With all members present, the Sutton County Commissioners handled a light load of business Monday morning, February 10, 2020.

Commissioners voted to approve the renewal of a contract with Ener-Tel to inspect fire alarms for the Sheriff’s Office and Jail. With a second motion, they approved the immediate payment for the first year of services. Additionally, commissioners voted in favor of a contract with the Department of Public Safety and the 112th District court schedule of fees for the Council of Indigent, accounts payable and the hiring of a part-time employee at the library.

There were also a few non action items such as monthly reports from individual department leaders.

Judge Jody Harris reported a total of 790 new cases for the month of January 2020. Of those cases, DPS generated 466 and the Sheriff’s Office 324. Harris also reported 865 cases were closed in January. The JP Court collections were $212,333,09 total with $120,027.27 retained by the county.

Reporting for the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy DuWayne Castro said there was an average of 14.2 inmates at a cost of $2.27 per meal and 176 calls received by dispatch. He also reported a total of 401 citations and warnings issued in January with a total of $19,600.10 paid to the Justice of the Peace for traffic citations. Deputies made 11 arrests, DPS 4 and Sonora PD 2 arrests, according to the report.

County Clerk Rachel Duran reported total fees collected for district court for the month of January in the amount of $2,503.90, county court $8,352.20 and open records $2,987. Duran also mentioned plans to conduct a joint election for the Sutton County Hospital District and Sonora ISD School Board this coming May.

Commissioners also reviewed reports from other departments including CSCD, County Treasurer, Road and Bridge, Library and the Extension Office while listening to highlights as presented by department heads.

Each commissioner offered comments on a variety of subjects. Commissioner Mike Villanueva asked about the status of a grant to fund an infrastructure project in his precinct. Commissioner Bob Brockman asked about the time line for relocating the Appraisal District office and staff back to the Annex Building. Judge Steve Smith said repairs and restoration to the office in the Annex are complete but he does not have confirmation on a move in date.

Commissioner Carl Teaff remarked on his recent participation in a Texas Historical Committee meeting. The meeting was designed to help county leaders with available resources to enable the restoration of historical buildings such as the Courthouse. Teaff said he gained knowledge of available grants and is looking into them. He also said he spoke with Sonora Economic Development Director David Smith about the possibility of the county receiving grant funding or “seed money” in the amount of $30,000 to cover incidental costs throughout the year. Smith said he thinks the EDC Board of Directors would consider that type of grant, according to Teaff.

Judge Smith remarked on a letter received from Frank Wamble regarding transportation issues with Concho Valley Transportation (Thunderbird). Collectively, the commissioners agreed the service provided by CVT is not adequate and they will further review the matter.

Additionally, Judge Smith updated the court on the startup of renovations to the restrooms at the county park baseball field and numerous complaints received from local citizens about the trash along roads in the area. Specifically, there is an accumulation of trash in the area around the Love’s Truck Stop.

Lastly, Judge Smith informed commissioners about complaints regarding dogs being brought into the courthouse. Smith said he intends to post signs stating that only service animals will be allowed in the courthouse.

One visitor comment was also heard by the court. Rich Jumper of Lone Star Truck Group of San Angelo addressed commissioners welcoming their business when considering the purchase of trucks, tractors or other equipment. Lone Star Truck Group is a member of the buy board.

Following the close of business, the meeting was adjourned.

Judge Steve Smith presided over the meeting. Commissioners Bob Brockman, Fred Perez, Mike Villanueva and Carl Teaff were present. The next meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners is set for Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Annex Building.