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Contract Approved to House Hale County Inmates

Published May 4, 2012 @ 6 a.m.

Garza County Commissioners’ Court met in a regular meeting April 23 and, among other business before the court, was consideration of an intergovernmental agreement between Garza County and Hale County to house Hale County inmates at the Garza County Law Enforcement Center jail.  The fee for these services is $40/per inmate per day.  The court approved the agreement.

The court also heard an update on Justice of the Peace courts fine collections by employees of the Purdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott, LLP law firm on the offices.  Danny Barrett of the firm presented a pie graph that showed the collection summary of delinquent fines and fees in the JP courts.  The collection rate is 32%, or $183,495.55, over approximately eight years with $347,745 (61%) uncollected.  There is no cost to the county for this collection service.  The firm’s fee is added to the fine and fees they collect from the defendant.  Adam Walker, another representative from the firm, explained that their collection procedures comply with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct collection rules.

Commissioner Morris asked the court to consider purchase of a bat-wing Bush Hog shredder for Precinct 2.  Funds would come from the capital expense line item in the budget and Morris will keep the two small shredders now used in the precinct for smaller jobs.  The court approved the purchase of the shredder from Wiley Case Equipment for $15,500.

The court considered a request for the removal of penalty and interest from a tax payer who claims a check was sent; however, the tax office has no record of receiving it.  After discussion, the court voted to deny the request.

Minutes from April 9, 2012 regular meeting were approved as presented and the following items of information were brought before the Court as a written report or for discussion: Treasurer; Budget Usage/Analysis; Garza Wildlife Damage Association; Justice of the Peace, 1; Justice of the Peace, 2; AgriLife Extension/Greg Jones; AgriLife Extension/Nancy McDonald; Garza County Certificates of Obligation Bond Fund, 2008; Garza County Public Facilities Board Bond Funds, 2005 and US Bank Activity Notice.  Precinct and countywide accounts payable for April 10, 2012 through April 23, 2012 were also approved as presented and 3 line item transfers were approved.  There was no update on the proposed courthouse heating and cooling project. 

 The County Commissioners' Court will meet next on May 14 for a regular meeting.

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