Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 15, 2013

Court OKs vest program

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro County Commissioners Court approved participation in a grant program with the Department of Justice that will help outfit the county’s deputies with bulletproof vests.

The action was taken at Tuesday’s meeting of the court, held a day later than normal due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday.

Under the program, the Department of Justice will reimburse the county up to $11,960.42 to help pay for new and replacement bulletproof vests for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner told commissioners he had applied for the grant and the department had been notified it met the qualifications for the program.

Tanner implemented mandatory use of bulletproof vests by deputies after taking office in January.

He told commissioners the vests range in cost from $850 to $2,500 each, depending on the configuration. The more expensive vests are those used by tactical officers that provide maximum front and back protection for use in tactical operations.

Tanner said the department has been changing out, or replacing, vests about every 10 years, although “the shelf life” is about five years, he added.

The vests purchased have to comply with Department of Justice requirements in order to be eligible for the program, Tanner said.

The program is a “50-50” reimbursement, the sheriff said, with the DOJ paying for half the costs of the purchases, up to the $11,960 amount.

Some of the vests already purchased this year could qualify for the program reimbursement.

Commissioners Meeting Briefs

Consent Agenda

   Commissioners approved several items on the consent agenda, including minutes of previous meetings, payment of bills, several planning and zoning items, training certification, cell phone allowance for Pct. 1, and several budget adjustments.

Burn Ban

   With the rainfall received in the county the last two weeks, commissioners took no action on any burn ban for the county.

American Legion honors sheriff, county

   Roger Layton, 1st vice commander of Post 22, presented the sheriff with a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the Sept. 7 memorial at the post in honor of Patriot’s Day.

SUP issued

   Commissioners approved a specific use permit for two RVs on property in Village Woods Lot 27A-R for Bill Westell, contingent upon removal of an above ground septic system.

Tax collection report given

   County Tax Assessor/Collector Russell Hudson presented the tax collection report for Sept. 2013, and report for Fiscal Year 2013 just ended. Hudson reported 97.51 percent of current taxes collected at the end of the fiscal year.

Treasurer's Reports heard

   County Treasurer Frank Hull presented reports for June, July and August 2013.

Collateral agreements discussed

   Commissioners approved revisions to a Collateral Management Agreement for securities held by the county's depository bank. These rules govern the security of county funds on deposit.

TRWD request approved

   Tarrant Regional Water District was given permission to add culverts and gravel to NECR 0190 for approximately 1/4 mile.

Web maintenance fee discussed

   The county would pay $550 annually to the Texas Association of Counties for hosting the county's website under a new agreement presented for approval. Commissioners tabled the agreement for further study and discussion with the county IT department.

County approves King as Economic Development Director

   Bill King was approved by commissioners as the new city/county economic development director. King was approved by the city council two weeks ago.

Appraisal District appointment made

   Commissioners re-appointed Gayle Steed to a full term as the county's representative on the Navarro Central Appraisal District.

Jail healthcare software

agreement approved

   A memorandum of agreement for software used by jail health care professionals was approved. The county can cancel the agreement with a 90 day notice.

Audits approved

   Commissioners approved requesting the county auditor to perform audit procedures required for the Sheriff's Forfeiture Fund and the District Attorney's Forfeiture Fund.

Elevator inspection approved

   Commissioners approved a contract with Otis Elevator for the annual state inspection.



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