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September 9, 2013

Sheriff’s fee hikes gain approval from commissioners (w/meeting briefs)

Commissioners OK increases for animal patrol, services and notices


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County Commissioners Meeting Briefs

Sheriff speaks in public forum

  Sheriff Elmer Tanner signed up to speak during the public forum, then read a prepared statement on the action of an off duty jail officer who stopped to render aid to a man who was having a heart attack in his vehicle in the county’s parking lot northwest of the courthouse. Jail Cpl. Randall Blackwell’s shift ended Friday at 4 p.m., but he stayed behind to fill in the night shift, Tanner said. About 4:30, as he walked across 13th Street to the parking lot, he noticed a truck parked oddly with the motor running. The man inside indicated he was not doing well, and Blackwell used his cell phone to call for additional help. The man later died, but Tanner commended Blackwell’s actions.

  Tanner then thanked commissioners for considering his request for a 10 percent salary increase for sheriff’s office employees, and thanked them for the 4 percent hike they actually got. County Judge H.M. Davenport responding, saying he wished the county could do more than the 10 percent, but that county could not.

Consent agenda OK’d

  Commissioners approved the consent agenda, including minutes of previous meetings and the payment of bills and payroll.

Burn ban left in effect

  Due to continued dry conditions in the county, commissioners took no action to lift the current burn ban.

Tax report received

  Gail Smith with the Tax Assessor/Collector’s office presented the tax report for August 2013. The office collected $67,129.25 and the current year’s tax levy collection is at 97.29 percent.

No action taken on funds request

  County Treasurer Frank Hull asked commissioners to consider moving $1,000,000 from a fund managed by Tex Pool Prime to Prosperity Bank in Corsicana. Hull said the county’s $2.1 million at Tex Pool Prime garnered $135.76 in interest in August. He said it would have generated $1,311 in interest at Prosperity.

Commissioners asked County Auditor Kathy Holliman for her opinion, and she was against moving the funds to Prosperity, where the county already has $5 million in assets, she said.

  “I just think it’s never wise to put all of your eggs into one basket,” she said.

  Holliman said she was not against moving the funds in general. Commissioners took no action on the request.

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