County Commissioners Meet

Lampasas County Commissioners met Monday with a full agenda and all Commissioners present.

In the Public Comments portion of the meeting, the Court heard from Sharon Newsom, who presented each Commissioner with a copy of a book called “Sustainable Development”, that appears to attempt to make a case that the United Nations is planning to “take over the world.”  As per Court rules, there was no response nor action after the comments.  Also, in this portion of the session, Pct. 2 Commissioner Jamie Smart referred to past comments that WhiteWater Midstream was contacting property owners in his precinct seeking right-of-way for a natural gas pipeline. He said that he has been informed that the process is being delayed by several months.

The item receiving the greatest portion of the Court’s attention was a request for approval of the Farmers Market on the Square for 2019.  The market would run on Saturday mornings from May through August. Dee Johnson, a local producer and coordinator for the market made the case for expanding the types of vendors allowed.  Presently only local food items, i.e. fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, are allowed.  Ms. Johnson said the number of vendors has dwindled to just a few, while other markets in the region are booming.  She asked that local arts and crafts vendors be allowed too. After some discussion, the Court voiced support and urged that a plan be presented for approval. That was solved with Melissa Unger, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, agreeing to help draft a plan.

Other matters settled included appointing Dr. Georgia Hay as the Local Health Authority; receiving the 2018 Acadian Ambulance Annual Report. Acadian’s current contract with the County runs through September 2019; approval of a County office space for State Representative Brad Buckley; appointing Commissioner Jamie Smart to serve on the LCED (Lampasas County Economic Development) Board; agreeing to a lease arrangement with Bancorp South Equipment Finance for $129,059 for Sheriff Department vehicles; appointing Lampasas Sheriff’s Dept. Sergeant Kodie Greenberg as the Local Rabies Control Authority; and approving a donation of a 2013 patrol truck partition to the San Saba Sheriff’s Department; and approving the April 6th Bloomin’ Fest event on the square.

The Court did not approve an order authorizing firework sales on Texas Independence Day.