Commissioners select architect, reinstate burn ban

The Nolan County Commissioners announced their selection of an architect for the new county jail and courthouse improvements during their meeting on Monday morning, Jan. 23, 2012.Chosen for the project was the Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architect firm, a Dallas-based company. Before the announcement was made, Precinct 4 Commissioner Tony Lara thanked those who made presentations to the commissioners — some who were in attendance — for their time and professionalism during the process.Also in the meeting, County Judge Tim Fambrough praised the county and its safety director, Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy White, for earning the 2011 Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties for meeting and completing a number of criteria. Additionally, the commissioners approved to re-instate the burn ban for Nolan County.Other action items considered at the meeting were two resolutions. A reimbursement resolution for the incurred expenditures for the Nolan County Jail was approved, along with the resolution for support of extending the federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy.Furthermore, approval was given to declare one Sheriff's Office vehicle — a nine-year old vehicle which has been replaced — as "excess county property" which will be disposed of at auction on commissioners also approved to replace the SonicWall 250M firewall for the Courthouse networking. New T1 Internet services were approved in September 2011, but upon installation, the current firewall proved to be outdated and was not compatible. A proposal from Your Way Computer Tech Team was given for the replacement, which will be paid for through the technology fund.In addition, two re-appointments to the city/county Airport Zoning Board were approved. Ken Lofton will continue to serve as a county appointee; Mrs. Jay Neal will continue her joint appointment.An item which required no action was a proposal presentation from Carol Chappell with Pro Star Energy Company on providing electric service for Nolan County facilities. Ms. Chappell made a presentation to the commissioners in December 2011 on the issue, but offered a market update regarding rates in the presentation. The minutes from the Jan. 9 meeting were approved, along with the reports received from the Nolan County Clerk, Tax Office and Veteran Service Office.