Sheriff’s Office Receives Award

By Teresa Barbian

 

The Jones County Commissioner’s Court met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2016. Shara Jones presented an award of appreciation on behalf of the Anson VFW to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. This award was given to the Sheriff’s Office for all the help they and the dispatchers give to the VFW. After the award presentation, the agenda from the last meeting was approved.

Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on fuel bid advertisement. The court approved to open bids on April 25, 2016. The bidding will be open for two weeks and will be posted on the Jones County website. The bid that is accepted will be for the duration of May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. Next, discuss and take action on Jaguarundi Estates subdivision. This is already an existing subdivision that is looking to divide one lot into two separate lots. Ross Davis, Commissioner for Precinct 3, had questions about the separation of the lot that would affect the ability to get county equipment in and out. No action was taken until this issue can be resolved.

Next on the agenda, a bid in the amount of $100 submitted by Raul and Esmeralda Rivera was approved for the purchase of R25759, Lot 6, Block 9, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $100 submitted by Raul and Esmeralda Rivera was approved for the purchase of R26098, Lot 11, Block 9, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $200 submitted by Raul and Esmeralda Rivera was approved for the purchase of R28905, Lot 4, Block 67, Hamlin Townsite Company Addition in the city of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $150 submitted by Francisco J Chavez was approved for the purchase of R14377, Being a tract 100’ X 140’ out of the Charles Gates survey #353, Jones County. Then a bid in the amount of $100 was submitted by Francisco J Chavez was approved for the purchase of R3021, Lot 6, Block 85, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $100 submitted by Nateka Rodriguez was approved for the purchase of R20922, Being 0.16 acres out of the Charles Gates League no. 353, Jones County. A bid in the amount of $300 submitted by Ted and Melba Spalding was approved for the purchase of R14132, Lots 7 and 8, Block 4, Hamlin Townsite Addition to the city of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $125 submitted by Calvin L White was approved for the purchase of R28591, Lots 4 and south half of 3, Block 27, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $102 submitted by Michele Collins was approved for the purchase of R28518, Lots 11 and 12, Block 21, Moore Addition to the city of Hamlin.  Next, a bid in the amount of $200 submitted by B.J. Fudge was approved for the purchase of R15357, Lot 1, Block 13, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $100 submitted by Roel Arce was approved for R22770, Lots 9 and 10, Block 15, original town of Hamlin. Next, a bid in the amount of $125 submitted by Russell Rivers was approved for the purchase of R13594, Lot 7, Block 69, original town of Stamford.

The next item on the agenda was to discuss and take action on unclaimed capital credits for counties. These capital credits are from electric co-operatives that have unclaimed credits. The court approved that the money received from these credits will go to the Cash for Kids organization. Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on selling surplus property. The court approved advertising for bids which will open on April 11, 2016 for various items. Next on the agenda, discuss and take action on TXDOT fiscal year 2016 county assistance program allocations. TXDOT is offering recycled asphalt from the road work that is ongoing from Hwy 180 (just north of the courthouse). The court approved to accept the recycled asphalt.

Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on equipment and/or portable building purchase. Precinct 2 Commissioner Steve Lefevre stated that he would need an additional building or a shipping container due to the deterioration of the old gas house already owned by the county. The court approved this item. Next, discuss and take action on road material and material hauling bids and/or proposals. This is an ongoing item and there is currently no advertising for any and the commissioners have a list of approved vendors they can use. No action was taken. The next agenda item was to discuss and take action on disaster declarations and all items related regarding FEMA, TDA, and TDEM forms and requirements. Judge Spurgin had a briefing with FEMA and TDEM for the second disaster related to the ice storm and rain damage back in December. A kick off meeting will be held in the near future to evaluate the damage that occurred in Precinct 1. The court received a letter from Commissioner Miller on the disaster funds from TDA (Texas Department of Agriculture). The court is still waiting on the contract from TDA to receive a local match from the disaster of last summer in the amount of $350,000. No action was taken. Next, discuss and take action on TXDOT County Transportation Infrastructure Grant. This was just to update the court about the status of funds that each precinct would be receiving from the grant, no action was taken.

The next agenda item was to discuss and take action on the Inmate Housing Agreement with the US Marshal Service. Judge Spurgin received an email from the US Marshal’s Office that contained the contract for this agreement. It is the same type of agreement that the court approved in May 2011. The new agreement has incorporated a transportation rate of courthouse and outside facility runs. The new rate will be $56 per day for each inmate. The contract now includes additional reimbursement for medical care. Medical services inside the facility are included in the per diem rate. Outside medical services are paid for by the federal government. Transportation charges for outside medical services are excluded from the per diem rate. Two armed guards are required for medical transports. The additional charge of $15.70 per hour for each guard will be billed to the federal government as well as mileage, which will be reimbursed at the mileage rate set by the federal government. The county has agreed to increase its insurance based on an inmate population of 48 to 90. Judge Spurgin made the motion to approve this contract. All Commissioners approved except Commissioner James Clawson of Precinct 1. Mr. Clawson said that county will have problems keeping enough jailers and other staff on hand to compensate for the increased inmate population this contract would allow.

 

The next agenda item was to discuss and take action on Masonry Repair on Courthouse proposal. Judge Spurgin was unable to contact the vendor that was awarded the contract so no action was taken. Next agenda item was the treasurer’s report. The bank balance was $7,889,413.88. The outstanding checks totaled $83,835.00. The ledger balance was $7,805,578.88. This item was approved. The court approved to amend the budget with line item transfers and also approved to pay the bills. The meeting was then adjourned.

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