Funds for the replacement project would not come from the county.

“There is no cost or detriment to the county except of inconvenience at that time during construction,” county engineer Frank Davis said. 

County officials said TxDOT wanted to get clearance from the county to close the road in order to prepare plans for the project when funds become available. The  project is in Precincts 3 and 4.

The closure is expected to take about nine months and TxDOT will provide detours on adjacent highways.