Following an executive session at last week’s commissioners court meeting, a motion was made and seconded to reject all applications for the position of county fire marshal.
“We have no qualified applicants for the position,” said County Judge David Nicklas.
Applications will continue to be received until Friday, July 11.
In another matter, commissioners voted to agree to purchase the land at Possum Kingdom Lake that is the location of the sheriff’s office substation, Park Road 36 at La Villa Road.
“We got a letter from Patterson PK Land Partnership on the second divestiture,” Nicklas explained.
In that letter, which was a survey, not an offer to sell, the land, valued at $23,500 would be sold to the county at 90 percent of the appraised value. If a response was returned to the partnership within 10 days of receipt, an additional 5 percent discount would be given.
“When the lake is like it normally is, we have to have it,” said Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Sudderth.
In other actions:
• The court approved the continuation of an interlocal agreement with Graford for street repairs.
“Every year they ask us to do some patching for them, they reimburse us for the oil,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Louis Ragle.
• Increased and streamlined the amount of reimbursement for overnight lodging for trips to conferences, training and other events attended by county employees.


Several rates were consolidated into two — $200 per night for one person in  a room, $225 per night for two.
• Accepted a bid of $4,125 for an excess election department box trailer.
• Received information that new county maps are available at Maps are available to view, save or print, according to the use agreement. Maps are also available for purchase. Click on 911 coordinator from the county’s home page.