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Abbott revokes power of local authorities to enforce COVID-19 rules
Commissioner’s Court met Monday, May 11 at the Garza County Courthouse. Not present was Commissioner Jerry Benham.
With County Judge Lee Norman calling the meeting to order at 9 a.m., Treasurer Gordon Terry kicked off the meeting, reporting that office operations are back to normal aside from no hearings. Front doors are open and regular hours are in place.
Attorney Ted Weems spoke regarding the Office of Court Administration’s (OAC) plans for judicial court activity after June 1, saying the district judge will meet with the county judges in the district to help devise a plan to be submitted to the OCA for approval. Weems also informed the court that he and his assistant will continue to work from home and that all work is caught up.
In the next order, minutes from the April 27 regular meeting were approved as presented with a motion by Commissioner Williams and seconded by Commissioner Morris.
Next for consideration was accounts payable for April 28 through May 11. A motion was made by Commissioner Brannon and seconded by Commissioner Morris.
In order four, reports from the county offices were reviewed.
Judge Norman reported that he and EMC Michael Isbell visit daily to review the current COVID-19 situation according to the department of health.
Tax Assessor Wallace announced that the June Tax A/C summer conference has been postponed.
Sheriff Terry Morgan submitted the billing report from April, reporting there are 72 inmates in the jail, 35 of which are Garza County’s.
Attorney Weems then spoke, saying on Thursday, May 8, that the governor revoked any power of the local authorities to enforce COVID-19 rules. Therefore, anything local entities now do are simply regulations. Judge Norman encouraged following the governor’s orders.
Extension Agent Danya Peterson reported that for the next six to eight weeks, agents have to be at the health department to help with the back log with COVID-19 procedures. She additionally submitted the 4-H report.
Terry Bartlett reported that the PEDC still has one home available on Chantilly Lane. He additionally reported the fourth positive COVID-19 case in Garza County.
It was also noted by Chief Deputy Clerk Clemmons that Clerk Plummer has received a Notice of Consolidation of Precincts forming one polling place from both county part chairs for the July 14 Joint Primary Runoff Elections. Additionally, both chairs have executed the Notice of Election. Concerning COVID-19, the Clerk’s office will stay with a skeleton crew through the remainder of the week. However, the plan is to be fully staffed beginning May 18, allowing the public back into the offices as soon as social distancing tools are in place.
Judge Norman reported that the estimated property appraisals are in and down 15%.
With a motion made by Commissioner Williams and seconded by Commissioner Brannon all reports were accepted as presented.
Next in consideration was an intergovernmental agreement from Throckmorton County regarding the housing of inmates in the Garza County Law Enforcement Center/Jail. With a motion made by Commissioner Morris and seconded by Commissioner Williams, it was approved.
In order 6, Tax Deed for lots 1, 2 and 3 in block 1 of the Bingham Addition of Post were considered. The bid from Justin Miller was for $225.00. Attorney Weems and Tax Assessor Wallace recommended approving the bid. With Commissioner Williams motioning and Commissioner Benham seconding, it was approved.
Next in consideration was a contract with American National Leasing for a pick-up truck for Precinct 2. It was approved.
In order 8, no action was taking regarding the sale of fireworks for the Memorial Day period.
In order 9, the appointment of Ann Manning for Place 1 of the Lake Alan Henry Water Board (LAHWB) was approved.
In the final order, one budget amendment was submitted. The Sheriff’s office was approved for $669.15.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:29 a.m.
The next regular meeting is set for Friday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.