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Abuse of Dump Sites Causing Problems

Leon County Commissioners met Wednesday, May 30th, for their last regular meeting of the month. All four commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

No action was taken on the agenda item to concerning the issues at the waste station collection sites. Commissioners report more frequent abuse of the current free dumping sites in the county. The sites are open for the public to discard unwanted items twice a week. The problem is with people who are dumping on days the sites are not open and leaving unsightly trash strewn at the locations.

Commissioners discussed at an earlier meeting to begin a charge for persons to dump at the sites. Information is currently being collected to determine how surrounding counties manage their dump sites. Leon County has been the only county in the area that has kept the dumping service free. ?It?s been free,? said Commissioner David Ferguson, ?but now people are abusing the service.?

Social Services Executive Director Donna Danford asked the court to approve the Home Delivered and Congregate Meals Service. Danford also thanked Judge Ryder, Sheriff Kevin Ellis, and Cassandra Noey for attending the recent picnic dinner for seniors. The picnic dinner was prepared by the Cowboy Church. Danford reported the seniors enjoyed the meal and enjoyed hearing the sheriff sing a few songs.

The court approved the Home Delivered and Congregate Meals Service. Danford also reported that she will again apply for a FEMA grant that is available for Leon County. This grant requires no matching funds from the county.

Amy Kaiser from the County Clerk?s Office requested permission to use the Courthouse Square and Gazebo to hold a membership drive for the the Leon County Crime Stoppers on October 16th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Kaiser said that what the program needs is to have more volunteers. The request was approved.

Leon County District Clerk Beverly Wilson made a request for the purchase of an additional monitor, laser pointer, and wiring installation for the witness stand in the District Courtroom. The two screens currently positioned in the courtroom to display documents and evidence at trials are difficult to see by the person sitting in the witness stand.

Ferguson made the motion for the purchase with the stipulation that the new monitor for the witness be a 17 inch screen and installed in a pull out tray in front of the witness but not to block the view of the judge or lawyers. Approval was given for the request up to $2,000.

The judge reminded the court and audience for the need to continue to fight against the High Speed Rail. Currently, the High Speed Rail is working in Washington D.C., to obtain the right to eminent domain for the proposed bullet train path. The sheriff reported that some citizens are again having problems with people from the High Speed Rail trespassing on their property. Citizens should report the trespassers to the sheriff?s department.

The court approved the appointment of Bob Hickman as the Executive Director of Keep Leon County Beautiful program. Hickman agreed to attend training for the position. The judge also expressed appreciation for the work done by Karen Stott in the same program. Stott will continue to work for Keep Leon County Beautiful along with Hickman.

The court approved applying for an electronics collection grant. Similar to the grant that allows for the pick up and disposal of old tires, the electronic collection will take unwanted electronics for disposal.

Approval was given for the plan and profile drawing of the road crossings for the Grand Prix Pipeline.

The court approved a motion to pay Leon County?s portion of the salary supplement for the 10th Court of Appeals Justice for October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, in the amount of $1,937.65.

The judge announced a preliminary budget for 2018-2019 will be presented in court on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. There will be budget workshops scheduled as needed from June 6 ? June 22 to work with the auditor. These workshops are open to the public as are commissioner court meetings.

Approval was given for the monthly reports per the Local Government Code, Section 114.044.

Leon County Treasurer Brandy Hill reported that there was a deposit for the Senior Nutrition Center in the amount of $1,912.75 for the month of October. This money was from donations. Also, the Leon County Tea Party donated $200 to Sheriff?s Office which will be used for training.

Commissioner David Grimes requested approval to go out for bids for a new Glider Semi-Truck for Precinct 4. The request was approved.

The renewal contract with Xerox for the Tax Office was approved.

Commissioner Dean Stanford requested approval to sell two 140 M3 Motorgraders and to buy one from the BuyBoard. Approval was granted.