Sutton County Commissioners worked their way through a lengthy agenda that included detailed discussions about departmental policy, actions on bids, employment positions and other regular consent items during their regular meeting Monday, April 8, 2019.

Commissioners revisited a matter previously presented to the court involving the Sutton County Sheriff’s Office and Norbert Ortiz Towing Services regarding towing issues.

After reviewing letters, hearing comments and discussing the matter at length, Sutton County Commissioners stayed within their capacity of governance allowing Sheriff Oscar Chavez to oversee regular departmental business as usual and set policies as he deems necessary.

Acting within their scope of business, commissioners opened the one bid received for the purchase of a pavement unit owned by the county. The bid was awarded accepting the offer of payment and removal of the unit.

Additionally, they approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the Junction Police Department for the long-term use of a license plate reader located on I-10 in Sutton County.

As well, commissioners approved the salary for a new deputy clerk and approved to advertise for a full time Records Management employee.

They also reviewed employee overtime, but no action was necessary.

In other matters, commissioners unanimously approved a request by Shannon Gill to waive the fee for the Pavilion for the Cub Scouts annual Pinewood Derby and Community Day.

In regular business, commissioners approved the accounts payable, and CIRA Contract as presented as well as reviewed reports from individual departments as presented. No action was necessary.

Judge Jody Harris reported a total of 785 new cases, 1,073 closed cases and $269,055.41 collected by the Office of the Justice of the Peace for the month of March 2019. Also, Harris magistrated 35, and honored two requests for court appointed attorneys in March.

Sheriff Chavez reported 12.9 inmates on average at a cost of $2.22 per meal for the month of March. Additionally, he reported 307 dispatch calls, 13 civil process received and 10 served. A total of $12,321.40 was paid to the JP and $67,551.10 owed to JP for traffic citations in March. In addition to 15 arrests, deputies issued 467 citations and warnings while DPS arrested 1 person and Sonora PD arrested 1.

Probation Officer Wendy Archibeque reported 11 new county cases, 1 district case and 2 bond supervision cases for March.

Standley Anderson updated the court on Road and Bridge activities. Anderson said his department is busy with regular spring maintenance and upkeep of the ball fields at the county park.

He also requested that commissioners consider purchasing a new lawnmower for the County Park.

After reviewing the Treasurer’s report commissioners heard from Librarian Debra Brown who reported a total of 1,168 adult and 224 children patrons visited the library during March.

Extension Agent Pascual Hernandez updated the court on 4-H activities and workshops that took place in March as well as upcoming events.
County Clerk Rachel Duran reported a total of $17,618.20 and $5,114.70 collected in fees for County and District Courts respectively during the month of March. She also reported $6,463 collected in fees for Open Records during March.

County Attorney David Wallace reported one hot check recovery for the month of March and Judge Steve Smith updated the court on the completion of the soil test at the County Park. He said the test indicated that the soil was safe from harmful materials. The full report was also made available to commissioners for their review.

Without any further discussion or comments the meeting was adjourned.

Judge Steve Smith presided over the meeting. Commissioners Carl Teaff, Mike Villanueva and Bob Brockman were present. Fred Perez was absent.
The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners is set for Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the County Annex Building.