A Special meeting of the Blanco County Commissioners Court was held on July 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas. All four County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie attended the Special meeting.
After Judge Guthrie called the meeting to order the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Blanco County Clerk Karen Newman presented the minutes of the Regular meeting and the Workshop meeting of July 8, 2014. Blanco County Commissioner James Sultemeier approved the minutes of the Regular meeting and County Commissioner Chris Liesmann seconded. A motion for approval of the minutes from the Workshop meeting was made by Blanco County Commissioner Paul Granberg and seconded by County Commissioner John Wood. There was no discussion, and the minutes were approved as read.
Judge Guthrie asked the Commissioners Court to consider declaring the following items as surplus property and authorization to place the items on GovDeals: Ferguson steel roller, 100 gallon fuel tank, a 10’6” x 6’ cattle guard, and a 1997 Ford pickup truck. Blanco County Commissioner Sultemeier gave a motion to place the items on GovDeals and County Commissioner Granberg seconded this motion. No discussion followed, and the motion carried.
The Commissioners were asked to consider acknowledgement of the hiring of Tim Moss by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the AgriLife agent position in Blanco County. Kathleen L. Greer, as District Extension Administrator in District 10 for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, introduced Moss.
Greer told the Court, “Tim is from California and he is very excited to begin this position. Please consider him for the position at the current salary and travel allowance.” Greer asked if there were any questions, and Judge Guthrie told the Court he had taken the opportunity to meet Tim Moss and his wife. Judge Guthrie added, “Tim is looking forward to working here. Tim is from California and attended school in Kansas.” Greer added that Moss will serve his first two weeks in his new position in Gillespie County and his first day of work in Blanco County will be on August 21st. A motion to acknowledge the hiring of Tim Moss by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the AgriLife agent position in Blanco County was made by Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann and seconded by County Commissioner Granberg. Judge Guthrie called for discussion and there was none. After the County Commissioners approved the motion made by County Commissioner Liesmann Judge Guthrie told Moss, “welcome aboard.”
According to Gretchen Sanders, Blanco County Extension Agent, Tim Moss hails from Chico, California. While in California Moss served as a County Extension Agent and ran a family agriculture business. Moss taught a youth gardening series as part of the educational activities for his Agritainment business. Some of the products Moss grew included pumpkins and the farm also produced homemade jellies. The business conducted wedding events as well. Moss has brought his horse and buggy from California and has already visited Moore’s Buggy Barn Museum. As the AgriLife agent in Blanco County Moss will be working with Blanco County youth livestock and 4-H projects, and with adult education pertaining to agriculture, livestock, and natural resources.
The County Commissioners approved the bond for Ronald Steubing as Constable Precinct Four. A motion to approve was given by Blanco County Commissioner Granberg and seconded by County Commissioner Wood.
Judge Guthrie told the Commissioners Court that the bid for the County employees’ health insurance had come in considerably lower than was expected. According to Judge Guthrie, “the bid is much lower and includes a $20,000 rebate as well. It looks really good.” Blanco County Commissioner Wood made a motion to authorize the County Judge to sign the 2014 Renewal Notice and Benefit Confirmation with TAC for health insurance. County Commissioner Sultemeier seconded the motion. There was no discussion, and the motion was approved.
The Blanco County Commissioners Court was asked to consider the burn ban. Judge Guthrie told the Court, “there have been a few grass fires in the area, and you [the Court] may want to consider the burn ban. According to KVEI we are not in bad shape, but some of the other counties have put burn bans in place.” Blanco County Commissioner Wood spoke up and said that he would make a motion to put the burn ban on until the next County Commissioners Court meeting. Judge Guthrie called for a second but there was none. The motion made by County Commissioner Wood died.
The Commissioners Court considered approval of the outstanding bills in the amount of $560,907.24. Judge Guthrie reported that this amount included payment of bi-annual debt service. Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann gave a motion to approve payment of the bills and County Commissioner Sultemeier seconded. Judge Guthrie asked for discussion and there was none. The motion carried.
The Special meeting ended after a motion to adjourn from Blanco County Commissioner Granberg. The motion to adjourn was seconded by County Commissioner Sultemeier.