News From Monday Meetings

Commissioners Court

Lampasas County Commissioners met yesterday at 9am in the Courthouse and handled a short agenda. The Lampasas County Historical Commission was honored with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

It was decided to take no action on an item on proposals from Guardian Security for courthouse and annex security. The three proposals totaled $63,131 and included exterior and interior courthouse security and annex security.

Commissioners voted unanimously to reject bids for aggregate road treatment in order to re-bid for specific aggregate material. They also voted to not renew the County’s contract with Southern Star Communications Inc. for phone services.

A bond was approved for new Sheriff Jess Ramos, and an update on VetRides was given with the court agreeing to pay $1,000 for the Fiscal Year 2016 service.

Commissioners then voted to renew health insurance with a slight 2% increase.

School Board

The Lampasas ISD School Board met Monday evening at the LISD Administration Building with a quorum on hand, but with board members Ryan Shahan and Kirk Whitehead absent.

After the consent agenda was approved, a waiver of a 210 minute school day was passed, and state assessment results were discussed. It was stated that there is not enough data as of yet to give a full report over the assessment results, but that no student in either the 5th or 8th grade was retained because of the STAAR test.

In the business reports it was noted that all is on schedule. The resurfacing of the high school track will begin July 18, and work on the field house is expected to complete by the end of August.

City Council

Lampasas City Council had a short session last night as reports showed budget work ongoing and to be presented next week to the Council. Appreciation was offered to both the Chamber of Commerce and Spring Ho Committee for recent successful events for the City.

The Council approved again the zoning change that will allow the Harris Company to build 5 small patio homes on a half block of land, facing the Live Oak St. between 7th and 8th streets. Theonly dissenting vote on the issue was from Robert Mcauly. The Council also approved some changes to policy and codes and agreed to the rental of a postage machine. In one larger item, the Council agreed to a suggestion to spend $14,900 to do a foundation and structural analysis on the Nix water tank that is scheduled to see some construction soon.