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Commissioners Approve Ordering a Local Option Liquor Election in Precinct Four
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014

Blanco County Commissioners Court held a Special meeting on Tuesday May 27, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was held in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, Texas. Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie and all County Commissioners except Blanco County Commissioner Paul Granberg attended the Special meeting. After Judge Guthrie called the Special meeting to order the Commissioners Court stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Blanco County Clerk Karen Newman read the minutes of the Regular meeting of May 13, 2014. Blanco County Commissioner Chris Liesmann gave a motion to accept the minutes as read, and this motion was seconded by County Commissioner John Wood. No discussion followed, and the minutes were approved.

Judge Guthrie told the Commissioners, “a petition has been filed and signatures have been collected for an election to be held on November 4, 2014. The election would legalize the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages.” Judge Guthrie added that he had heard of no opposition to the petition. Blanco County Commissioner Wood made a motion to order an election on November 4, 2014. The motion was seconded by County Commissioner Liesmann. Judge Guthrie asked if anyone wished to speak on this matter, and there was no discussion. The motion carried.

Blanco County Commissioner James Sultemeier asked the Commissioners Court to consider authorization for paving bids for Precinct Two. No discussion followed the motion made by Blanco County Commissioner Sultemeier and seconded by County Commissioner Wood; this motion passed.

Judge Guthrie told the Commissioners Court that his office had received the 2013 audit for the South Blanco County Emergency Services District. A motion to accept the audit was given by Blanco County Commissioner Sultemeier and seconded by County Commissioner Wood. There was no discussion, and the motion carried.

Judge Guthrie directed the attention of the Commissioners Court to the packets the County Commissioners were given regarding the 33rd & 424th Judicial District Courts Administrative Order Setting Compensation of Court Appointed Attorney Fees for Burnet, Blanco, Llano, and San Saba Counties. Judge Guthrie told the Court that he would answer any questions.

A public hearing had been held on April 9th, 2014 in Burnet County, Texas, pursuant to Section 551.001(3), Texas Open Meetings Act for the following purposes: Setting the criminal and juvenile fee for appointed attorneys at the standard hourly fee to $75 per hour. Setting the criminal and juvenile fee for appointed attorneys on capital murder cases at the standard hourly fee to $100 per hour. Setting the Child Protective fee for appointed attorneys at the standard hourly fee to $75 per hour. Set the maximum the number of payable hours for in-court at 10. Set the maximum number of payable hours for out-of-court at 10.

A motion to acknowledge the Administrative Order was given by Blanco County Commissioner Sultemeier and seconded by County Commissioner Liesmann. The motion passed with no discussion or opposition.

The Commissioners Court approved the outstanding bills in the amount of $98,210.79. A motion for approval of the outstanding bills was made by Blanco County Commissioner Wood and seconded by County Commissioner Sultemeier. The business of the Special meeting was concluded after a motion to adjourn and a reminder from Judge Guthrie and County Commissioner Sultemeier for everyone to get out and vote.

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