Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 11, 2014

County Commissioners Meeting Briefs

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A summary of actions taken by the Navarro County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

Burn Ban discussed

Commissioners took no action on a burn ban, but did caution against conducting any agriculture or trash burns during windy conditions.

Budget transfer approved

Commissioners approved a budget transfer of $50,000 from the Jail deputies and assistants account to the Jail overtime account at the request of Sheriff Elmer Tanner. Tanner told commissioners that due to staffing shortages in the jail, the cost of overtime to staff the jail as required by state law will likely exceed his allotted budget of $70,000. He said some patrol deputies have also had to work overtime as jailers to meet manpower needs.

SUP issued

Commissioners approved a Specific Use Permit for an RV while a site-built home is being constructed in Village Woods for Linda and Leslie Farmer.

Elections request heard

Elections Coordinator Danda Parker asked commissioners to select members of a committee to study the possibility of establishing countywide polling places — a reduced number of actual polling locations, but the ability to vote at any location that is open. Parker said changes in state law now allow for the move, and would like a committee to make a recommendation on the idea. Commissioners also approved a software contract renewal, and contracts for conducting elections for the city and school district.

Table declared salvage

At the request of JP Kirby Hill in Pct. 2, commissioners voted to declare a typewriter table as salvage.

Phone contract OK’d

Commissioners approved a contract with Netcom for a new telephone system for the county. The system will replace an outdated one that has fallen into disrepair.

CETRZ Zone adopted

Commissioners approved members of an advisory board for a CETRZ — County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone — that will oversee the use of an estimated $314,000 in new state funds to pay for repairs done to roads by trucks involved in energy exploration and production within the county. They also approved a list of 19 potential projects for that money.

Technology upgrade continues

The commissioners also approved spending another $50,000 to finish the customized computer program for the auditor’s and treasurer’s offices. The money will go towards training and further customization, according to Auditor Kathy Hollomon.

Road contract approved

Commissioners approved an agreement with MEN Water Supply to bore under  SECR 2070 in Precinct 3 for a water line.

Executive sessions held

Commissioners held closed, executive sessions to discuss personnel and real estate, but took no action following the talks.