2011-06-16 / General Stories

Commissioners’ Court Report

by Rainey Owen

At the Regular Meeting of the Lee County Commissioners’ Court, the Commissioners received several reports from County Officials and approved the Treasurer’s Report through the end of May.

The Commissioners heard a request from George L. Stephenson for relief of late penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees he had only recently been made aware of. As Mr. Stephenson described the situation, after he had purchased some 25 acres, the Appraisal Board disapproved the homestead exemption given to the previous owner and the notice of this was sent, not to Mr. Stephenson, but to the previous owner. Stephenson only learned of this about a month ago. Because of the State Law limiting the time to take remedial action to 21 days after notification, even though made to the incorrect person, the Commissioners were forced to deny Stephenson any relief.

The Court also approved two Change Orders for work being done on the Courthouse repair project. One of these was for the previously approved effort to fill voids found in the concrete footings now being evaluated. Judge Paul Fischer indicated to the Court that there are additional voids being found and others are expected to be found. These voids have apparently been in the footings since they were poured originally, not something that has recently come about.

In other action, the Court took care of several legal details regarding earlier grants for bridge work on CR 113 and CR 306. The Court also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with other Counties for support of continuity of court operations in the event of an emergency such as a courthouse shutdown.

The Court also selected the vendors to be awarded contracts for the 2011 Upgrades to the Lee County Law Enforcement Center. All recommendations from the committee assigned to evaluate bids were accepted by the Court.

No action was taken on a proposal to purchase a server for electronic backup for courthouse offices and computers. Action was delayed to give time to assess the needs and plans for including all other County Offices, especially those based in the courthouse.

After hearing that the burn threat index is at 647, up significantly from last meeting, the Commissioners unanimously voted to continue the County Wide Burn Ban.

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