The Sutton County Commissioners met on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. for a special meeting to interview applicants for the county judge appointment. Shortly after the meeting opened, the commissioners entered into executive session.

At 12:02 p.m. the commissioners opened the meeting and announced that Rachel Duran had been selected to carry out the term of current Judge Steve Smith who resigned after accepting the CEO position at Lillian M. Hudspeth Hospital.

On Monday, May 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. the commissioners met for another special meeting. The meeting was opened with a prayer offered by Sutton County Judge Steve Smith.

The commissioners then moved on to hear public comments. Although there were no community members present to comment, Judge Smith delivered a heartfelt thank you to the elected officials and county employees present. He thanked everyone for the support they have offered him over the years and expressed his gratitude quoting Matthew 25:34 and Abraham Lincoln.
The commissioners then heard from James Pickett with Zesch and Pickett Insurance Agency. Mr. Pickett provided the commissioners with information related to the upcoming open enrollment for medical, dental and vision insurance as well ancillary policies and life insurance. Mr. Pickett explained that the premiums will increase this year noting that the county has been quoted to have a 8.7% rate increase, last year the rates increased 2%.
Kathy Marshall presented the April Tax Assessor/Collector report, the county received $38,168.58 from vehicle titles and registration as well as $16 294.55 from property tax collected.

The commissioners then tabled several items due to the need to collect more information.

The first tabled item was the discussion of a generator for the civic center, as this is the county emergency shelter. However, the commissioners determined that they needed to gather information related to the appropriate size of generator needed to power the heating and cooling systems at the civic center prior to moving forward.

The next tabled item was the discussion cemetery fees and creating new policies for the operation of the cemetery. Janelle Schniers presented the commissioners with information that she collected including the cemetery operations in surrounding counties. Judge Smith explained that he is considering adding an additional position to the county, an emergency management director, explaining that due to the weather related emergencies in past years this position is necessary and there may be a way to include the cemetery operations in this position.

Next the commissioners tabled the discussion related to the memorandum of agreement with the City of Sonora and Sonora Independent School District for flood control. The required documentation has not been reviewed by the county attorney but Judge Smith explained that there are area that need to have easements granted so the county can work with the city to clear debris to allow water to flow freely in the event of flooding.

As the meeting was wrapping up the commissioners delivered their reports. Fred Perez thanked Judge Smith for his service and noted that he has had many compliments on the selection of Rachel Duran to complete Judge Smith’s term. Bob Brockman also expressed his appreciation and thanked Judge Smith for his service; he also reported that he is continuing to work with the Sheriff to select an emergency notification system for the county.
Judge Smith wrapped up the meeting reporting there has been one positive COVID case reported in Sutton County recently, noting that this is the first positive in quite a while. He also gave an update on several projects at the jail including building a fence between the jail and the depot, adding metal plates to separate the male and female portions of the jail and the replacement of the showers.

The plans for Mrs. Duran being sworn in as County Judge are pending as are the plans for replacing the county clerk position which will be vacated when Mrs. Duran takes over as county judge.
Judge Smith presided over the meeting with commissioners Bob Brockman, Fred Perez and Lee Bloodworth in attendance.

The next regular meeting of the Sutton County Commissioners Court will be June 14, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room located at the Sutton county annex building.

These meetings are open to the public.