Renovating and updating topped a list of topics included on the agenda requiring the attention of the Sutton County Commissioners Monday, January 28, 2019.

Meeting for the second time following the turn of the new year, commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward with plans to remodel the restroom located at the county park. After reviewing a proposal and discussing the subject, the court approved advertising for bids to complete the project. Likewise, commissioners approved to advertise for bids to complete plans to rehab the County Courthouse Annex Building. Renovations are necessary to repair damages caused by the September flood event in Sonora as well as help prevent damage in the future caused by flooding.

Additionally, Dustin Medders, of Concho Valley Council of Government updated commissioners on Concho Valley Transit services in the area.

In regular business, commissioners approved the Accounts Payable and Treasurer’s reports as presented before reviewing the Tax Assessor Collector report for the month of December 2018. Kathy Marshall, Tax Assessor Collector, reported a total of $53,817.10 received for vehicle title and registration fees and $1,008,486.50 in property taxes collected during the month of December. Of those amounts, the county retained $15,716.44 and $1,008,088.44 respectively.

In other business, commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application and designating County Judge Steve Smith to act as the executive officer and authorized representative in all matters pertaining to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s 2019-2020 Texas Community Development Block Grant Funding.

With little discussion, the court also approved the salary and start date for a new Road and Bridge employee at $40,000 annually beginning February 4, 2019.

Commissioners opted to table discussion of a contract between the Sheriff’s office and Sterling Commissary until the February meeting pending further review.

In commissioners’ reports, Bob Brockman reported that hog eradication efforts continuing in Sutton County. Commissioners Mike Villanueva inquired about future renovations and improvements to the Senior Apartments.

County judge Steve Smith reported that he met with TXDot officials this past week regarding traffic issues at the I-10 404 intersection near the Sonora Love’s Travel Center. Smith said a special engineering team from Austin will be reviewing the situation to identify solutions to current traffic issues in that area.

In closing, Smith said he received an extension from TCEQ allowing storage of storm related trash at the county park as work continues to remove it.
Judge Steve Smith presided over the meeting. Commissioners Carl Teaff, Bob Brockman, Mike Villanueva and Fred Perez were present.

The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners is set for Monday, February 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the County Annex Building.