The San Saba County Commissioners Court met at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 13th in the Judge’s Chambers. County Judge Byron Theodosis called the meeting to order. Commissioner Kenley Kroll gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
First on the agenda was a short explanation of an Easement Contract in Precinct 2. The Court unanimously approved the easement that will be financed by a government grant presented by a citizen in Precinct 2.
Randy Henderson, Tax Appraisal District Office, explained the residential tax exemption options. The State of Texas is increasing property values in San Saba County so there was discussion as to freeze the exemptions we have or change amounts. The item was tabled for more information and legal advice.
Sheriff Brown introduced Freddie, the newest deputy, who was given to Brown at no cost to the County, except liability insurance. The Court welcomed Freddie and was impressed with his credentials and mannerism. A movie company wants to use the County Jail to film. More information is being gathered regarding this inquiry. The jail looks great and received certification from the state, with a lot of help including from the Commissioners. The County has a contract with Burnet County to house prisoners at $45 per day which is closer than Abilene and will save money. There is an opening at theTax Office and the jail is also short staffed. The Commissioners were invited to the County Jail for dinner at noon of steak & baked potatoes honoring the Tele-communicators.
Rev. Doug Suggs, San Saba County Child Welfare Board President, gave a report from October 2008 to September 2009. They had 135 children’s names for the last Angel Tree Project; one hundred-fifteen children have been in foster care in the last 10 years; ten children are in foster care in the County at this time. The Board meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at noon in Cherokee. A representative from the Richland Springs area is needed to serve on the Board. Commissioner Kenley Kroll will be attending theApril 21st meeting.
Commissioner Kroll read the Proclamation from The State of Texas, Office of Governor Rick Perry, proclaiming April 2010 Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
Judge Theodosis read the Proclamation for San Saba County proclaiming April 2010 Child Abuse Prevention Month; followed by Proclaiming April 18-24 as National Volunteer Week; and Proclaiming April 27th as Conservation Day in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the State of Texas.
The Court approved the following items:
1. One Conservation Contract in Pct. No. 1; Prt. No. 2; and two in Pct. No. 3 and one tabled.
2. Paid $508.62 to Llano Memorial Healthcare for a liability incident.
3. The minutes of the previous Commissioners Court meeting.
4. Kim Wells, County Clerk’s report.
5. The Justice of the Peace, Les Dawson’s report.
6. County Sheriff, Allen Brown’s report with the jail report confirmed by Commissioner Kroll.
7. Pay bills presented to the Court by County Treasurer.
The following reports were accepted: County Judge; 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; County Trapper.
There was a discussion regarding an Optional Healthcare Plan for 65 or older employees; and enacting the Burn Ban which is not necessary at this time.
A Conservation Contract in Pct. 3 was tabled and one item would be discussed at an Executive Meeting following Commissioners Court.
The next Commissioners Court was set for Wednesday, April 28th at 1 p.m. Judge Theodosis adjourned the meeting and the Court went into an Executive Session. Those in attendance at the meeting were: County Judge, Byron Theodosis; County Commissioners: Roger McGehee, Kenley Kroll, Rickey Lusty, Otis Judkins; County Clerk, Kim Wells; Administrative Assistant, Cathi Miles; County Coordinator, Marsha Hardy; Chief Deputy, Bill Price; County Appraisal Agent, Randy Henderson; County Sheriff, Allen Brown; Deputy Freddie; Rev. Doug Suggs and Alice Smith, San Saba News and Star Reporter.