Architect’s plan approved for new jail

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.