Sutton County Commissioners met in special session twice on Monday, July 27, to handle matters of importance including appropriating funds for EMS expenses and a dispatch console at the Sheriff’s Office.

In the morning meeting, Commissioners voted in favor of taking $250,000 from budget reserves to pay the counties share of EMS expenses for the year. This is the first time the county has had to pay for EMS, according to Judge Steve Smith.

In past years, the hospital has received money as part of the 1115 cost reimbursement waiver program resulting in the county receiving money for EMS. The 1115 waiver program ended in January 2019.

Commissioners also discussed COVID-19 related issues regarding leave for county employees. The discussion included guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting work areas after an employee tests positive for coronavirus. Following federal guidelines, Commissioners agreed to allowing employees leave with pay for the first 10 days they are out due to COVID-19. After that, county employees will be allowed to use personal leave if they need additional time off from work.

They also talked about county maintenance employees assisting LMH Hospital this week. The county offered help with maintenance work due to a situation resulting in the quarantine of the hospital employees in the Department of Plant Operations after they were exposed to an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

In other business, Commissioners discussed the proposed budget and reviewed the accounts payable and the Tax Assessor/Collector report as presented.

Monday afternoon, Commissioners convened again and declared an emergency for replacement of the dispatch console at the Sheriff’s Office.

The console has been in use since 1983, according to county officials and is in immediate need of replacement. Replacement parts are no longer available for the out dated equipment and service maintenance is no longer available.

Commissioners will meet again on Friday, July 31, to vote on whether or not to approve the cost of the console replacement. They will also vote on the 2020-2021 fiscal year proposed budget.

Judge Steve Smith presided over Monday’s meetings.

Commissioners Carl Teaff, Mike Villanueva, Fred Perez and Bob Brockman were present.

Sutton County Commissioners are set to meet again this Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sutton County Courthouse.