By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE - The Coryell County Commissioners Court agreed to begin their search for a road administrator Monday following an executive session to discuss the county engineer vacancy.

Commissioners voted to advertise a job vacancy for a road administrator in place of a county engineer, since the court received no suitable applications for the latter position.

Former county engineer Darren W. Poe announced his resignation Feb. 25 and is now the area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation's Gatesville area office.

Commissioners appointed several leaders to the Coryell County Citizens Corps, which Coryell County Judge John Firth said was in place to oversee the county's Community Emergency Response Team volunteers.

Council members are Firth, emergency management director; Fred Gray, emergency management coordinator; Billy Vaden, county fire marshal; Johnny Burks, county sheriff; and CERT volunteer Lisa Insko.

Firth urged residents to look into the disaster assistance available for small businesses in the county through the Small Business Administration. Small, non-farm businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA for economic losses caused by the drought that occurred from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2010.

Other action taken by the court:

Firth was appointed a board member to the Central Texas Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.

The speed limit on Harman Road was set at 55 miles per hour for seven-tenths of a mile, and 45 miles per hour for the rest of the road due to paving differences.

A proclamation honoring Coryell County volunteers during Volunteer Week, April 10-16, was issued.

A proclamation honoring Coryell County government employees during April, County Government Month, was issued.

A proclamation honoring the protection of children during April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, was issued.

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