The Somervell County Commissioners Court met in a special session Monday morning and voted to authorize overtime pay for exempt (salaried) employees such as firefighters, deputies and other first responders who are deployed to assist in other areas outside of the county for disasters such as major flooding and wildfires.
County Judge Danny Chambers noted that the county will get reimbursed for the overtime pay through the state.
Non-exempt employees are already eligible for overtime pay.
The proposal had been discussed in the regular meeting held June 11, when the commissioners heard input from Somervell County Fire Chief Mark Crawford. No action was taken at that time.
The vote was by a unanimous 5-0 count, and went into effect immediately.
The court also voted to advertise for proposals to real estate agencies to sell a property on 1.24 acres of land on Bo Gibbs Boulevard for the county. The property is the former location of Hill College Beauty School, and includes an existing building and parking lot.
The commissioners also voted to give the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce 90 days notice to terminate the lease agreement on the building at 1505 NE Big Bend Trail — the old jail building — which had housed the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On June 12, the Chamber and the CVB both relocated to their new location downtown in the former Somervell County Heritage Center building, at 100 NE Barnard St. in downtown Glen Rose.
The three-year lease in the old jail building had been due to end on April 1, 2019, Chambers said.
The hours for the Chamber and the CVB are currently 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.