Before opening the First Regular Meeting, Commissioners held an Open Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving comments and answering questions on the proposed renaming of CRANE RD. to CRAIN RD.
Present were all four
Commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) & Bill Carroll,
After call to order of the Second Regular Meeting of Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bob Hurley asked for public comments.
Todd Perna, Atascosa County Fire Marshal/ Asst. Emergency Management Coordinator, asked for lifting of the Burn Ban, effective, Monday, November 9, 2015. Commissioners’
Court granted the request. Due to recent rains within the county, the drought index has come down significantly. For more information or concerns, contact Perna at 830.769.2019.
Next on the agenda, Judge Hurley requested appropriate action concerning approval of an order regarding changing the name of CRANE RD. to CRAIN RD. After comments regarding discussion during the PUBLIC HEARING about the change, Commissioners’ Court and discussion participants agreed to leaving the name as CRANE RD., but, to associate the road with past history and avoid mailing and 911 complications, by merely adding underneath Crane Rd. this signage.
CRANE ROAD AKA
Also, a marker could be erected on the road with historical Crain information in that area from early Atascosa County history.
Suggestions were approved by Commissioners’ Court.
Judge Hurley then recognized Sharmane Gass, Alternate Administrator of Home Health Sevices, who spoke prior to Judge Hurley’s reading a Proclamation Recognizing November as Home Health and Hospice Month.
Chris Stewart, A.I.C.P, Managing Planner with Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) discussed the reason whereby TWDB provides financial assistance to political subdivisions to conduct feasibility studies on the practical solutions to flood hazards occurring within their jurisdiction. Flood Protection Planning grants allow political subdivisions to conduct flood studies for an entire watershed to evaluate both strutural and nonstructural solutions to flooding problems. Along with Stewart, Eric Scheibe, also with TWBD and Walt Rakowitz, Engineering/ Surveying consultant, spoke regarding the grant program.
Todd Perna, Atascosa County Fire Marshal requested appropriate action concerning reinstallation of the radio equipment on the Jourdanton Water Tower in the amount of $10,000.00. This would include both tower climbs and reinstalling equipment. Request was granted.
Perna then requested appropriate action concerning completing installation of 8CALL90 equipment on the Tower located on Hwy. 97, using the AACOG Grant. Total amount needed being $3,423.75 from CTS to install grant equipment received from AACOG onto the tower. Request was approved.
Perna requested appropriate action concerning approval of order for Fire Marshal’s vehicle from Caldwell Country Ford-Chevy in the amount of $45,299.95 totally equipped and delivered. Request was granted.
The office of Rene M. Peña, District Attorney, requested employment of Mark Edwards as an Asst. District Attorney with a salary of $85,000.00/annually, beginning November 16, 2015. Salary Budget Area – D.A. Border Prosecution Unit, Grant (#154). Request was approved.
David Soward, Atascosa County Sheriff requested appropriate action concerning employment of Clinton Luckett as a Full-Time Deputy SheriffPatrol with a salary of $43,344.00/annually with $120.00 uniform allowance, beginning November 11, 2015. Request was granted.
Loretta Holley, Atascosa County Tax Assessor-Collector, requested appropriate action concerning the purchase of Quickbooks Pro for 3 users. $350.00 is already budgeted but an additional $149.00 is necessary. Request was approved.
Laura Pawelek, Atascosa County Treasurer, requested appropriate action concerning Treasurer’s Report Order for October, 2015. Request was granted.
Pawelek then requested appropriate action concerning purchase of HP Laser Jet Pro printer from Office Depot in the amount of $299.00. Request was approved.
Office of Molly Solis, Assistant County Attorney, requested appropriate action concerning approving civil engineering proposal/ contract for Justice Center Annex with ADA Consulting Group, Inc., for Civil Site Engineering Services in the amount of $20,200.00. Request was granted.
Lucinda Vickers, Atascosa County Attorney, requested appropriate action concerning personnel. She requested employment of Siobhan Mullen as a 4th Assistant County Attorney with a salary of $60,600.00/annually beginning November 11, 2015. Request was approved.
County Attorney Vickers then requested appropriate action concerning personnel. She requested promotion of existing employee, Christopher Cavazos to 2nd Assistant County Attorney with a salary of $68,764.00/annually, beginning November 9, 2015. Request was granted.
County Attorney Vickers requested appropriate action concerning promotion of existing employee, Michael Block to 3rd Assistant County Attorney with a salary of $65,164.00/annually, beginning November 9, 2015. Request was approved.
Commissioner Bill Carroll, Pct. 4, requested appropriate action concerning final plat of Lot 2A and 2B of Zander Lane. Request was granted.
Judge Hurley requested appropriate action concerning Grand Opening for County Veterans Service Office. Expenditure not to exceed $2,000.00 from Misc. Acct. Request was approved.
Judge Hurley then made a Capital Outlay request for Room Divider for Judges Office, 6’ 1/2” X 8’, acoustic and 3 stabilizing foot bars, no sales tax, free shipping in amount of $646.00 from VERSARE. Request was granted.
Commissioners’ Court then went into EXECUTIVE
SESSION regarding Deliberation on Real Property.
Upon returning to OPEN SESSION, Judge Hurley asked for a motion regarding the County drawing up an earnest money contract concerning donation of property, on Hwy. 97 West, to Atascosa County from St. Matthew Catholic Church. Request was approved.
Commissioner Bill Carroll, Pct. 4, mentioned a situation that has been a problem for both the City of Pleasanton and Atascosa County for a number of years. It was regarding a drainage problem on Pulliam Drive. The City of Pleasanton and Atascosa County announced that Pulliam Drive in the area of Brian Drive will be closed for street repairs for approximately two weeks from November 18, 2015 to December 2, 2015.
Commissioner Lonnie Gillespie, Pct. 1, said that the Leming School office construction for Atascosa County offices was about 95% completed.
Judge Hurley reminded those in attendance about the Grand Opening of the Veteran’s Office, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 24. He mentioned that Rep. Henry Cuellar would be present for the occasion.
Judge Hurley then recognized Justin Vasquez, new Full-Time IT Director for Atascosa County, who was in attendance at the meeting.
Judge Hurley asked for bills to be paid.
Honorable Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley mentioned to those present that the next meeting of Commissioners’ Court would be on Monday, November 23, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was adjourned.