Rusk County Commissioners tabled the construction of small coverings for the benches in front of the jail. 

Rusk County Jail Administrator Cassandra Shaw told commissioners that the coverings would be small and most likely made out of wood to keep costs down. 

“These benches are used by many handicapped or elderly people when needing to go to the courthouse or jail,” said Shaw. “A lot of people are dropped off here and wait while someone parks the car so we would just like a shelving over the benches to protect people from weather.” 

Shaw added that the coverings will cost less than $500. 

County Judge Joel Hale and commissioners were on board with the bench coverings, but asked to see a design before moving forward. 

“I don’t have a problem with the structure, but if we have a modern looking building I think metal would look better,” Hale said. 

Commissioners will revisit the item during its next meeting. 

In other business, commissioners: 

APPROVED unclaimed property capital credits for counties; 

APPROVED Dave Powell to the Rusk County Rural Railroad District Board; 

APPROVED for Pct. 2 Commissioner Robert Kuykendall to go off right-of-way on County Road 211D onto private property to work on drainage issue;

APPROVED for Pct. 2 Commissioner to post speed limit at 25 mph on County Road 2116D; 

APPROVED the order to close a 900 foot portion of County Road 3184D.

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