Commissioners to certify bond election Monday

Commissioners to certify bond election Monday

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock County Commissioners will certify the bond election vote Monday.

The next step on the nearly $100 million process is picking the engineers. They'll be tasked with surveying, designing and expanding Woodrow Road to five lanes.

There are other projects across the county. County Judge Curtis Parrish says they will all start immediately. The county will sell about $5 million in bonds over the summer.

Parrish hopes to have the bonds all sold by September, so construction can begin in the fall. 

Commissioners consider lawsuit

The county's leaders will also decide Monday whether to join ongoing lawsuits in the opioid epidemic.

They will decide whether to hire a firm that specializes in these cases. Phipps, Deacon, Purnell claims it's costing you millions of dollars a year.

The attorneys presented an overview to the court last month. It focused on how to get some of that money back. One option is for the county to file a lawsuit for public nuisance, negligence, mis-representation and fraud. It would cover the millions spent on jailing abusers, court costs, law enforcement and social services.

If commissioners approve it, there won't be any cost or financial risk, since the firm would front the money, then take a cut of any winnings. 

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