The San Saba County Commissioners Court met on Monday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m. in the County Judge’s Chambers.
Judge Byron Theodosis called the meeting to order. Ricky Lusty gave the Invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Kaye Clancey, an RN with the Wesley Nurse Program, addressed the Court. Clancey has been giving diabetic and blood pressure checks once a month in San Saba during the monthly food distribution. During this time she has found out that some people do not take care of their health problems because they cannot afford the cost. She has requested an office in the County Courthouse and the need for office help for part-time work. Her request will be put on the Special Action Items for the next Commissioners Court.
Cathy Griffin, Texas Department of Transportation Representative, gave the Commissioners the Bridge Inspection Reports for their precincts. There were some signs missing in two Precincts that have been ordered by Ms. Griffin and the Commissioners will install them. All the bridges are in good condition.
Two representatives of West Central Wireless answered questions and explained their services. Their original quote did not include unlimited DATA and Blackberry which will be needed primarily by the law enforcement departments.
The County has had around 10 phones to use and after clearing up some potential problems, the matter was brought to a vote whether to stay with AT&T or go back to West Central Wireless, who gave the lower quote. It was a unanimous vote to go back to West Central Wireless.
The Commissioners approved the Accounts Payable. $10,000 of the bills was for the jail remodeling and compliance work. The amount has been kept lower by using county employees and careful purchasing of materials which has saved the county $50,000 to $60,000. The minutes of the previous commissioners court meeting was also approved.
The following Reports were approved:
1. County Clerk’s Report- which included an increase for oil leases.
2. County Treasurer Gayla Hawkins' Report.
3. Justice of the Peace Les Dawson’s Report.
4. County Sheriff and Jail Report- Kenley Kroll reported the jail average.
Other reports accepted by the Court were: County Extension Agents; County Indigent Health Care Program; County Grant Writer; County EMS Billing; County Emergency Management Coordinator; County On-Site Sewage Facility Management Coordinator; County 9-1-1 Coordinator; Trapper's Report.
The Commissioners approved a Conservation Contract in Precinct 2,and a Resolution for the Crime Victims Grant funded by the Office of the Attorney General. There was discussion regarding the Indigent Health Care Services and the need for a part time employee to take care of this program. Three items on the Special Action agenda were tabled for the next meeting.
There was a lengthy discussion about the dry conditions of the county. There is concern about people burning even when the Burn Ban is in effect. Sheriff Brown has reported the need to set up protocol when responding to fires. The matter was discussed, and Judge Theodosis asked Marsha Hardy to take the lead in getting this organized with the Sheriff, fire departments and other emergency personnel. Sheriff Brown has reported the need for a Mobile Command Unit that would be very important for communication. The Burn Ban will stay in effect. The next Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, April 28th at 9 a.m.
Attending the meeting were: Judge Byron Theodosis, Administrative Assistant Cathi Miles, County Coordinator Marsha Hardy, County Clerk Kim Wells, County Treasurer Gayla Hawkins, County Bailiff Dwayne Shaw, Judge Les Dawson,City Manager Stan Weik, County Attorney Tim Inman, Commissioners Roger McGehee, Kenley Kroll, Ricky Lusty, Otis Judkins, and San Saba News & Star Reporter Alice Smith.