Playground equipment for Midfield, Markham OK’d

   Playground equipment for Markham and Midfield community parks – representing five months of planning - was approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, July 20.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick told the court the playground equipment was an improvement project for the communities.
   The equipment, which will cost $60,367, was purchased from Austin-based commercial playground builder T.F. Harper & Associates.
   “People in the communities are really happy and looking forward to this,” said Frick.
   Commissioners also approved covering same-sex spouses in the county’s self-funded insurance plan.
   In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriages, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Health and Employee Benefits Pool sent an election form to Matagorda County asking if its self-funded health plan will cover same-sex spouses.
   “If we don’t what will happen?” asked Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson.
   “You’re setting yourself up,” replied County Treasurer Tammy McDonald, who explained that TAC will cover same-sex spouses because of the high court’s decision.
   “This is another one of those things you don’t have much choice, since Matagorda County is issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard.
   The court approved authorized County Judge Nate McDonald to cover the spouses.
   McDonald was absent Monday and Pollard acted as judge pro-tem.
   In other action, the court: 
   n Approved supporting the Beach Road Municipal Utility District’s request for USDA funding of a vacuum sewer collection system. 
   n Heard Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Matthes said the county will cooperate with STP in an Emergency Operations Center ungraded drill Wednesday, July 22.
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