By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court approved another month of overtime pay for county jailers, with the understanding that the funds are running dry and there probably would be no more.
The court has allowed overtime pay for the past few months because of staffing issues, paying overtime until open positions were filled.
Commissioner Donnie Marrs asked, however, when the requests would stop, and was told by the county auditor that there were enough funds for one more month.
Commissioner Mark Nettuno expressed concern that the county was spending more funds than were allocated through grant funds.
In a related matter, the county did allow the Sheriff’s Office to create an area to house livestock that had been picked up as stray.
The new pens will be in a wooded area near the Sheriff’s Office and the Storm Shelter, which would allow for electricity to be run from county buildings and allow for the use of inmates for care and feeding.
Commissioner Laddie McAnnally said he has been working with the county to prepare the area, and the Sheriff’s Office plans to use seizure funds to erect the new pens.
In other business, the court:
•discussed creating a day to honor all county employees who passed in the line of duty;
•appointed Skye Spivey to the Lower Trinity Ground Water District board;
•approved Rachel Slocum Drake as county representative to the Burke Center Board;
•approved an amended contract with Tyler Technologies;
•proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month;
•approved issuing a credit card to District Clerk Tammy Currie;
•accepted a $25,000 donation from Point Lookout West Inc. for asphalt work on West Lake Circle;
•tabled the purchase of a Bomag reclaimer-stabilizer;
•approved assisting Texas Forest Service with the removal of an abandoned trailer;
•approved advertising for a county environmental officer;
•approved a variance on a lot split on Lee Turner Road; and
•approved a variance on a lot split on Pauline Road.
Photo by Tony Farkas
The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court, along with representatives for SAAFE House, proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.