The Terry County Commissioners met on Monday and one item on the agenda was to cross the street and learn how to use the new voting equipment. The Elections Office has done several training times for local citizens. Krystal Valentin, Elections Office Administrator, stresses, “It is not because the equipment is difficult to use. It is more just to get people familiar with it and to ease their minds about its safety and security. None of the equipment is connected to the internet and so it can’t be tampered with by outside forces.”
The Commissioners worked a fairly brief business agenda. After approving minutes, paying bills and approving monthly reports, the Court voted to not allow fireworks to be sold for the next three traditional “fireworks holidays.” These are San Jacinto Day, running April 16 – 21, Cinco de Mayo, running May 1 – 5, and Memorial Day, running May 26 – May 31. This is due to the Extreme Drought in which Terry County currently remains. “We will look again when it gets closer to Independence Day in July, but unless we get a pretty good rain, it doesn’t look good for fireworks sales at this point,” stated Judge Butch Wagner.
Commissioner Ernesto Elizardo discussed with the group the possibility of taking bids to repair a road in Precinct 4. The road had been severely damaged by a plow left down by a tractor driver. The tractor owner’s insurance will pay for the road repair. This was approved by the Court.
County Clerk Kim Carter discusses the Property Fraud Alert, Online Records and erecording being offered by the county to citizens. She presented a press release with stated:
“Kim Carter, Terry County Clerk, is excited to inform residents about a FREE subscription service to help protect against Property Fraud. It allows the public to monitor their name and property within the Clerk’s office in order to detect possible fraudulent activity.
“Subscribers will be notified when the name they have registered is used in any recording activities within the County Clerk’s office. When subscribing to the service (which can be accomplished online or with a phone call), the subscriber will have the option to choose notification via email or telephone call.
“Protecting consumer information, real estate property, and business property are top priorities for Clerk Carter and her staff. According to the FBI, “The threat of mortgage fraud and identity theft crimes continue to rise, and all too often victims of these types of fraudulent activities are unaware their homes, business or identity have been stolen.” While Property Fraud Alert does not prevent fraud from happening, it provides an early warning system for property owners to take appropriate actions should they determine possible fraudulent activity has taken place.“
Property Fraud Alert is available now by subscription on the web at https://pfa.fidlar.com/TxTerry or by calling 1-844-746-9164. If you have any questions please call the clerks office at 806-637-8551.
Carter did state that erecording, which is primarily for attorneys, title companies, and banks, is the only one that is not live yet and ready to be accessed, but that will come soon.
In the Sheriff’s report, he did state that there are currently 88 inmates in the Terry County Law Enforcement Center. Thirteen of those are Federal prisoners, one is from Dawson, four are from Hockley, and two are from Lynn County.
County Treasurer Karen Grigsby presented the Affordable Care Act Reporting and Tracking Service, which is approved annually. The Commissioners did approve this.
All Commissioners were present, with the exception of Mike Swain, Commissioner Precinct 1. The Commissioners Court will next meet on Monday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the basement meeting room of the Terry Count Courthouse.