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Commissioners Move Ahead with HVAC Project

Five Stone Calls for Sheriff's Resignation

Published Oct. 18, 2012 @ 5:35 p.m.

The Garza County Commissioners held a regular meeting of the Court on Wednedsday, October 10.  All members of the court were present.  In addition to standard county officials, a variety of community citizens were in attendance.

The meeting kicked off at 9:05 a.m., immediately jumping to public comment.  Discussion centered on a contentious topic of the recently published comments in The Post Dispatch from Garza County Sheriff's Department officials.  The officials implied rising local crime and concerns are due to former residents of Five Stone Ministries.  At the meeting, Five Stone Executive Director O.L. Ferguson and other local citizens spoke up strongly on behalf of the center, the residents and center policies.  Additionally, Five Stone assistant Rick Burrow read a letter signed by Ferguson which requested the "current sheriff resign immediately".  The letter also accused the Dispatch of publishing "wrongful lies and slander" about the ministry.

After a recess, nine additional orders of business were covered.  In standard business, prior meeting minutes were approved, written reports were presented and accepted, and accounts payable were reviewed and approved.

Garza County Historical Museum representative Linda Puckett reported that there is a persistent bat infestation in the attic of the museum.  Puckett requested that the Commissioners approve funds for remediation of the issue.  A proposal from United Bat Control, Inc estimated the cost to be between $9,650 and $11,950.  Judge Norman asked local TWPD game warden Drew Spencer to assist in gathering information.  The commissioners agreed that the issue needs to be handled but voted to table the item for the time being.

The court also voted to table an item regarding the purchase of a maintainer for Precinct 2.  Information for two similar models was presented, with prices of $103,500 and $189,300.

Next, the Commissioners set the terms for the Court for the new fiscal year.  They voted by majority to designate the second and fourth Mondays of the month as days to convene.  Following, the court considered and approved a third amendment to the County and City of Lubbock Interlocal Agreement for law enforcement at Lake Alan Henry. 

In the final item of business, the court voted to move ahead with the heating and cooling project for the County Courthouse.  Stephen Foster was on hand as a representative of architectural firm Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper.  Foster presented the final drawings and recommended that the county advertise for bids in the first three weeks of November or wait until early 2013.

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