Commissioner Mark Gillespie had a culvert “bridge” collapse on St. Augustine County Road and has responded to the situation. He has closed the road for safety purposes. He has notified the school so the bus runs would be able to adjust. He notified the “County Emergency Management Manager” David Prasifka and he sent a bulk public notice out on the problem.
The Commissioner has been working diligently to get quotes on a fast turnaround to get a contractor out there to repair it. He is using a combination of his budget resources and labor the contractor provides. This will bring the project in at a price level that is low enough that he does not have to bring it to commissioner’s court for approval and he can get it done more quickly.
Commissioners may not seem to the public to be working all the time but most do not see what they do. They don’t just fix roads. They must work through the budget process, understand county finances, deliberate personnel issues, legal issues and a myriad of other responsibilities to run the county. I depend on them every day to help me with some aspect of some demand on county resources. Our commissioners have been working with a great deal of teamwork on county issues with each other and with me. I understand it has not always been this way and it is a pleasure to work with my commissioners. I try to talk to them as often as possible to bring them into a working knowledge of what my office is working on and understand their needs myself. Our jobs require us to be available 24/7 for any county needs.
Thanks for listening.
We want you to be proud of your County Government.
Bob Hurley is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org