The Blanco County Commissioners held a Regular meeting on August 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas. All four County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie attended the meeting.
The Regular meeting opened as the Court recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Blanco County Clerk Karen Newman read the minutes of the July 22nd Special Meeting. There were no additions or corrections to the minutes and the minutes were approved as read with Blanco County Commissioner Chris Liesmann giving a motion to accept and County Commissioner Paul Granberg seconding.
Blanco County Clerk Newman asked the Court to consider the appointment of election judges and alternate judges for County election precincts for a two (2) year term beginning September 1, 2014 and running through August 31, 2016. According to Newman the positions had been vacated on short notice and time might be an issue in getting them filled. Judge Guthrie asked if there were questions. There was no discussion, and Blanco County Commissioner James Sultemeier made a motion for appointment of election judges and alternate judges for County election precincts for a two (2) year term beginning September 1, 2014 and running through August 31, 2016. This motion was seconded by County Commissioner John Wood.
Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann asked the Court to consider replats of lots 42, 43, and 44 in Crystal Mountain Subdivision. County Commissioner Liesmann told the Court, “this is combining three (3) lots into two (2) larger lots.” Judge Guthrie added that one of the new lots would be 10.5 larger and the other would be 11.59 larger. County Commissioner Liesmann asked Kathy Strickland, Secretary to Judge Guthrie if all had been taken care of and he was told that all had been. County Commissioner Liesmann went on to make a motion for replat of lots 42, 43, and 44 in Crystal Mountain Subdivision when all documents were filed and all fees were paid. County Commissioner Sultemeier seconded the motion, and there was no discussion. The motion carried.
Judge Guthrie told the Commissioners there was a request from Blanco County Clerk Karen Newman to consider authorization for the County Judge to sign an agreement with Baker Surveying to provide digital plat copies to the County. County Surveyor Amil Baker showed the Court copies of plats he had made; they were of excellent quality. Judge Guthrie told the Court in the past Baker had to go to Austin to get these copies made. Baker can now make the copies locally and he will retain a copy; the copies are public information. County Clerk Laura Walla will deliver the copies weekly. A motion was given by Blanco County Commissioner Granberg for the County Judge to sign an agreement with Baker Surveying to provide digital plat copies to the County. The motion was seconded by County Commissioner Liesmann. No discussion followed, and the action passed.
The Court was asked by Judge Guthrie to consider imposition of optional fees for TxDMV for calendar year 2015. According to Judge Guthrie, “there are no changes to these fees and they include $10 for road and bridge fees and $1.50 for child safety fees. These need to be approved by September 22nd.” A motion for approval was made by Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann and seconded by County Commissioner Wood. There was no discussion and the motion carried.
The County Commissioners discussed the burn ban. Blanco County Commissioner Wood presented a motion to put the burn ban on until the next County Commissioners meeting of August 26th, 2014. County Commissioner Granberg seconded this motion. Judge Guthrie called for discussion, and County Commissioner Liesmann said, “I got one and a quarter inch at my house last night.” Commissioner Sultemeier said, “it was reported anywhere from two and a half to zero inches in my precinct.” Judge Guthrie asked, “how do you vote?” County Commissioner Liesmann said, “I talked to the Fire Chief last week and was told either way is fine.” Judge Guthrie asked if there was additional discussion and he called for a vote. County Commissioners Granberg, Liesmann, and Wood voted in favor of the burn ban. County Commissioner Sultemeier voted against it. The motion carried.
The Commissioners Court was asked to give authorization for the County Judge to sign a service agreement with PSC Environmental Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Stericycle, Inc. for the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event to be held on October 25th, 2014. According to Blanco County Commissioner Granberg, “the last event we held was in 2011, and we need to get our credit app and all documents in place.” Judge Guthrie told the Court, “the event is funded. We have a ten thousand dollar grant from Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) and money in the budget.” County Commissioner Granberg added, “there is a partnership between the County and Johnson City and the City of Blanco…all are giving monies to the event. We will only be taking household hazardous wastes. No trash, tires, we have already collected those items last spring.” As the discussion ended Blanco County Commissioner Liesmman gave a motion for the County Judge to sign a service agreement with PSC Environmental Services, LLC for the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste event to be held on October 25th, 2014. County Commissioner Wood seconded the motion. No discussion followed and the motion was approved.
Judge Guthrie asked the Commissioners to consider casting votes for Blanco County Appraisal District Board member to fill the vacancy created upon the recall of Will Shelton. Judge Guthrie told the Court, “we have Lanny Counts in Precinct Two who is willing to serve. Lanny is a good man who serves as a Groundwater District Board member. I ask you to consider him.” Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann made a motion to cast 133 votes in favor of Lanny Counts. County Commissioner Sultemeier seconded the motion. There was no discussion and the motion carried.
The Commissioners Court approved the estimated August 2014 payroll in the amount of $255,858.65. A motion to approve was given by Blanco County Commissioner Wood and seconded by County Commissioner Sultemeier. No discussion followed and the motion passed. Judge Guthrie asked if all official reports were in and he was told they were. A motion to approve the official reports was made by County Commissioner Wood and seconded by County Commissioner Sultemeier with no discussion; this motion passed. The Blanco County Commissioners also approved the outstanding bills for $78,940.97. A motion to approve payment of the bills was presented by County Commissioner Liesmann and seconded by County Commissioner Granberg. Judge Guthrie reminded the Court that the County Treasurer and Auditor were present and called for discussion if any. No discussion was given and the motion passed.
The Court considered the Proposed Blanco County Budget for FY 2014-2015. Judge Guthrie noted there was an error to the road and bridge section under salaries 2. He instructed the Court that this should be the same as 4. Sheriff Morgan asked if there was a revised budget sinceJune 9, and Judge Guthrie answered that there was, and that the latest budget includes all personnel and salary changes as discussed to date. Judge Guthrie asked for additional comments or questions and there were none. Blanco County Commissioner Wood gave a motion to approve the Proposed Blanco County Budget FYI 2014-2015 with corrections. The motion was seconded by County Commissioner Granberg. Judge Guthrie asked for further discussion and there was none. The motion carried.
There was no further business of the Regular meeting, and a motion to adjourn was given by Blanco County Commissioner Liesmann. The meeting adjourned after a second from County Commissioner Granberg.