September 9, 2019
BE IT REMEMBERED That the Commissioners’ Court of Comanche County, Texas met in a Regular Meeting on the 9th day of September, 2019 with the following members present: Judge Stephanie L. Davis, Presiding; Gary “Corky” Underwood, Commissioner Precinct #1; Russell Gillette, Commissioner Precinct #2; Sherman Sides, Commissioner Precinct #3; and Jimmy Dale Johnson, Commissioner Precinct #4.
Judge Stephanie L. Davis opened the meeting at 9:06 a.m.
Commissioner Gillette gave the invocation.
Commissioner Sides made the motion to approve the Minutes of the August 26, 2019 Commissioner Court Regular Meeting as presented. Commissioner Johnson seconds the motion. All approved. Motion carried.
A public comment was received from Debbie Laughlin concerning voting and the Federal Election Security Grant. During the public comment section comments are received but the Court does not address the comments at this time. In order to have a dialog with the Court the item must be an agenda item. Ms. Laughlin submitted a list of questions concerning these issues she wished to have answered. Judge Davis assured Ms. Laughlin these questions will be addressed.
The first Public Hearing on the tax rate for the 2020 Budget was opened for comments. No comments regarding the proposed tax rate of $0.629960 per $100 value for Comanche County were received. Julie Sanders ask for a discussion of the tax process. Judge Davis answered by saying taxes are based on appraised values as set by the Comanche Central Appraisal District. These appraised values are then multiplied by the tax rate as set by each taxing entity within Comanche County. The schools, cities hospital district, water district and county sets their tax rate to bring in enough revenue to operate for the next budget year. These entities have contracted with Comanche County to collect their taxes and distribute the taxes to each entity. Tax payers get only one tax statement, however the taxes are distributed to each taxing entity in the county according to the tax rate set by each entity. This is a brief statement of the lengthy comments made by the Court. Ms. Sanders thanked the Court for their comments. Suzann Thompson and Debbie Laughlin were also present for the Public Hearing.
Commissioners Underwood and Johnson made the motion and second to approve the Treasurer’s Monthly Report for the month of August, 2019. All approved. Motion carried.
The next four agenda items were taken out of order to accommodate Patsy Phifer, County Treasurer, who needed to leave to attend a Treasurers Conference.
Commissioners Sides and Gillette made the motion and second to approve Budget Amendments as presented for approval. All approved. Motion carried.
Commissioners Johnson and Underwood made the motion and second to approve the Emergency Amendments to the Budget. All approved. Motion carried.
Commissioner Sides and Gillette made the motion and second to audit accounts due and owing and approve payment thereof in the amount of $322,955.17. All approved. Motion carried.
A Public Hearing on the proposed Archive Plan for fiscal year 2020. No public comment was received.
The proposed Archive Plan states how the funds collected from the collection of the Archive Fee by the County Clerk are used to preserve records filed prior to 1990. The $10 Archive Fee is imposed for recording each public document. These finds can only be used to preserve, repair and digitize record filed prior to January 1, 1990. Effective September 1, 2019, the filing/recording maximum allowable fee will be a permanent fee pursuant to Senate Bill 658 of the 86th Legislative Session.
No action was taken on this agenda item.
No action was taken on the RC&D Environmental Grant for collection of Electronics and Household Waste. This will be addressed in a later meeting.
Commissioners Johnson and Gillette made the motion and second to approve a request for a pipeline installation from Lone Star NGL for a pipeline in the county right of way on County Roads 479,486, 482, 495, 497, 456 and 454 in Precinct #4. All approved. Motion carried.
This pipeline will be a 24” line from Wink, Texas to Meridian, Texas. Lone Star NGL has agreed to donate funds to each of the seven Volunteer Fire Departments in the county.
Judge Davis discussed a communication from the Texas Lottery Commission stating for Comanche County to receive a share of the bingo prize fees collected after January 1, 2020 it will have to approve the continued receipt of the share of bingo prize fee fund by a majority vote of Commissioner’s Court, notify the Texas Lottery Commission of that decision and notify each licensed authorized organization within the county’s jurisdiction of the continued imposition of the fee.
Commissioners Sides and Johnson made the motion and second to approve the continued receipt of a portion of the bingo prize fee. All approved. Motion carried.
Commissioners Underwood and Johnson made the motion and second to approve the Resolution and Request for Local Fund Participation Waiver for
System Bridge Program Project CSJ0973-17-087, CR 419, NBI STR.# 230470AA0223001, Precinct #1. All approved. Motion carried.
Judge Davis and Commissioner Sides made the motion and second to approve entering in to the Interlocal Agreement between Lubbock County through the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases and Comanche County to provide indigent defense services for capital cases. All approved. Motion carried.
There is an annual fee of $5,760.
Commissioners Underwood and Gillette made the motion and second to Acknowledge an Order of Re-Appointment with a 3% salary increase for the 220th Judicial District Juvenile Probation Officers, Angels Buck-$45,976, Margaret Estrada-$45,976, Kristi Hitchcock-$40,421 and Doran Belknap-$44,912. All approved. Motion carried.
Commissioners Sides and Gillette made the motion and second to set Tuesday, October 15 at 9 a.m. as the meeting date for Commissioners’ Court due to the Columbus Day Holiday on Monday, October 14, 2019. All approved. Motion carried.
Judge Davis presented information from the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature relating to legislation that will affect county government. 7,500 bills were introduced and over 1500 bills passed.
Senate Bill 2 required each county to have a county website by January 1, 2020. Judge Davis presented two proposals to establish a county website. Revise submitted a quote of $7,875 for year one and $1,975 yearly after the first year. Revive submitted examples of municipality websites they have set up. Texas Association of Counties (TAC) also submitted a proposal. The Premier set up package fee is $3995 with a $725 yearly fee for content management and a yearly annual cost of $800. TAC has established websites in 157 counties.
Commissioners Underwood and Gillette made the motion and second to approve the Service Agreement with Texas Association of Counties, Information Resource Agency and Comanche County. All approved. Motion carried.
Quarterly Reports for FEMA will be due October 31, 2019. Tricia Grimshaw, Emergency Management Coordinator requested reports be submitted as soon as possible after September 30, 2019.
It was recommended the Burn Ban remain on at this time. However, it is recommended burning be done with humidity of 50 % or above, winds 10 miles an hour or lower, method of fire suppression available, no night time burning, trash burning in a covered barrel and notify Dispatch of your burn prior to starting so that unnecessary emergency response is not needed.
Sheriff Lambert reported work was not complete on the Fire Panel and the final payment will not be made until the work is complete.
Officer’s Reports will be considered at a future date.
Court adjourned in to Executive Session under Section 551.072 of the Government Code to deliberate regarding real property located at Wright Street and Houston Street in Comanche at 12:12 p.m. with a motion and second by commissioners Sides and Underwood.
Commissioners Underwood and Sides made the motion and second to adjourn the Executive Session and return to open Session. All approved. No action was taken on items deliberated upon. A brief Budget Workshop was held. There being no further business to come before the Court, Court was adjourned this the 9th day of September, 2019 with a motion and second by Commissioner Johnson and Judge Davis. All approved. Motion carried.