State Mandated E-filing For Court Cases Effective In 2016

 Jones County Commissioner’s Court met on February 9, 2015 for their regularly scheduled meeting. Minutes for the court’s previous meeting were approved. Discussion followed on the resolution for authorizing submission of a Texas Community Block Grant Program to be sent to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Hawley Water Supply Corporation was preparing to apply for the grant but it was advised that it would in their best interest to do a joint application with Jones County. By entering into the application jointly the grant amount would be increased. The grant amount would be in the amount of $350,000 and Hawley Water Supply Corporation would add $35,000 to that amount. Jones County would be committing zero dollars towards the project but with the joint application would help Hawley get the needed funds for water improvements. The area covered in the grant application would include the city of Hawley, the area that crosses the Clearfork and down to what was previously Pride Refinery. The court agreed that Judge Spurgin would act as the executive officer on behalf of Jones County in working with the Texas Department of Agriculture on the grant matter.

It was approved that the court would contract out attorney services for appeals of criminal cases. Judge Spurgin then told the commissioners that the TXDOT Bridge Report had been received. He stated they were welcome to look at the report to see TXDOT’s findings on conditions of bridges in their precincts. Precinct 2 commissioner Steve Lefevre asked for approval to purchase a 2002 backhole for $32,000. The backhole would be self-financed over a 4 year period at 1% interest. There would be no bid request needed since the purchase was under $50,000. The purchase was approved.

LeeAnn Jennings then informed the court that the state has mandated the county go to E-filing for court cases. E-filing would be done through electronic filing for direct depositing to take care of the financial aspect of the court cases. The state of Texas is contracted with Tyler Technology for E-filing. State mandate for E-filing does not go into effect until 2016 but there were hopes to get it up and running before then.

The court approved deputation of limited service deputy clerk, Laela Martin. Amber Thompson then presented the court with the treasurer’s report. The county was over secured for $178,112.55. with a secured amount of $6,992,197.41. Account balance for Jones County was $6,814,084.86. The court approved budget amendments, line item transfers, payment of bills and adjourned the meeting. Judge Spurgin reminded commissioners there would be a safety meeting on February 19, 2015 that road and bridge employees were urged to attend.

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