The San Saba County Commissioners Court met on Monday, March 14th at 9:00 a.m. in the County Judge’s Chambers. County Judge Byron Theodosis called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the Court. Commissioner Rickey Lusty gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.
Judge Theodosis congratulated County Clerk, Kim Wells for the award she received at the Awards Banquet March 10th.
Attorney David Williams gave information regarding Case #D-1-GN-11-000505, 98th District Court, Travis County, regarding the Rylander Memorial Library Trust. The Commissioners approved the changes necessary so that the Trust Fund will not be taxed. Attorney Williams also explained that some trees needed to be cut down and some landscaping done at Rylander Memorial Library.
The Commissioners approved the revised landscaping in the front areas of the Library at no cost to the County.
The Commissioners approved ordering the election for legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the County of San Saba. 644 signatures signed the petition for the election that will be held on Saturday, May 14th. Reagan Burnham was in attendance for the order.
The Commissioners approved the following items:
1. The minutes of previous Commissioners Court meeting.
2. The Clerk’s report presented by County Clerk, Kim Wells.
3. The Treasurer’s report presented by County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins.
4. The Justice of the Peace report by Judge Les Dawson. Judge Dawson also reported that the new custodians needed recognition for their excellent work - Administrative Assistant, Cathi Miles reported that the custodians are paid by Experience Works.
5. The County Jail report - verified by Commissioner Kenley Kroll and Sheriff Brown reported that eight prisoners are housed in San Saba Jail and six out of the county.
6. San Saba County to offer percent-based contributions as an option to the 457 deferred compensation plan through Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
7. The Accounts Payables presented by County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins.
Non-action department reports were received from: County Judge, County Extension Agents, County Indigent Health Care Program Director, County Grant Writer, County Emergency Management Coordinator, County EMS Billing, County On-Site Sewage Facility Management Coordinator, County 9-1-1 Coordinator, and County Trapper.
Three representatives from West Central Wireless attended the meeting and presented a new contract. The new contract is lower than last year and was approved by the Commissioners after some discussion.
County Sheriff, Allen Brown reported on the following:
1. The fire department responded to several fires - conditions are dry and windy.
2. The department is one deputy short.
3. There have been marijuana and alcohol arrests and other violations with a 40% to 50% increase in arrests the last two months.
4. The Commissioners accepted the Racial Profiling Report submitted by the Sheriff’s Department.
5. The department is doing what they can to keep the mileage down because of increased gas prices.
6. Certain prisoners have been out picking up trash and helping on a bridge project.
Commissioner Pat Pool, Pct. 4, purchased a 2002 Chevy truck and sold two trucks, one of the trucks he sold to Otis Judkins, Pct. 1.
Five new employees were added to the payroll. They are part-time EMS employees: Dan Haskit, Jason Remm, Nalea Ring, Richard Tracy and Stephanie Wood.
The Burn Ban Enacted on January 31st will remain in effect.
The next Commissioners Court will be Thursday, March 31st at 9 a.m.
After a short break, Commissioners reviewed the procurement of fuel and the cards and pin number system with Texas Fleet Fuel. Judge Theodosis adjourned the meeting at 11:45 a.m.
Those in attendance were: County Judge, Byron Theodosis; Administrative Assistant, Cathi Miles; County Clerk, Kim Wells; County Treasurer, Gayla Hawkins; County Commissioners, Pat Pool, Kenley Kroll, Rickey Lusty, Otis Judkins; County Coordinator, Marsha Hardy; County Sheriff, Allen Brown; Judge Les Dawson; Chief Deputy, Bill Price; San Saba News & Star reporter, Alice Smith.