Contracts, routine items on slate for county court

Howard County commissioners have a routine agenda awaiting them when they meet Monday morning.Commissioners are to discuss and possibly take action on a contract with West Texas Services regarding mentally ill inmates at the county detention center. According to officials, the discussion is expected to center around possible updates to the contract, which is renewed periodically between the two government agencies.The court is also expected to hold an executive session during Monday’s meeting to discuss personnel considerations.County Auditor Jackie Olson will present invoices, purchase requests and budget amendments, while County Treasurer is expected to discuss personnel considerations.County Road and Bridge Administrator Eddy Jameson iwill report on road maintenance, as well as present any proposed pipeline crossings.Jameson is also to request permission to go out on bids for seal coating county roadways.County Judge Mark Barr has set aside an agenda item in case the court needs to discuss or take any action regarding the ongoing construction of the Troy Hogue Joint Law Enforcement Center.The project — estimated to cost approximately $2.7 million, with the city of Big Spring chipping in $1.7 million and the county picking up the balance — got under way in early February and is expected to be completed in the next six to eight months.The joint venture will eventually house both the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Big Spring Police Department.Monday’s meeting will get under way at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information, contact the county judge’s office at 432-264-2202.Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at