The San Saba County Commissioners Court met on Monday, July 12th at 9 a.m. in the County Judge’s Chambers. 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.
The meeting was moved to the County Court Room to hear the report on the Door to Door Survey by the Texas Department of State Health Services that was Saturday, July 10th and a free health fair at several area churches.
Russ Jones, Epidemiologist, Texas Dept. of State Health, gave a brief explanation and how much they appreciated the cooperation and opportunity for the Survey. Jones introduced Captain Doug Thoroughman, Team leader for the Public Health Team. Their Unit is prepared and trained for disasters, and felt it a challenge to be part of the first Survey that would be helpful to the community. LCDR Matt Murphy showed a video that showed results of the one page (front & back) Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response. Seventy people helped with the survey, approaching 242 homes; 74 were inaccessible or vacant; 87 households were not at home or refused; with 81 interviews completed. Forty two percent reported receiving notice prior to the survey, with the San Saba News the highest percentage in reaching people. The Survey included the following: An Outline; Background and county information from the 2000 census; Objectives; Methods in San Saba County; House Visits; Participation Rates; Demographics; Flu and Vaccination; Vaccine Concerns; Household Health; Diabetes; Physical Activity; Household Health Behaviors; Rabies; Community Communication; Public Health Communication; Mosquito Survey; and Conclusions by Captain Doug Thoroughman with assistance by LCDR Skaggs and LCDR Lynda Bishop. Jon Huss, Deputy Regional Director, Dept. of State Health Services Region 7 (Temple. Texas) gave closing remarks thanking the community for their hospitality and being so helpful and cooperative. Cindy deSa, MPH, MSW, Regional Coordinator for Tobacco Prevention & Control will continue to communicate with Marsha Hardy, San Saba County Coordinator, and Missy King, Prevention Specialist, Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
The Commissioners Court was continued in the County Judge’s Chambers. Kevin Shahan, CPA, presented the San Saba County Audit with an extensive explanation. The sales tax revenue is down partly because of the loss of Golding & New Holland, but the new businesses that are coming shortly, will help bring up the revenue. Shahan reported that the County is in "good shape."
Chris Perry, a member of the EMS Committee, gave a report regarding working with the EMS Director, Wymond Kraft and consulting with Goldthwaite and Mason for some information and suggestions.
The Commissioners took action on the following items:
1. Minutes of the previous Commissioners Court meeting was approved.
2. The County Clerk, Kim Wells’ report was approved. Wells reported that the state has increased passport costs, up $25 for adult and up $20 for children. The County has not increased their $30 fee.
3. The Sheriff's report and the Jail report were approved. Sheriff Allen Brown reported that the number of inmates being transported out of the County has increased - the San Saba County Jail cannot house females and high profile prisoners are also housed out of the County.
4. The Justice of the Peace report was approved.
5. No motion was made for a Conservation Contract in Pct. 2, so the item was removed.
6. The policy for the use of Rylander Memorial Library Meeting Room was discussed and needs to be adjusted.
7. Approved a resolution of the County of San Saba designating the representative on behalf of unincorporated areas for the purpose of providing expanded area service with other local exchange customers served by Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
8. Discussed imposing a Statutory Fee for Law Library Maintenance Fund in the Courthouse and moving the fee to County Attorney’s Budget Fund.
9. Regretfully accepted the resignation of George M. Amthor from the San Saba County Courthouse Restoration Planning and Construction Liaison Committee, effective June 30, 2010.
10. The Burn Ban was enacted June 28th and lifted on July 6th.
11. The Accounts Payable presented by County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins, was approved to be paid.
12. The next Commissioners Court will be Tuesday, July 27th at 8 a.m.
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.
One item was tabled for information needed and put on the agenda for the next Commissioners Court. Judge Theodosis commended Marsha Hardy for her help with the Door-to-Door Survey.
David Trigg, a pilot with Delta Airlines and a member of Starflite that uses the San Saba County Airport, stopped by and presented Judge Theodosis a check in the amount of $5,000.00 for the Airport. The funds are greatly appreciated and will be used for Airport improvements.
Judge Theodosis adjourned the meeting. Those in attendance were: County Judge, Byron Theodosis; County Commissioners, Kenley Kroll, Rickey Lusty, Otis Judkins; County Clerk, Kim Wells; County Sheriff, Allen Brown; Chief Deputy, Bill Price; County Coordinator, Marsha Hardy; Administrative Assistant, Cathi Miles; CPA, Kevin Shahan and Rosie Huff; County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins; Chris Perry, San Saba News & Star Reporter, Alice Smith.