The Atascosa County Commissioners Court met Monday morning for their regular meeting at the Atascosa County Courthouse at 9 a.m. In attendance were Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley; Commissioner Mark Gillespie, Pct. 1; Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Pct. 2; Commissioner Eliseo Perez, Pct. 3; and Commissioner Kennard Riley, Pct. 4.
Agenda items were discussed and approved as follows:
• Atascosa County EMS Director Don Penny provided an update concerning COVID-19 in the county. No action was taken.
• Janice Ruple with the Elections Office was granted approval of contracts with the City of Poteet and Christine for the November 3, 2020 election.
• Safer Path Family Violence Shelter Executive Director Rhonda Williamson gained approval for Atascosa County to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month for October 2020 with the signing of a proclamation.
• Adrian Lopez with Workforce Solutions Alamo presented the 2021-2024 Local Plan and updated Commissioners Court on Unemployment Claims. See full report in next week’s Pleasanton Express.
• Atascosa County Animal Control Chief Henry Dominguez was granted approval to accept donations of 100 microchips from the nonprofit Atascosa County Animal Control Advisory Committee and accept donations from the 81st District Court Adult Probation Department and issue the donations to ACAC.
• Chief Dominguez gained approval to accept the 2020-2021 interlocal contract between the Atascosa County Animal Control and the City of Charlotte, Jourdanton, Pleasanton, Poteet, Christine and McMcullen County.
• Atascosa County Fire Marshal Roger Garcia gained approval for an interlocal agreement between Atascosa County and the City of Pleasanton for fire protection services, and to adopt an order activating a 30-day countywide burn ban effective Oct. 13-Nov. 12.
• County Treasurer Laura Pawelek was granted approval to publish the Treasurer’s Reporf for September 2020.
• County Attorney Trent Rowell gained approval of a proposed variance request by Mike Powell on a 100-acre subdivision on Waycross Road in Atascosa County in Precinct 1 seeking variance of Article IX of the Atascosa County Subdivision Regulations seeking to plat lots that are a minimum of ½ acres.
• County Attorney Trent Rowell conducted a Public Hearing regarding changing speed limit on all the curves on all county roads located in Atascosa County as follows: roads with 20 or 25 mph will have curve speeds of 10 mph; those with 30 or 35 mph will have curve speeds of 15 mph; those with 40 mph will have curve speeds of 20 mph; and executing an Order reflecting the same.
• Justice of Peace Pct. 3 Orlando Carrasco gained approval to move existing employee Klarissa Robles from part-time to full-time Justice of the Peace clerk.
• Sheriff David Soward was granted approval to move existing employee Jamie Carmona to the position of Corrections Officer- Sergeant.
• Commissioner Kennard Riley gained approval concerning issuing McCoy Water Supply Corporation a permit for a road bore located in Precinct 4 in Pleasanton for Patrick Richter.
• County Judge Bob Hurley was granted approval to move the stipend for magistration from Judge Orlando Carrasco (JP3) to Judge Jackie Bodden (JP4); approved the Regional Public Defender Contract between Atascosa County and Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, Inc.; and approved to adopt the FY2021 TIDC Formula Grant Resolution for the Indigent Defense Grant Program.
• County Auditor Tracy Barrera was granted approval of disbursement of pretrial diversion funds and approval of a check to be written from the Pre- Trial Miscellaneous Fund line item 053-400-625, in the amount of $10,500, being a quarterly payment for services provided to Atascosa County by the CSCD, as specified in the Interlocal Agreement. Payment will be released after Trent Rowell in the County Attorney’s office has reviewed and approved it.
•Judge Hurley and Auditor Barrera gained action to approve payments of invoice and payroll.
Meeting adjourned at 10 a.m. The next regular meeting of Atascosa County Commissioners Court will be on Monday, Oct. 26.