Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results - May 13, 2013
The Governing Body of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court met in Regular Session today, Monday, May 13th at 9:30am in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas. All commissioners were present and the meeting was opened by Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell. The court discussed and took the following action on agenda items:
1. The court approved the minutes of the April 8, 2013 Regular Meeting and the April 22, 2013 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court.
2. The court approved the Officers' Reports. Clint Porterfield, County Auditor, stated the reports show to be on track and well within budget.
3. The court approved payment of monthly expenses.
4. Lila Akin and Evelyn Adams addressed the Court concerning animal control within the County. Lila Aiken recounted to the court an incident from Sunday, April 14th when she was bitten by a dog. The bite was quite severe and required medical attention. Aiken stated she was advised that it was the Sheriff's Department’s responsibility to pick up the dog. She said the Sheriff's Office didn't pickup the dog but did issue a citation to the dog owner for the dog not having a rabies shot. Aiken finished with a statement expressing the need for an animal control officer as a minimum solution to the animal issue in the county. Evelyn Adams also addressed the court concerning a problem she has with a pack of dogs living near her home. She said the packs of dogs continue to attack cats in the area and she won't go outside without something in her hand to hit the dogs with if they should come near her. It is an issue she has dealt with since last summer. She went to the Sheriff's Department for assistance on Monday, April 15th and was advised by the Sheriff that they could do nothing to help her.
5. George Simon with Tri-County addressed the Court concerning the Old Elementary School property located at 214 Nacogdoches St. in Center. He expressed the desire of Tri-County to have use of the entire property and not just a portion. With the additional space, Tri-County would be able to expand the services they currently offer. The Judge made a motion authorizing him to work with Tri-County to develop a plan for the Old Elementary School to be presented to the court for approval at a future meeting. The court approved the motion.
6. The court approved to close a portion of CR 3700 which includes approximately 2,210 ft. The CR is located off of FM 699 and hasn't been used or maintained in over 15 years.
7. The court approved with a vote of 3 to 1, McSwain the opposing vote, to close a portion of CR 3706 which includes approximately 4,400 ft. of roadway. Sean Permenter addressed the court opposing the closure of the roadway. He stated the roadway had 7 houses on it which included 19 people. He voice concern that during a disaster the residence would lose a possible exit route for evacuation or that emergency personnel would only have one point of access to the houses. John Watson addressed the court in favor of the closure. He owns much of the property on both sides of the roadway from the point of the suggested closure down to CR 3455 which is also accessible from FM 699. Watson argued that the road is not passable and hasn't been maintained by the county or used for 30 years.
8. Court approved a proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month as requested by Adult Protective Services. Tracy Belin, LSW, APS Supervisor addressed the court giving a brief description of the services the program provides.
9. The court accepted a Resolution in Support of Retaining the Investment Tax Credit for Producing High-Cost Natural Gas.
10. Court approved to advertise for bids on oil for roads.
11. The County Auditor, Clint Porterfield, notified the Court of the creation of Fund 81 - Seizure Trust Non Traffic Fund for the Shelby County District Attorney's office. The new fund creation is in accordance with Chapter 59. The new fund was created for the purpose of tracking seizure funds which are awaiting disposition from forfeiture for the purpose of keeping them separate from previous forfeitures which may be pending legal action.
12. The court discussed the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). As a result of the recent West, Texas explosion, possible federal mandated procedures may soon be approved which would include the required inspection of Tier II sites as part of the Texas Tier II Chemical Reporting Program.
The court did enter into Executive Session in which no action was taken and the meeting was adjourned.