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Inmate housing agreement with Lynn County approved
By Dakota McDonald—
Recently approving an intergovernmental agreement for inmate housing with Hale County in November, the Garza County commissioners approved a similar agreement, this time with Lynn County, at the Dec. 28 meeting.
Following Lynn County Judge Mike Braddock and Lynn County Sheriff Wanda Mason’s approval to house Garza County inmates, Garza County will now, in turn, house Lynn County inmates should the need arise.
In the agreement, signed by Garza County Judge Lee Norman and Garza County Sheriff Terry Morgan, Lynn County will house overflow prisoners for Garza County, if needed, at a rate of $45 per day which would be billed to the county on a monthly basis.
Commissioners also approved the Fiscal Year 2021 implementation of the County Assistance Program by the Texas Department of Transportation.
In the program, TxDOT is required to assist counties with materials to repair and maintain county roads damaged by the impact of 2060 Weight Tolerance permits. If needed, the county can now request for surplus material to be distributed for road repair. Garza County’s 2021 allocation is $13,576.
In county reports, Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Isbell informed the court that he had completed the first portion of a grant to acquire new radios for local first responders.
The grant will help the county receive 20 new portable police radios for patrol officers, the fire department and EMS personnel. The radios currently in use are out-of-date and cannot be repaired due to the original company no longer producing parts for the radios.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 9 a.m.