The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Monday, September 17, where they addressed their weekly agenda.

In the first item on the agenda, the Court moved to audit and settle all accounts against the County and direct their payments including part-time salaries. After looking over the bills and addressing any concerns a motion was made and unanimously approved to pay County bills that totaled $196,627.08 and Medical facility bills that totaled $343,545.79.

The Court unanimously approved the Sheriff’s monthly report as presented by Judge Jim Barron. This included $75 in bonds and $520.00 in Civil Fees. Rex Murphy was to have been attendance reporting on projects and a remainder of Pre-Con Meeting scheduled for September 21, but he was unable to attend. Moving on the Court unanimously approved to take action on an amendment to a listing agreement with TCG Real Estate.

After much discussion and a possible no motion concerning the purchase of five laptops for Commissioner’s Court, Commissioner Tommy Box finally made the motion to approve the purchase with a second from Commissioner Ray Marion. It was then unanimously approved by all four commissioners and the Judge. The purchase price for the five laptops $9,836.55. This price included Microsoft Office software with each computer. In another computer-related item, the Court unanimously approved a request from County Auditor Darinda McWhirter for the purchase a new scanner for her office. The Court approved up to $2,100 for the purchase that was estimated to be $2,099.00.
Belen Smelser from the Human Resource office requested expenditure for equipment line item for the purchase of a computer. The Commissioners unanimously approved this request up to $2,400.

Next, on the agenda, the Commissioners unanimously approved taking bids on a new vehicle for the Sheriff’s department. They will receive bids until October 11, open them on that same date, and take action on October 15.

Ross Shamburger with Shamburger Insurance Agency, who is the counties insurance agent, was in attendance to go over any changes for the Counties Health Care benefits. He noted that county employees had made 312 visits to the ER in Denver City with 257 of those visits were not medically needed. Starting on October 1 the county will go into partnership with a telephone service known as Teledoc where employees can call describing their illness or injury. This will be a way where those same employees can simply call a toll free number from their home and visit with an actual doctor who can prescribe medicine or any medically needed procedures. He finished by telling the Court the health insurance premiums will be going up 8.3% and the life insurance premiums will have a 9% increase.

Judge Troy Scott was in attendance to once again request expenditures to install a bulletproof glass in his office at the Denver City Annex. The City Council was expected to address the agreement between the two entities during their Monday night meeting. The funds will come from the Justice of the Peace Security Fund. The Commissioners unanimously approved their part of the agreement.

Once again there was action taken on a management agreement between 24-Karat Ventures and Yoakum County for the management of Shinnery Oaks nursing home in Denver City. However, the Court was to have a special called meeting at 4 PM on Tuesday concerning this ongoing item. Since this is past the Press’ deadline the results of this meeting will be included in next week’s Commissioner Court article.

The Court also unanimously accepted two $5,000 donations from Walsh Petroleum and Monadnock Resources for road repair in Precinct #3.

There were no road crossing permit applications, no request for the disposal of county equipment, one line item transfer, and no Soil Conservation request.
In the last item, the Court unanimously agreed to take appropriate action on appointing and approving a bond for Darla Welch as the new Yoakum County Treasurer to fill the vacancy once held by Barbara Wright who recently passed away. The effective date will be September 17, 2018. Following the adjournment of the meeting, all the Commissioners and Judge Barron went to the Courtroom to witness the swearing-in of Welch. Welch had been elected to this position during the last election when Wright announced she would not be running for another term.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison along with County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 24 at 10 am in the County Courthouse.