County discusses budget needs

Meteor staff


Now that Madison County has contracted for restaurant and septic inspections for the remainder of the fiscal year, the Commissioners’ Court has made budget moves to get the work paid for.

At a regular Monday meeting, the court moved funds into the Designated Representative account to be used to pay contractor Don Grooms for his work on inspections.

At a special meeting last month, the county approved hiring Grooms on a contractual basis after the designated representative, Chase Manning, resigned, and his replacement, Lynn Jeffries, was as yet unlicensed.

Jeffries said Monday that it could be around $5,600 necessary to pay for services through the new fiscal year. Grooms is paid $175 per inspection.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel Jr. said that currently, no money was budget for the contract, and money had been drawn from the county’s contingency fund.

The funds now will be drawn from the Designated Representative’s professional services budget line item.

In a separate matter, the county took steps to claim ownership of a trailer which will be then turned over to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which currently is using it.

Ownership of the trailer was in question as there is no paperwork, registration or title.

“They’re calling it the Jim West trailer,” McDaniel said. “No one seems to know who owns it.”

County Tax Assessor/Collector Karen Lane said that in order to title the trailer, it must be taken to Auto Theft in Montgomery County. There will need to be an inspection, and once completed the county will then be given a vehicle identification number, and also a title.

It then can be registered in the county’s name, and then transferred to TDCJ, she said.

In other business, the county:

•approved a request from the Attorney General’s Office to install additional networking in the courthouse to allow the AG to have wireless connectivity;

•approved an emergency services agreement for ambulance services in Madison County for a two-year term; and

•approved the final audit for the 2017 fiscal year.