The San Saba County Commissioners Court met on Monday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the County Judge’s Chambers. Commissioner Rickey Lusty called the meeting to order in the absence of County Judge Byron Theodosis. Commissioner Roger McGehee gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Neal Alexander, County Extension Agent (Agriculture and Natural Resources); and Carolyn McDowell, County Extension Agent (Family & Consumer Science); distributed booklets of the Extension Education in San Saba County, Making a Difference 2010. Total Educational Sessions conducted, 110; Total Participants in Sessions, 2,750; Contact Hours via Educational Sessions, 3,250; Office Contacts, 5,000; Site Visits, 1,400; Phone Calls, 5,200. The Commissioners Court gave appreciation for the work of the Extension Agents and Sheriff L.A. Brown commented that they do amazing work and we can’t afford to lose them. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is making some cuts and changes in the Agrilife Extension, Texas A & M System.
County Sheriff, L.A. Brown gave the following report:
1. The jail is running smoothly with only three in jail at this time; female prisoners and other high profile prisoners are housed out of County.
2. The Department is patroling, ticketing DWI’s, and investigating burglaries.
3. There have been no major equipment breakdowns.
4. The Department had a float in the Christmas Parade December 11th.
5. There have been no complaints filed on any officers or workers.
The Sheriff will address an issue about people spotlighting army helicopters and let the public know some information via the newspaper.
The Commissioners reordered 911 signs because the fiberglass signs were stolen. Aluminum signs were ordered with the total cost of around $3,000. If the public has information about the persons stealing these signs, please call the Sheriff’s office about this crime that is costing the County a lot of money.
Commissioner Lusty reported that the Commissioner’s Court meeting was not posted on the door; however, it did meet requirements of notification because it was posted on the internet and the bulletin board. The Court welcomed Pat Poole who was in attendance to observe and will be a member of the Court
in January, 2011. Marsha Hardy, County Coordinator, needed information for the planning of the annual Christmas Celebration for County employees.
Ray Dunn, CEO of Guardian Security Solutions, L.C., addressed the court and emphasized that it is important to present a Security System cost that the state will pay 85% for the State Grant application for the Courthouse Renovation. After some questions and discussion, the Court unanimously approved the Courthouse Security System for the State Grant application. Mr. Dunn invited the Court to a presentation of the security system and cameras in a mobile unit after the Court session.
The Commissioners approved the following items:
a. The minutes of the previous Commissioners Court meeting.
b. The Clerk’s report submitted by County/District Clerk, Kim Wells.
c. The Treasurer’s report given by County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins.
d. The County Justice of Peace report by Judge Les Dawson.
e. The jail report, verified by Commissioner Kenley Kroll of 311 prisoners/30 day period.
f. Precinct’s 1 & 2 - purchase of 2011 Gooseneck 30' Trailer for $8,999.
g. Pay Accounts Payable presented by County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins.
The non-action Departmental Reports were accepted and the Burn Ban will remain enacted.
The next Commissioner’s Court will be Monday, December 27th at 9 a.m.
The following went to the Mobile Unit for a presentation about the Security System: Commissioners Roger McGehee, Kenley Kroll, Rickey Lusty, Otis Judkins; County Coordinator, Marsha Hardy; Chief Deputy, Bill Price; Jail Administrator, Brenda Willis; Pat Poole, San Saba News & Star Reporter, Alice Smith. The Court returned to the County Judge’s Chambers and Commissioner Lusty adjourned the meeting.