By Teresa Barbian
The Jones County Commissioners Court met on Monday April 25th for their regularly scheduled meeting. The court approved the minutes from the April 11th meeting and approved the following trust property bids: bid from J Guadalupe Hernandez for $300 for the purchase of R15114, south half of lots 5 and 6, Block 80, original town of Hamlin; bid from James and Arthelia Ervine for $150 for the purchase of R27216, Lots 9, 10 ,and 11, Block 57, Hamlin Townsite Addition to the city of Hamlin; bid from James and Arthelia Ervine for $100 for the purchase of R14719, Lots 7 and 8, Block 57, Hamlin Townsite Addition to the city of Hamlin; bid from Matthew Mayes Titus for $75 for the purchase of R24874, east half of lots 2 and 3, Block 71, Hamlin Townsite Addition to the city of Hamlin; bid from Matthew Mayes Titus for $50 for the purchase of R27214, Lots 5 and 6, Block 50, Hamlin Townsite Addition to the city of Hamlin; bid from Cynthia Wells and Sandra K Fields for $33 for the purchase of R18980, Lots 9 and 10, Block 57, original town of Stamford; bid from Manuel Ramos Jr. for $100 for the purchase of R13196. Lots 13 and 14, Block 32, original town of Stamford; bid from Dennis Melton for $50 for the purchase of R10148, Lots 11 and 12, Block 132, First Addition to the town of Stamford; bid from Jimmie Rollins for $130 for the purchase of R21447, Lot 4, Block 3, McGaughy Addition to the city of Anson.
Next on the agenda was to discuss and take action on fuel bids. Two bids were received. The court approved the bid from Cooper Oil Company for .0795 cents per gallon for gas and .0795 cents per gallon for red diesel. This price will be in effect from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
Next, discuss and take action on selling surplus property. The court approved a bid in the amount of $3000 from Ender’s Farm for a tanker trailer from precinct 2, but the sale cannot be completed until May 1st per federal guidelines on federal surplus property. The court also approved to advertise for bids for a cracker box welder from Precinct 3.
Next on the agenda, discuss and take action on equipment and/or portable building purchases. The court approved for Precinct 4 to purchase a stainless steel tanker truck from federal surplus property for $2200. Next was to discuss and take action on road material hauling bids and/or proposals. Since no new bids were received, 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. Michael Falls with FEMA has completed his site visit for damages in Precinct 1. No action was taken. Next, discuss and take action on TXDOT County Transportation Infrastructure Grant. The county received checks for Precinct 2 in the amount of $79,014.47 for four projects. They are still waiting on approval of amendments from Precinct 1 before checks will be received. No action taken. Next on the agenda, discuss and take action on agreement between TDA (Texas Department of Agriculture) and Jones County for contract #7216007 for the Disaster Relief Fund. The county made an application for disaster relief from a $350,000 relief fund. The court approved for Judge Spurgin to sign the contract and send to TDA. Next, discuss and take action on FEMA Exit Report. There was a conference call between FEMA, TDEM, and Jones County. FEMA is now handling disaster 4223 (rain event from last summer) over to TDEM for final administration. No action was taken.
The next agenda item was to discuss and take action on County Building Maintenance positions. The court discussed at length whether to continue with the inmate work crew or to hire a maintenance employee. The court finally agreed to approve hiring a maintenance employee, creating a committee (2 from the courthouse and 1 from the Goodman building) to oversee the maintenance position, and to look into hiring a contractor to clean public areas on a periodic basis.
Next, discuss and take action on the Treasurer’s Report. The bank balance at the end of March was $7,311,784.26. Outstanding checks were $101,142.70. Therefore, the ledger balance was $7,210,641.56. This item was approved. The court approved to amend the budget and line item transfers, they then approved to pay the bills. The meeting was adjourned.