2010-08-12 / General Stories

Commissioner’s Court Report

The Lee County Commissioners modified the budget and then accepted the first round of funding from the State Historical Commission for some $804,233 at their Regular Meeting on Monday, August 09, 2010. With some work already begun, this funding will help underwrite the costs of additional repairs and re-do of the work previously done several years ago. Accepting these funds does not obligate the County for any additional funds for this project beyond those already comprehended in the Budget.

The Court also heard a presentation from the Insurance Network of Texas concerning the work the Insurance Network has done in the past while acting as an Insurance Broker and supporting the County employees’ health, dental, and life insurance coverage. The presentation by Ruth Nitsche covered the services provided by the Insurance Network such as providing help to County Employees during times of emotional stress from major illnesses, billing and coverage questions, and the like. The Network also provides consultation to the Commissioners concerning coverage and competitive issues during times of policy renewal. With some 80% of claim dollars being involved by only 10% of employees, these services are very valuable, Ruth emphasized.

In related action, the Court approved the Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance rates for the upcoming year through September 30, 2011.

In other action, the Court received the calculations of the 2010 tax rates based on the certified values of the Lee County Appraisal district. These rates and calculations are shown in another part of this issue of the Lexingotn Leader.

The Court approved the list of Election Judges and Alternate Judges that was submitted as well as the list of personnel for the central counting and tabulation of ballots from the County’s electronic voting machines. The Court also approved allowing the Dime Box ISD to combine their election with that of the County in November.

The Court also approved the committee members to draft a formal County policy for ‘Pool Car Use Policy’. Up until now, there has not been a formal policy, and this will provide guidelines for who and how the County’s Pool Car is to be used.

The Court also approved requesting bids for moving the house currently located at 282 S Grimes in Giddings. The house is not considered to be in an economically repairable condition.

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