McCulloch Commissioners Get Update On Status Of Rochelle Street Closure Notifications


McCulloch County Commissioners began their Monday session with a review of the status of notifications to local utilities — Rochelle Water Supply, AEP and Central Texas Telephone Cooperative — of the possible altering of Grace Avenue between East 5th and 6th Streets in Rochelle.

Commissioner Don Bratton started the review with an apology to the Commission for not getting the notification to Central Texas Telephone sooner.  Commissioner Bratton said he failed to realize that CTTC also had fiber optic lines in Rochelle, and, as a result, he had not gotten the notice to them until June 20th.  Since the Commission must notify any affected utilities 30 days before making a final decision on closing the street, the Court set July 24th as the date when they will again consider the issue.

Commissioners also discussed a request for permission to use the old County jail for a video session. According to Laura Lewis who addressed the Commission on the request, the project is a music video for which the music has been produced and the screenplay has been finalized.  The project is described as a 10-song choral cycle that tell an emotional and spiritual journey from bitterness to forgiveness and freedom.  It was during the discussion that Mrs. Lewis realized that the jail she was interested in using in the video was the red-brick jail building that houses the McCulloch County Museum — not the jail previously used by the County.

Other items on the Commissioners’ agenda included approving two budget amendments for Precinct 4 and approving the County Treasurer’s reports for the past two fiscal years.

The Commissioners also approved the individual elements of the County employee insurance program for 2023-2024.