Commissioners approve new extension agent

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Wood County Commissioners approved an Oklahoma native to replace Clint Perkins as the new Wood County extension agent based in Quitman.

Perkins left Wood County last year for the position of extension agent in Smith County.

Shaniqua Davis was introduced at Friday morning’s meeting by Texas A&M District Extension Administrator Shelia Harris. “Shaniqua earned a master of international agriculture and a bachelor of animal science from Oklahoma State University. Her course work focused on beef cattle production, animal nutrition and soil and plant science,” Harris noted. “Currently she is serving as the county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Upshur County.”

Davis also did an internship in a small village in Guatemala that included teaching the women of the village how to grow container gardens. She has been in Upshur County for over three years. Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Davis.

In another matter, commissioners approved a proclamation for April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation noted there were 63,657 cases of child abuse and neglect confirmed in Texas last year. It further stated child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on the involvement of everyone.

In other action, commissioners approved consolidating polling locations for the May 22 primary runoff election. Precincts 3-1, 1-1, 4-1 and 4-4 will vote at the Carroll Green Civic Center in Quitman. Precincts 1-4 and 1-3 will vote at Alba Community Center and Precincts 2-1, 2-2 and 2-3 will vote at the First United Methodist Ministries Center in Mineola.

In personnel matters, Theresa Margos transferred from her job as chief deputy district clerk at $19.64 per hour to Pct. 3 Road Tech at $18.93 per hour. Alicia Blalock was hired as full-time deputy district clerk at $17.12 per hour. In the Tax Office, Ashley Alexander was given a raise from $10 per hour to $12 per hour. Rita Taylor resigned her part-time position in the Tax Office and Tanner Booth resigned from his jailer position with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

In other matters, commissioners approved:

• A tax abatement with Jamie Wyatt in the Quitman city reinvestment zone for property at 107 and 113 Lipscomb Street on the north side of the square;

• Interlocal agreements with the City of Quitman, Quitman ISD, Mineola ISD and the City of Winnsboro for the May 5 local elections;

• Payroll of $331,385 and accounts payable of $288,561;

• A contract with Auctioneer Express.com for services for surplus items the remainder of 2018.

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