County talks grants, agreements, High Speed Rail

Commissioner's signed a resolution against the High Speed Rail, something many other counties are reportedly also doing, at the court's Feb. 28 meeting. The resolution shows Freestone County's “intent to decline to discontinue, abandon, close, vacate, or alter a county road in connection with the proposed High Speed Rail Project.”

“All along they have told us they would not disturb any of our county roads,” said County Judge Linda Grant. “That's questionable to me. They are trying to say that they have eminent domain and what that would mean to us has yet to be defined.”

According to the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the proposed route shows there will be at least eight country roads – state, farm to market, and private roads – in the rail's traveling area.


Officials plan, assess area needs at HOTCOG meeting

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About 50 area officials learned planning techniques to assist the community in the event a tornado or other storm hit Fairfield. In this photo, Boyce Wilson (standing) discusses various options with County Judge Linda Grant and Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.
Photo by April Walker

Various area officials met last week in a HOTCOG-sponsored emergency management meeting to discuss the possibility of a storm decimating the town. Scenarios were given and groups of local officials -- from police chiefs to firemen to medical personnel -- planned the first step to make in the wake of the storm.

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