The Commissioners Court met on Monday, March 12, where they addressed their weekly agenda. Conducting the meeting in the absence of Judge Jim Barron was Commissioner Woody Lindsey.

The meeting opened with the Commissioners looking through the bills and addressing any concerns. They then unanimously approved to audit and settle all accounts against the county and direct their payments. The county had total bills of $237,436.80 and the hospital and medical bills totaled $197,735.10. The Commissioners also approved all part-time salaries and directed their payments.

Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish was in attendance to present her collections report for the month of February 2018. She reported her office collected $7,734,834.71 during February. She also noted the county had a 96% collection rate, which is normal.

The Commissioners also approved receipt of monthly reports from various county departments for the month of February.

Criminal District Attorney Bill Helwig was also in attendance asking for approval of travel and hotel expenses to Austin for a Texas Peace Officers Memorial. Helwig informed the Court his special investigator Wesley Moore would be representing Yoakum County in honoring Jason Fann at the memorial. Fann was killed in a car accident last fall while on duty answering a call. The Court unanimously approved his request.

In the next item, the Court unanimously approved $30,000 for water blasting the Denver City swimming pool. This is a procedure to get the pool ready for the summer season. Other “wish list” items were also discussed. Precinct #2 Commissioner Ray Marion said before any additional renovations could take place an engineer would need to be hired for the Court to get his input concerning all that needs to be done to the pool.

“We are aware of other items for the pool, but before any of that can be done we need to hire an engineer and hear his recommendations,” Marion said. “We also need to make sure funds are available to take care of these items.” Marion went on to say he had no funds in his swimming pool budget to handle the water blasting and those funds would need to come from contingency.

There were two road crossing requests in Precinct #3, acknowledged one burn ban exemption from Taylor Gray in Precinct #3, no request for the disposal of county equipment, no line item transfers, and no Soil Conversation request.

Commissioner Marion informed the Court “two or three minor items” still need to be addressed in the new Denver City Community building before it is completely finished.

Jeanette Head with the Yoakum County Connection met with the Commissioners seeking $5,000 in “startup” funds for the next year. Head had been on the agenda last week but said she had not been informed she was to be in attendance. The Press erroneously noted in last week’s Commissioners Court article that Head was the county librarian. Pat McNabb is the county librarian. After listening to Head Commissioner Lindsey said this item would be on next week’s agenda for the court to consider.

The Commissioners had a short work session to discuss fees for use of County Buildings and then adjourned.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison were all in attendance. Judge Jim Barron was not in attendance.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 19, at 10 am in the County Courthouse.