County gets thumbs up from audit, report shows increase of $47,000

The McCulloch County Commissioners Court received good news Monday morning, as a positive report showing an increase of more than $47,000 in combined funds for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2000 was presented in a report from a local independent auditor. In a presentation summarizing the audit report, local CPA Mike Schaffner told the commissioners that this past year was quite an improvement over years past and that the increase in funds was a good sign that things were going well within the county. The Commissioners also voted to approve a list of eight names of McCulloch County residents to serve as members of the County Historical Commission. In a discussion that has been the topic of several discussions between the county and the City of Brady, Judge Randy Young addressed plans to replace the city and county radio tower located near the G. Rollie White Complex. The tower, originally built around the mid 1970s, has reached its replacement point due to age and wear and tear. The county is hoping to enter into an agreement with the City of Brady to replace the tower by splitting the cost. Details of the potential replacement will be discussed in meetings between Young and Brady City Manager Merle Taylor scheduled to occur this week. Another related issue that went before the Commissioners concerned the possible relocation of the law enforcement dispatch office to the old McCulloch Electric Building once it has been renovated. Some questions had come up about the police department’s request to move the equipment including the 911 system to the new location. The actual console and dispatch system belongs to the Sheriff’s office and as part of an old agreement, the police department was given full use of the equipment, but in return, they would furnish the dispatch officers. In a telephone interview Monday afternoon, Brady Police Chief John Stewart stated that the proposed remodel plan for the MEC building includes a new radio console and antenna that would replace the old one currently in use. The old system would be left in place as a backup. Only part of the system currently in use would be moved to the new location “We have already gotten the price of a new console and antenna and that cost is factored into the costs of the renovation,” said Stewart. “A consultant told us that the new location would only require a 10-foot antenna rather than a completely new tower.” Stewart also stated that the Council of Governments has told him that they (COG) will finance the cost of moving the 911 system from the old to the new facility. “All of this is contingent upon the City and County reaching an agreement about the entire system,” Stewart concluded. Another topic the Commissioners discussed focused on the recently acquired annex building that will be used to house several county offices. The county is currently considering leasing some of the space to the tax appraisal office and that office has requested several modifications be made. After discussing the possible renovations, it was determined that several details must be ironed out before the renovations can be approved. Two County officials were approved for increased bond amounts that are required by the state to limit liability. Closing out the meeting, Young introduced an employee evaluation and training program that could be provided by an area resident who specializes in corporate training. Having personally taken the evaluation, Young expressed his desire to the Commissioners to consider having some or all members of the courthouse staff participate in the program if the cost was within a reasonable amount. After a brief discussion, the Commissioners authorized Young to pursue negotiations with the program provider to see about enrolling the staff members. Other business addressed in the meeting included the authorization for Young to attend an emergency management seminar in Austin.

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