The Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, July 24, where they addressed their regular weekly agenda.
In the first item on the agenda the Commissioners looked through the bills and addressed any concerns and then unanimously approved to audit and settle all accounts against the county and direct their payments. The county had total bills of $350,563.80 and hospital and medical bills that totaled $439,847.44.
Criminal District Attorney Bill Helwig met with the Court requesting funds for three anticipated upcoming trails, including a child abuse case.
“Expenditures will be coming up and I just need some help,” Helwig said. “These expenses will come from investigative work and witness’s expenses. Once these are completed I don’t expect any future expenses.”
When County Judge Jim Barron asked if these expenses would exceed $45,000 Helwig was fairly certain they would be less than $40,000, “maybe as low as $35,000,” he said.
After more discussions and questions the court unanimously approved transferring funds into the CDA account as each case came up.
In the next item, the Court unanimously approved a request from Commissioner Woody Lindsey to set the speed limit at 25 mph on County Road 349, which is in Precinct #1. Lindsey said he had been receiving several complaints from residents who live on that stretch of road concerning fast driving vehicles.
There were also two road crossing permit applications. Commissioners Tommy Box informed the court that one of those was in his precinct, but was going to deny the request because representatives from Stuart Enterprises had not contacted him personally concerning their request. However, the second request, from Stake Holder Midstream for a crossing under County Road 280, was approved.
There was no request for the disposal of county equipment, two-line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.
Commissioners Lindsey and Ray Marion noted they were expecting several contactors to be on site at the new Denver City Community building this week. Judge Barron also said the area around the location was much cleaner, “it has a much better appearance and looks much better,” he said.
The following the regular session the Court went into a budget session where they unanimously approved salaries for all elected officials.
Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish also attended the session where she reported it appeared the General Fund effective tax rate could possible drop down almost ten cents from last year. Parrish will meet with Commissioners later to make the effective tax rate official.
Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison along with County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 31, at 10 am in the County Courthouse.