By Emily Banks Wooten
Although the Polk County Commissioners Court was slated to consider nominations, by resolution, for the Polk Central Appraisal District board members for the 2024-2025 term during its regular meeting Tuesday, the item was tabled. Current board members are Pam Pierce, Mike Nettles, Tom Curran, Paul David Evans and Leslie Jones Burk, the former county tax assessor-collector. Action was tabled so that a resolution may be updated to reflect Interim County Tax Assessor-Collector Steven Hullihen in place of Burk.
The county investment policy as presented by the county treasurer was approved with only one change – the addition of an investment account for the restoration projects so that the interest earned will be separate.
The Court approved the sheriff’s and constables’ fees effective Jan. 1, 2024, and direct notification to the state comptroller, pursuant to Texas Local Government Code 118.131.
Action regarding the replacement of the driveway and the creation of a new handicap parking spot and ramp at the Polk County Memorial Museum was approved with one change – going from 16-inch rebar to 12-inch rebar.
The Court approved Bid No. 2023-15 for the extension of Glover Road in Precinct 3, to be paid from the general fund balance and then reimbursed by Union Pacific Railroad.
A memorandum of understanding with Democracy Live Inc. for access to the Federal Voting Assistance Program Grant through the Travis County Texas Consortium was approved.
A request from the county clerk, district clerk, district attorney and district judges for a contract amendment between Polk County and Tyler Technologies for the Client Solutions Consultant Program was discussed and approved and will be paid for with COVID funds.
The Court discussed a request from G-Energy regarding the Polk County Landfill gas and approved moving forward with a new contract.
With the Corrigan Community Center located at 103 Hospital St. in Corrigan continuing to decline, the Court determined that it is not in the best interest of the county to continue to put money into it, so the Court approved putting it up for public online auction and terminating the agreement with Mitchell Funeral Home.
The Court reviewed the annual bids for the purchase of road materials for Precincts 1-4, with the Precinct 1, 3 and 4 commissioners accepting all bids and the Precinct 2 commissioner rejecting all bids. Commissioners approved accepted all bids for the bulk purchase of limestone road base, tires, motor grader blades and material hauling. The bid from Hughes Oil was accepted for oil, grease, gasoline and diesel and the bid from Broken Arrow was accepted for pest control services.
In personnel matters, the Court approved personnel action form requests submitted by department heads since the last meeting and also approved an update to the personnel management system.
Additionally, the Court approved fiscal year 2023 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the county auditor’s office.
During informational reports, the Court recognized the Polk County Historical Commission for being a recipient of the Texas Historical Commission’s 2022 Distinguished Service Award. Distinguished Service Awards are administered annually to county historical commissions that document well-rounded programs of work that preserve and promote Texas history. Patricia Snook, president of the Polk County Historical Commission, expressed her appreciation to the Court for its support and partnership.
Items on the consent agenda included:
Approval of the minutes of the Aug. 22 regular meeting;
Approval of the schedules of bills;
Receipt and recording of personnel action forms submitted by elected officials since the last meeting;
Receipt of grant award and authorizing the county judge to execute Contract No. C-00928 with the Office of the Attorney General for the district attorney victim coordinator and liaison grant program for 2023-2024;
Ratifying and accepting General Land Office Contract No. 22-130-033-E029 Community Development Block Grant Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Program (GLO LHMPP) non-research and development mitigation funding of $100,000;
Ratifying the county clerk’s acceptance of Contract No. HHSREV 100003156 between Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Section and Polk County for remote birth records access;
Approval of an agreement with the City of Livingston for (LVFD) firefighting services;
Approval of an order setting juror reimbursement for fiscal year 2024;
Approval of renewal of agreements with Aramark Uniform Services;
Accepting the 2024 retiree plan rates (TLIC medical and retiree RxCare prescription coverages) from Texas Association of Counties, Silver Choice; and
Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the grant administrator agreement with Grantworks for the General Land Office Hurricane Harvey Buyout/Acquisition Program.
Pastor Alex Garber of the Trinity Lutheran Church opened the meeting with prayer.
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