Sutton County Commissioners addressed growing concerns over black mold discovered in the County Annex building Monday morning, May 16, while handling a variety of other matters including a proclamation, budget amendments and regular consent items.

Despite the discovery of black mold in the Sutton County Tax Appraisal District Office, commissioners met in their usual location at the County Annex Building.

Opening the meeting at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners immediately turned their attention to matters regarding handling mold, ongoing flooding in the County Annex Building during heavy rains and remodeling efforts.

Presently the staff of the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office and Tax Appraisal Office have relocated as a result of damages caused by flooding in the building.

Following a report from Judge Steve Smith regarding test results from samples taken from the Annex Building offices, hearing comments and recommendations from Service Master professionals and a lengthy discussion the court took action. Commissioners approved an emergency declaration for the Tax Appraisal Office as well as an amendment to the county budget to hire assistance to abate mold in the Tax Appraisal Office.
Next, commissioners approved a proclamation declaring the week of May 15th Police Week.

The court considered a request from Susan Hall regarding planting trees Friday, May 17, in recognition of Arbor Day. This activity involved Sonora ISD fifth grade students and has taken place for the past several years in Sonora.

They also approved a request to waive the fee for the Civic Center for the annual Sports Banquet set for May 21.

In regular business, commissioners reviewed reports and heard from individual county department leaders.

Judge Jody Harris reported a total of 867 new cases and 857 closed cases for the Justice of the Peace Office for the month of April 2019. Of the new cases, 325 were generated by DPS and 542 by the Sheriff’s Office. Harris also reported a total of $222,035.44 collected for the month of April. Of that amount $130,699.86 was retained by the county.

For the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, Chief Deputy DuWayne Castro reported a daily average of 11.3 inmates at a cost of $1.38 per meal for the month of April. Additionally, he reported 324 dispatch calls, 21 civil process received and six served. The SO also collected $2,380 in fees during April according to Castro. In addition, Deputies made 15 arrests, DPS 2 and Sonora PD arrested four people in April. Eleven transports also kept deputies on the road as well as 11 accidents. Also noteworthy, Castro reported that the Sutton County Jail was found to be in compliance with Texas Minimum Jail Standards following an inspection on May 2 and received a signed certificate for record.

After reviewing an agreement between Sutton County and Hill Country MHDD for Telepsychiatry Services, commissioners unanimously approved it as presented.

They also approved a request from Tax Assessor-Collector Kathy Marshall to transfer funds to cover contracted costs for VISTA, a software program.
Probation Officer Wendy Archibeque gave her report for the Community Supervision and Correction Department.

Additionally, County Treasurer Janell Schniers presented a report and Road and Bridge Director Standley Anderson update the court on county road and park maintenance.

Subsequently, commissioners approved to advertise for AC5 asphalt.

Librarian Deborah Brown reported April totals for library patrons including 1,051 adults and 292 children. Additionally, she said the library collected $73 in fines during April.

Next, commissioners approved the updated Library Policy and Procedure Manual as presented by Brown.

Extension Agent Pascual Hernandez updated the court of activities at the Extension Office and County Attorney David Wallace reported that there were no hot check recoveries for April.

Discussion regarding obtaining bids for the county park rest room and the county annex building was tabled pending further information gathering and review.

City Manager Art Fuentes addressed the court presenting his efforts to promote a Nixle Alert System accessible to citizens in Sonora and Sutton County.

Finally, commissioners approved the hiring of an employee to fill the Scanner position in the County Judge’s Office. They agreed to set the salary at $10 per hour.

With not further business or visitor comments the meeting was adjourned.

Judge Steve Smith presided over the meeting. Commissioners Carl Teaff, Mike Villanueva, Fred Perez and Bob Brockman were present.
The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners is set for Monday, May 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in the County Annex Building.