By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court approved payment of accrued vacation time for jail employees who are unable to take time off because of staffing issues.
At its regular meeting on June 28, commissioners revised the vacation payout policy, which previously was not allowed. The amount will be in the area of $7,000.
However, the county added a codicil that it will pay only for hours accrued above 40, and that as a case-by-case basis.
Commissioner Neal Smith asked if the payout will be at the pay rate when the time was accrued, or at the current pay rate of the employee; County Auditor Bonnie Kennedy said its paid at the current rate.
Smith, who made the motion to change the policy, asked for the issue to remedied as soon as possible.
In related business, the court approved an agreement between DRG Architects and the county for architectural service, including completing a feasibility study to cost no more than $60,000. The study must be completed by Aug. 9.
Additionally, the court approved an agreement with Bracewell LLP for services related to issuing bonds, which is expected for the county to raise funds to construct a jail.
Bonds will not be issued until the county approves a jail design and finds out the related costs.
Fees for Bracewell are on a contingency basis, meaning it will only get paid should the county decide to borrow funds for the jail.
In other business, the commissioners:
•approved bonds for Dana Cathey and Devin Evans;
•approved personnel action forms;
•approved budget amendments to allow for the purchase of vehicles; and
•approved raising the mileage reimbursement rate to the current IRS rate of 62.5 cents per mile, up from 58 cents per mile, for the remainder of the fiscal year.Jail issues top county agenda