The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, July 16, where they addressed their weekly agenda.

In their first item on the agenda, the Court moved to audit and settle all accounts and part-time salaries 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 $234,671.67 and Medical facility bills that totaled $249,051.72. County Judge Jim Barron asked the Court to review the minutes from the May and June meetings and entertained a motion to approve these minutes. The Court unanimously approved those two months of minutes.

The Commissioners also unanimously acknowledged the Sheriff’s Department report for June 2018. In the next item, the Court unanimously approved a contract with ES&S for new election equipment and a maintenance agreement. The total cost will be $88,163.18. Moving on the Court unanimously approved a donation in memory of Sarah Jane Field from Gary and Toni Jones for the Yoakum County/Plains Library.

For the second week in a row, an interlocal agreement with Cochran County, Hockley County, and Gaines County for inmate housing was once again tabled and will be put on the next agenda. There was no action taken on various road crossing permit applications and no burn ban exemptions. However, there was a lengthy discussion concerning the County Burn Ban that went into effect on February 5, 2018. The length of these burn bans is for 90 days which means this particular ban has expired. Judge Barron said the Court could address this issue at the next meeting. With the recent rains in the county, there could possibly be no new 90 day burn ban.

There was no request for the disposal of county equipment and four-line item transfers. There was also a discussion concerning a new drug dog for Yoakum County. Sheriff David Bryant said the one the county had been using has retired and is living at his house. He went on to say he was expecting two new dogs would be brought in next month.
And in the last item, there was no Soil Conservation request.

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, July 23, starting at 10 am.