Having only received one bid for replacement of the driveway and the creation of a new handicap parking spot and ramp at the Polk County Memorial Museum located at 514 W. Mill, the Polk County Commissioners Court voted to reject the bid and rebid the project during its regular meeting Tuesday. Polk County and the Polk County Historical Commission will split the cost of the project.
“I just don’t think it’s in the best interest of the county or the historical commission,” County Judge Sydney Murphy said.
A request from the sheriff for a five-year service agreement with Motorola Solutions in the amount of $15,103.66 annually was approved. The money will be taken out of the general fund at this time but will be built into the sheriff’s office’s budget next year.
The Court approved the 2024 county holiday schedule which will include 16 days off. These include: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15; President’s Day, Feb. 19; Good Friday, March 29; Memorial Day, May 27; Juneteenth, June 19; Independence Day, July 4-5; Labor Day, Sept. 2; Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Oct. 14; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Nov. 28-29; Christmas, Dec. 23-25; and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
An offer to purchase the following tax foreclosure property, Lot 8 of Block 49 of Section 2 of Cedar Point (Cause No. T13-167) in Precinct 2, was approved.
In personnel matters, the Court approved a personnel management system update; approved personnel action form requests submitted by department heads since the last meeting; and approved a request from the district attorney to add an investigator position, to be funded by the Rural Prosecutor’s Office salary assistance grant.
The Court approved fiscal year 2023 and fiscal year 2024 budget revisions and amendments as presented by the county auditor’s office.
Items on the consent agenda included:
Approval of the schedules of bills;
Approval of an order designating surplus property;
Approval of a corrected amendment to the agreement with the City of Livingston for LVFD firefighting services;
Approval of a resolution supporting the grant application to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments for the fiscal year 2024 regional solid waste program;
Approval of cadet training agreement and conditions of employment, as requested by the sheriff, to include reimbursement of TCOLE-related expenses;
Approval of an update to master street address guide;
Approval of an interlocal agreement between Polk County and Big Sandy ISD for the county’s provision of election equipment and services for the Nov. 7 election;
Ratify the contract renewal with Appriss Inc. to provide a statewide automated victim notification service;
Approval of orders designating the regular terms for county court at law and justice courts for fiscal year 2024;
Approval for Goodwin Lasiter & Strong to advertise and request bids for each American Rescue Plan Act water project, to be approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality;
Approval of a request from the sheriff for an asset forfeiture expenditure of seized property not to exceed $2,809.32 for K9 school training and lodging;
Receipt and recording of listing of current members of Polk County safety committee; and
Approval of a renewal agreement with Integrated Data Services for county clerk’s imaging software maintenance for fiscal year 2024.
Sheriff Byron Lyons opened the meeting with prayer.