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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 8:46 am         


In a step to start addressing the county’s aging copier resource, the Harrison County Commissioners Court will consider purchasing a new copier for 71st District Judge Brad Morin in order to meet the demands of the high volume of copies made through his office.


The item is one of the main requests the judge made to commissioners during a budget workshop hearing conducted by the court in May.


“The copier in my office has over 300,000 copies that have gone through it. We could stand a new copier. We’re on the last legs on the one that we have right now,” Morin told the commissioners court then.

He said his office tried to swap out the copier with Justice of the Peace Judge Kent Alford’s old copier, but the copier was already worn after producing about 100,000 copies. He also conferred with Information Director Charles Nenninger about the possibility of leasing one.

Commissioner William Hatfield said he’s seen the copy quality that comes from the copier in Judge Morin’s office and agrees it needs to be replaced.

“We do need to address it,” he said at the budget hearing.

Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor said the county’s copier fleet is 10 to 12 years old, and they will have to start looking at investing in new integrated machines in the future.

“I have suggested that we will see more and more of that over the next 24 months because of the age of our copiers,” said Taylor. “(With) the integration of the scanning, your fax, your printer and everything being one (machine), maybe we’ll save some money on the other items; maybe we won’t have to (purchase) a printer next year, things of that nature, with integrated machines.”

“We should be able to network everything through these big machines in the future, for the larger volume offices,” said Taylor.

If approved, the purchase will be paid from the district court’s technology fund.

In other business, the court will consider to approve specifications for a bid on a travel mixer for the road and bridge department. The court will also consider approving the annual interlocal road maintenance agreement between the county and the city of Marshall.

Also on the agenda is action regarding the approval of the county DRS Project Completion Report.

Department heads including the sheriff, auditor, human resources director, county engineer and information technology director will also give their bi-weekly reports.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 4:00 am         


Copies from the 71st judicial district judge’s office will look more polished now as the Harrison County Commissioners Court approved on Monday spending about $2,600 for a new copier.


“The entire copier fleet is aging,” said Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor, noting this wasn’t the first time a copier has had to be replaced in one of the county’s departments.

“I expect several more will need replacing in the near future,” he said.

The item, an integrated copier with scanner and faxing abilities, will be purchased out of the district court technology fund in the 2013 budget.

“The district court technology fund was established by the Texas Legislature September 1, 2009, and authorized as a collection of a four dollar court cost to be charged when a suit is filed in the district or county courts,” said Taylor.


He said the $4 fees are accumulated in the technology fund to benefit the county court, statutory county court or district county judges and clerk offices regarding technology enhancements for the court, including the ability to buy imaging systems.


“We budgeted out of that fund, an (amount) up to $4,286 in the fiscal year to spend,” said Taylor. “We will (contribute) $2,600 of that for the purchase of a new copier for the district court office.”


The new copier was requested by 71st District Judge Brad Morin in May during a budget workshop hearing with the commissioners court.

In other business Monday, the commissioners court approved the annual interlocal agreement with the city of Marshall for road maintenance work.

“We provide an in-kind payment of $16,800 to the city of Marshall in road work,” said Judge Taylor.


Through the interlocal agreement, the county will do repairs on Buck Sherrod Road for the city, starting at Victory Drive running south, 1.2 miles.


“Harrison County will do the work for the city,” said Taylor. “All the expenses over that amount will be reimbursed (by the city) to the county’s road and bridge maintenance fund.”


The court also approved specifications for a bid for a travel mixer to be used by the road and bridge department.


Also approved was the Harrison County disaster recovery grant project completion report. Through the grant, several emergency generators were purchased for water supply corporations to use in the event of outages.

Funding for the generator was through the Texas Department of Rural Affairs grant for disaster recovery and restoration of infrastructure in communities affected by the 2008 hurricanes, Paul Fortune, president of the Karnack Water System, explained before.

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