The Yoakum County Commissioners Court met on Monday, March 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 $515,614.21 and Medical facility bills that totaled $223,126.02. They also approved the payment of part time salaries.

Tax Assessor/Collector Jan Parrish was in attendance where she gave the Court her February monthly collection report. She noted that during the month her office collected $1,515,131.83.

Up next was the Treasure’s report. Giving that information in the absence of Darla Welch was Yvonne Droogsma who reported the beginning county balance in February was $52,762,671.10 and the ending balance was $59,031,599.49.

Precinct #1 Commissioner Woody Lindsey, who was conducting the meeting in the absence of Judge Jim Barron, informed the Court he had received reports from various departments for February 2019. These included Civil Fees, Bond Fees, County Clerk’s office, and the District Clerk’s office.

In the next item the Court unanimously approved the deputation of Crystal Vargas in the County Clerk’s office and Alonzo Nunez as a full-time deputy at the Sheriff’s Office.

The appointment of Pat McNabb and Tommie Brown to the Yoakum County Historical Commission was also unanimously approved.

Criminal District Attorney Bill Helwig was also in attendance where he brought the Court up to date on a resolution supporting legislation to increase the Juvenile Board membership from two members to five. He was recommending the appointment of the two school superintendents from Denver City and Plains along with an at large member. This was unanimously approved.

The Court also unanimously approved a new contract with Triple Crown Internet, Inc. for county internet service. A representative from Triple Crown was in attendance and informed the Court the new contract called for increased speed and a lower cost.

Action on purchasing of a caliche pit on County Road 220 and County Road 235 was once again tabled when Precinct #3 Commissioner Tommy Box informed the Court the paper work had not been completed. He asked for this same item to be put back on the agenda for next week.

There were no road crossing permit applications, no request for the disposal of county equipment, no line item transfers, and no Soil Conservation request.

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

            The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 18, starting at 10 am.