commissioners court – Gonzales For Commissioner http://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 00:23:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-13.png commissioners court – Gonzales For Commissioner http://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/ 32 32 Fannin County Commissioners Court Regular Meeting March 22 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/fannin-county-commissioners-court-regular-meeting-march-22/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 23:54:17 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/fannin-county-commissioners-court-regular-meeting-march-22/ PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETINGTAKE NOTICE THAT A REGULAR MEETING OF THEFANNIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT TO BE HELDTuesday, March 22, 2022 09:00IN BONHAM CITY COUNCIL ROOM,BONHAM CITY HALL, BONHAM, TEXAS(and by teleconference) SPECIFICALLY FOR THE FOLLOWING: 1. Establish quorum 2. Summon 3. Pledges 4. Presentations 5. Discussion, Review and Action Regarding Courthouse Restoration – County Judge […]]]>

PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING
TAKE NOTICE THAT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
FANNIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT TO BE HELD
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
09:00
IN BONHAM CITY COUNCIL ROOM,
BONHAM CITY HALL, BONHAM, TEXAS
(and by teleconference)

SPECIFICALLY FOR THE FOLLOWING:

1. Establish quorum

2. Summon

3. Pledges

4. Presentations

5. Discussion, Review and Action Regarding Courthouse Restoration – County Judge

6. Discussion, review and action to nominate two new members of the Fannin County Child Welfare Council Board of Directors; background checks completed and approved – County Judge for Brenda Magness, FCCWB President

7. Discussion, Review and Action to Approve Minutes of 3/15/2022 (R) – County Judge for County Clerk

8. Discussion, consideration, and action to accept the recommendations of the County Elections Committee for constituency consolidation in the May 7, 2022 constitutional election held in conjunction with municipal and school board elections in accordance with Texas Election Codes 51.002 and 42.008 – County Judge for County Clerk

9. Discussion and report on monies received by the Fannin County Clerk’s Office for February 2022; $20,693.22 – County Judge for District Clerk

10. Discussion, Review, and Action to Approve the Agreement Between Fannin County and Bonham Family Drug Regarding Prescriptions Through the Fannin County Indigent Health Care Program – County Judge for Director of destitute

11. Discussion, Review, and Action to Approve the Agreement Between Fannin County and TMC Bonham, Bonham Specialty Clinic for Health Care Services Provided through the Fannin County Indigent Health Care Program – Judge of the county for the director of health care for the indigent

12. Fannin County Courthouse Move-In Date Discussion, Review, and Action – Precinct 4

13. Discussion, review, and action to approve the Fire Alarm System Monitoring Agreement with Four Feathers Alarm, LLC for the Fannin County Courthouse; 3 years / $39.95 per month – County Judge for Buying Agent

14. Discussion, consideration and action to add funds to janitorial supplies budget line for three leased properties – County Judge for Purchasing Agent

15. Discussion, Consideration, and Action to Use Rene Bates Auction House for Sheriff’s Vehicles and Other Equipment Deemed Surplus – County Judge for Purchasing Agent

16. Discussion, review and action to transfer funds from Contingency to R&M Auto, 100-553-4540, Constable Precinct 3, for required car graphics and to pay for a Taser battery, for Constable Pct. 3; total costs not to exceed $950.00 – county judge for purchasing agent

17. Discussion, review and action to move product from PCT. 3 auction items from line 230-364-1630 (equipment sales) to 230-623-5710 (equipment purchase) – Commissioner 3 for buying agent

18. Discussion, Consideration, and Action to Approve the Ordinance Authorizing the Sale of Fireworks in Fannin County During the Period April 16, 2022 to April 21, 2022 at Midnight for San Jacinto Day – County Judge

19. Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Veterans Administration Proposal – County Judge

20. Discussion, Consideration, and Action to Approve Payment of Bills – County Judge for County Auditor

21. Public forum

22. Comments from County Commissioners and County Judge

23. Adjourn

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Court of Commissioners Recognizes Campaign Efforts and Camp Fire Kids Visit https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-recognizes-campaign-efforts-and-camp-fire-kids-visit/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 21:14:04 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-recognizes-campaign-efforts-and-camp-fire-kids-visit/ WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — As we saw in the last election here in Wichita County, redistricting and new voting materials forced results later than usual. But many didn’t see the work happening behind the scenes, as members of the Republican and Democratic parties in Wichita County put in about 30 hours of nonstop work to […]]]>

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — As we saw in the last election here in Wichita County, redistricting and new voting materials forced results later than usual.

But many didn’t see the work happening behind the scenes, as members of the Republican and Democratic parties in Wichita County put in about 30 hours of nonstop work to finalize these results.

Judge Woody Gossom said he finally received a message around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning saying that this group, including Republican Speaker Annette Barfield and Democratic Speaker Luis Serna-Martinez, had successfully joined forces to make it happen. .

“Sitting side by side to do it, the party wasn’t the thing, how to do a good election, and really the issues we had were with more Republican primaries but the Democratic president stayed there and helped wherever he could and was right there it was a good team effort,” Gossom said. “They were over 30 hours there, couldn’t ask for more from the people who had the commitment and that feeling of being in charge and being responsible for the election.”

To hear Gossom explain why the Wichita County election results were delayed, click here.

Also at the Commissioners Court, the kids from the Camp Fire program stopped by before the Absolutely Amazing Kids Day!

The youngsters visited Judge Gossom and the rest of the commissioners to recognize them ahead of this important day.

Absolutely Amazing Kids Day is a nationwide push on the third Thursday of every March, to write a letter or tell a youngster in your life how amazing they are!

Camp Fire President and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Watts wants to help share the good they are doing for the over 100 children in our community.

“It’s a great program and everyone needs the program. Everyone needs encouragement and we have around 100 kids a day in our after school program where they look forward to these types of events where they are encouraged by the community, the people and it’s just a great opportunity for them kids who participate,” Watts said. .

Click here for more information.

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Panola County Court of Commissioners Agenda: March 15, 2022 | News https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/panola-county-court-of-commissioners-agenda-march-15-2022-news/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 17:43:06 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/panola-county-court-of-commissioners-agenda-march-15-2022-news/ Panola County Commissioners Court A regular meeting of the Panola County Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Panola County Courthouse. 1. CITIZEN COMMENTS: This is for citizens to comment on any topic that is not on the agenda regarding county business. Members of the Court may respond to […]]]>

Panola County Commissioners Court

A regular meeting of the Panola County Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Panola County Courthouse.

1. CITIZEN COMMENTS: This is for citizens to comment on any topic that is not on the agenda regarding county business. Members of the Court may respond to direct questions, but any action relating to this item must be placed on a later agenda.

2. STEWARDS’ REPORT: These are for informational purposes only. Any action to be taken on the basis of these reports will be included in a future action programme.

3. COUNTY JUDGE’S REPORT: This is for information purposes only. Any action to be taken on the basis of this report will be included in a future action programme.

a. To record the resignation of Jordan Holland as Communications Officer with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective February 23, 2022.

b. To register a change in employment status for Shakami Manning from Sheriff’s Clerk with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department to Civil Procedure Deputy effective March 1, 2022 at the rate of $23.02 per hour.

vs. To record the resignation of Jared Bailey as Patrol Deputy with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective March 2, 2022.

D. To record the appointment of Denise Gray as Reserve Deputy to the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective March 1, 2022.

e. To record the retirement of Glenn Alexander as Department of Roads and Bridges Operator for Panola County, Borough #2 effective March 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

F. To record the separation of Steven Coots as an operator with the Department of Roads and Bridges in Panola County, Borough #2 effective March 9, 2022.

a. Approve and record a request from TGNR to place temporary 12” water transfer lines within the right of way of Panola County Roads #1252, #125, „.

a. Accept and record a donation of $500.00 from Carthage Church of Christ for the Panola County Sheriff’s Department.

b. To record the February 2022 Treasurer’s Report for the Panola County Treasurer‘s Office.

vs. To file the February 2022 Fund Balance Report for the Panola County Auditor‘s Office.

D. Approve and save Amendment No. 6 to the 2022 budget.

CONFERENCE APPLICATIONS

a. Approve and register a conference request for the following Panola County elected officials/employees: Holly Gibbs, Panola County Tax Assessor; Cassandra Brooks (2); PCSD Patrol Deputy Chris Hansen; PCSD Detention Officer Robert Hudnall; PCSD Patrol Deputy Jeff Martin; PCSD Patrol Deputy Richard Mojica; IT administrator Barry Tate; PCSD Detention Transport Officer Ronnie Endsley; PCSD detention officer Chelsi Bullock; PCSD Detention Officer Chris Williams; and Panola County District Clerk Lindsey Smith.

5. Approve payment of current Panola County bills as prepared and submitted by the County Auditor.

6. Approve payment of the current Panola County payroll as prepared and submitted by the County Treasurer.

7. Discuss and act upon approval of a proposed election agreement between Gary ISD and Panola County.

8. Award the purchase of food for the Panola County Detention Center to the lowest and best food vendors on the recommendation of Jail Administrator Tina McMullen.

9. Discuss and act upon approval of an engagement letter from Rachael Payne, CPA, PLLC for fixed asset listing and amortization schedule services as of December 31, 2021.

10. Discuss and act on the establishment of a Panola County Fire Marshal/EMC position and approve the position description effective April 1, 2022.

11. Discuss and act upon approval of an interlocal agreement between Panola County and Panola County Emergency Services District #1.

12. Discuss and act upon the passage of Resolution #R-PCSO-03-2022 authorizing Captain Adam Jones of the Panola County Sheriff’s Office to submit a request for grant funds through the Governor’s Office, Bureau of Public Safety, Homeland Security Grants Division for the Statewide Emergency Radio Infrastructure (SERI) Grant Program which provides funding for activities/projects that support the efforts states and regions to improve or maintain an interoperable emergency radio infrastructure.

13. Discuss and act upon the ratification and approval of the revised Schedule D of the Software Agreement between Fidlar Technologies and Panola County approved September 28, 2021; and ratifying and approving five purchase orders for Fidlar services.

14. Discuss and follow through with the approval of a contract with Condor Indexing Services for indexing services for the Panola County Clerk‘s Office under new records management services.

15. Pursuant to SB No. 944-Section 552.004 of the Government Code to discuss and act upon approval of a new cell phone line with Verizon for use by Panola County Treasurer Joni Reed.

16. Discuss and act upon approval of Panola County Department of Highways and Bridges Uniform Policy.

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Fannin County Commissioners Court lifts burning ban, urges caution https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/fannin-county-commissioners-court-lifts-burning-ban-urges-caution/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 03:51:51 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/fannin-county-commissioners-court-lifts-burning-ban-urges-caution/ Fannin County, Texas — Fannin County Judge Randy Moore along with Commissioners Edwina Hale, Jerry Magness and were in attendance for a regular meeting of the Fannin County Commissioners Court held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Commissioner AJ Self was absent. The meeting opened with an invocation from Reverend Lee Jackson of Bonham Central Baptist […]]]>

Fannin County, Texas — Fannin County Judge Randy Moore along with Commissioners Edwina Hale, Jerry Magness and were in attendance for a regular meeting of the Fannin County Commissioners Court held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Commissioner AJ Self was absent.

The meeting opened with an invocation from Reverend Lee Jackson of Bonham Central Baptist Church.

The pledges were led by Major James Manis (retired).

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In a public forum, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Kenny Karl advised the public that effective April 1, 2022, all Class C Misdemeanor Courts in Fannin County will be issuing warrants for outstanding/unresolved matters before their court, which means that anyone with an unsolved Class C misdemeanor charge may be taken into custody.

Judge Karl said all law enforcement agencies in the county are working together on this initiative and he urged residents to take appropriate steps to resolve the Class C misdemeanor charges before action is taken.

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Brian Neal, newly retired superintendent of Savoy ISD, said he is now caretaker for Fort Inglish at Bonham.

Mr. Neal reminded residents of the exciting history of this area, noting that the original Fort Inglish was built around the same time as the Battle of the Alamo.

Neal invited the community to come and experience Fort Inglish and said he would even wear period clothing on special occasions.

Fort Inglish is open from noon until 4:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Fort Inglish- photo by Allen Rich


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Judge Moore invited everyone to attend the 1888 Fannin County Courthouse Rededication Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m.

“I think Thursday will be a great day for the county and our citizens,” remarked Pct. 4 Commissioner Dean Lackey. “I’m proud to be part of it.”

“It’s a tribute to this county and to our region,” Justice Moore added.

Although restoration work is underway, most of the furniture will be in the bedrooms on the second and third floors.

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The Fannin County Commissioner‘s Court lifted the burning ban, while warning residents that dangerous conditions exist at times on windy days when humidity is low.

Judge Moore urged residents to burn early in the morning when the humidity is higher.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved a zoning change from A&R, Agricultural District to RE, Rural Estate Single Family District for 60 acres of 143.69 acres, Property ID # 82975 on CR 2955 Honey Grove.

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The Fannin County Court of Commissioners followed the recommendation of the Lake Ralph Hall Zoning Commission and approved a Special Exception Request for Property IDs 78166, 78172, 79612, 113834, 120501, 128038, 128039 on CR 2730 in Honey Grove, allowing The Peninsula lots 2, 11-22, 47, 50, 59-61, 67-69 and The Shores lots 11, 31 and 32 to be at least 60 feet wide.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved a 3-lot, 1.0-1.45 acre flat court on CR 5015 in Trenton.

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Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 reported $4,067.20 collected in January 2022 and $7,191.00 collected in February 2022.

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Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace declared $1,849.00 collected in February 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to transfer $8,315.33 of insurance loss payments (100-370-1310) to R&M Auto (100-560-4540).

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court has approved the monthly auditors’ reports for February 2022.

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The Fannin County Clerk’s Office reported $19,869.23 for courts and $39,275.50 for land records in February 2022.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court filed an agenda item regarding the addition and/or replacement of members of the Fannin County Subdivision Committee and to clarify organizational guidelines, bylaws and process of the Subdivision Committee.

PCT. 2 Commissioner AJ Self will discuss regulations and process with the Plot Committee and then report back to the Commissioners Tribunal with recommendations in the near future.

The bylaws state that the committee will have a maximum of nine members.

Judge Moore suggested that the county clerk and the district attorney, or their designate, be present.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court voted to approve the easement and right of way with Oncor that will service the new Fannin County Jail Fire Engine Room.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court approved payment of the bills.

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George Harmon and Klein Klotz of the Nitsche Group led a detailed discussion on health care benefits for Fannin County employees.

“We want to treat our employees well,” Judge Moore said, adding that the county currently has a good plan with a $500 deductible, even though it’s getting more and more expensive. The county is paying $13,300 a year per employee for health benefits and there are fears it could jump to $15,000 next year.

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court entered executive session at 10:46 a.m. to deliberate on whether to enter one or more opioid settlements

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The Fannin County Commissioners Court reconvened in regular session at 11:12 a.m. and voted to accept the opioid settlement agreement and authorized the county judge to sign on behalf of the court of commissioners.

A previous opioid settlement of approximately $30,000 to $35,000 is expected soon.

Another settlement of $15,000 is in preparation. An important rule of $180,000 will be spread over 18 years.

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Electoral Administrator Isabel Longoria outside the Court of Commissioners https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/electoral-administrator-isabel-longoria-outside-the-court-of-commissioners/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 01:18:45 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/electoral-administrator-isabel-longoria-outside-the-court-of-commissioners/ Isabel Longoria told Harris County commissioners on Tuesday afternoon that she wanted to step down on July 1. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — More than a week after a series of growing issues and complaints about the 2022 primary election, Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria verbally tendered her resignation to commissioners on Tuesday. Longoria spoke […]]]>

Isabel Longoria told Harris County commissioners on Tuesday afternoon that she wanted to step down on July 1.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — More than a week after a series of growing issues and complaints about the 2022 primary election, Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria verbally tendered her resignation to commissioners on Tuesday.

Longoria spoke to the commissioners by phone at their regular meeting and said she intended to step down on July 1.

“Today I submit my resignation, effective July 1,” Longoria said. “I think this date ensures that there will be a president in the May and June elections and gives the electoral commission the time it needs to find a replacement. I remain committed to the office and its mission and I hopes to help defeat harmful rhetoric to ensure successful elections in the future.”

Watch the full announcement here.

The announcement comes after election officials over the weekend revealed that around 10,000 mail-in ballots had not been entered in the election night tally. As of Tuesday, shortly before 5:30 p.m., all these ballots were counted and added to the unofficial results.

Click here to see the results.

The primary also experienced longer than usual count times, staffing issues and equipment problems.

“The responsibility is on me to resolve voter issues and I failed to live up to my own standard or the standard set by the commissioners,” Longoria said.

Ahead of Longoria’s appearance, Judge Lina Hidalgo addressed the election last week, saying she had spoken with Longoria and expressed a desire for a “change in leadership.”

According to journalist Adam Bennett, who oversees the commissioners’ court, Hidalgo said three things needed to happen.

  • Protect continuity with three upcoming elections (May 7 Special, May 24 Runoff, November 8 General)
  • Working with election commission to find new leaders after ‘extensive research’
  • Identifying Primary Problems and Finding Solutions

Harris County commissioners are seeking answers to what went wrong in the Texas primary election.

On Monday, the Harris County GOP held a press conference to announce a new lawsuit against Longoria for what they called the “worst election fiasco in Texas history.”

The Harris County GOP has been calling for Longoria’s resignation since last week and after she made the announcement, the party released the following statement:

“Harris County is the third largest county in the nation with the longest ballot nationally – it is critical that we run our election properly. The widespread problems with the primary election are inexcusable and due to the incompetence of Democratic leader Lina Hidalgo and her unelected, unqualified election administrator Isabel Longoria, which is why the Harris County GOP took action by filing a lawsuit, calling for the firing or resignation of Longoria and calling for the appointment of an independent election monitor. While Longoria’s resignation today is a good first step, it is not the only step the Harris County voter needs to see happen before the elections are held. upcoming elections Longoria cannot stay in place for the May 7 local elections or the May 24 run-off primaries without independent oversight from the court or the Secretary of State. what she resigned on the spot, independent oversight is needed immediately, independent of Harris County and Harris County elections. this.”

Longoria spoke out against allegations of voting delays, saying the counting process was normal for an election. For uncaptured ballots, the administrator’s office said it would be transparent and provide updates when available.

Longoria’s full resignation message can be read below:

“Today I am tendering my resignation effective July 1. This date guarantees the presence of a presiding officer during the May and June elections and gives the electoral commission the time it needs to find a replacement. I remain committed to the office and its mission and hope to help defeat harmful rhetoric to ensure successful elections in the future.

Ultimately, the onus is on me to address these issues and conduct elections on behalf of the voters. I did not meet my own standard or the standard set by the Court of Commissioners. But thanks to this transition, we now have a real opportunity to have difficult but necessary conversations in order to solve the problems of future elections and to further strengthen the electoral administration.

But I also feel compelled to add context to the moments that have brought us to today.

Since the 2020 presidential election, bad faith actors across the country have worked to undermine the integrity of our elections and sow distrust in our civic institutions.

Across the country, we have witnessed repeated attempts to cast doubt on election results if votes were not counted within 24 hours. This rhetoric continues here locally: the arbitrary 24-hour rule in Texas has been weaponized and threatens the principle of precision over speed. I am deeply concerned that these attacks on our civic processes and institutions maximize short-term political gains but sacrifice long-term confidence in the foundation of our democracy.

The checks and balances of the solicitation process are designed to shed light on any issues in the unofficial election night results.

That’s the whole point of the process.

Declaring a failure before the process is complete does a disservice to voters. He assumes that anything after election night doesn’t matter, although the solicitation period is the most critical part of our election process.

Additionally – SB1’s restrictive election laws are a direct result of Harris County – the largest and most diverse in the state – expanding voter access through innovative practices such as drive-thru voting, voting 24 hours a day and expanding access to mail. ballot papers.

And the issues our county faced in this election are not unique – counties across the state faced similar issues with staffing and implementing new SB1 requirements.

However – attacks on Harris County continue past SB1 Pass. These lawsuits and talking points we see now were drafted when this office was created and serve today as a distraction from conversations about how to improve the process, invest resources and improve our elections. .

Instead of working together to solve problems, these actions only further divide and eliminate opportunities for improvement. This does not excuse the mistakes that have been made, but to ignore the culture of fear and lies that leads to political violence and an attack on our democracy is to miss a crucial variable in this problem .”

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Court of Commissioners to discuss creation of public defender’s office | Premium https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-to-discuss-creation-of-public-defenders-office-premium/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 21:30:00 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-to-discuss-creation-of-public-defenders-office-premium/ Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller will lead a discussion on the possibility of opening a public defender’s office in Victoria County at the Commissioners Court on Monday. The office would be responsible for providing legal representation to indigent defendants, Zeller said. “It’s technically a state responsibility, but it’s been passed down to counties for implementation […]]]>

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller will lead a discussion on the possibility of opening a public defender’s office in Victoria County at the Commissioners Court on Monday.

The office would be responsible for providing legal representation to indigent defendants, Zeller said.

“It’s technically a state responsibility, but it’s been passed down to counties for implementation and payment in most counties,” he said.

In recent years, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission has made grants available to carry out this function through the establishment of an Office of the Public Defender, Zeller said.

Victoria County spends nearly $1 million a year on indigent criminal defense, Zeller said.

“It is possible that CDTI may be able to help with some of this financial burden,” he said.

Currently, Victoria County operates on a rotational system, he said, in which attorneys volunteer to provide their services to indigent defendants.

“One of the challenges has been how there are fewer and fewer people volunteering for these roles,” Zeller said. “It created a kind of challenge in the district courts.”

If the office is established, Zeller said, it should be developed as a regional office, not a county office.

“The programs that CDTI promotes and prioritizes are regional public defender offices where a county would partner with one or more neighboring counties to perform this function,” he said.

Zeller declined to speculate on which surrounding counties might be interested in this regional venture.

Cody covers the beat of business for the attorney. He can be reached at (361) 580-6504 or cbaird@vicad.com

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Court of Commissioners approves increases for MPs and jailers | News https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-approves-increases-for-mps-and-jailers-news/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-approves-increases-for-mps-and-jailers-news/ The Anderson County Commissioners Court has approved a pay raise for employees of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Jail. In a presentation to the Court, Sheriff Rudy Flores suggested taking money budgeted in fiscal year 2022 for vacancies and using it to provide pay raises and help retain employees. he currently has on staff. […]]]>

The Anderson County Commissioners Court has approved a pay raise for employees of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Jail.

In a presentation to the Court, Sheriff Rudy Flores suggested taking money budgeted in fiscal year 2022 for vacancies and using it to provide pay raises and help retain employees. he currently has on staff.

Flores has gone to court several times over employment and retention issues, paying close attention to the county’s pay scale for his employees.

“The economy has changed a lot over the past two years,” Flores said. “At the level we are paying, we are no longer able to attract candidates, despite my best efforts.”

Despite their attempts to advertise and organize job fairs, they did not receive any serious applications. Flores said most communities the size of Palestine and Anderson County pay between $50,000 and $60,000 a year.

“What we’re doing isn’t 100% working,” he said. “We have to increase it.”

Flores told the court Thursday that he recently lost deputies to the Grapeland Police Department.

He proposed to the Court to use unspent salary funds from the 2022 budget, suspend three patrol salaries and three of the prison staff salaries that they were unable to fill from the 2022 budget and distribute these funds among its staff.

“To retain the people I have, stop the bleeding while I continue to recruit and find new candidates,” Flores said.

The jail is one employee away from complying with state-mandated minimum staffing levels, which will require the county to house inmates in another county. County Judge Robert Johnston said housing an out-of-county inmate cost about $60 a day, with the added cost of all medical and transportation costs.

Flores said his staff operates on 12-hour shifts. In the prison, he is mandated by the state to have one jailer for every 48 people in custody. With staff available, he needs five jailers per shift each day, for four 12-hour shifts per week. To adequately cover it at the minimum level required, a total of 20 employees would be needed.

“I don’t have 20 employees, I have 15,” he said.

Flores said his jailers worked overtime and signed up to cover shifts to ensure the prison was always compliant.

“I’m proud to say that my staff are voluntarily signing up to cover these shifts,” he said. “They take pride in their work and say, ‘We won’t let this prison slip out of compliance with state law. We are too proud of what we do. We’ll cover that for you, sheriff. “

Flores told the court they should have one patrol sergeant and three assistants on duty per shift, but are currently working with two people per shift.

The proposed increases will raise the salaries of jailers from $34,728.75 to $40,000 and those of an assistant from $39,690 to $44,000.

The Court of Commissioners passed the point unanimously.

Prison Captain TJ Choate said he was grateful for what the Sheriff and Court of Commissioners had done for his prison staff.

“I have 14 jailers who are extremely dedicated and hard-working employees,” Choate said. “They are doing everything they can to make this situation work and to keep the prison in compliance. I am very proud of them and all they do every day and grateful to the Sheriff for working with the Court of Commissioners to increase their salaries.

Flores said this is just the first step in his plan to retain and recruit employees for his staff.

During the meeting, the Commissioners also approved:

• agenda items for approval, including budget amendments, payment of bills and utilities crossing county roads,

• and authorization for the Office of the Auditor to issue Requests for Proposals for Administrative Services and Requests for Qualifications for Professional Services, for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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Early primary election results show incumbents leading races in Williamson County Commissioners Court https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/early-primary-election-results-show-incumbents-leading-races-in-williamson-county-commissioners-court/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 01:36:47 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/early-primary-election-results-show-incumbents-leading-races-in-williamson-county-commissioners-court/ Beginning at 7 p.m. March 1, Williamson County reports early voting election results. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Journal) Editor’s Note: Visit https://communityimpact.com/voter-guide for all primary election results in your community. As Williamson County reports early voting results, the three Republican members of the Court of Commissioners awaiting re-election lead their primary races. The Republican winners of […]]]>

Beginning at 7 p.m. March 1, Williamson County reports early voting election results. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Journal)

Editor’s Note: Visit https://communityimpact.com/voter-guide for all primary election results in your community.

As Williamson County reports early voting results, the three Republican members of the Court of Commissioners awaiting re-election lead their primary races.

The Republican winners of the primary election for county judge and the Precinct 2 and 4 commissioner seats will advance to the November general election. Only one Democrat has requested a place on the ballot in each race for the commissioners’ court and will also qualify for the Nov. 8 general election.

In the race for county judge, incumbent Bill Gravell won 61.07% of the vote, or 14,799 votes, ahead of Ryan Gallagher, who won 38.93% of the vote, or 9,432 votes.

Incumbent Cynthia Long leads challenger JT Cox in the Precinct 2 race. Long received 59.95% of the vote, or 3,288 votes, while Cox trails with 2,197 votes, or 40.05% of the vote.

In Precinct 4, incumbent Russ Boles garnered 63.83% of the vote, or 3,625 votes. His challenger, Terri Romere, won 36.17% of the vote, or 2,054 votes.

As of 7 p.m., Williamson County is reporting the results of 42,356 ballots cast during the early voting period. No polling station communicates the results of the polling day.

Election results are not official until they have been consulted and certified.

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Court of Commissioners to review airport governance | Premium https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-to-review-airport-governance-premium/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/court-of-commissioners-to-review-airport-governance-premium/ Victoria County Commissioners will receive the scope of work from a consultancy firm that will review the Victoria Regional Airport governance model at the Commissioners Court on Monday. The airport has been governed by an airport commission since Victoria County inherited it from the Air Force after the Korean War, County Commissioner Clint Ives said. […]]]>

Victoria County Commissioners will receive the scope of work from a consultancy firm that will review the Victoria Regional Airport governance model at the Commissioners Court on Monday.

The airport has been governed by an airport commission since Victoria County inherited it from the Air Force after the Korean War, County Commissioner Clint Ives said. The airport commission is made up of five members.

“The question is: is this the right way to govern the airport? said Ives. “It’s not that it doesn’t work, but is there another model we can move on to?”

The review – which could be conducted by Steven Baldwin Associates – comes after the county of Victoria, the city of Victoria, the port, the airport and the Victoria Economic Development Corp. came together last year to promote the airport, Ives said.

Their collective goal is to reach 10,000 boardings per year, he said. One boarding is counted for each person boarding a commercial aircraft departing from Victoria.

In 2021, Victoria’s boardings were around 6,800, Ives said.

If the airport can hit that 10,000 boarding mark, that will legitimize the airport and trigger a federal grant, Ives said.

“When you hit 10,000, that triggers a $1 million a year federal capital improvement grant for the airport, so that’s a game-changer,” he said.

The governance model review is expected to take 12-18 months and cost $150,000.

Cody covers the beat of business for the attorney. He can be reached at (361) 580-6504 or cbaird@vicad.com

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Panola County Court of Commissioners Agenda: March 1, 2022 | News https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/panola-county-court-of-commissioners-agenda-march-1-2022-news/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://gonzalesforcommissioner.com/panola-county-court-of-commissioners-agenda-march-1-2022-news/ Panola County Commissioners Court A regular meeting of the Panola County Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Panola County Courthouse. 1. CITIZEN COMMENTS: This is for citizens to comment on any topic that is not on the agenda regarding county business. Members of the Court may respond to […]]]>

Panola County Commissioners Court

A regular meeting of the Panola County Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Panola County Courthouse.

1. CITIZEN COMMENTS: This is for citizens to comment on any topic that is not on the agenda regarding county business. Members of the Court may respond to direct questions, but any action relating to this item must be placed on a later agenda.

2. STEWARDS’ REPORT: These are for informational purposes only. Any action to be taken on the basis of these reports will be included in a future action programme.

3. COUNTY JUDGE‘S REPORT: This is for information purposes only. Any action to be taken on the basis of this report will be included in a future action programme.

a. To register Whitney Harrison’s employment as a Communications Officer with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective March 1, 2022 at the rate of $16.06 per hour.

b. To record the resignation of Matthew Williamson as Detention Officer with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department effective March 4, 2022.

a. Approve and register an application by Comstock Resources to place a 10-inch pipeline borehole within the Panola County Road 3122 right-of-way.

a. Approve the minutes of the meetings of the Court of Commissioners held during the month of February 2022.

b. Approve and register the Affordable Care Act of 2022 Reporting and Tracking Service (ARTS) Renewal Confirmation Program Agreement between the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool and Panola County.

vs. Approve and register the annual Federal Fair Share Agreement and Certification Report between the Federal Government, Panola County Sheriff’s Department and Panola County for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

D. Approve and register the annual Federal Fair Share Agreement and Certification Report between the Federal Government, Panola County Criminal District Attorney’s Office and Panola County for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

e. Approve and register the annual Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification Report between the Federal Government, Panola County 1 and 4 Police Station Offices and Panola County for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

F. Approve and register the annual Federal Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification Report between the Federal Government, Panola County 2 and 3 Police Station Offices and Panola County for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

g. Ratify and register the Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture Report by Law Enforcement Agency for the Panola County Sheriff’s Department for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

h. Ratify and register the Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture Report by Law Enforcement Agency for Panola County Constabulary Precincts #1 and #4 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

I. Ratify and register the Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture Report by Law Enforcement for Panola County Precincts #2 and #3 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.

J. To record the financial statements of the Panola County Juvenile Probation Department for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021.

k. To record the financial statements of the Panola County Community and Correctional Supervision Department for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021.

I. To file Declaration of Office and Oath of Office forms for Panola County Emergency Services District #1 Board Member Gene Giles.

M. To file the declaration of office and oath of office forms for Glenn Hambrick, member of the Sharpe Field Advisory Board of Panola County Airport.

nm Approve and register Amendment No. 5 to the 2022 budget.

y. To register a Panola County General Certificate for the East Texas Housing Finance Corporation General Counsel.

CONFERENCE APPLICATIONS

a. Approve and save one or more conference application forms for the following Panola County elected officials/employees: Justice of the Peace for Panola County, Districts 2 and 3, Toni Hughes; Panola County Justice of the Peace Clerk, Precincts #2 and #3 Maria Hernandez; Clerk of the Justice of the Peace for Panola County, Precincts #2 and #3 Mary Sue Kiper; Holly Gibbs, Panola County Tax Assessor; Cassandra Brooks, assistant chief assessor/collector of taxes for Panola County; and Panola County Treasurer Joni W. Reed.

5. Approve payment of current Panola County bills as prepared and submitted by the County Auditor.

6. Approve payment of the current Panola County payroll as prepared and submitted by the County Treasurer.

7. To open sealed proposals for an Ad Valorem Automated Tax Collection System for the Panola County Tax Assessor-Collector. The proposals could be granted at a future court meeting.

8. Discuss and act upon County Judge David L. Anderson’s approval of enrollment of eligible county employees in the 2022 Cybersecurity Training Course hosted by the Texas Association of Counties.

9. Discuss and act on the approval of a special election order for May 7, 2022.

10. Discuss and act upon approval of an engagement agreement between Panola County and Hause Monnin Consulting.

11. Discuss and act upon approval of the cancellation of the initial subscription between Panola County, Texas and Vista Solutions Group regarding the Panola County Office of Elections; and to authorize the county judge to notify the company of the said cancellation.

12. Discuss and take action by proclaiming March 5, 2022 as Panola County Cleanup Day in Panola County.

13. Discuss and act on the approval of the interlocal agreement between Panola County and Shelby County, Texas regarding the allocation of 9-1-1 boundaries.

14. Discuss and act on the approval of Guardian Security Solutions, LC proposals for camera system upgrades.

15. Discuss and act upon approval of a maintenance agreement between Panola County and Sydaptic, Inc. regarding routine maintenance of the Panola County Detention Center.

16. Discuss and act upon approval of a Genesis eBonds License and Service Provider Agreement between Panola County and GenCore Candeo, Ltd. DBA The Genesis Group for Panola County Detention Center.

17. Discuss and act after approving the posting of a petition to close part (the last 1,027 feet) of County Road #1833.

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