Bond Election Approved

August 14, 2012

The calling for a bond election in the county was approved by the Nolan County Commissioners during their meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012.

The Nolan County Commissioners approved the calling for a bond election in the county during their regular meeting on Monday morning, August 13, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse. The bond election was called for in three propositions.
One proposition was to authorize issuing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,020,000 for the renovating and remediating of the courthouse facade.
The second proposition was to authorize issuing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,245,000 to pay for the construction and equipping of a new County Jail Facility.
The final proposition was to authorize using general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,425,000 to pay for the construction and equipping of new Sheriff's Offices, with the understanding that, should the third proposition pass but the second proposition fail, the County is not obligated to construct the offices.
The split was made, Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White stated, due in part to the petition. But, it was also noted that Vince Viaille, the financial adviser selected by the county for the process, also suggested the split for the propositions.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Terry Willman added that the split would allow for the voters to decide what they wanted. Tony Lara, Precinct 4 Commissioner, went on to say that the split will offer voters complete information in order to avoid public suspicion--something had been speculated leading up to the petition for the bond election.
Following the approval of the bond election, the commissioners also had to approve the distribution of an employee information sheet to all county employees regarding the bond election.
After a variety of other action items were presented--during the public input portion of the meeting, Dr. Loren Bryant spoke to the commissioners about the problems people had with the county projects, such as the county jail location, size, costs and if the law enforcement center would be a joint establishment for both the city and county.
He also noted that people he had been in contact with were under the assumption that the county was still open to the consideration of different locations for the county jail.
County Attorney Lisa Peterson stated that if that was the case, they would have to go back to the architects to redraw plans. The commissioners collectively noted that a different location was never part of the plan.
Dr. Bryant then added that people would be willing to pay more for a facility that was located in town and that at the present time, some people were looking at different properties to house the new county jail.
Peterson, however, stated that the money amounts in the propositions were set--any changes that would be made would have to be within the money amounts presented.
Lara also noted that they were never asked about the possibility of a new location, and Terry Willman--Precinct 1 Commissioner, said that the petition was honored in order to decide the amount of money for the projects. Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White also stated that the city was the one who pulled out of the idea of a joint law enforcement center.
Dr. Bryant continued and stated that he met with county personnel to discuss the needs versus the wants for the sheriff's offices. In addition, County Judge Tim Fambrough said that he was aware of one piece of property located near 4th Street, but was not sure if the two-and-a-half block area would be a good size for the facility.
Lara reiterated that even after all of the research, work and the public meetings held, the commissioners never heard any kind of feedback; the petition ended up raising the price of the project from $14.3 million to $15.9 million. Dr. Bryant said that he assumed that anything said to one commissioner would spread around to the other elected officials.
He also admitted that his involvement in the issue came at a later date, sometime in March. He said that he was unavailable to attend the public meetings held in the latter part of 2011.
Following Dr. Bryant's address to the commissioners, a citizen in attendance spoke on the matter, stating that nothing of this magnitude has been presented in the county. Regardless of whatever decision the commissioners made, people would either be glad or sad.
He said that he appreciated that work done by the commissioners in looking at the situation from various angles and that if this is what the commissioners think is in the best interest of the county, then he would stand by them.

Comments

Thank You

August 17, 2012 by Voter (not verified), 2 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 688

Thank you Business Owners, WASP Museum, and Dr. Bryant for making this bond election happen. Nothing like making things cost more and take longer to happen, that is what we all want after all right.

Maybe next time people should actually go to public hearings instead of the coffee shop.

Judge Jack Aycock

August 15, 2012 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 2 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 685

The anonymous citizen who spoke was the Honorable Jack Aycock...a man who has walked where our commissioners court is walking. Thank you, Judge.

Dr. Bryant's ASSumptions.

August 14, 2012 by Big L (not verified), 2 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 681

Once again Dr. Bryant has decided to stick his foot into his mouth. I would suggest he first pull his head out of his... Your ignorance is now really starting to show. Your little petition was never about the location. How many times and how many different people have to tell you that? It also isn't going to be a "Joint" law enforcement facility because the city didn't want to be a part of it. Dr. Bryant what rock have you been under??? You have really stirred the pot on this issue and you didn't even go to the meetings? You need to step away before you end up costing the rest of us even more money! Who are you to say anyone is willing to pay more money for the jail to be located in town? YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME!!! Nobody elected you for anything! You have done nothing but infuriate quite a few people and made yourself out to be an uninformed fool. Coffee shop talk is nothing but a bunch of old men and women that know less now than they knew before. Please, for the sake of the tax payers, go away and let the people that actually take the time to get informed handle the business.

The all knowing Dr. Bryant

August 14, 2012 by raiderfan (not verified), 2 years 6 weeks ago
Comment: 680

"Dr. Bryant then added that people would be willing to pay more for a facility that was located in town and that at the present time, some people were looking at different properties to house the new county jail."

This guy needs to learn to speak for himself. He arrogantly assumes he knows what I and all the other voters of Nolan County want.

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