Kim Miles Named as New FCS Agent for Jones County

By Teresa Barbian

 

The Jones County Commissioners Court met on Monday, January 11, 2016 for their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting was called to order and the minutes from the December 28, 2015 meeting were approved. The court then approved the position of Kim Miles as the new Agrilife Extension Service County Agent for Family and Consumer Science (FCS Agent) effective February 1, 2016. Kim has been a county agent for about 18 years, and she is currently the county agent for Brown County. The County Tax Assessor Mary Lovelady presented her report, as per the new Texas Legislative laws, that she has maintained above her 20 hours of required continuous education. No action was taken.

Several property bids were received and approved by the court. A bid in the amount of $1025 was submitted by Joshua Ryan Simmons for the purchase of R23214, West 50’ of lots 5, 6, and 7, block 124, original town of Stamford. A bid in the amount of $200 was submitted by Willie and Amanda Medley for the purchase of R28688, Lot 1, Block 107, original town of Stamford. A bid in the amount of $100 was submitted by Willie and Amanda Medley for the purchase of R27180, Lots 6 and 7, Block 130, of First Division, original town of Stamford. A bid in the amount of $33 was submitted by Catherine L. Coleman for the purchase of R25114, Lots 6 and 7, Block 86, original town of Stamford. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 12, Block 15, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 2, Block 10, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the city of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 4, Block 31, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 6, Block 61, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 4, Block 40, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 6, Block 9, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 5, Block 59, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid in the amount of $10 was submitted by the City of Hamlin for the purchase of Lot 9, Block 29, Central Avenue addition to the city of Hamlin. A bid was in the amount of $53 was submitted by Zackery Gage Thomas for the purchase of R51019, Lot 3, Block 24, Edmonds addition in the city of Anson. A bid in the amount of $75 was submitted by Eugene Campbell for the purchase of R51742, ABST 981 14 T and NO1,Tract 981-40-A, .69 acres out of the north east corner, city of Anson.

The court discussed and approved the action to consider a resolution authorizing the submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Disaster Application to the Texas Department of Agriculture. This is for construction and administrative costs for the street improvement projects. The County is committing $1,935,719.09 towards these projects and this grant will go towards the 25% match of the FEMA dollars received. The court approved action on rescinding a bid submitted by Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of R27265, Lots 1 and 2, Block 33 in Hamlin Township of the city of Hamlin. The court then discussed and approved the policy regarding concealed hand guns and open carry by concealed hand gun license holders in County buildings. No concealed or open carry handguns will be allowed in the courthouse, the adult detention center, or the juvenile detention center.

The court approved a bid for road material and material hauling from Spaulding Dozer Service in the amount of $89.40 per hour. The court discussed a status update on the disaster declaration and all items related regarding FEMA, no action was taken. The court discussed the TXSOT County Transportation Infrastructure Grant. Since there are amendments to this grant and one precinct is still waiting for payment, no action was taken. The court discussed the Housing Agreement with the US Marshall Service. No action was taken, the county will be looking into the prior agreement before any decisions are made. The court approved to take action on the application for tobacco settlement distribution. The court approved the take action on the Comtroller report for eminent domain authority for Jones County. The County Treasurer’s report was approved. The secured amount with First National Bank is $7,695,691.10. The account balance for the month was $6,944,507.56. The county is over secured by $751,183.54. There were no line item transfers, so no action was taken on that. The court approved to pay the bills.

The court approved the action on approval on deputation of County employee, Steven Crawford as a new sheriff’s deputy. The court approved an order setting compensation for the County Auditor. The court approved an order setting compensation for Assistant County Auditor. The court approved an order setting the salary of official Court Reporter. The court approved the bonds for elected officials, they set the Bailiff’s pay, set salaries of County and Precinct officers, set salaries of employees, special venue pay, set licensing and registration fees for tax agents, set per diem rates for County employees when traveling outside the County. The court also approved setting travel pay for the Veteran Service Officer, set judges travel expense, set educational expense for elected officials and Veterans Service Officer. Set travel expense for the County Agent and Home Demonstration Agent. They set jury pay, pauper’s funeral expense, set the expense account for the Juvenile Board members, approved Kash for Kids donations for distributation to the Child Protective Board. The court approved Workers’ Compensation insurance for volunteer firemen outside city limits while working fires, they approved an inter-local agreement with Jones County Precinct #4 and the City of Anson Independent School District, and they also approved an inter-local agreement with Jones County Precinct #4 and the City of Anson.

 

The court also approved the following people to serve on the Grievance Committee; Jacob Ryan Bell of Stamford, Travis Long of Hawley, and Abner Nievas of Hawley. Alternates to this committee are Harastina May Moore of Anson, Shannon Paul Barby of Hamlin, and Debra Fenner of Anson. The court also approved the appointment of Dale Spurgin as Purchasing Agent and adopted a policy of expenditures of $750 - $5000 were to be approved by the Commissioners Court and stated that each request must be made in writing. The court then adjourned.

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