The Lampasas County Commissioners Court met in a busy session on Monday morning. Before getting down to Court business, Judge Wayne Boultinghouse proclaimed October 7 through 13 as National 4-H week in the County and welcomed a troop of 4-H students to the courtroom, led by County Extension Agent, Heath Lusty.
The first action of the Court was the approval of a request by the Sheriff’s Department for the addition of two Sergeant II ranks for the Detention Division and the Communication Division.
Next was the approval of Change Order #2 for the jail project, where a previous modification in the height of the building, resulted in a $162,000 savings in fireproofing costs.
The Court gave preliminary approval to proceed in the process of a lease/purchase agreement with Motorola for radios, consoles, 40-foot support tower (separate purchase) and installation, all for the Law Enforcement Center. Total cost is $501,410. A portion of this will be offset by a Justice Assistance Grant of $142,000 and a Homeland Security grant of $112,800. A 5-year lease will cost the County $56,000 annually. Other financing options will be investigated between now and an October 19th final agreement deadline.
Next up was a request for approval of a Preliminary Plat for the development of Cottonwood Mesa, a tract of land that runs along CR 3270 near Copperas Cove. The requested plat for 66 lots ranging from 3 to 5 acres each was made by Jerry Feagans, an engineer representing Lone Star Land Partners, the potential developer. This would be a gated community with roads built and maintained by an HOA. Commissioner Carroll noted they would need a variance because the plans show a reduction in the flood plain areas. Feagans stated that no houses would be built in the floodplain, and further that current data shows a reduced floodplain area compared with when the original surveys were conducted years ago. Preliminary approval was granted with the stipulation that the final plat would need to be approved in the first Court meeting of November.
The Court adopted the FY 2018-2019 budget for the County, with $8,734,611 for the General Fund, $2,479,180 for the Road and Bridge Fund, and $1,532,842 for the Sinking and Interest Fund.
The tax rate for FY 2018-2019 was adopted with a rate of 0.697690 which will result in an increase in collections of 0.83%.