Commissioners Meet

The Lampasas County Commissioners Court met Monday morning and worked through their agenda in about an hour.

In the Public Comments and Announcements period, Judge Boultinghouse wanted it noted that the Texas Sunset Commission is considering closing 80 local DPS offices around the state and that one of them is Lampasas.  The final decision will not be made until the next meeting of the Sunset Commission at the end of August.  Iterating the nuisance and delays the closing would cause, the Judge urged citizens to raise any objections to the Sunset Commission before their next meeting.

First up for the Court’s consideration was a request from the office of Justice of the Peace Andy Garcia to replace the court’s Incode software with NetData iCon Software, a local courts system.  Funding would come from the County’s Justice Tech Fund.  Incode’s current contract comes to an end this month and the system reportedly malfunctions on a regular basis. Garcia says it runs on a patchwork of fixes, support from Incode is almost non-existent, and the staff time required to keep it running is increasing.  A representative from NetData was on hand and told the Court that the conversion would cost about $4,000, training about $3,000, and annual maintenance would be $6,000.  The Court voted to approve the conversion 4 to 1, with Commissioner Mark Rainwater voting NO.

Other actions taken by the Court included:

● The acceptance of the resignation of Constable Forrest Spence, effective July 31st;

● approval of the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) fund request for 2019 in the amount of $8,500, the same as it has been for several years;

● approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with TX Agri Life for technical operations for the Ag Extension office;

● approval of an Order of Local Option Election with the General Election of November 6th, to legalize the sale of wine on the premises of a holder of a winery permit for JP Precincts 2 & 3;

● approval of an Order of General Election to be held on November 6, 2018.

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