General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature Page: 46
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68th LEGIS-2nd CALLED SESSION
provisions of this subchapter are better suited to Dallas or Collin county than the special
laws. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6761.)
"SUBCHAPTER C. COURT/ENGINEER SYSTEM
"Section 3.201. ADOPTION OF OPTIONAL COUNTY ROAD SYSTEM. (a) By a
majority vote of its qualified voters, any county at an election held for that purpose may adopt
this subchapter for the construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges and for the
expenditure of the county road and bridge fund.
"(b) The commissioners court shall submit the question to the qualified voters of the county
at a general or special election if it receives a petition of the qualified voters of the county in a
number equal to 10 percent of the number voting for governor at the last preceding general
election in the county. The court shall order the election to be held on the next uniform election
date authorized by Section 9b, Texas Election Code, as amended (Article 2.01b, Vernon's Texas
Election Code), that occurs after the 30th day after the day the petition is filed with the
commissioners court. The ballot for the election shall be printed to permit voting for or against
the proposition: 'Adopting the Optional County Road System in County.'
"(c) If the majority of the votes cast at the election favor adoption, this subchapter becomes
effective in the county with the official proclamation of the results of the election. In like
manner, a county that votes to come under this subchapter may vote to abandon this
subchapter. No election on the questions of adopting or abandoning this subchapter may be held
more often than every two years. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-1, Sec. 2.)
"Section 3.202. ORGANIZATION OF SYSTEM. The construction and maintenance of
county roads is vested in the county road department, which shall include the commissioners
court as the policy-determining body, the county road engineer as the chief executive officer,
other administrative personnel, and road employees. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-1, Sec. 3.)
"Section 3.203. SYSTEM BASED ON WHOLE COUNTY. The construction and mainte-
nance of county roads, the ownership and use of all county road department equipment,
materials, and supplies, and the administration of the county road department shall be on the
basis of the county as a whole without regard to commissioners precincts. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-
1, Sec. 4.)
"Section 3.204. APPOINTMENT OF COUNTY ROAD ENGINEER. The county road
engineer shall be appointed by the commissioners court. He must be a licensed professional
engineer experienced in road construction and maintenance and must meet the qualifications
required by the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation for its county
engineers. If the commissioners court is not able to employ a licensed professional engineer for
any reason, the commissioners court may employ a qualified road administrative officer, who is
to be known as the county road administrator, to perform the duties of the county road engineer.
The county road administrator must have had experience in road building or maintenance or
other types of construction work qualifying him to perform the duties imposed on him, but it is
not necessary that he have had any fixed amount of professional training or experience in
engineering work. The county road administrator shall perform the same duties as are imposed
upon the county road engineer, and all references in other sections of this subchapter to the
county road engineer include and apply to the county road administrator. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-
1, Sec. 5.)
"Section 3.205. COMPENSATION. The county road engineer shall receive an annual salary
to be paid in 12 equal monthly installments out of the road and bridge fund of the county.
(V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-1, Sec. 6.)
"Section 3.206. TERM AND REMOVAL. The county road engineer holds his position for
an indefinite term and may be removed by a majority vote of the commissioners court. Removal
does not become effective until the 30th day after the day he receives notice in writing of the
intention of the commissioners court to remove him. The court shall hold a public hearing on the
question of his removal before the removal becomes effective if the hearing is requested in
writing by the county road engineer. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-1, Sec. 7.)
"Section 3.207. INABILITY TO PERFORM DUTIES. In the absence or inability of the
county road engineer to perform his duties, the commissioners court may designate a qualified
administrative officer to perform the duties of county road engineer during the absence or
inability. (V.A.C.S. Art. 6716-1, Sec. 8.)
"Section 3.208. DUTIES. (a) The county road engineer is responsible to the commissioners
court for the efficient and economical construction and maintenance of the county roads. He
may appoint for an indefinite term and remove all county road department personnel, subject to
the approval of the commissioners court. He may authorize certain administrative personnel to
employ and remove subordinates or employees under their respective direction. Except for the
purpose of inquiry, the commissioners court shall deal with the county road department's
administrative personnel and employees through the county road engineer.
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