Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 31, 2013

County Commissioners discuss potential move

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The budget wasn’t quite ready for the county commissioner’s meeting, since the county auditor doesn’t have the revenue numbers necessary to put the finishing figures together yet. The topic came up at a special commissioner’s meeting Wednesday afternoon.

“I think I’m going to be able to make the general fund revenue-neutral,” Kathy Hollomon told the commissioners.

Without the numbers, the commissioners covered other items, mostly dealing with the potential move out of the courthouse.

They were presented with an inventory of furniture and objects inside the courthouse, as well as the condition of them by Alan Spinner of Technology Team, LLC.

The courthouse contains 111 people, 118 personal computers, 104 desks, 225 metal files, 179 task chairs, 182 side chairs and 92 antique wood chairs, 54 book cases, 71 tables and 146 pieces of miscellaneous furniture pieces, Spinner told the commissioners.

In the three vaults are more than 3,000 books of records, and 1,500 cans of records, all of which would also have to be moved.

Spinner advised the commissioners to use the inventory not only to help them estimate their moving costs, but also to help them in future purchasing, since a good portion of the furniture is considered in poor shape, relative to corporate furniture.

“You’ve got some really fascinating stuff in this building. You’ve also got a lot of stuff that just needs to be gone,” he said.

District Clerk Josh Tackett asked the commissioners to consider using Lexis Nexis instead of WestLaw for the county’s law reference service, which he said would save the county about $62 or $72 a month.

The commissioners also heard from Matt Maupin about the county switching its telecommunications from DSL to fiber optic. Maupin recommended putting the hub for the service at the justice center and having the courthouse get it from there. If the voters approve a courthouse renovation it would be relatively simple to use make the temporary courthouse into another outlet, rather than having to start over.

“The telecommunications change is a great idea,” Maupin said, adding that the employees would notice a significant performance improvement, as well.

A discussion of personnel was on the list of items to be discussed, according to County Judge H.M. Davenport, but it was postponed until Monday when all the commissioners could be there. Commissioner James Olsen was not in attendance Wednesday.

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