Commissioners meeting briefs
Consent agenda approved
Minutes of previous meetings, payment of bills, training certifications and budget amendments were approved on the consent agenda.
No burn ban
Commissioners voted to take no action on any burn ban. Most KBDI readings are at 300 or less for the county, and more rain is forecast this week, commissioners said.
Commissioners approved the monthly reports from County Treasurer Frank Hull, County Tax Assessor/Collector Russell Hudson, and County Auditor Kathy Hollomon at Monday’s meeting.
Items declared salvage
At the request of Pct. 1 Commissioner Jason Grant and Pct. 3 Commissioner David “Butch” Warren, several old radios and pieces of equipment were declared salvage for the purpose of disposing of them. They no longer have any value to the county.
Use of inmates clarified
At the request of Sheriff Elmer Tanner, commissioners approved the use of county inmate labor for public service projects. Inmates have been used for many years doing service for projects such as the Youth Expo, the Navarro County Food Pantry Ministry, and the County-wide Clean-Up day. Tanner told commissioners the law required them to approve the use of inmate labor for non-profit organizations as a “public service.” Commissioners gave Tanner the go-ahead for using the inmate labor, with the commissioners being consulted if any question should arise.
Courthouse security to be evaluated
Sheriff Tanner requested $500 from the courthouse security fund to pay for a security analysis of courthouse safety and safety procedures. The overview will be conducted by Tim Quintana, adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University.
Jail food vendor saves county money
Sheriff Tanner gave an update on the use of Five Star Food Service to provide food service to the Navarro County Jail. Tanner reported that he had verified with the county auditor that the county has saved “in excess of $120,000” in the past year through the use of the vendor, and that the vendor was providing satisfactory service to the county.