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County Commissioners Consider Extended Sick Leave

Burn Ban Continues

Published Nov. 14, 2011 @ 4:48 p.m.

During a regular meeting, Garza County Commissioners Court heard two requests for extended sick leave for two county employees.  Sheriff Cliff Laws requested sick leave for six weeks for a jail employee.  Laws informed the court that the newly hired LVN at the jail has suffered serious health complications and will be missing time, but has not been an employee long enough to accumulate sick leave.  Laws asked that the county continue to pay the employee for six weeks and then review the situation.  While the employee is out, Dr. Edwards is on call to fulfill the responsibilities normally covered by the LVN.  
 
Another request was presented to the court requesting 60 hours of previously incurred extended sick leave for an employee who was to return to work today. 

The court approved both requests for extended sick leave.

Commissioners also voted to extend the Order for Garza County Prohibition of Outdoor Burning for an additional 90 days until February 23, 2011.  The ban includes the stipulation that any party wanting to burn during this time period must receive permission from County Judge Norman.

The court considered a resolution for casting votes for the Garza County Central Tax Appraisal District Board of Directors and approved Giles W. Dalby, Jr. to fill these responsibilities with the Garza County Appraisal District Board of Directors. 

The commissioners also approved the application letter to TxDOT requesting the available surplus road materials from the state.

It was reported to the court that the cinder block construction of the elevator shaft is completed and installation of the elevator equipment will begin soon.

Discussion during the "public comment" portion of the agenda Sheriff Laws reported that Chimney Creek Ranch has discovered many stray cattle that does not belong to the ranch.  To date, no one has claimed the ownership of the animals.  It may become necessary for the county may have to take possession of the unruly herd.

The following events were announced:  Social Security enrollment through Dec. 17; county employee Thanksgiving breakfast, Nov. 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the courtroom; County Christmas party at Trailblazers during the lunch hour, date to be announced. 

The canvass of the November 8, 2011 election is set for Nov. 21 at 9:00 a.m.   

In other business, minutes from the October 24, 2011 special meeting, closed executive session meeting and the regular meeting were approved as presented.  The following items of information were brought before the Court as a written report or for discussion and were approved as presented: Clerk; Budget Usage Analysis; Tax Collector/Assessor; Senior Transportation; Justice of the Peace, 1; Justice of the Peace, 2; AgriLife Extension/Jones; AgriLife Extension/McDonald; Clerk’s Reply to OCA for Delay in Submitting Monthly Reports; Garza County Certificates of Obligation Bond Fund, 2008; Garza County Public Facilities Board Bond Funds, 2005. 

The jail population report was given showing as of today 77 inmates of which 27 are Garza County.  It was also noted that Scurry County’s new jail has opened which may present more competition to the local facility.

Precinct and countywide accounts payable for October 25, 2011 through November 14, 2011 were approved as presented.  There were no line item transfers or budget admendments before the court.

The next regular Commissioners' Court meeting is Nov. 28, 2011.

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