The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met on Monday, June 6, where they addressed their weekly agenda.
First on the agenda was drawing public names for the Grievance Committee. County Clerk Debbie Rushing explained to the Court the Committee is made up of nine members, six of which are elected officials and the other three from a pool of citizens who served on a Grand Jury from 2015. The elected officials who automatically serve are the County and District Clerks, the Tax Assessor/Collector, the County Treasurer, the County Auditor, and the County Judge. The three names drawn have the option to not serve on the Committee.
The names drawn for the three citizens were Shirley Bruton, Christopher Gonzales, and Marcella Bell. They also drew three alternates which would serve should one of the original people choose not to serve. These names were Ruben Guzman, George Morales, and Jeff Ham.
The Court unanimously approved the new Committee.
Tommy Box, who is a member of the Yoakum County Hospital Board, met with the Court to provide them with information concerning the renewal of property insurance coverage. He noted the Hospital board opted to go with a policy that included a $1,000 deductible with a $10 million limit.
In their next item the Court unanimously approved advertising for one person to be the new County Veterans Officer/County Welfare Officer/Yoakum County Safety Officer. Commissioner Woody Lindsey asked if this should be a part time job or if there were enough duties to warrant a full time employee. County Judge Jim Barron assured Lindsey between the three jobs there would be plenty of work for a full time employee.
After more discussion concerning the duties for this individual it was agreed they would advertise in the June 12, 19, and 26 and July 3 issues of the Denver City Press. Applicants would have until July 8 to submit their applications and a decision would be made sometime after July 11. Interviews would be conducted with no deadline set before a decision would be made.
A total of seven line items were approved two of which concerned transferring $10,000 of contingency funds to the senior citizen supplies and $20,000 from contingency funds to the Denver City Community Building.
There was no request for the disposal of county equipment and one Soil Conservation request from Evert Harrell.
Commissioner Lindsey said there was no updates on the Senior Citizen Building and Commissioner Ray Marion said representatives from Level 5 Design group were scheduled to meet with the Court on Monday, June 13 to provide new plans for the Denver City Community building.
Members of Oxy made a formal presentation of a one million dollar check last week to the Commissioners that would be applied toward the new building.
In auditing and settling all accounts against the County the Court approved to pay $54,089.05 from the General Fund, $3,283.73 from Precinct #1, $1,448.76 from Precinct #2, $15,869.06 from Precinct #3, $12,757.86 from Precinct #4, $987.99 to the Yoakum County Landfill, and $2,467.55 to Permanent Improvement for a grand total of $90,904.00.
In medically related items $196,411.65 was paid to the hospital fund, $6,686.07 to West Texas Medical Center, and $161.45 to the Plains Clinic for a grand total of hospital bills of $203,259.17.
Other medically related bills included $1,519.99 to Home Health, $15,037.50 to the Dialysis Center and $14,046.86 to Dispro for an overall total of $30,604.35 of medically related bills.
Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Ty Earl Powell, and Tim Addison along County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 13 at 10 am in the County Courthouse.