Burn Ban reinstated, financial audit presented, approval of opioid lawsuit

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
Lead Staff Reporter

The regular meeting of the Nolan County Commissioner’s Court was held on the 11th day of December at 9:00 a.m., in the County Courthouse, Sweetwater.
The burn ban was reinstated for the next two weeks
It was pointed out by a Commissioner that a U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ruled that federal lawsuits by cities and counties against drug manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic should be centralized before a federal judge in Ohio. Ohio has been affected to a great degree by the addiction to opioid medicine. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered sixty-four pharmaceutical companies, mostly out of New Jersey as well as six other states to be transferred to U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.
The motion carried for the approval to join to opioid lawsuit.
Michelle Beatty with Davis Kinard gave a presentation of fiscal year 2017 Financial Audit.
The audit was deemed positive.
The Court then considered approval of the contract with ExpressPoll Services for new election equipment. Past elections used early polling and with ExpressPoll, the results are accurate. The original amount of the device and software is $21,210. The printers are $8560. This can be taken from the County Clerk’s fund, County Technology or the Technology fund itself. This matter has to be further studied. The cards for this device can be used in other elections. The contract has been approved.
The Court then listened to a presentation by Sheriff David Warren on approving a maintenance contract for a generator for the Nolan County jail. Load bank tests are done each year to identify issues. Load bank testing is a way of validating the correct operational performance and battery autonomy of the UPS system. It tests the UPS and generator under load conditions. It is most often carried out during preventative maintenance. These are deemed very beneficial. Walkshaw Pierce has not seemed to give the jail proper priority. Jail is a critical piece of equipment and there is no back up emergency generator. Warren Cat, out of Odessa, has been awarded generator contract. This may be taken out of miscellaneous for this year and then address it in a budgetary sense next year.
The Court then received reports from department heads. These were the County Clerk’s Office, Your Way, The Nolan County Welfare Association, The County Treasurer’s Office and the Auditor’s for November. These were accepted into the record.
The Nolan County Commissioner’s Court reserves the right to enter closed session on any of the above under the authority of 551.074, Texas Government Code. The Court did not enter in closed session at any time and the meeting was adjourned.

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