Commissioners' Court Meeting August 8
Election Judges Approved
Published Aug. 16, 2011 @ 11:53 p.m.
A regular meeting of the Commissioners’ Court of Garza County was held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 9:00 A.M.
Bill Atchley and Danny Baker of New York Life Insurance Company gave an overview of the company and explained a voluntary payroll deduction supplemental whole life insurance program for county employees. Judge Norman explained the possibility of having this information made available during the open enrollment date of August 30 and the commissioners voted to invite New York Life participate
Clerk Plummer explained to the court that the county chairs had submitted nominations for election judges for the Election Day polling places (Precincts) and the Central Count Station for the court's consideration. Plummer also requested the court order a two year term as the election code permits. The commissioners approved the following individuals as election judges:
Box #1: Travis Sweet, Republican; Billie Jean Cross, Democratic
Box #2: Sherri Overstreet, Democratic
Box #3: Diann Windham, Republican; Patti Ryan Rains, Democratic
Box #4: Marilyn Mason, Republican; Linda Collazo, Democratic
Box #5: Mary Hirachetta, Democratic
Box #6: Randall Love, Republican; Harry Record, Democratic
Central Count Station: Kathy Beach, Republican; Pat Cruse, Democratic
The commissioners approved the agreement with West Texas Centers to provide mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services for Garza County.
Annual Road Reports from Precincts 1, 2 and 3 were submitted and accepted.
Minutes from the July 25, 2011 regular meeting were approved as presented and the following reports or information were also accepted as presented: District and County Clerk; Senior Transportation; Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1; Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2; AgriLife Extension/Jones; AgriLife Extension/McDonald; Garza County Certificates of Obligation Bond Fund, 2008; Garza County Public Facilities Board Bond Funds, 2005. Precinct and countywide accounts payable for July 26, 2011 through August 8, 2011 were approved. Eight line item transfers or budget amendments were approved.
The 2011-2012 budget review resumed. A representative of the Caprock Cultural Association thanked the court for supporting the organization and requested the same funding as last year, $2000.
Brandt Taylor, Chief Adult & Juvenile Probation Officer reported that Garza County will receive about $5000 less from the state this year than last year amounting to $84,728. The granted amount results in a 5.7% reduction for the county’s portion of the budget of $81,313.
Chris Atkinson of the Community Recovery Center informed the court of the expanded services being provided by the center at no additional expense. The CRC budget request shows a slight increase.
As budget discussions continued, Commissioner Brannon stated that if other entities were being asked to cut their budgets, the commissioners’ precinct budgets should also be cut as much as possible.
The judge reviewed cuts the state is making that may affect the Garza County budget. He also discussed a joint law enforcement meeting with representatives of the City of Post, sheriff’s department personnel and county representatives (Judge Norman and Gary McDaniel) to discuss budget-related issues. The judge informed the city that the county’s proposed budget is working with the rollback rate and the county is not considering employee pay raises in the 2011-2012 budget. The judge repeated his opinion that a good faith effort by the city to support law enforcement in 2011-2012 would amount to a $350,000 contribution.
After a break for lunch, the commissioners continued discussion of next year’s budget beginning with the county jail facility. Chief Deputy Sheriff Tommy Binford; Jail Marketing Director Michael Copeland and Deputy Sheriff George Cavitt appeared before the court to answer questions concerning sheriff’s department related budget items.
The commissioners continued review of the new budget until the court adjourned at 6:15 P.M.
Budget workshops are set for August 12, 15 and 19 at 9:00 A.M., with the record vote set for August 15, 2011.
The next regular meeting is August 22, 2011 which includes a budget workshop.