County Creates Elections Administrator Position
During Monday’s Commissioners’ Court meeting, Commissioners agreed to create the position of County Elections Administrator, as requested by Sharon Blasig, Lee County Clerk. If the position is funded, Texas election laws require that a committee review applications and choose the candidate. The person who becomes the Elections Administrator will answer to the committee, and not be a part of the County Clerk’s office.
Commissioners also accepted bids ranging from $146,700 to $187,460 for remodeling the old hospital building on East Industry in Giddings. These bids will be reviewed by the Building Committee and the final decision will be made at the next Commissioners’ Court meeting.
The Court approved the County to act as the Collector of all of the taxing entities in the County; the rate to be charged these entities will be the same as last year. After all involved entities have approved the agreement, taxes will be collected as in past years.
The court also approved a contract with ATC Contractors, Inc., to repair 12 damaged windows in the court building.
In other action, the Commissioners approved an agreement between Indigent Healthcare Solutions and the County for data processing services.
They also voted to clear up confusion about the boundary between Precincts 401 and 402, making it easier for voters to find their correct voting places.
In other action affecting voting, the Court approved the consolidation for voting this fall on any Constitutional Amendment Elections. The Court also approved a list of Election Judges for the Precincts. Action on appointing Election Judges for the upcoming two years was postponed until the next Commissioners’ Court.
The Sheriff reported that, once again, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has issued Lee County a Certificate of Compliance, following a June audit.
The Court discussed selling a metal detector bought in 2007, but have never used, to another County who expressed interest in it. Lee County has not used it due to the fact that extensive building modifications would be required and additional personnel would be needed to man it.
With the Fire Danger Index sitting at 667 (with 500 being considered a danger point) the Commissioners unanimously voted to keep the Burn Ban in effect. All Commissioners urged the residents of Lee County to be especially careful and alert during this dry time of year.