The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met in regular session on Tuesday, October 9, where they addressed their weekly agenda. The meeting was delayed one day because of Columbus Day, which has been marked as a holiday, on Monday.

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 $230,770.92 and Medical facility bills that totaled $191,553.42. Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish was in attendance where she presented her September collection report. She informed the Commissioners her office had received $27,826.45 during the past month. County Judge Jim Barron also acknowledged receipts of monthly reports for various departments for September 2018. This included a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the County Clerk, the District Clerk, and Justice of the Peace #2.

County Auditor Darinda McWhirter gave a report on offers her office had received on property located south of 82/380. She noted two offers had been submitted, one for $35,000 and the second one for $60,000. After some discussion, the Commissioners unanimously approved the bid of $60,000.

Moving on down the agenda the Commissioners also unanimously approved adopting a resolution on Texans Feeding Texans. Commissioner Ray Marion noted this is a program the County has been involved with for several years. In the next item the Commissioners also unanimously approved an agreement between Ector County and Yoakum County for the housing of inmates. No details of the agreement were released.

Sheriff David Bryant, who was not in attendance, had requested expenditures from equipment line item for the purchase of a computer to replace the main dispatch computer. The total cost is $2,506.90. The Court unanimously approved this request. Commissioners also unanimously approved to take appropriate action on a 2019 resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program.

There was no request to take action on various road crossing permits, no request for the disposal of county equipment, five line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.
Commissioner Woody Lindsey informed the Court the transfer of management for Shinnery Oaks Nursing Home was going smoothly. The former manager of the facility was MSC Associates out of Lubbock and the new manager is now 24-Karat Ventures, also from Lubbock.

“Things with the transfer between the two companies are going good,” Lindsey noted. “We have had total cooperation with MSC. We also have been contacted by some of the former employees asking if they can return to their jobs. Everything is really going great.”

Commissioners Woody Lindsey, Ray Marion, and Tommy Box along with County Judge Jim Barron were all in attendance. Commissioners Tim Addison was not in attendance.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 15 at 10 am in the County Courthouse.