The Erath County Commissioners Court met Monday morning and among the agenda items they approved was the re-appointment of David Leatherwood as the Erath County Director for the Cen-Tex Rural Rail Transportation District. Leatherwood’s new term is for 2017-2018.

Cen-Tex serves the following counties in Central Texas, overseeing all rural rail operations:

• Brown County

• Comanche County

• Erath County

• Hood County

• Johnson County

In addition during the Court’s session, a preliminary meeting was held with local real-estate developer Trent Gay for a proposed 11-lot development on Hwy 205 about a mile past Rocky Point Church.

This was an initial, non-binding meeting to hear Gay’s plan for a development to be called Crockett Creek, as Judge Tab Thompson said: “This is just an informal meeting so we can hear what Trent has in mind and see how we can help him move forward.”

Gay explained, “My plans are for Crockett Creek to consist of seven ten-acre lots and four five-acre lots, and plans are for single family homes in the 1,800 square foot range.”

The Commissioner’s gave him the go-ahead to proceed with having a preliminary plat drawn up that will be presented for formal approval at a later session of the Court.

The Court also approved per diem payment in advance for Michael Donnely of the Erath County Sheriff’s Department to cover his travel and other expenses while he attends a three-week drug-dog training course in Somerset, Texas.

“Michael Donnely’s ex-military and he’s the man we want on this job. He hasn’t picked up the dog yet, but he will be doing so soon," Chief Deputy Jason Upshaw addressed the Court. "We’re asking for $36 per day for 21 days to cover his expenses during that training.”

Other items on the agenda included:

• Consideration of approval of the final plat for cottages at Rough Creek, which was tabled until next month,

• The County Jail Health plan, which was approved,

• Approval of an additional penalty of up to 20 percent for collection of delinquent property taxes,

• Approval of a contract with MVBA law firm for collection of delinquent taxes.

The next scheduled meeting of the Erath County Commissioners Court will be held in the upstairs courtroom of the Erath County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 and is open to the public.