During their regular meeting on Monday morning, March 12, 2012 held at the Courthouse, the Nolan County Commissioners approved a contract with West Texas Centers to purchase all laboratory testing services associated with their services and for inmates covered under the county's agreement with the establishment.
County Judge Tim Fambrough--as a member of the West Texas Centers board of directors--excused himself from the action item, prompting Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White to briefly preside over the meeting. This new agreement--as part of a current, revamped contract regarding crisis management--will reduce time travel to other establishments, increase coordination and will save money for the county in the long term.
In addition, a proclamation in support of Child Awareness Prevention Month was approved by the commissioners. Executive Director of the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC) Teresa Zarate--who was at the meeting--noted that the agency hopes to bring awareness of this ongoing problem in and around Nolan County by hosting several local events throughout the month of April.
Furthermore, an agreement with Coastal Technical Services to inspect, test and report on election equipment damaged by water leakage on February 1, 2012 was also approved. The equipment, according to county clerk Pat McGowan, must be inspected in order to be cleared for use in the upcoming elections. The cost is approximated at $3,000 and will covered by insurance.
Approval was also given to advertise for bids for gravel and AC5 asphalt for the 2012 seal coating projects for Nolan County precincts, and with rain forecasted for the latter part of the week, the commissioners approved to leave the burn ban in Nolan County off for the next two weeks.
Several reports were also received and approved from various department heads--including the Nolan County Auditor, Clerk, Treasurer and the Government Trapper, and the minutes from the regular February 27 meeting were approved.
The minutes from the special meeting held on March 7 were additionally approved, where Commissioner White was appointed to investigate options for the purchase of land for a new jail and sheriff's office and sign preliminary, nonbinding documents to hold options on the land if necessary.
However, several items on the agenda were tabled. Two items were delayed due to its incorrect wording on the agenda, while the other two were in regards to the new jail.
The two items--the purchase of land for the jail and sheriff's office along with the hiring of a construction manager at risk for the jail and replacement of the exterior of the Nolan County Courthouse--will likely remain on future agendas for the commissioners' court meetings until enough information is gathered to be presented for approval.