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County Nominates Brenda Adair to Appraisal District Board of Directors
Thursday, August 25, 2011 • Posted August 25, 2011

At a special meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court on August 23, Brenda Adair was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Blanco County Appraisal District pursuant to Section 6.03 of the State Property Tax Code. She is the current representative on the board from Blanco County. Commissioner John Wood made a motion to table the nomination but his motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner James Sultemeier’s motion to accept the nomination of Ms. Adair was seconded by Paul Granberg and the motion carried with Commissioner Wood voting against.

Judge Guthrie indicated that the Jail and Law Enforcement Center construction is on target. He said, “the jail complex is really coming together.” He encouraged the Commissioners to stop by and take a look. He said that the cameras and computers are installed and that the offices are essentially complete.

A resolution was considered to authorize that a request be made to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for approval to participate in the Texas Comptroller Purchasing Program pursuant to Local Government Code 271.082 and 271.083. Judge Guthrie explained that the County participates in State contracts on copying machines and that it saves the County considerable money. “It’s better than the best deal I can make on the outside,” he said. The motion carried.

Commissioners gave authorization to sign an interlocal agreement with Lubbock County for the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases. Judge Guthrie explained that this program would cover some of the costs of litigating capital murder cases. He said that in the past the County has budgeted up to $50,000 for this type of litigation but that, in reality, expenses in such cases are exceeding $150,000. Commissioner Granberg compared the program to an insurance policy. There have only been two capital murder trials in the last ten years, said Judge Guthrie. “It’s a roll of the dice.” He went on to explain that this program began in Lubbock and five adjoining counties and since then has gained wide acceptance throughout the state. He said that this is the first time Blanco has become eligible. “They have some really good attorneys on staff,” said the Judge, although he left it to the Commissioners to decide whether or not to buy into it. The $34,327 cost to the County would be spread over four years. Commissioner Sultemeier moved to approve and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Granberg. The motion carried.

Commissioners authorized changes to the Sheriff’s and Constable’s fees for 2010 as authorized by Local Government Code Section 118.131. “This is a yearly housekeeping matter,” said Judge Guthrie. He said that the fees will remain the same as presently constituted. A motion to approve was made by James Sultemeier and seconded by Paul Granberg. The motion carried.

Commissioners approved the replat of Lot 5, Block C in the Oaks of Spicewood subdivision. This concerned a 13.58 acre parcel that was being divided into two smaller lots. About half an acre (.46 acre) is located in Burnet County. Chris Liesmann indicated that Burnet County had already approved the replat. The motion to replat carried unanimously.

There was only one bid submitted to Commissioners Court for janitorial services and that was submitted by the current provider, H&H Land Services. The bid was in the amount of $13,458 which is identical to the amount currently being charged. Services have been halted for the old Annex building and a $100 surcharge has been dropped, which was in effect while both the old and new facilities were being serviced. The new contract includes only the Court House and the new Annex facilities. A motion to approve was made by Paul Granberg and seconded by John Wood. The motion carried.

Commissioners authorized the County Judge to sign the Motorola Maintenance Agreement for the period covering October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012 in the amount of $15,746.28. This is a maintenance contract on all County communications equipment. It is authorized in next year’s budget. John Wood made a motion to approve, seconded by James Sultemeier. The motion carried.

There will be a public hearing on the Proposed County Budget for 2011-2012 on Thursday, August 25, at 9:00 a.m. to be held in the Blanco County Courthouse located at 101 E. Pecan Drive, Johnson City, Texas. The general public and any other interested parties or persons are invited to attend and to make comments regarding the Proposed Blanco County Budget. At that time Commissioners Court will make any corrections, deletions and/or additions to the Proposed Budget, if any, at that time prior to putting the Proposed Budget to a vote.

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