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  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts

    How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer: Greg Brinkmeyer, P.E., Senior Training Specialist, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), […]

  • Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

    Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

    By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor All bridges, defined as bridge classified roadway structures, located on the public highways, roads and streets of the Lone Star State are required by the federal government under National Bridge Inspection Standards to be inspected by pre-qualified bridge inspectors every two years. The state […]

  • Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

    Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

    By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor A frequent problem for stream-crossing bridges is the lodging and buildup of streamflow drift against the bridge substructure interior supports and/or abutments. This drift is also referred to by some as “debris.” Either term, as used in bridge maintenance, usually describes any floating or […]

  • County Roads 101

    County Roads 101

    By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

  • County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

    County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

    County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer: Greg Brinkmeyer, P.E., Senior Training Specialist, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), […]

Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor All bridges, defined as bridge classified roadway structures, located on the public highways, roads and streets of the Lone Star State are required by the federal government under National Bridge Inspection Standards to be inspected by pre-qualified bridge inspectors every two years. The state […]

Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor A frequent problem for stream-crossing bridges is the lodging and buildup of streamflow drift against the bridge substructure interior supports and/or abutments. This drift is also referred to by some as “debris.” Either term, as used in bridge maintenance, usually describes any floating or […]

County Roads 101

County Roads 101

By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

Making History Potter County’s First Female Judge No Stranger to County Government   By Julie Anderson Editor When 18-year-old Nancy Tanner walked across the stage at Amarillo’s Caprock High, she knew exactly where she was headed. Tanner, Class of 1969, was the second of four children, and her parents could afford to send only the […]

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice Guidelines and Instructions for Clerks and Court Personnel Who Work with Self-Represented Litigants in Texas State Courts   Editor’s Note: During a recent Judicial Education Session, Ector County Judge Susan Redford recommended the following as “a great resource, not only Judges, but also court staff when faced with pro se […]

County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

County Focus: Tax Assessors

County Focus: Tax Assessors

  By Richard O. Avery, Ph.D., County Relations Officer, Texas Association of Counties   County Focus Series  Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that […]

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Initiative, Innovation Pay Off   By Julie Anderson Editor   When it comes to delinquent collections, Burnet County Judge James Oakley views the matter as one of respect. “Our taxpayers are doing their fair share of contributing,” Oakley explained. “I think it’s disrespectful to the taxpayers to allow outstanding debts to go unpaid.” When it […]