County Commissioners meet, discuss Appraisal District’s request for lump sum merit pay for employees




Atascosa County
Commissioners’ Court
Regular Meeting
July 8, 2013 • 9:00 a.m.
Ordered by
Hon. Diana Bautista,
Atascosa County Judge

Present were all four commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) and Bill Carroll, (Precinct 4).

After call to order of the Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bautista asked for public comments at which time Frank Herrera who resides in the northwest corner of Atascosa County requested waiving of fees for truck impoundment. Commissioners’ Court said they had no authority in this area and that he should discuss the matter with the District Attorney.

On the agenda next, the office of District Attorney Rene Peña asked for approval of a longevity pay increase of $20.00 per month for three Assistant District Attorneys, Audrey Louis, Leslie Carranza and Carrie Moy. Request was approved.

Next on the agenda, Atascosa County Treasurer Laura Pawelek requested action concerning publication of the Treasurer’s Report Order for June, 2013. Request was granted.

Atascosa County District Clerk Margaret Littleton was on the agenda next requesting appropriate action concerning personnel. She requested the part-time employment of Ashley Segura at the rate of $7.75 per hour beginning July 7, 2013. Request was approved.

On the agenda next, Atascosa County Clerk Diane Gonzales requested the employment of Brittany D. Rodriguez as a Full-Time Deputy Clerk at the pay rate of $2,252.00/month, effective July 8, 2013. Request was granted.

Next on the agenda, Atascosa County Clerk Diane Gonzales requested the employment of Donna Minner as a Full-Time Deputy Clerk at the pay rate of $2,252.00/ month effective July 8, 2013. Request was approved.

Atascosa County Commissioner Lonnie Gillespie (Precinct 1) requested appropriate action concerning Order to Abandon and Vacate County Road in Leming (Mulberry Street). The sixtyfoot wide street was platted in 1912 and has never been officially used for public transportation. The road has been surveyed and the Atascosa County Attorney’s office will get a copy of the legal description of the property prior to the beginning of proper taxation of properties on Mulberry Street.

On the agenda next, Atascosa County Commissioner Bill Carroll (Precinct 4) requested appropriate action concerning release of 80% of Bond on Zander Lane. Request was granted.

Next on the agenda, Atascosa Judge Diana Bautista requested appropriate action concerning updating or rescinding “An Order Establishing Permitting and Enforcement of State Law and State Rules for Food Service Establishments, Retail Food Stores, Mobile Food Vending Units and Roadside Food Vendors.” After the issue was addressed by Atascosa County Health Inspector Rex Newman, Commissioners’ Court decided to rescind the order.

Judge Bautista then requested appropriate action concerning Map Endorsement Agreement between Atascosa County and Liberty Marketing Company. Commissioners’ Court requested the map company hold off on making the map until there’s clarification regarding a proposed Alternate Route around the south side of the City of Pleasanton. Funding appropriations for this route around Pleasanton to relieve heavy inter-city congestion and traffic problems could be allocated in the foreseeable future. The Alternate Route would be built to provide big rigs and other Eagle Ford Shale related traffic the ability to bypass Pleasanton on the south side. This route would help eliminate the safety issue. The ten traffic lights faced while traveling through Pleasanton are time consuming to oil field-related traffic.

On the agenda next, Judge Bautista requested appropriate action concerning Capital Outlay Expenditure items.

First Capital Outlay request was from Atascosa County Constable Rick Luna, Precinct 3. Luna requested a Spike Devil Two Lane Spike Strip from Galls Quartermaster at the cost of $423.75. Request was granted.

Next request was from Atascosa County Treasurer Laura Pawelek for the purchase of an HP laser Jet Pro All-In-One Printer from Office Depot in the amount of $319.99. It will replace an outdated copier. Request was approved.

Atascosa County Attorney Lucinda Vickers was on the agenda next asking for appropriate action concerning the Appraisal District. This was regarding additional information she sought pertaining to the allocation of Budget Surplus Funds to provide a lump sum merit pay for employees with Atascosa County Appraisal District for year 2012. County Attorney Lucinda Vickers gave a detailed description of her communication with the Appraisal District’s attorney. She asked for Commissioners to arrive at one of three paths to take regarding the Appraisal Districts requests for the Budget Surplus Funds to provide lump sum merit pay for appraisal district employees. No action was taken at this time pending further/ additional research and discovery regarding the issue.

Hon. Judge Bautista then asked for approval of reports and bills to be paid.

She then adjourned the meeting and told those in attendance that the next Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court would be on Monday, July 22, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m.



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