Burn ban remains in effect

The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for its regular meeting on Monday morning, April 25, 2011 at the Nolan County Courthouse.Texas National Bank (TNB) was awarded the bid for the Nolan County bank depository for the next four years. After the recommendation from county treasurer Gayle Biggerstaff was given, one concern arose about long term issues. However, TNB was approved for the depository and the assurance was given that negotiations on the contract can be made at the halfway mark, though the county has never done so in the past.In addition, bids were awarded for AC5 and MC30 for the Nolan County precincts, along with the bid for crushed rock. The company Vulcan was approved for the crushed rock bid at $2,467/ton with delivery promised to the county, whereas Valero, at $495/ton and $715/ton, was approved for the other two bids, respectively.Other approvals were given during the meeting, including an appointment to the Nolan County Coliseum Board. Rex Skaggs was approved to replace current board member Rodney Foster. Also approved was the allotment for Car Cruise, a classic car group, to use water and electricity from the Courthouse, as well as block off parking on the north side of the building on May 14, 2011. A variety of technology issues were discussed at the meeting also. Approval was given to use money within the Technology Fund for the upcoming Excel computer course to be held at TSTC. Two employees from the Justice of the Peace Office will attend the classes which prove to be beneficial for educational and training purposes. A technological purchase was approved for the County Clerk to purchase a 16-port desktop switch with 13 six-inch patch cables. The purchase will be done through Your Way computer tech team who currently performs the courthouse's computer maintenance. The port will assist by connecting all of the computers together instead of making individual transfers. At only $178, the financing will come from a federal government grant and will be at no cost to taxpayers.However, one issue regarding technology was tabled. Approval was sought for the County Judge's office to purchase a laptop computer for the Emergency Medical Plan. The computer would cost $999 and would be paid for through the Computer Fund and would also be purchased from Your Way computer tech team. It was noted, though, that a laptop was available within the Courthouse and could be used for the emergency plan because it was currently not being used. Another concern also arose about the need and use of the laptop entirely. Both issues prompted the issue to be tabled in order to determine if the current equipment will suffice.Also approved were the minutes from the regular meeting on April 11 and the special called meeting on April 18. One report from the Nolan County Sheriff's Office was received, and the burn ban in Nolan County was approved to remain in place for the next two weeks.