GLEN ROSE – If an agenda item was on the relatively short agenda for the regular monthly meeting of the Somervell County Commissioners Court, it passed and did so unanimously.

Somervell County Judge Danny L. Chambers called the meeting to order Monday, June 13 at a few ticks after 9:30 a.m. inside the Commissioners’ Courtroom of the Somervell County Courthouse annex.

“It’s that scary time of year again,” said Somervell County Auditor Brian Watts after the passing of previous minutes, treasurer’s report and monthly reports from county departments. “We reached out to our existing [group insurance] provider and it does not seem that they are going to be interested in doing a renewal at last year’s rates – surprise, surprise. So we need to seek your permission to go out and advertise for [new] group insurance.”

The motion for the county to advertise was made commissioner John Curtis, received a second by Larry Hulsey and passed 5-0.

Watts then notified the court of a series of budget transfers that included the “normal and usual suspects.”

He noted that the largest transfer belonged to the Somervell County Expo Center (SCEC), which continues to “go over budget on their temporary personnel for cleaning.”

The expo also needed funds for property renewal contract, as the current contract was set – which ran from Oct. to July 1 – to expire, Watts noted. However, the SCEC is now on an annual contract that will run through June 30, 2017.

Commissioner Kenneth Wood made the motion to transfer the funds. The motion passed unanimously after a second by Curtis.

The court then entered into executive session at 9:39 a.m. and returned at 10:12 a.m.

“At this time there is no action to be taken on the executive session,” Chambers informed the court.

Greer, Herz & Adams, LLP was also unanimously approved to serve as special counsel for Somervell County’s tax related appeals in the case of Luminant Generation Company LLC v. Somervell County Central Appraisal District.

Chambers clarified that this is the same counsel utilized by the county previously and it also passed with a 5-0 vote.


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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