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Commissioners approve overpass at Cargill

The Parmer County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the County Courtroom of the Parmer County Courthouse in Farwell, Texas. The meeting began with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and Texas Flag.

All commissioners were present. Guests who attended the meeting included: Katie Smith, Cargill Government Affairs; Casey Conrad, Cargill plant manager, Nik Baucom, City of Friona EMS Director, Kylan Francis, TXDOT, and Steve Perez, TXDOT Area Engineer. Steve is finishing his 40th year with TXDOT. Katie Smith, Casey Conrad, & Nic Baucom spoke in favor of the proposed bridge project during the open forum portion of the meeting.

Commissioners discussed the proposed overpass at the Cargill plant outside of Friona. After deliberation, the Court voted 4-1 to approve the project. Voting "yes" were Judge Trey Ellis, Precinct 1 Commissioner Kirk Frye, Precinct 3 Commissioner Kenny White, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Casey Russell. Voting "no" was Precinct 2 Commissioner Charles Wilkins. Cargill and TXDOT will each pay half of the $21 million dollar project. Cargill will also reimburse Parmer County for $75,600 which is the county's portion of the expenses incurred to update the right-of-ways for the project.

Minutes from the October 13th meeting were read and approved. Commissioners approved the payment of the accounts payables as presented by County Treasurer Sharon May. The Treasurer's Report and Quarterly Report were also approved. Also approved was the Net Data Hosting & Service Level Agreement, and the District Attorney Forteiture Report. Commissioners approved Contingency Fund Transfers which included $50,000 to each of the four precincts and $70,000 to the General Fund.

Sheriff Randy Geries reported that there were currently 23 inmates in the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Geries also informed the Court that a new screening device that detects the presence of metals also functions as a temperature tester. This dual function makes it ideal for the jail and for screening participants taking part in proceedings in the courthouse. Commissioners approved the purchase of two devices at $9,500 each. Grant money will be used to reimburse the county.

The next scheduled meeting is Monday, November 9th.

All meetings are open to the public. The Commissioner's Court reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time. The agenda may be found on the Parmer County website. Information in this article is only a summary. Any questions concerning specific actions should be directed to the Commissioners Court.


Town Talk

The Friona Band Boosters would like to thank everyone who stopped by and bought a brisket sandwich last week. The turnout was great, and we appreciate all the support. We also want to thank the Friona Vocational Agriculture Association for cooking the delicious brisket, Lowe's for donating the hamburger buns, and First National Bank of Hereford for donating the water.


The FHS Band will compete in the UIL Region 1 Marching Contest this Saturday, October 31st, The band is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo, Texas.


This year's "Trunk or Treat" event hosted by the Parmer County Sheriff's Office will take place on Halloween from 7:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. in the Parmer Medical Center's parking lot. There will be a "Best COVID-19 Mask" contest, a helicopter landing, and other events. Safety measures will be implemented to help keep everyone safe. Go to the Parmer County Sheriff's Facebook page for more information.


Prairie Acres & Friona Heritage Estates will be handing out candy on the lawn beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween day.


Parents are encouraged not to take kids door-to-door this year to gather Halloween treats because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Your welcome! Put a story about La Niña and the drought on the front page of the paper and boom!, a snowstorm. It was great to finally get some moisture.


Quite a few connections between Friona and Canadian and last week's footbal game. Hayden Merket is the offensive coordinator and Jeff Isom is an assistant coach at Canadian. They are former Friona residents and coaches at FHS. Reagan Cochran caught two touchdown passes for Canadian. He is the son of Shannon & Vickie Cochran. Shannon is a FHS graduate and Vickie is a former Friona coach. Good luck in the playoffs!!!


"Frio" the Longhorn has been in the ACME Body Shop in Amarillo the past few months undergoing needed repairs. You can see some of the work done on the horns in these before and after photos. "Frio" should be returning in a few weeks and there will be a "Welcome Home" event at the park.


Cross Country - Adrian Legarreta, Dieter Ally, and Yvonne Legarreta are advancing to Regionals! The Regional Meet will be held on Monday, November 9th at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, Texas. The start times are 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for the events. The boys team finished in 3rd place in district and would normally go to the Regional Meet but because of the COVID-19 pandemic only the top two teams are going this year.

COVID-19 Resources:

Health Protocols for Voters and Elections (English)

County Disaster Declaration (English)

March 16 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

March 31 FISD Letter (English) (Spanish)

Letter from City Manager (English) (Spanish)

Friona Community Helpline (English)

2-1-1 Texas Social Services Hotline (English)

Share The Facts about COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)

What You Need To Know (English) (Spanish)

What To Do If You Are Sick (English) (Spanish)

County Clerk PSA (English)

Chamber of Commerce Letter to Businesses (English)

FISD Emergency Resolution (English)

Covid Risk Chart (English)