The Commissioners' Court meeting on Monday morning, April 14th, was called to order by Judge Byron Theodosis, followed by the invocation and the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Discussion to approve or reject removal of the "County Ten-Acre Rule" pertaining to onsite sewage facility program was addressed next so that those in attendance could give their input and then leave the meeting. Giving information were: Greg Jackson, local businessman who installs septic systems; Marsha Hardy, County Coordinator; Tim Blackman, TCEQ; and David Williams, County Attorney. In San Saba County, only properties under 10 acres are required to have a permit and specifications ($170 cost) to put in a septic system. There are problems when systems are installed without instructions that need to be taken into consideration. It was decided to schedule a public hearing regarding this subject.
Charlie Peeler, representing the EMS, presented the need for an EMS Director in view of the fact that Cindy Stafford, who takes care of coordinating the EMS programs and volunteers, is leaving the area in the next two months. Stan Weik, San Saba City Manager, reported that the City Council approved to pay half of an EMS Director's salary. After discussion, the Commissioners' Court unanimously approved to also pay one-half of an EMS Director's salary. The EMS will prepare a job description, list the position and take applications.
The Commissioners took action on the following items:
• Approved minutes of previous Commissioners' Court meeting;
• Approved Accounts Payable;
• Approved Clerk's Report, subject to audit;
• Approved Treasurer's Report, subject to audit;
• Approved Justice of the Peace Report, subject to audit; and
• Approved Sheriff's Jail Report, subject to audit.
The Commissioners' Court also accepted written reports listed in folders from the following:
• County Extension Agents
• County Indigent Health Care Program Director
• County Grant Writer
• County EMS Billing
• County Emergency Management Coordinator
• County On-Site Sewage Facility Management Coordinator
• County 9-1-1 Coordinator - need house numbers or mail box numbers at all residences - this is very important!
• County Damage Management Technician Report (trapper)
The following Special Action Items were discussed, voted and approved:
• Precincts 1 and 2 - driveways improved for emergency vehicles;
• Precinct 3 - a diversion ditch needed for flood control;
• Resolution 2008-02 County Increase in Purchase Limit from $25,000 to $50,000;
• County Audit presented March 24th to Commissioners' Court by Kevin Shahan; and
• Pay Accounts Payable.
A letter from a San Saba County resident was read asking for a permit and information for building a brick mailbox. Cathi Miles, Administrative Assistant, will send a letter replying that there is a question of safety for this type of mailbox and it is also a state and federal matter instead of county.
Judge Theodosis announced that the Burn Ban is off. However, there is a need for people to be very careful when burning and to take precautions because of windy conditions. Also, businesses, ranchers and farmers need to notify the Fire Department when they plan a controlled burn.
Attending the meeting were: Judge Byron Theodosis; Commissioners Roger McGehee, Kenley Kroll, Otis Judkins, and Ricky Lusty; Kim Wells, County and District Clerk; Cathi Miles, Administrative Assistant; David Williams, County Attorney; Marsha Hardy, County Coordinator; Alice Smith, San Saba News Reporter; Greg Jackson, Tim Blackman, Stan Weik, Charlie Peeler, and Court Bailiff Mike Edgmon.