The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met on Monday, Feb 11, where they addressed their weekly agenda.

First on 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 $89,411.48 and Medical facility bills that totaled $361,489.41.

County Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish was in attendance to present her January report. She informed the Commissioners her office had collected a total of $14.7 million during the month and that just over $5.2 million of that was designated for the county.

County Judge Jim Barron then went over receipts of money reports from both the County Clerk and District Clerk’s offices.
Donations to the Summer Reading Programs from the Yoakum County Connection for both the Plains and Denver City’s Cecil Bickley Libraries were accepted. The total for each library was $2,500.

The Commissioners also unanimously approved a resolution in opposition to unfunded mandates.

Sheriff David Bryant met with the Court asking for approval to purchase a new copier for the dispatch area of the Sheriff’s office. He explained the different features of information he had received from Tascosa Office Supply. Their price for the machine Bryant wanted was $10,643. One of the features was the ability to print things in color. Commissioner Tim Addison questioned Bryant if the current machine had color and pointed out the savings to the county if he could order just a plain black and white machine.

Bryant informed Addison he was sure the machine he wanted to replace had color printing ability, but Chief Deputy Robert Whitfield informed the Sheriff this particular machine did not have color printing ability.

Addison asked if this item could be tabled until more information could be obtained including the price of a copier that did not have color printing available. It will be put back on the next agenda.
In the next item Sheriff Bryant also asked permission to purchase a new 2019 vehicle from the Buy Board. The unit would come without the police package that would need to be installed after the arrival of the unit. Whitfield said the addition of this equipment, which among other things would include a police radio and radar, would be approximately another $1,800. The Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of the vehicle.

John Witt, who is a Marketing Representative from HollyFrontier, was in attendance to discuss new features of asphalt products. No action was needed on his presentation.

The Court then set the dates to advertise for bids, open the bids, and award the bids for asphalt road materials for all precincts and the Yoakum County Park. Advertisements will be run on February 14 and 21, they will be opened on February 28, and awarded on March 4.

Jan Parrish once again addressed the Court requesting expenditure from a line item to purchase a laser printer and for technical support. The price of the printer, which will have chip reading ability, is $1,149.98. The Court unanimously approved her request.

Since Monday, February 18 is President’s Day, offices in the Courthouse will be closed. After a discussion it was decided to cancel the meeting of Commissioners Court also. Meeting on Tuesday, February 19, was also discussed but only two Commissioners could meet and a quorum would not be met. That being the case a motion was made to just cancel Commissioners Court next week.

There were no road crossing permit applications, one request from Jan Parrish for the disposal of two computers in the tax office, no line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, Tommy Box, and Tim Addison as well as County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance.

Since next Monday is Presidents Day, Court was cancelled, the next meeting will be on February 25 starting at 10am.