County limits certain spending

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The Madison County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday took steps to limit the spending of officials who have been voted out of office.

With dissension from County Judge C.E. McDaniel, who was voted out of office during the primary election this year, commissioners approved a $3,000 cap for county commissioners and $500 for other elected officials. Any expenditure above those amounts will have to be approved by the Commissioners’ Court beforehand.

Commissioners Thomas Collard and Sam Cole, McDaniel, and Justice of the Peace Lew Plotts will leave their respective offices at the end of the year; however, the new fiscal year started this month.

Collard question purchases that would exceed that amount, and what would need to be done; County Auditor Toni Joyner said that purchase orders would need to be submitted beforehand to be approved by the court.

Joyner also said that any purchases prior to Oct. 9, which would be part of the previous year’s budget, would not fall under the “lame duck” provisions.

In a separate matter, Eric Zimmerman, District Extension Administrator with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, said that Madison County has been chosen to receive another Extension agent.

He said that he had two position to grant, and because of Chadd Caperton’s service and reputation as a trainer, as well as the fact that Madison County had only one agent, it’s a good fit.

This would give the county double the outreach capabilities at no cost to the county.

However, once training is completed, the new person would move on, Zimmerman said.

In other business, the county:

•approved a 12-month agreement with Full Armor Security & Technologies for security at the Madison County Library, which has not had a security monitor for six months;

•approved selling an Alamo Mower for Road Precinct 3 on SWICO Auction;

•approved the lease/purchase for a 22-foot boom mower, the $67,818.95 cost of which will be paid half up front and half financed for one year;

•approved the solid waste disposal rules for 2019, which strikes the $5 fee for accepting appliances that do not contain Freon;

•approved the transfer of $270 from the contingency fund to pay the remaining invoices for Lexis Nexis;

•proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and

•extended the deadline for accepting asphalt overlay bids for the Raney Lane project to Oct. 19, as no bids have yet been received.

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