FEMA Assesses Damage To County

The Jones County Commissioner’s Court met for their annual meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015. The meeting began with approval of the minutes from the court’s previous meeting. A bid for $175 was approved which was submitted by Johnny Griffith for the purchase of Tax ID R14209, Lots 1-7, block one of Arnold’s Addition of the City of Stamford with court fees waived. The court also approved a bid in the amount of $75 submitted by Connie Childress for the purchase of Tax ID# R24747 Lot 6 and 7 in block 109 in the original town of Stamford with waived court costs.

With the submission of a petition for the creation of the Anson Hospital District the court approved a hearing to be held on August 24, 2015 in the Commissioner’s Court Room. The petition that was presented to the court contained 260 signatures to support the creation of a new hospital district. Only 100 voter signatures were required for the petition to be presented.

Approval had been given in the court’s previous meeting to house Callahan County inmates at the Jones County Jail. A change in the wording of the contract was to be made. No action was taken on this matter but Judge Spurgin discussed the status of the matter. Judge Spurgin discussed with the commissioner’s that the contract for dialysis services for county inmates that was approved in a previous meeting. Changes needed to be made in the contract and the court had not received the updated contract as of yet. No action had to be taken on the matter.

Judge Spurgin then discussed the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Grant Application. The grant is in the amount of $350,000. Howco is working with the county on this grant application. Once the grant is approved, the money received will help make needed repairs that came from the recent flooding in the county. The court approved advertising for this application. 

Judge Spurgin then discussed the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Grant Application. The grant is in the amount of $350,000. Howco is working with the county on this grant application. Once the grant is approved, the money received will help make needed repairs that came from the recent flooding in the county. The court approved advertising for this application.

Spurgin discussed with commissioner’s the visit from FEMA. He stated that the FEMA representative was presently working with Precincts 1 and 2 on their repairs and damages and would soon start work with Precincts 3 and 4. Spurgin said that it seemed all was going well on the process with FEMA. With devastation being state wide from flood damage, FEMA was stretched very thin across the state. He said that Precinct 3 and 4 received the worst damage. FEMA would be looking at every site and the worst roads would be assessed first. Spurgin didn’t foresee any problems to arise. Upon assessing the damage to roads in the county, Spurgin said that commissioners might want to make amendments to the TXDOT County Transportation Infrastructure Grant depending on the area to be covered through FEMA and the TXDOT Grant.

Spurgin said that once the meeting was completed, there would be a ten minute recess and the court would then go into Budget Workshop. During Budget Workshop the court would discuss their proposed budget calendar, 2016 budget, 2016 tax rate and action on notice for public hearings.

Amber Thompson then presented the court the treasurer’s report. The county was secured in the amount of $7,976,758.33 with a balance of $6,730,177.35 leaving the county oversecured in the amount of $1,246,580.98. Spurgin had some questions on the amounts reported and Thompson said she would check with the bank to make sure they were correct.

The court approved line item transfer, budget amendments and paying of the bills. Spurgin said repairs on the air conditioning system would be done during the weekend. He said the company would be setting up the new chillers. The meeting was recessed for ten minutes. Upon returning from the brief recess, the court entered into budget workshop.

 

 


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