Road and Bridge to hire seasonal mowers for county roads
Grimes County Commissioners held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 30 and changed county policy that will allow the Roads and Bridges Department to hire seasonal workers to mow tall weeds and grass along the county roads. Road and bridge engineer Harry Walker submitted his application for mowers to court on June 16, but it was filed pending a rewrite of the policy by HR director Talitta Coleman and subsequent court approval.
In a unanimous vote, Commissioners approved the related first item on the agenda, modifying verbiage to allow unused salaries to fund temporary / seasonal positions in the same fiscal year. Such requests should be placed on the court’s agenda for consideration.
Two items on the agenda later, the Commissioners approved allowing Walker to transfer unused money from salary positions to the temporary / seasonal position and authorizing the auditor to prepare for the appropriate transfer of position.
This allows Walker to hire up to four seasonal employees for a maximum of 29 hours per week at $ 10 per hour.
Clerk shelving goes 4-1
County Clerk Vanessa Burzynski’s request to purchase rolling shelves from Scott & Merriman for the new Grimes County Justice and Business Center for $ 18,230 was approved by 4-1 Commissioner Phillip Cox voting no.
Burzynski said the $ 18,230 will come from county clerk services fees that are dedicated and limited to use for preservation and storage of records. Burzynski also pointed out that by purchasing them with dedicated funds, the budget for the furniture of the Justice Center would decrease by the same amount. It was noted that due to the rising cost of steel, the racking quotation presented was good until the end of the day.
Burzynski said the shelves will provide access to around 200 marriage, probate, deed, commissioner and cattle brand books. While some books have already been digitized and some are expected to be digitized in the next fiscal year, state law requires the book to be retained.
Cox said: “This is the problem I have with buying shelves when I think the money would be better spent on digitization. “
Cox also inquired about the storage of books at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Burzynski replied that they were no longer doing evaluations.
She said, “I, as the county clerk, an elected official, would prefer the books to stay in the county because once they leave the county you never get them back and they belong to the county.
The cost of digitizing and replacing the remaining 2,000 books and digitization as opposed to buying shelves was discussed.
Cox said “this is the way of the future. We need to be forward thinking and putting books on $ 20,000 shelves is not the way of the future. “
Burzynski reiterated that she has an obligation to make them available, practical or not, to the public. New records are digitized and do not necessarily have to be kept in books, but does keep hard copies of all marriage licenses.
The Tribunal of Commissioners can be viewed in its entirety at www.grimescountytexas.gov/page/CCVideos.
Other legal action:
• Approved a motion to bring in the Justice Center’s two furniture suppliers, HBI and KI, and select items requested by elected officials and department heads, eliminating all office chairs, with a cap of $ 200,000 .
• Approved continued County Employee Vision coverage with National Vision Administrators without price increases.
• Approved acceptance of the sealed offer from Waller County Asphalt for cold asphalt material with cost per ton delivered at $ 95.82 per ton and $ 88 picked up. Only one bid was received, with Logan County Asphalt refusing to bid.
• Approved acceptance of Glenn Fuqua Construction’s bid of $ 425,050 for the CR 302 reconstruction project. No further bids were received.
• Approved renewal of the Special Road Use and Compensation Agreement for the Blue Jay Solar Project for an additional 30 days.
• Approve the interlocal agreement with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments for 9-1-1 and database maintenance services with the county judge as a signatory.
• Approved authorization to issue RFPs (Request for Proposal) for administrative services and RFQ (Request for Qualifications) for professional services for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
• No action has been taken regarding a possible rewriting of the purchasing policy.