The San Saba County Commissioner's Court met at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 10th in the County Judge’s Chambers. County Judge Byron Theodosis welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. Commissioner Roger McGehee gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the Texas and American flags.
Cory Evans, Manager of the Colorado Bend State Park gave a video presentation. The Park has 600,000 acres and has had 7.4 million visitors. The Park’s attractions include: outstanding Gorman Falls; caves; wildlife; hiking; fishing; swimming; endangered species; primitive backpacking; geocaching; biking and offer a relaxing time for city folks. They have been fortunate to have some increased Federal funding and have used it wisely for needed improvements and a few new structures.
The visitors to the Park have also contributed to the economy of San Saba County. There hasn’t been many incidents, but when necessary, the Sheriff’s Department is called and they respond quickly and efficiently. Evans invited the Commissioners to come to the Park and enjoy its many features. Before leaving the meeting, Evans gave the information that he does weekly testing for grass and weather conditions. Evans agreed to give this information weekly to the Commissioners to be used in deciding whether enactment of the Burn Ban is needed. At this time the conditions do not warrant a Burn Ban.
County Sheriff Allen Brown reported that the jail count and arrests are down, and some prisoners have been moved from Abilene to Burnet which will save money. There was a discussion regarding the jail, finances and billing.
The Commissioners discussed the scales owned by the County that is operated and maintained by Hamrick's Automotive. W. D. Carroll gave information regarding the scales during the discussion.
The Commissioners took action on the following:
1. Approved the bills to be paid with an adjustment to the Sheriff Department’s credit card billing.
2. The minutes of the April 13, 16 and 28 Commissioners Court meetings were approved.
3. The County Clerk, Kim Wells’s report was accepted.
4. County Justice of the Peace, Les Dawson reported that collections of old debts have been successful and they will be able to take payments by credit cards.
5. The County jail report was verified by Commissioner Kenley Kroll and approved.
6. Approved appointing Jason Lewis and Michael Murray to the County Child Welfare Board.
Departmental reports were received from: 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.
The next Commissioners Court will be Monday, May 24th at 9 a.m.
Judge Theodosis gave information about some important meetings coming up. Tuesday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. will be a meeting with the Historical Society discussing the renovation of the Courthouse. Wednesday, May 12th the Commissioners, EMS and the City Council will meet at 1 p.m. The Commissioners discussed at length the EMS Committee's report of recommendations to help the San Saba County EMS with Charlie Peeler and W.D. Carroll giving information.
Judge Theodosis adjourned the meeting. Those attending the meeting were: County Judge, Byron Theodosis; County Commissioners, Roger McGehee, Kenley Kroll, Rickey Lusty, Otis Judkins; County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins; County Clerk, Kim Wells; County Sheriff, Allen Brown; Chief Deputy, Bill Price; County Coordinator, Marsha Hardy; Judge Les Dawson; Cory Evans, Charlie Peeler, W.D. Carroll and San Saba News & Star Reporter, Alice Smith.