The Jones County Commissioner’s Court met for their regular scheduled meeting on September 14, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was called to order and minutes from the previous meeting were approved. A public hearing was then opened to discuss the proposed tax rate for Jones County. Judge Dale Spurgin stated that the proposed tax rate was 0.661368 per $100 valuation. The tax rate from the previous year was 0.643007 per $100 which showed an increase in this year of .661. No one was present to speak on the proposed tax rate but another public hearing will be called on September 21 at 9:00 a.m. to go over the matter once again. The court will vote to adopt the proposed tax rate on September 28 at their next regular scheduled meeting.
Once discussion was completed over the proposed tax rate the court discussed bids for property. A bid by Robert F. Delce was approved for Tract 1; (R27712), Lot 13, Block 59; Tract 2: (R12231 )Lot 6, Block 88, original town of Stamford for $150. The court approved a $500 bid from Barbara and Floyd Woolf Jr. for the purchase of (R16614) Lot 10, Block 36 of the town of Hamlin. The court also approved a $1405.00 bid for the purchase of (R28935) Lot 6 and South 16 2/3 feet of Lot 5, Block 198, Johnson Addition, town of Anson with court costs of $1087.00 from Carlos Lozano. One last bid was approved from Doug Howard for the purchase of R17261, Lot 1, Block A, Dodson Hill Addition, City of Stamford for $600.
The court then approved the interlocal agreements between Jones County and the City of Anson, City of Hawley, City of Lueders, City of Stamford, Hawley ISD and Lueders Avoca ISD. A joint resolution for a joint election to be held on November 3, 2015 was approved. The court approved a contract and agreement between Jones County and Tom Green County to care for a juvenile offender for $95 per day. This contract is an annual contract.
Due to the county no longer using the Hamlin Senior Citizen they voted to discontinue their electric service at the building and cancel their contact which in turn might leave them paying a small termination fee. Judge Spurgin stated a church in Hamlin would be using the building. The court agreed they would make sure the church had set up service before they discontinued the county’s service. Spurgin said he was certain the church had contacted the electric provider on switching the service over and all that was left to do was for the county to cancel their contract with that provider.
With the recent lack of precipitation, Spurgin told the commissioner that there had been several fires in and around the county. He felt that it might be necessary to implement a Burn Ban for the county. The court approved that the county would go under a Burn Ban starting at 12:00 a.m. on September 15 but there would be agricultural exceptions made.
With FEMA assessing the precincts of the county from rains that damaged many of the county’s roads, bids were taken and discussed. Judge Spurgin went over the bids with the commissioners. He told them that it was up to each precinct on whom they chose to help with their repairs. Spurgin said that they must provide proof of insurance and verification that they are licensed to operate the machinery being used. He told the commissioners that work on roads covered through FEMA and the County Transportation Infrastructure Grant needed to be completed within 18 months. Spurgin informed the court that the $350,000 grant they had applied for through TDA was not awarded to the county in the first round of disbursements. There were 18 who had applied for the funds and 5 of those 18 did not get funding. Spurgin said he was checking into whether the county needed to reapply for the grant before the February 1 deadline. He stated that FEMA had almost completed the assessment of the damage to the county and would soon meet with commissioners to sign off on the paperwork. Spurgin felt confident that the county was in shape but that the process will be a slow one. “This is a new day and this is how they do it.” With so many roads needing repair in the county, Spurgin told commissioners that amendments could be done through him if there were certain roads that the precincts needed to cover through the County Transportation Infrastructure Grant rather than through FEMA. He said that the amendments could be handled locally through the Abilene office.
Amber Thompson was not present to give the treasurer’s report due to illness. Judge Spurgin went over the treasurer’s report with the court. The county’s secured amount was $7,555,892.05 with a balance of $6,190,017.82 leaving the county over secured $1,365,874.23. Spurgin stated that some overtime had been paid out to jail employees but the jail was now fully staffed with four new employees. The court then approved budget amendments, line item transfers and paying of the bills. The meeting was adjourned.