County to consider selling property

A pair of executive sessions — one concerning county-owned property and one dealing with a personnel issue for the Howard County Sheriff's Office — await county commissioners Monday afternoon, as the court prepares to hold a special meeting.The first executive session deals with real estate (county-owned property) pursuant to Texas Government Coade 551.072 and commissioners may take action on the matter once they return to open court.According to County Judge Mark Barr, the property in question — a half-block located on the city's north side, near the County Road and Bridge Office — has drawn some inquiries from real estate officials.“This isn't the first time we've looked at this particular parcel of land,” Barr said. “We had inquiries about it a while back and the commissioners court decided not to sell it. The offer at that time was $90,000. I'm not sure what kind of offer we'll be looking at Monday.”Barr said the offered sum of money was the primary reason the court shot down the first potential buyer.“The price was the main reason,” he said. “I'm not sure how much these people are going to offer for it, but we'll just have to see what happens.”The second executive session — set aside regarding a personnel matter — will take place with Sheriff Stan Parker standing by, pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071. Commissioners may also take action on this agenda item once they return to open court, although they are not required to do so.“We have a deputy who is having some medical problems,” Barr said. “It's likely he's going to run out of sick time soon, so Sheriff Parker has asked us to take a look at his situation and decide what to do. This poor guy has been through a lot.”The meeting is to get under way at 1 p.m. Monday in the old commissioner's courtroom, located on the second floor of the county courthouse.“We decided to hold it in the second floor courtroom because of the problems we've been having with the sound system and the audience's ability to hear,” Barr said. “Also, we're really not expecting it to take very long.”For more information on the meeting, contact the County Judge's Office at 432-264-2202.