County commissioners approve server upgrades

The Nolan County Commissioners met on Monday morning and approved a server upgrade for the Sheriff's Department.The upgrade had been discussed as part of recent budget hearings. Due to the fact that the Sheriff's Office will be in a new location and along with security concerns, the sheriff's department will need their own server.Additionally, the server for the Justice of the Peace will be getting some sort of server upgrade, after the office was informed that their current server will only be supported for one more year.A new server would cost around $3500 and would be paid for through the department's technology fund, but Justice of the Peace Sharon Gardner wanted to see if her department could be added to the larger, county-wide server before making any kind of purchase. The commissioners expressed her request as part of the motion that was approved.Also during the meeting, a presentation was made by David Quin with Public Power Pool (P3) regarding options for electric service for Nolan County. The Austin-based, non-profit entity was created in 2002 to negotiate lower contract rates. With almost 80 members in 41 counties, the company has saved its members around $112 million since its inception. The board members of the Public Power Pool include judges and county commissioners who are currently looking at rates as far as the year 2019. The company boasts the provision of full support, backup, and full budget reports with usage. In addition, they do not have a penalty if consumption is lower or higher than anticipated.P3 is not only retaining 95% of its members, but adding new members as well. While various fees were presented and discussed, no action was taken following the presentation.Furthermore, approval was given toward the reinstatement of the burn ban for Nolan County. An agreement between West Texas Centers and Nolan County was also approved, with no changes cited.The minutes of July 14 meeting were approved as well, while reports were received from the Nolan County Treasurer, Auditor, Sheriff's Office and the Government Trapper.