The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, February 5, where they addressed their weekly agenda.

In their first item on the agenda the Court moved to audit and settle all accounts against the County and direct their payments. After looking over the bills and addressing any concerns a motion was made and unanimously approved to pay County bills that totaled $57,118.90 and Medical facility bills that totaled $118,844.20.

Moving into the agenda the first item was to consider and take appropriate action on a wireless agreement with Clear Talk, a wireless internet provider. Commissioner Tommy Box noted representatives of Clear Talk had contacted him asking permission to install equipment on the water tower located in Precinct #3. They would pay rent of $650 per month and be on a five year contract. The Commissioners had a lengthy discussion about the possible interference with other communication devices in the area and then decided to table this until the next meeting.

In the last meeting the Commissioners had discussed the possibility of selling county property east of Plains. After some discussion it was agreed to list the property with a Real Estate agent and have that company sell the property. In the next item the Commissioners voted unanimously to change a local policy to allow a retiree to be employed with the county with their insurance benefits to match those in the TCDRS (Texas County and District Retirement System) policy.

The Commissioners also tabled the next item to consider and take appropriate action on renewal with Triple Crown Internet. This item will be on the next agenda for further discussion. Moving on the Commissioners unanimously agreed to advertise for bids for the purchase of asphalt for all four Precincts and Yoakum County Parks for the calendar year 2018. Bids will be accepted until March 1 and reviewed in Court on March 5.

There was one road crossing permit accepted in Precinct #3 under County Road 165. Commissioners also unanimously approved a request from Lance Millican to a burn ban exception on his land in Precinct #1. There were no request for disposal of county equipment, no line item transfers, and Soil Conservation request, and no updates on the new Denver City Community Building.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison as well as County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, starting at 10 am.