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Wood County Commissioners Court

Motorgrader to be sold; Mailing system up-grade for tax office

By JOHN SPARKS

Meeting in regular session Friday, September 30, Wood County Commissioners approved advertising to sell a motorgrader from Precinct 3 and a new printing and mail sorting system for the tax office.

In the absence of Wood County Judge Bryan Jeanes, the meeting was presided over by Commissioner Roger Pace, Precinct-3.

The sale of the motorgrader has become a common practice by the county in disposing of large, expensive equipment. When purchasing such equipment, the county enters into a buy-back agreement with the seller which fixes a value on the used equipment. With the county's tax exemption and the buying power of a "collective" of county governments, the original purchase price is well below list price. Pace often cites as an example of this practice the sale of a Caterpillar 140H which the county purchased for $162,000, used for three years, and then sold for $197,000.

The court approved an agreement with Pitney Bowes to provide a new system that will permit the tax office to print process and mail tax statements in house. Carol Taylor, Wood County Tax Assessor/Collector said the system would make the process more efficient.

The court also approved:

- a two-week County payroll of $280,340.98.

- a two-week employee and family health, dental and vision claims of $84,521.58.

- claims and payments totaling $277,527.38.

- budget line-item transfers ($31, 913.00).

- private estate sections at Roselawn Memorial Garden.

- election night reporting software utilizing grant funds.

- addition of Dr. James Goodwin and Garrome "Jerry" Franklin to Wood County Industrial Commission board as representative from Jarvis Christian College.

- trade in of pick-up truck for like-kind vehicle for Sheriff's office.

- Lake Holbrook Lake house lease agreement.

- Commissioners Court meeting dates October 3011 through September 2012.

- 2012 employee holidays and payroll dates.

- treasurer's August reports, pledge and/or release of securities and $30,000 bond for assistant treasurer, Sabrina Walker.

- service agreement for video recording system for county courtroom.

- proclamation recognizing National 4-H Week October 2-8.

- proclamation recognizing Eagle Scout attainment by Samuel Austin Brinlee of Quitman.

Personnel actions include:

- Amanda G. Galyean, new hire, dispatcher, WCSO, $14.82/hour.

- Branden C Gamm, new hire, jailer, WCSO, $14.82/hour.

- Dee Tackett, new hire, part-time temporary clerk, Tax Assessor/Collectors Office, $9.00/hour.

- Paula Bailey, separation, end of temporary part-time employment, Tax Assessor/Collectors Office, $9.00/hour.

- Sheila Diana Parris, resignation, Jailer, WCSO, $15.31/hour.

The next regular meeting of the Wood County Commissioners Court will be Friday, October 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. A special meeting of the court can be called with 72-hour public notice.

 

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