The Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, December 19, where they addressed their regular agenda.

County Judge Jim Barron informed the Court he had received a phone call from Kathy Baker who said she would like to volunteer her time as a Public Service driving a van for any Yoakum County veteran needing transportation. Judge Barron went on to say she just wanting to volunteer her time and was not wanting or expecting any pay for these services.

Kathy’s husband, Gerald, served in the County Veterans Administration office for many years before his recent death. She has served as a bus driver for Denver City ISD for many years and will be retiring at the end of December, 2016.

County Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish was requesting approval of refunds for property taxes for several county residents. Judge Barron explained these refunds to those residents were due when someone applied for a Homestead exemption or if a mortgage company might have double paid property taxes. The total amount of refunds will be $8,067.76.

The consideration of taking appropriate action on a Protect Managed Services Agreement with CTSI (Computer Transition Services Inc.) was tabled until further information could be obtained.

The Court unanimously approved action on a road crossing petition from ER Operating Company. Judge Barron informed the Court he had received a check for the fee from the company and he would pass it on to the Treasurer’s office.

The Court also unanimously approved a resolution in opposition to re:SearchTX, a web portal, created by the Texas Office of Court Administration. County Clerk Debbie Rushing, representing her office as well as the District’s Clerks office, explained the state was charging fees for the use of vital public records, such as death and birth certificates, that were created locally within each county and keeping those funds instead of returning them to each county.

There were no requests for the disposal of county equipment, 14 line item transfers, and one Soil Conservation request.

Commissioner Ray Marion said the concrete foundation had been poured for the new Denver City Community Building and the framing was to start on Monday, December 19, weather permitting.

The Commissioners also unanimously approved to pay $280,417.45 in county bills and directed their payment and also unanimously approved to pay $205,486.52 in medically related bills and also directed their payment.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Ty Earl Powell, and Tim Addison along with Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance.

Due to the Christmas holidays the next Commissioners Court will be held on Wednesday, December 28 at 10 am in the County Courthouse.