County approves mass notification system contract

At the Nolan County Commissioners meeting on Monday morning, Feb. 27, 2012, approval was given for an agreement with Pro Star Energy to provide electric service for county facilities.Two presentations were heard in the morning--from the awarded company and from Priority Power Management. Both companies have had representatives attend previous meetings since this past December to share about their companies and offer updates regarding the market, which in turn affect costs.Both institutions offered the commissioners their pricing based on the market from the end of business on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, but Pro Star Energy was able to provide a lower rate--which generates savings--to the county. Priority Power made an attempt to provide the commissioners with the pricing based on the Monday morning market, but were unable to do so in a timely manner.Pro Star also noted that, while they are energy providers, their executive leadership has formal experience in energy supply. This difference allows the company to meet a wide variety of needs to their client, as well as assist them for future savings.In addition, the commissioners approved a contract for the DeltAlert mass notification system for the county. The new program is similar to the current system in place while offering increased technology, but comes at a discounted price.The cost will be split between the city and the county, thus totaling at $1,437 for the county for a two-year agreement.Another contract was approved between Nolan County and West Texas Centers for MHMR for the purchase of competency and sanity evaluations. A couple of evaluations have been done recently, which has prompted the need for the contract.The commissioners also approved to leave the burn ban in Nolan County off for the next two weeks. One report from the county's Veteran Service Office was received and approved, along with the minutes from the Feb. 13, 2012 meeting.