Blanco County Commissioners met in a Regular meeting on October 9, 2012. All four commissioners were present.
County Commissioner Chris Liesmann asked Mr. Roberts, representative for the developer, to give a report to the Court on the developer’s progress. Mr. Roberts replied that “lots of clean-up had been done, the road was being made ready for the base, and we are coordinating with PEC for road crossings. Everything looks great, we are getting the entrance ready, and everything is falling into place and looks really well out there.”
County Judge Bill Guthrie asked Ron Fieseler, Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District, if he had received any questions regarding the re-plat. Mr. Fieseler answered “Yes, there were a few complaints.” Mr. Fieseler indicated these complaints pertained to geology and hydrology issues, and were “nothing new.” There was no further discussion of the matter, and Commissioner Liesmann made a motion to approve the final plat of the Summit at Cypress Mill subdivision. County Commissioner James Sultemeier seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
Judge Guthrie asked the Court to consider a resolution authorizing a $3000 grant for the Blanco County Meals on Wheels program. The Blanco County Meals on Wheels program has been in the budget for many years and the current budget contains funds for this program. According to Judge Guthrie, “a resolution is needed to enable the program to obtain additional funding, thereby maximizing funds with an early grant.” County Commissioner Paul Granberg presented a motion for resolution authorizing the $3000 grant to Blanco County Meals on Wheels program and Commissioner Liesmann seconded the motion; the motion was passed.
The Court acknowledged continuing education hours for Commissioner Granberg. Commissioner Granberg told the Court he has “completed the required 16 hours, has the required Certification in his packet, and has completed excess hours to carry over.” The motion for acknowledgement was presented by Commissioner Granberg and seconded by Commissioner James Wood.
Commissioner Wood asked Mr. Sherman to address the Court regarding the re-plat of Lots 7A and 7B in the Ranches of Brushy Top subdivision. Mr. Sherman asked the Commissioners to review page two of the re-plat. He told the Court there is a buyer for Lot 7A. According to Sherman, to avoid crowding the lot line, the line should be moved 40 feet west. Effectively Lot 7C would enlarge off Lot 7D. Following this discussion Commissioner Wood asked for a motion to accept the re-plat of Lots 7A and 7B in the Ranches of Brushy Top subdivision. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sultemeier, and the Court approved the motion.
Other actions by the Court included approval of the holiday schedule for Blanco County employees for 2013. The holiday schedule includes two floating holidays. The motion to approve the holiday schedule was made by Commissioner Wood and seconded by Commissioner Granberg. Judge Guthrie asked the Court to consider authorization to sign a three-year contract, with automatic successive one-year periods. The contract is with Beckwith Electronic Systems Inc. for the Fire Alarm System Test. The test is required annually at the Blanco County Law Enforcement Center. Commissioner Sultemeier made the motion to approve the authorization, Commissioner Wood seconded the motion, and the motion was approved by the Court.
Blanco County Commissioners also considered authorization for Judge Guthrie to sign a Homeland Security Property Temporary Loan Form. The loan form is for seven Motorola Quantar repeaters on temporary loan from Burnet County to Blanco County. Judge Guthrie explained to the Court, “The situation we have is that back in 2007 more money was available. However, because of budget cuts to grant programs, there is no money in those programs now. Burnet County has agreed to loan the repeaters to Blanco County. But because the repeaters were bought by Homeland Security they cannot be transferred, but instead must be loaned…we need authority for the temporary loan from Burnet County to Blanco County. These repeaters are being placed in our system.”
A short discussion followed, and Commissioner Liesmann asked for authorization for Judge Guthrie to sign a corrected authorization for the temporary loan for seven Motorola Quantar repeaters from Burnet County to Blanco County. Commissioner Granberg seconded the motion and the action was passed.
Blanco County entered into the CAPCOG Interjurisdictional Mutual Aid Agreement with Travis County about 20 years ago. According to Judge Guthrie, “Problems with reimbursements of mutual aid have developed recently, and CAPCOG has terminated mutual aid because FEMA has not been willing to reimburse counties for fire-related expenses for the last few years. Blanco County is proposing to go to a state mutual aid plan instead.” After hearing Judge Guthrie’s remarks, Commissioner Liesmann proposed a motion to acknowledge termination of Travis County participation in the CAPCOG Interjurisdictional Mutual Aid Agreement, Commissioner Granberg provided a second, and the motion carried.
The final actions taken during the Regular meeting were approval of the October 2012 payroll, approval of official reports, and approval of outstanding bills in the amount of $82,081.94. Commissioner Sultemeier made a motion to approve the October payroll, with a second from Commissioner Granberg; Commissioner Wood requested the motion to approve the official reports, with a second from Commissioner Granberg, and the motion to approve outstanding bills was made by Commissioner Granberg and seconded by Commissioner Sultemeier. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.