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Polk County LogoThe Polk County Commissioners Court will enter into an executive session to discuss and consider the appointment of an interim tax assessor-collector during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Any action, however, will be taken upon return to open session. Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector Leslie Jones Burks is retiring effective May 31.

A budget workshop is on the agenda during which the Court will discuss and consider: the long-range impact of changes to the longevity policy; an adjustment to the pay scale; requests for new positions; a request for vehicles to be included in the Enterprise Fleet Leasing Program; capital purchases and maintenance capital outlay (buildings); and budget considerations and timeline.

The Court will consider action regarding the request for bids for the Corrigan Sub-Courthouse, to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2023 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt, and will also consider action regarding the request for bids for the Precinct 4 Road and Bridge renovations, to be paid from the American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Action regarding expenditures from the maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds) will be considered for action, specifically, the replacement of the air conditioning unit at the jail laundry facility and advertise for bids for the replacement of windows at the Dunbar complex.

The Court will consider a request for purchase to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2023 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt, specifically, courtroom furnishings in the amount of $1,070.89 for the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace.

Sheriff Byron Lyons’ request for the purchase of a replacement vehicle for a patrol officer using the funds paid by insurance for the totaled vehicle and the method of funding the remaining balance will be considered. Commissioners will also consider action to replace the information technology department’s totaled vehicle.

An order authorized the sale of fireworks during the Memorial Day period of May 24 through midnight May 29 will be considered.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action forms submitted department heads since the last meeting, review any authorized emergency hires and receive and record personnel actions forms submitted by elected officials since the last meeting.

The Court will also consider action on fiscal year 2023 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the county auditor’s office.

A proclamation recognizing Soil and Water Stewardship Conservation Week will be presented during the portion of the meeting reserved for informational reports. Additionally, the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2023 will be presented on behalf of the Government Finance Officers Association.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of the April 11 regular meeting;

Approve schedules of bills;

Approve order designating surplus property;

Receive county auditor’s monthly report, pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114.025;

Receive county treasurer’s second quarter fiscal year 2023 report;

Receive county treasurer’s monthly report for March;

Approve renewal agreement with Texas Department of Public Safety for the release of driver records for county employment;

Approve memorandum of understanding with Onalaska ISD for local disaster preparedness (sheltering);

Ratify agreement with Beard Drafting & Design to provide bid specifications for remodel of Corrigan Sub-Courthouse and Precinct 4 Road and Bridge;

Approve extension of Bancorp South equipment finance lease #27 (for eight Mack granite 64FRF dump trucks) from April 20, 2023 to June 30, 2023, with additional interest payment to be paid from the road and bridge capital leases fund; and

Approve request from District Attorney Shelly Sitton for asset forfeiture expenditure of seized property, not to exceed $27,988, for the purchase of a used 2022 Ford Escape.


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