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By Elizabeth Tanner
MEMPHIS — Following an opening prayer by Precinct 1 Commissioner Ronny Wilson, the Monday, Aug. 9 Hall County Commissioners court was called to order at 10:13 a.m. with the following members present: County Judge Ray Powell, Precinct 1 Commissioner Wilson, Precinct 2 Commissioner Terry Lindsey, Precinct 4 Commissioner Troy Glover, County Clerk Olivia Fisher and Judge’s Assistant Pauline Johnsey. Also present were County Treasurer Janet Bridges, County Justice of Peace Sherrie Stone, County Tax Assessor-Collector Teresa Altman, County Extension Agent Ryan Martin, County Family Consumer Science Agent Molly Forman, Braylee Brooks, Maisy Forman, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission representative John Schaumburg and Joe and Bertha Dunn.
With approval of the July 12 minutes, reports were given by the treasurer, sheriff’s department, emergency management coordinator, tax assessor-collector, county and district clerk, justice of the peace, extension office, tax appraisal district and county judge. In the judge’s report, commissioners approved Powell to select and decide on phone and internet services for the Hall County Courthouse.
Following approval of monthly bills for payment, commissioners took no action regarding the county burn ban, keeping the ban off as it has been since Jan. 11.
Commissioners also approved the interlocal agreement and resolution provided by the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission regarding the issue of the 9-1-1 address for the rural areas of the county as well as the purchase of a KnowInk Poll Pad System using Have America Vote Act (HAVA) grant funds.
In a budget workshop, the deductible amount on the health insurance plan was changed from $1,370 to $2,500 in order to avoid increasing the premium, which would result in an additional $16,361 charge to the county. Additionally, the court took no action on 2022 sheriff’s fees, keeping fees the same.
Regarding the restoration of the Hall County Courthouse, commissioners approved an engineering analysis of the courthouse to include electrical, mechanical, architectural and other needs for the county to proceed with the application for grand funding form the Texas Historical Commission. Commissioners also discussed the use of equipment, materials, purchases, county work projects, extra help or hiring of road work employees on county roads and bridges with no action taken.
The commissioners also set a preliminary tax rate of $0.7106 for the 2021-2022 budget, a .62% decrease from the 2020-2021 rate of $0.715000. A public hearing on the tax rate was held Sept. 1.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:13 p.m.