County Commissioners hold short meeting; new hirings approved

When County Commissioners met Monday, January 9, 2012, all commissioners were present; however County Judge Diana Bautista was away attending a state level meeting in Austin.

Commissioners present were Lonnie Gillespie (Precinct 1), Bill Torans (Precinct 2), Freddie Ogden (Precinct 3) and Bill Carroll (Precinct 4).

Commissioner Ogden led the meeting as Judge Pro Tem.

County Sanitarian Jim James gave a brief summary of actions he has taken during the past few months. By October he had issued 107 septic permits. Since then, 143 permits were issued through the end of December.

Joe Taylor, County Ag Extension Agent, gave an oral presentation about the department’s activities, especially the activities of the county’s youth. He noted the Youth Livestock Show begins in 7 to 8 days.

During Taylor’s presentation, he noted that the Atascosa County 4H Ag Fair has been recognized at the state level as being the oldest Ag Fair.

Several people have been hired by the county. EMS Coordinator Jimmy Day was granted permission to hire Garret Collins as an EMT (replacement). District Clerk Margaret Littleton, was given authority to hire Rachel Gomez as a deputy clerk. Sheriff Tommy Williams received the court’s approval to set Dispatcher Kelsie Guerra’s work hours as 171 hours fluctuating plus a uniform allowance. The court approved giving a $1 per hour raise to one of Mike Lambaria’s employees.

The funds would come from another budgeted payroll where the employee had quit. The court approved Linda Foster (in rural addressing) to approve her own time sheet. She works 20 hours per week without a supervisor.

Commissioners approved the acceptance of “Best Bids” in each of the categories for all precincts: road materials, gas and diesel, hauling services, culverts and copy paper.

Treasurer Laura Pawelek presented her monthly report for December 2011. The report should be published in this issue of the newspaper.

The court approved the re-opening of County Road 420 for use by Enterprises Texas Pipeline. The road is gated but was closed in 1971. Approval was given pending approval of the county attorney. The vote was 3 to 1 (Bill Torans voting against).

Road bores/crossing were approved for EOG Resources on CR424 near CR423; CR427 near CR428; CR428 near CR427.

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