The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, December 9, where they addressed their 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 $96,487.51 and Medical facility bills that totaled $240,974,03.
It was noted that part of the County bills included a $25,000 transfer to Shinnery Oaks Community nursing home facility. Commissioner Tim Addison asked how much had been transferred to Shinnery Oaks including the current $25,000. After doing some research on her computer County Auditor Darinda McWhirter informed Addison that a total of $1.3 million of county funds had been transferred to Shinnery Oaks.
Moving into the regular agenda the Commissioners unanimously approved the Tax Assessor/Collector’s report as presented by Jan Parrish. She informed the court that her office had collected $2,260,702.01 in tax money during the month of November.
In the next item County Treasurer Darla Welch reported the County had a beginning balance of $49,932,898.94 in November and an ending balance of $50,377,147.02. The Court unanimously approved her report.
County Judge Jim Barron acknowledged receipt of monthly reports from the offices of the County Clerk and the District Clerk.
The next item dealt with the transfer of the $25,000 to Shinnery Oaks which had been approved during the payment of the County bills.
Moving on to the next item the Court took appropriate action and approved an agreement between Tyler Technologies and Yoakum County District Clerk and Justice of the Peace for both Precinct #1 and #2 for implementing legislative fee changes. The total cost will be $2,800, $1,400 for the District Clerk and $1,400 for both JP Precincts.
In the next item the Commissioners unanimously approved to take appropriate action on a contract between Yoakum County and Texas Republican and Democratic Parties to conduct a joint primary for the March 3, 2020 election. This basically means that when a registered voter goes to cast his/her vote it will all be held at the same location for both Republican voters and Democratic voters. In the past each party primary was held at separate locations. Now they will all be under the same roof.
The Court also unanimously approved the District Clerk’s estimate of $20,400.00 for preservation/archival imaging on tri-folded Criminal Files dating back in the 1900’s from Kofile. It was agreed they would be paid $13,000 from Records Management and pay the remainder balance next year.
The item that appeared to have the most attention was taking action on the usage of the District Courtroom. After a resolution was read Criminal District Attorney approached the Court asking for an explanation of the resolution. After some discussion between Helwig, Judge Barron, and Commissioner Tim Addison the resolution was approved to the satisfaction of everyone involved.
Commissioner Tommy Box explained to the Court in the next item what repairs were needed for the Plains water tower. He noted the inside of the tower needed to be sandblasted and recoated. He also noted a ladder inside the tank would also need to be replaced, it was beyond being repaired. Box noted the original cost for these repairs was $39,000, but after a thorough inspection and the repairs were updated that cost would now be $56,624, The Court unanimously approved the changes.
There were no road crossing permit applications, an approval for the disposal of county equipment, 14-line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.
After Judge Barron had noted each line item transfer Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish informed the Court her office only had one-line item transfer and not the two noted in the report. County Auditor McWhirter assured Parrish this error would be taken care of and thanked her for noting the error.
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 16, starting at 10 am.