County leaders to mull grant for expansion of local broadband access/availability

by Staff reports

RUSK – Cherokee County Commissioners’ Court members will consider partnering with a local electric cooperative in pursuing grant funding that ultimately expand broadband access and availability locally.

According to meeting agenda for the court’s 9 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, July 13, a letter of intent to partner with Cherokee County Electric Cooperative will allow the county to “seek a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration” to provide service to unserved and underserved areas, with the assistance of the East Texas Council of Governments.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the court also will:

• Consider laying lines in each precinct

• Consider approval of the Sheriff’s Department monthly report

• Consider approval for Precinct 3 to assist First Baptist Church – Mixon in culvert installation

• Consider request/approval for Public Workforce grant application for the Cherokee County Public Health Department

• Consider acceptance of Bond and Road Use Agreement for County Road 4912

• Consider a request for public hearing to set speed limit to 30 mph on County Roads 4312 and 4313 in Precinct 4

• Consider acceptance of Precinct 4 to purchase a tractor with boom mower

• Consider approval of consent agenda