Architect’s plan approved for new jail

April 24, 2012

Nolan County Commissioners' meeting, held at the Nolan County Courthouse

In a three-to-one vote, the burn ban in Nolan County was reinstated for the next two weeks during the county commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, April 23, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
The burn ban was just one of several action items presented at the meeting. Approval was also given on the architect's plan for the sheriff's office and jail pending the overall costs of the project.
In addition, an agreement with ES&S to replace four automarks voting machines — that were ruined by a water leak — was approved by the commissioners, totaling around $20,000 for the machines plus annual maintenance fees. There is a chance that the machines may not arrive in time for the May 12 election; however, enough machines are currently available to meet the needs of the upcoming election.
Approval was also given to use the county clerk's records management funds towards the digital recreation of criminal case folders. The process began around two years ago, and money from the records management and reserve funds will be used to pay for the files to be scanned.
Furthermore, the advertisement for bids for the replacement of an existing 60-ton Carrier chiller for the courthouse was approved. The county applied for a grant in early 2011 and recently received the funds to help pay for the new chiller, which total around $57,000.
The renewal application for property coverage with the Texas Association of Counties was completed and approved as well, in which the county will keep their current deductible. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2012.
Reports from the Nolan County Tax Office, Welfare Office and Government Trapper were also received and approved, and the minutes from the April 9, 2012 meeting were additionally approved.
Also during the meeting, a closed, executive session meeting took place for personnel issues regarding workers comp. No action was taken following the hour-long meeting.

Comments

Agree to disagree

April 25, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 547

Sorry, Kidding, but I'm going to agree to disagree with you. The plans are not available to the majority of the county residents, which was the reason for my initial question.

The idea of voting on this is looking better to me. At the hearing, I thought we would be kept in the loop. I don't like the idea of not seeing where my money is going before the folk in Austin see it. I think I want an election.

Let's look at this.

April 25, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 545

First, I am an employed tax payer with questions - that's all. I attended the public hearing, and know that I am going to be paying for this new construction. Today (4/25) the paper says that the plans are close enough to being final to send to Austin for approval. Why can't they be made public where everyone can see them - either on the county website or the paper? There are people asking me to sign a petition to call for an election. If I can't see what my money is being spent on, I'm going to sign.

And - before you presume that I'm a person who hangs around coffee shops and listens to "them", I would suggest that you consider the number of people in this county who cannot make it into town during working hours without taking a day of vacation. You seem better informed than anyone I know...are you a county or Sheriff's office employee?? (besides, your comments get approved in minutes while mine take hours!)

They are available.

April 25, 2012 by yourkidding (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 546

They are available such as they are, and I bet they will be made more available as they get final aproval from all agencies involved.

A little aside you should know that the Sheriff's office is a county function and all that work there are county employees. I am none of the above.

Novel Idea.

April 24, 2012 by yourkidding (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 537

Sam here is a novel idea for you. Stop by the Court House and talk to your commissioners instead of talking about them in the coffee shops and parking lots with the rest of the "They" that say a lot but seldom know anything.

On the job...

April 24, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 540

Besides, I work Monday through Friday, 8 - 5 -- when am I supposed to "stop by the courthouse and talk?" I called my Commissioner after hours to talk to him. I still think that the public has a right to know what the plans are.

Time

April 25, 2012 by yourkidding (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 543

If it is that important to you you make time. Also if you knew anything about the process of construction you would know that there is still a lot of things that must happen and time that must pass before a final plan is ready to be released. What is on paper right now is not the final draft but pretty darn close and a whole lot leaner than what the Sheriff wanted in terms of office space.

Fine...I make time, boss

April 25, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 544

Fine...I make time, boss fires me, and who pays my property taxes to make this thing work...you? What's wrong with making the drawing public? It should be an open record - let the people see what their money is buying.

tried that...

April 24, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 539

they weren't particularly eager to share the drawing with me. And - I don't go to the coffee shops, nor do I hang out in coffee shops. Seems to me that the plans would be of sufficient public interest that they should be in the paper.

Arch. Plans

April 24, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 1 year 51 weeks ago
Comment: 535

So - when do we see them? Will the new plans be published in the paper?

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