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Next Restoration Project: Old Leon County Jail

OLD JAIL -- The old Leon County Jail, built in 1913, is now scheduled for preservation.

One of the items on the recent Leon Commissioners Court agenda was the project for the preservation of the old Leon County Jail that was built in 1913 and is located on the Centerville city square next to the restored courthouse. This is a project that the commissioners have discussed and pursued for several years.

Funding for the preservation of the old jail depended in part on the Funding Agreement between the State of Texas, The Texas Historical Commission, and Leon County. The grant of $30,000 was awarded recently and approved by the commissioners. Leon County will have to match the grant from their own funds. The county has budgeted $75,000 for the project.

The court approved the hiring of Architect Mark Thacker to continue the project work on the old jail and to proceed to bid out the first phase of the project. It was also approved to allow Thacker to work on the second phase of the project as the money available allows.

Commissioners Court was held Wednesday, November 28th. All four commissioners were present. County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Scott Christeson, a member of the Texas Silver Head Legislator, informed the court concerning the report made each year to the state senate. The Silver Head Legislators deal with issues of aging including financial, health, and safety. The organization was established in the mid 1980?s and has impacted over 300 reforms concerning aging.

Dr. Kelm of AgriLife addressed the court regarding the Extension Programming in Leon County. Kelm expressed appreciation for the continued support and involvement of Leon County in the Extension programs.

The court approved contractingwith Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP to do the precinct redistricting in Leon County. Redistricting occurs every ten years if the population makes a change of 10%.

The reappointment of Caryn Thompson, Janey Shannon, and Ruth Hime to ESD #2 was approved.

Approval was given for the 2019 Texas Indigent Defense Formula Grant.

The agenda items concerning the Service Agreement between Leon County and Cira and the new agreement of annual website fees from TAC were both moved to the next agenda so that the county auditor would be able to review the contracts.

Approval was given for the contract with Databank for Inmate Records Scanning Services for the Sheriff?s Office.

Personnel policy changes regarding vacations and credit cards and fuel cards were approved.

The Leon County Investment Policy was approved. This is reviewed for approval yearly.

The court approved allowing Lee Weiler to attend a four day ?Preparing to Take Office? workshop and pay for the mileage.

A reimbursement request from the Juvenile Probation Office in the amount of $184.86 was approved.

Approval was given to solicit bids for dispatch console equipment. A grant in the amount of $144,000 from the COG was recently approved to purchase the equipment.

Judge Ryder reported that he and five others delivered a large collection of toys to Fort Hood to help with Christmas for the children of the service men and women currently stationed there. ?They were most appreciative at Fort Hood,? said Ryder, ?especially with the amount and the quality of toys we delivered.?

Ryder reminded the court and audience that there will also be a collection made for a shower in April. This shower is for the women of Fort Hood expecting babies or have had babies in the last year.