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County to sign off on facility overcharges

March 9, 2013

Howard County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss a number of routine items, including an amendment to the inter-local agreement between the county and the city of Big Spring for overages in the recent construction of joint law enforcement center.

Commissioners are expected to consider an agreement with the city of Big Spring that will call for the municipality to cover half of the $110,000 in overages the project incurred during the construction of the Troy M. Hogue Joint Law Enforcement Center.

The facility — which was originally proposed by Sheriff Stan Parker and Big Spring Police Department Chief Lonnie Smith — houses both law enforcement agencies under the same roof, located adjacent to the county detention center.

The Big Spring City Council voted in late February to pay half of the $110,000 budget-overages from the joint venture.

“While the initial agreement was for the city to pay $1.7 million of the project, there were some overruns,” City Attorney Linda Sjogren told the council at the time. “When it was all said and done, there were $110,000 in overages. It was discussed with the county, at which time it was agreed the overages would be split among the county and the city.”

According to Howard County Judge Mark Barr, the amendment to the inter-local agreement has to be approved by both governments.

“The bill has already been paid, so this is just a situation where the city is reimbursing the county for half the overage,” Barr said.

Also Monday, commissioners are expected to hear information regarding:
• Approval or denial of a bid purchase of property currently held in trust by Coahoma Independent School District.

• An inquiry from the local Porsche Club regarding use of the old Howard County Airport facility. According to Barr, the club is looking for an area to race their cars. “They wanted to go out there and look at it and talk to the commissioners about the idea,” Barr said. “However, there are some liability issues the commissioners are concerned about and the old airport is currently leased to the Big Spring Development Corporation, so we'll just have to see what comes out of it.”

• Executive session to consider issues regarding real estate.

Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners are to meet with County Auditor Jackie Olson to discuss invoices, purchase requests, proposed budget amendments and presentation of her office's monthly financial report. The court is to hear a presentation from CPA Don Stephens regarding the county's annual financial report.

Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman is to discuss Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's rules regarding on-site sewage facilities.
County Treasurer Teresa Thomas is to present personnel considerations and a payroll report, while County Clerk Donna Wright will present her office's monthly report.

Commissioners will also meet with County Road and Bridge Administrator Brian Klinksiek to discuss pipeline crossings, road maintenance and issues surrounding Denton Road.

The 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.

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