Persistent heat and dry conditions prompted Navarro County Commissioners Court to uphold the burn ban at the Monday, Sept. 9 meeting, which also saw several plans, contracts, and reports approved.
Terri Gillen, County Auditor, opened sealed bids received for auto parts, culverts, fuel, road materials, and hauling.
After the annual bids were opened and read, Commissioners voted to accept them and instructed Gillen to prepare a tabulation to determine the lowest bids. The court will review and award bids at a later date.
County Clerk Sherry Dowd and District Clerk Josh Tackett presented their offices' archival plans for 2020 prior to the respective public hearings.
According to Dowd, the County Clerk's Office currently has official public records beginning in 1980 available, and stated that this year, she would like the archives to go back to 1975.
The County Clerk's office collects fees for documents, which Dowd says funds the archival plan at no cost to the county.
Josh Tackett, District Clerk, said his office's records date back to the 1980s, and are also funded by funded by fees collected.
Following the public hearings, Commissioners unanimously approved the two archival plans as presented.
A lease purchase for three motor graders from RDO Equipment was approved. Commissioner Pct. 3 Eddie Moore told the court that the standard lease will help to replace his precinct's aging fleet.
Mike Dowd, Tax Assessor-Collector presented the tax collection report for August. Collections for August totaled $20,426,072.98, ahead of this time last year by more than $1 million.
Commissioners gave their unanimous approval to contracts between Navarro County and Dennis Melton, who will provide professional consultations on architectural projects; and Navarro County Sheriff's Office and Philip R. Taft, Psy.D., and Associates, which will provide psychological evaluations to inmates as mandated by the state.
In other business, Commissioners approved the county's funeral home fee schedule, and the annual maintenance renewal for service at Texoma HIDTA.
After the meeting, another budget workshop was held, to continue Tuesday at 9 a.m. Commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 to conduct a public hearing on the proposed tax rate followed by a budget workshop, and a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Management at 2:30 p.m.