The Sutton County Commissioners Court has convened twice since our last edition. They met on Thursday. July 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and again on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Both meetings were opened by Judge Chavez-Duran offering a prayer.

Linda Patlan and Mary Lou Solis were present during the July 1 meeting to request assistance from the commissioners court to eradicate the rat population that has invaded their neighborhood (Calle Castillo).

The ladies explained that they are using several types of traps to stop the rats from damaging their homes. However, there are so many coming from a vacant lot where a home was recently removed, that the situation is worsening.

They explained that the rats are large, they can be seen in trees and that they have chewed holes in homes to gain access. They also presented the court with a picture of one of the rats in a trap, which is the picture in this story. The citizens were given information and guidance on how to begin solving the problem and will work with the commissioners and the county attorney to resolve this issue.

Additionally, during the Thursday, July 1, 2021 meeting Judge Chavez-Duran declared Sutton County in a state of disaster to the influx of illegal aliens into the county and the impact this is having on our area residents and law enforcement. The declaration will allow the county to request assistance from the state for funds to cover future costs as well as forecasting for upcoming expenses.
There are currently 28 other Texas Counties participating in this program including Crockett, Kimble, Edwards and Mason Counties.

During the meeting held on Monday, July 12, 2021 the commissioners discussed in detail the needs for attention at the cemetery. There are rules regarding decorations on the plots at the cemetery, however, there has not been much enforcement, this has led to what commissioner Teaff explained as a “maintenance mess”. The county has been mapping out new plots and will be working to determine the best way to handle the decorations around the gravesites that create a problem during landscaping and care.

The commissioners handled multiple regular agenda items during each meeting; including hearing from Justice of the Peace Jody Harris who received approval to post a job listing for a part-time position in his office. Pascual Hernandez, Ag Extension Agent reported that the Extension Office is planning to offer a Vet Science Project in the coming year and are looking for community members that would be interested in participating.

During both meetings Judge Rachel Chavez-Duran presided with commissioners Carl Teaff, Bob Brockman and Lee Bloodworth present for the first meeting and commissioners Carl Teaff, Bob Brockman, Fred Perez and Lee Bloodworth present for the second meeting.

The next meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners Court will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., this will be a special meeting where the commissioners are planning to complete the budget for the coming year. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, July 26,2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sutton County annex building meeting room.

These meetings are open to the public.