By JOHN SPARKS
Meeting in regular session Friday, January 23, Wood County Commissioners Court approved an animal control contract with the City of Mineola, renewed a contract for juvenile detention services and reviewed bid proposals to upgrade the infrastructure of the county's computer system.
The court agreed to a contract with the City of Mineola whereby the city will provide euthanization services for stray animals picked up by the Wood County Sheriff's Office. Implementation of the service contract will begin when, and if, newly elected Sheriff Bill Wansley hires an animal control officer and makes other provisions to capture, transport and house stray animals. Mineola agrees to euthanize up to five animal per week at a rate of $20 each. The contract runs through fiscal year 2009 (September 30, 2009).
The contract for juvenile detention services was renewed with the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG). Through state and federal grant funds ETCOG reimburses the county for costs associated with the detention of juveniles outside Wood County. Funds allocated for such expenses through August 31, 2009 total $2,047.
Randy Parish, Wood County IT Manager opened bids from three vendors submitted in response to a "Request For Bids" to provide services and hardware to upgrade the county's computer system network. The bids varied from a low of $43,000 to a high of $99,450. Parish asked for, and was granted, time to study the detail of each bid before submitting his recommendation to the court at the next meeting scheduled for February 6.
Commissioners also approved of offering certain surplus county equipment from the road and bridge operations of each precinct for sale at the Vaughn Auction. Numerous items are to be offered, including a motorgrader from Precinct-2.
In other action the court approved:
- payroll of $267,564 73.
- claims of $222,858.51.
- employee and family health care claims of $26,928.80.
- service agreements with Eastman Kodak for equipment in the District Clerk's office at costs of $2,361 and $1,747.
- acceptance of $24,160 grant from the Texas Task Force On Indigent Defense.
- the reappointment of Celia Bosworth to the board of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
- the reappointment of William Smialek to the board of the Wood County Industrial Commission representing Jarvis Christian College.
- treasurer's report for June 2008 and release securities.
Personnel actions taken at the meeting included:
- Termination of 13 department personnel from the previous Wood County Sheriff's office administration, and the addition of five new employees including:
- Nathan Adams, Deputy, WCSO at an hourly rate of $16.96.
- Tara Kellie Kent, Jailer, WCSO, $13.79/hour.
- Sheila Diana Parris, Jailer, WCSO, $13.79/hour.
- Cindy Rowell, Dispatcher, WCSO, $13.79/hour.
- Ryan Paul Zeller, Jailer, WCSO, $13/79/hour.
- Robin Marshall, new, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Criminal District Attorney's Office, $13.79/hour.
- Ronnie Lee Moore, new, laborer II, Road & Bridge, Precinct 4, $13.79/hour.
- Donna Estes, new temporary, update of voter registrations file, Elections Administrations Office, $9.00/hour.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, Februyary 6, 2009 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.
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