Commissioners Court hold regular November meeting

The Atascosa County Commissioners Court held their first regular meeting of the month Monday morning at the Atascosa County Courthouse Specialty Courtroom. All were present including Comissioner Mark Gillespie, Pct. 1; Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Pct. 2; Commissioner Eliseo Perez, Pct. 3; Commissioner Kennard Riley, Pct. 4; and County Judge Bob Hurley.

Agenda items were discussed and voted on as follows:

• Atasocsa County EMS Director Don Penny provided an update to Commissioners on the current COVID-19 situation, needs and response. Please see full report on 2A.

• District Attorney Audrey Louis was granted approval to move existing employee Mary Alison Nixon to the position of Assistant District Attorney effective Nov. 9, 2020.

• Daniella Martinez with the Atascosa County Juvenile Detention Center gained approval to switch existing employees Paul Giller, Entry Level Juvenile Supervision Officer, and Samuel Fernandez, Part-Time Control Room Technician, effective Nov. 9, 2020. This will save the detention center $4,000- 6,000 annually in the budget.

• Margaret Littleton was approved to set a reasonable fee for a new service fee for the District Clerk to charge to the required posting of a citation by publication as mandated by Senate Bill 891 (86R) on the new OCA Online Citation by Publication website. The fee will be the same as the yearly approved sheriff and constable fee for the posting and is allowed by Texas Government Code 51.319 (3) which allow a “reasonable fee” where no fee is set.

• Tax Assessor-Collector Loretta Holley gained approval to move existing employees Deputy TAC Melanie Duke and Elizabeth Garza to Tier 1 effective Nov. 9, 2020.

• Laura Pawelek was granted approval to publish the Treasurer’s Report order for October 2020.

• Sheriff David Soward gained approval to promote existing employee Esmeralda Mancera to the position of Corrections Officer-Sergeant following the retirement of the current Corrections Officer- Sergeant, effective Nov. 16, 2020.

•County Attorney Trent Rowell was granted approval of the proposed variance request by Luis Ramos on Lots 59 and 60 Shadow Oak Acres Subdivision in Atascosa County Precinct 1 seeking variance of Article XIII of the Atascosa County Subdivision Regulations seeking to change the boundary lines of two lots in said existing subdivision.

• Rowell gained approval to A.) take appropriate action on the final plat of the Maravillas Subdivision Phase 2, Precinct 2. B.) take appropriate action concerning accepting ownership in two years by the county for the road and drainage improvements within the Maravillas Subdivision Phase 2, subject to execution of order indicating the same subject to the subdivision regulation.

• Commissioner Knowlton was granted approval to move existing Pct. 3 employee Adolph Rodriguez to Pct. 2 effective Nov. 9, 2020.

• Commissioner Perez gained approval to take appropriate action concerning issuing McCoy Water Supply Corporation a permit for a road bore located in Pct. 3 on 1815 County Road 328 in Jourdanton for William Jasik.

• Judge Hurley was granted approval to take appropriate action concerning approving the interlocal agreement between Atascosa County and Frio County for the Regional Public Defender program and direct the County Judge to sign.

• Judge Hurley gained approval to take appropriate action concerning authorizing the County Judge to sign closing documents for the property at 1410 Simmons Ave. in Jourdanton.

• Judge Hurley and County Auditor Tracy Barrera were granted approval to accept and approve invoices and payroll. There were no live checks to approve at this time.

• Judge Hurley and Barrera gained approval to accept the October reports as submitted. Reports missing at this time were from the office of Constable Pct. 3, County Clerk, County Sheriff, District Clerk and Tax Collector due to bank statements from October not being delivered on time to respective offices.

• Judge Hurley was granted approval to take appropriate action concerning accepting Loretta Holley’s Continuing Education Transcript showing 10 carried from 2019, zero hours for Ethics for County Tax Assessor-Collector taken at VG Young Conference, 11 hours for the VG Young School for Tax Assessor-Collectors and 5.5 hours for Truthin Taxation 2020 update totaling 26.5 Continuing Education hours. Commissioners also approved Commissioner Knowlton’s Certificate of Completion for the VG Young Conference Institute of County Government for successfully completing 13 hours of educational training at the 98th Annual County Judges and Commissioners Conference in Abilene Oct. 5-8.

The next regular Commissioners Court meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. A special called meeting will convene on Monday, Nov. 16 to canvass the votes from the 2020 General Election. Please see front page story on the election results.

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