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Commissioners Court Meeting Excellent Financial Report: Improvements at Expo

Leon County Commissioners met Monday, September 10, for their first meeting of the month. All four commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Darla Dear delivered the annual audit report for 2017. According to Dear, Leon County?s fund balance is in excellent condition. ?It is required that the county have a reserve of funds for three months to be able to operate in an emergency. Leon County has well over 12 months.?

Dear also described the county?s pension fund as ?very healthy.? Dear said that many counties have not set aside enough reserve to sustain a pension fund, but in Leon County that obligation has been met. The annual financial report was approved.

Commissioner David Ferguson requested proposals be taken for two projects at the Expo Center. One is to add a cover (about 100 feet) to an existing livestock pen that is adjacent to the main building. A cover will better protect the animals from too much sun and has been requested by some who use the Expo and also by Sheriff Kevin Ellis who sometimes uses the pens for stray livestock the county picks up.

The second project is to build a 200-300 horse stall barn. This building will not be attached to the Expo. The requests for both proposals were approved.

Ferguson said that he observed local restaurants full this past weekend with young people who had participated in the Ranch Rodeo held at the Expo. ?The Expo is something the county can be proud of,? said Ferguson. ?It brings in people who fill our hotels, eat at the restaurants, purchase fuel, and, most of all, it benefits the youth of our county.?

The court approved the request from the Leon County Crime Stoppers to graphic wrap one of the LCSO Ford Explorers. Amy Kaiser, representing Crime Stoppers, said that the graphic was to raise awareness of the tip line and was favored by the sheriff?s department. Kaiser also reminded the court that there will be a membership drive for Crime Stoppers on October 16th from 6pm ? 8pm on the Centerville Square.

The court ratified the lifting of the Burn Ban that was effective September 4th.

An Interlocal Agreement between Centerville ISD and Leon County was approved. This measure will allow the school to be the distribution center to disbursing medical pods in the case of an emergency. Leon County Emergency Manager Jimmy Carrigan said that other cities in the county will be asked to be a distribution location for their communities in the future.

The VINE Service Agreement with Appriss Safety for victim notification services for Leon County was renewed.

The Southern Health Agreement with Leon County was approved for renewal. This is a service used by the sheriff?s department for inmates with medical needs.

The agenda item to consider the price to charge for Mapbooks was tabled.

Approval was given for the updated fees for the County Clerk?s Office to begin October 1, 2018.

A request from the County Treasurer?s office to change the collection fee from $25 to $30 for checks with insufficient funds was approved.

Approval was given to accept donations in the amount of $215 for the Health Clinic; $750 for the Health Fair; $5,100 for Veterans? Services; and $435 for Senior Nutrition.

The Addendum for the Techbundle IT Managed Services for Leon County was approved. And the contract with Thomson Reuters for the District Attorney?s Office was approved. Thomson Reuters is a legal research program.