County approves funds for clerk’s office

Members of the McCulloch County Commissioners Court were quite busy Monday morning as they took care of six items on their regular meeting agenda. All of the commissioners were present which included Joe Boy Johnson, Jerry Bratton, Nelson Solsbery, Brent Deeds and County Judge Randy Young. Also present were County Clerk Tina Smith and County Treasurer Donna Robinett. The first item of business was the audience with Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Groves, who were represented by attorney Laird Palmer of Mason. Palmer wanted the county to vacate County Road 202 due to the fact that it was being graded incorrectly and there is reportedly too much traffic going down a road that dead ended into private property. In addition, there is a large amount of trash being thrown on the road and on their property. The commissioners felt that the road was just like many other roads in the county in the same situation and nothing would be gained by the county to vacate the road. Being the road was under the authority of Precinct 2 Commissioner Jerry Bratton, it was his decision to make. Bratton chose to keep the road as a county road. The next item of business was the approval by the Commissioners Court of the courthouse grant amendments with the Texas Historical Commission. Those agreements and amendment were the Easement/Funding Agreement and the (Building) Contract Amendment Number 1. All of the above mentioned have to do with the receiving of funding for the Restoration Grant. All three of those agreements were approved. On the next item, the court discussed the need for a budget amendment for the Permanent Improvement Fund to be amended to show $116,000. The approval was given by the court to make this budget amendment. This fund is for the purchase of real estate for the county clerk’s office and costs associated with the new farm to market road project. A discussion was held by the court with County Attorney Mark Marshall about the easement offer for power transmission lines for Rattlesnake Wind power project. Marshall was instructed by the court to do further research on the situation and report back. Sheriff Earl Howell appeared before the court to give his annual racial profiling report. He made two statements regarding inmates in the jail in 2007, that all bookings in the jail for 2007 were made up of 70 percent white and that out of all of the traffic stops made by the Sheriff’s Department, 70 percent were white. A copy of the report was made available to the court and another copy would be sent to the University of North Texas in Denton. They will send a copy to the State. The last item the court discussed and took action on was the McCulloch County Courthouse Relocation Committee recommendation of holding district court at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. District Court found potential problems in future meetings at the Brady I.S.D. school board meeting room. The court decided to look into the possibility of using the civic center and the possibility of leasing a copy machine for those days that the district court would be using the facility. It was also discussed that the phone system being used in the courthouse to be transferred to the appraisal district office and new lines would be acquired for the county clerk’s office and a fax line. No action was taken on this item until all of the details could be worked out. A motion was made, seconded and approved by the court regarding the minutes of the last three meetings. Also, the court recognized and thanked Commercial National Bank for the offering of using their meeting facilities for the use of District Court. The commissioner’s court adjourned at 11:19 a.m. The next meeting of Commissioner’s Court will be held on Feb. 25.

Leave a Comment