The Terry County Commissioners Court met on Monday morning, June 14 in regular session. All members of the court were present.
Tyler Kennedy of Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert and Moss Accounting Firm gave the audit report to the Commissioners. The audit was done in May. “We look at records and internal controls. I have been doing Terry County for many years and I am familiar with the books and the work of the county. I do call this a clean audit.”
Attorney Ryan Gentry, and Rachel Lewis of South Plains Implement addressed the Court concerning an application for replat by South Plains Implement.
“We are asking for a replat of some plots in the Supply Addition. This is in the area of South Plains Implement,” stated Gentry.
The company is asking that the plats be removed and it be just one lot. SPI has plans to build a new building in the area on the Seagraves Road.
SPI will go on City water supply with the new building. They are currently on well water.
The Court did approve this request.
June Cooper addressed the Court regarding the road in front of her house on CR 430. She had concerns over the condition of the road in front and on each side of her house. Due to weather conditions, it is at times, impassable. Cooper stated, “I am not asking for two miles of paved road. But I am asking for two miles of road on which I can travel.”
She showed photos from each side of her home. “You can see there are no ditches for the water to drain. The road is impassable east of my home.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Kirby Keesee, who is the Commissioner where Mrs. Cooper lives stated, “I have farmed in this area 48 years and this is the driest year I have ever seen. When there is no moisture, you can’t just can’t fix a road. There are caliche outcrops over there and you can’t cut through a caliche outcrop. We can pull a ditch for you, every time you want it, but if it is sugar sand, there isn’t anything we can do about it.”
Krystal Valentin, Elections Office Administrator, requested the Court approve the Countywide Polling Place Program application. This will give the County the option of allowing voters to vote at any polling place, rather than just the one in their voting precinct. The polling places will be connected via internet, but the voting machines themselves will not be connected to the internet in any way. There will be fewer polling places with this plan. This does not effect early voting. Only four counties under 100,000 population will be allowed to do this, this election cycle. Valentin will take care of the rest of the application process. If the program is successful, the program could become permanent.
The Court approved this request.
The Commissioners voted to raise the Soil Conservation rate from $80 an hour to $125 per hour, effective in the next budget cycle. “We don’t want to compete with any taxpayers that also do this service, so we need to raise our rates to more what the going rates are,” stated Commissioner Mike Swain.
Bids were opened for Blk 4X Sec 67. Blk/Tract 4X SEC 67. 6.427 acres in Precinct 2. The only bid was for $17,031.55, or $2,650 per acres from Earth Movers. This land is directly behind Earth Movers. The bid was accepted.
The sale of fireworks in the County for July 4th was approved.
An agreement between Lubbock County and Terry County for housing prisoners when needed was approved.
Other mainly routine business was conducted by the Court.
The Court will meet again on Monday, June 28 at 10 a.m. in the Basement Meeting Room of the Terry County Courthouse.