The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, December 16, where they addressed what turned out to be a rather lengthy weekly agenda.
Moving into the agenda the Court moved to audit and settle all accounts 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 $28,642.68 and Medical facility bills that totaled $214,210.17. Also included in the bill paying was the part-time payroll.
The first item on the agenda was a report from County Auditor Darinda McWhirter to certify insurance revenue and present a budget amendment to expend for repair of a sheriff vehicle. The total revenue was $5,061. The Commissioners unanimously approved the amendment.
The Court also unanimously approved action regarding a License and Service Agreement with Tyler Technologies for the Sheriff Department. Chief Deputy Robert Whitfield explained to the court the cost of $4,700 would be covered by grant funds.
One of the items consuming a considerable amount of time was an external audit report presented by Larry Anderson with Anderson Hill, LLP. He reported that all was good, known as unqualified, in the county funds that showed an asset of $98 million.
Following Anderson’s report Commissioner Tim Addison had a concern about the audit reports being brought up to date. This included Shinnery Oaks and Yoakum County hospital audits. Anderson assured Addison he was working on getting everything current and said he should be current by May 2020.
The next item that took up a considerable amount of time was listening to a report from Chuck Kimbrough representing Biggerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta L.L.P. law firm concerning a redistricting project.
Moving on in the agenda the Court unanimously approved bids for the purchase of Road Materials for all four precincts and the Yoakum County Parks for calendar year 2020. Bids from Holly and Ergon were both approved.
Also approved was a bid from Petroleum Trader for the purchase of Unleaded and Diesel fuel for all County Departments for the calendar year of 2020.
Criminal District Attorney Bill Helwig approached the Court seeking permission to purchase three new computers for his office. He also updated the court on some future trials and their expenses that will be held in March 2020. The extra expenses will cover testimonies from experts in a child molestation case.
There were no road crossing permit applications, an approval for the disposal of county equipment from Precinct #4, two-line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.
Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison along with Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 23, starting at 9 am.