The Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, January 23, where they addressed their regular agenda.

In their first item the Court unanimously approved to audit and settle all accounts against the County and direct their payment. The County bills totaled $71,351.54 while the Hospital bills totaled $68,098.51.

The Court also approved the resignation of Tommy Box from the County Welfare Board and approved Pharon Pharr as his replacement. The Court also unanimously approved the appointment of Neal Newsome, Russell Dial, and Tommy Box to the Hospital board. Members of the Historical Board and Child Welfare board were approved at the last meeting.

A $100 memorial from the Yoakum County Connection to the Cecil Bickley Library in memory of Corky Black was also acknowledged by the Commissioners.

The Court also had a lengthy discussion concerning a future road crossing protocol for those companies who will be seeking permission to cross county lines with oil related pipes. Precinct #4 Commissioner Tim Addison had requested an updated protocol that must be followed in order for oil field related companies to bore or ditch pipelines across county roads.

“I just feel like we all need to be on the same page and be current on what procedures these companies need to follow in the future,” Addison said.

County Judge Jim Barron did read a portion of the current protocol these companies must follow, including contacting the Commissioners of the Precinct were the work would be done.

It was decided that in the future a petition must be filed with the Commissioner asking his permission for the work to take place. This would be followed by obtaining an application from the County Judge’s office. Once this application is completed it must be returned to the Judge Barron’s office along with a check in the amount of $500.

Included in the application must be a map with the location where the work would take place and a contact phone number for the Commissioner to have on hand in case of any questions. The company then has six months to complete the work.

Precinct #1 Commissioner Woody Lindsey also requested two copies of the application must be submitted, one to the Commissioner and one to the Judge’s office.

“Sometimes I forget who has talked to me, especially if they don’t start the work for a few months and this just helps me remember who I have visited with,” Lindsey said.

Commissioner Ray Marion was in agreement with Lindsey.

After more discussions, the Court asked Commissioner Addison to rewrite the updated protocol and present it next Monday for approval.

In the next two items the Court unanimously approved petitions from Oxy USA LTD. and Yucca Energy, Inc. for road crossings in Precinct #1. The road crossing for Oxy was under County Road 445, but there was no exact location from Yucca Energy. However, Commissioner Lindsey said he was aware of the location for Yucca Energy and recommended the Court approve both petitions.

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

A representative from Level 5 Design group was present to answer questions and go over updates on the Denver City Community Building. He reported that everything was going good and the exterior of the building should be complete by the end of February. At that point work could proceed on the inside of the building.

The main concern from both Commissioners Lindsey and Marion is that the county was being charged $4,000 for moving pipes that had not been properly measured before the foundation was poured. They both felt like this was the error of the construction crew and the county should not be financially held responsible for their error.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison along with Judge Jim Barron were all present.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 10 am.