Bits and bobs: We should have a PayPal type donation button on the Animal Control Facebook page soon. It will make giving easier and repeat giving easier. Donations save animals lives!
The Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 construction is moving along very nicely. Wells Construction is the builder and Thorn and Graves the architect.
The Truck Weigh Station is going. It will be located behind the new JP3 building. Not much will be visible from the road until the metal covering (18’ high x 40’ wide and 130’ long) goes up. We have already sourced a very adequate used office to go with the weigh station that the DPS weight officers can call home. It is on site.
The Justice Center is pretty much done. I have asked for a final bill from Koehler, the contractor. The cells in the back finally passed State Jail Standards and we can use those cells as intended for prisoners at court. The Center is a high security justice building in every way we could make it. The additional bailiffs, jail guards, and maintenance personnel are already in the current budget so we should have no personnel adds to make for utilization.
The Jail addition is doing well. Butler – Cohen construction has really been “on the ball”. The Jail Cells are done and approved, and I believe the expanded kitchen and laundry is ready. We should be able to occupy soon which will also be a financial benefit. The rest of the related remodel is complex because of technology and the 911 emergency call office. We hope to finish by the end of July with everything.
The last update I received from Juvenile was that even though delayed, the treatment pod for juveniles is on track. That will not only save us money but will bring in money from other counties to help offset underutilization of the Juvenile Detention Center.
Closing quote, “Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 countyjudge@ atascosacounty.texas.gov.