By Jan White
CROCKETT – Houston County Commissioners covered twenty-six agenda items during the meeting held on Tuesday, Dec. 13. After taking care of business, such as approval of salaries for new or transfer employees, paying of compensatory and vacation time, and comp time for County employees, the court approved accepting John McKnight as a volunteer road hand for Precinct 2, and voted to receive a donation from Masters Timber LLC for $1,500 for County Road 4020.
The court voted to designate the county’s insurance coordinator as the county representative and primary contact for matters pertaining county provided health benefits and handling data entry of enrollment and termination of employees with county-provided insurance and other supplemental insurance and retirement plans.
The court also voted to approve a list of equipment necessary for the Precinct 2 Constable’s patrol truck and the transfer of a 2019 truck from the Constable to the Community Service/Environmental Officer.
Other agenda items approved included the agreement with Vyve to provide telephone and fax services for the EMS offices, the list of assets as salvage and disposal approval, and expenses for educational conferences for newly elected officials.
The court approved the membership and participation in OMNIA Partners, a purchasing cooperative that offers discounts on materials and supplies.
The Grant Administrator and County Auditor were given the authorization to submit a request for payment on behalf of Houston County for the county’s allocation of the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF) funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide payments to eligible revenue-sharing counties.
The court authorized the purchase of a Diamond Boom Mower from George P. Bane Inc. under Buy Board contract #611-20, funded by the ARPA Grant.
The meeting concluded with the approval of the disposal of used vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office, approval of a non-exempt license plate for an unmarked patrol unit, repairs for outside lighting for the Justice Center, and approval of a payment of $6,980 to Lucas Roofing for repairs to the Courthouse roof.