County meeting includes public hearings

During the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, August 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse, the first public hearing on the proposed property tax rate for 2012-2013 was held, with no input given. The proposed tax rate was presented at the August 16 meeting at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation--a combination of the general fund rate of .340670 and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 (both per $100 valuation).The second public hearing on the issue was then approved by the commissioners for their next meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012.Another public hearing took place at the meeting as well. No input was heard for the records management and archives for the district clerk, in which the assessed $5 fees are later used to pay for records management, like the recent purchase of computers.Later in the meeting, the district clerk's records management archives plan was approved, which is implemented to modernize and upgrade the records kept in the district clerk's office.And following the filing of the 2012-2013 budget with the county clerk, the date for a public hearing on the upcoming budget was set for Monday, September 17, 2012.The commissioners also approved several plans and contracts in the meeting, including a no change plan for the TCDRS (Texas County & District Retirement System) 2013 retirement system plan for Nolan County. Approval was also given on the SAVNS (Statewide Automated Victim Notification Service) maintenance grant contract between the office of the Attorney General and Nolan County.The commissioners additionally approved a one-year extension, contract agreement between West Texas Centers and the county for mental health and development services. Furthermore, approval was given on the concept for the signature of Judge Tim Fambrough, pending approval of the contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety for ongoing Omni services.Other approvals were given on the agreement with Davis Kinard & Co., PC to perform the Nolan County audit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. In addition, the proposal from Melinda Brown to prepare the annual financial report for the county's past fiscal year (2011-2012) was approved.The commissioners also gave approval for two appointments to the Nolan County Coliseum Board, Nathan Ehlert and Steve Smith. They will be replacing Lloyd Harris and Roger Meyers.The burn ban was also approved to remain in effect for the next two weeks, and reports from the Nolan County Welfare office and the Government Trapper were received and approved. The workshop regarding property insurance with Texas Association of Counties, however, was postponed.During the public input portion, Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden shared that the callback system for Nolan County is very close to being implemented. If the commissioners were interested in being administrators for the system, they would have to undergo training.Shortly thereafer, the commissioners went into closed, executive session to discuss the contract with Turner Construction's manager at risk for the remediation of the courthouse façade and any new building projects, contingent on the passage of the proposals placed on the November 6, 2012 ballot. No action, however, was taken on the matter.