Tribunal of Commissioners Approves Expert Witness Fund | New

The Walker County Commissioners Court approved an additional award of up to $25,000 for the district attorney’s office on Tuesday.

Walker County District Attorney Will Durham requested additional funds at a regular meeting on Tuesday. Walker County offices were closed Monday for Juneteenth.

Durham said “these experts are needed to prove the cases of citizens of Walker County who have lost someone.”

He noted a few older cases that are expected to go to trial at the end of the year, as well as a few newer cases for which experts have already been hired at the start of the case.

Walker County commissioners were briefed on the procurement process for several pending and ongoing projects, which were funded by the U.S. bailout and special emergency funds at their June 21 meeting.

Purchasing Officer Charlsa Dearwester also detailed some of the training opportunities for employees and other activities in her office.

The commissioners also approved a contract for Woods Welding in the amount of $23,604 for the construction of a fence in the right-of-way on Roosevelt Rd.

The hiring of engineering firm Goodwin, Laster and Strong has been approved to provide engineering services and oversee security upgrades and replacement projects at Walker County Jail for $74,000 $.

Money for upgrades and improvements will come from US bailout funds.

The court accepted a cost of $7,587 for two indoor ceiling fans, including the cost of instillation inside the large courtroom at the Walker County Courthouse.

Commissioners approved $11,500 for sidewalk repairs after plumbing work is completed at the courthouse. The plumbing work should be done on June 25, but can stretch if necessary.

Following a response from the General Land Office, Walker County was found to comply with the previously questioned 14-day bidding process. This action allows projects in Pct. 3 and 4 which have been revised to continue.

Grant Works, now based in Austin, helps track and manage contracts and projects. The company, founded in La Porte, Texas, in 1979, currently serves 250 local government clients according to their website.

The Court also confirmed appointments to various boards, including Pct. 3 Commissioner Bill Daugette on the Airport Advisory Board for the City of Huntsville.

Commissioners approved the consent agenda, then suspended the regular meeting before holding a budget workshop. Requests from various departments and agencies were heard in preparation for the next fiscal year.

The Walker Commissioners Court meets regularly at 9 a.m. every other Monday in the Commissioners Courtroom located in Room 104 of the Walker County Courthouse. 1100 University Avenue in Huntsville.

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