Heavy opposition was displayed by the public toward a planned subdivision in the southern part of Rockwall County at the regular meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday morning.

A discussion item was held regarding the proposed Poetry Estates subdivision at the meeting. Only a preliminary plat has been completed for the land, and final construction plans have yet to be completed. But several nearby residents came to voice their displeasure with what they have seen and heard about the project.

The planned subdivision would be broken up into quarter-acre lots, and there would be a septic treatment facility on-site. This contradicts earlier reports that the lots would be one acre with their own septic facilities.

Residents asked the commissioners to “do their due diligence” to stop the development as it stands now, with multiple residents believing it is sure to fail. Commissioner Dennis Bailey was sympathetic to the resident’s concerns.

“I am not in favor of this development as it has been presented,” Bailey said.

But he did add that the developers had property rights that should be honored by the court if all laws are followed as well. No action was taken at Tuesday’s meeting.

The county was awarded a certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the fifth year in a row. The award was given for the work done on the comprehensive budget provided for the fiscal year ending in 2018.

Commissioners passed a measure to move several handicap parking spaces at the Rockwall County Courthouse to another end of the building. The spaces were located near the gates for the sally port entrance at the back side of the building, and parked cars were obstructing the view of police vehicles and other county personnel attempting to enter and leave the area. A motion was passed to move four handicapped parking spots to another area of the site and to add two speed bumps to the parking lot.

Also approved unanimously by the court:

— Approved a request from Mike Buchanan, VA Veteran Outreach Specialist, to host VA related Town Hall Meetings at the County Library on a monthly basis.

[ITALICS] The following items were approved after Commissioner David Magness left the meeting.

• Approved the modified Employee Comprehensive Health Care Plan document effective January 1, 2020.

• Approved membership for 2020 with the National Association of Counties at a fee of $821.

• Approved the Rockwall Urgent Care pricing agreement for 2020 to continue providing follow-up testing for employer-paid services.

• Approving the use of the facilities improvement fund in the amount of $10,450 to repair a forming sinkhole at the dumpster area of the County Services building.

• Approved the use of the election services contract fund for updates to the elections office webpage by Scytl at a quoted cost of $4,093.00.

Tuesday’s meeting was the final scheduled meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court for the 2019 calendar year. The court will meet again on Jan. 14. All meetings are held at 9 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse, located at 101 East Rusk Street in Rockwall.

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