Staffing prompts purchase

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A transfer of $2,500 will help Madison County begin preparations for the State Trooper contingency to double in size in the next two years.

Sgt. Carl Clary of the Texas DPS said that the staffing will change, and he requested $2,500 to purchase office chairs.

“I was contacted by the chief of the Highway Patrol, who said that within two years, there will be a split between Madison and Leon counties (as far as patrol districts),” he said. “Right now, I have 11 troopers under me — five in Madison and six in Leon. This will be split where there will be a sergeant, assistant and eight to 10 troopers in each county.”

Clary said this will mean additional revenue for the county as well. Currently, there are only five troopers assigned to Madison County, meaning only two officers per shift are patrolling. With the change, that will put four officers on the streets.

“Each trooper brings in $200,000 per year in revenue, of which the county gets a portion, averaging about $50,000 to $60,000 per each four troopers for the county each year,” he said. “That will double in two years.”

Clary said that while the DPS office has the space, it doesn’t have the proper furnishings.

“We’re going to have to get work stations, an assistant,” he said. “I didn’t want to hit you at one time for furnishings.”

The additional workstations also will be purchased by the county, but Clary said that will be at a later date.

In a separate matter, the county tabled a request to approve an agreement with Clint Carroll to provide assessments and repairs to county buildings caused by Hurricane Harvey, once it was determined that the county did not follow proper procedures in requesting services.

Carroll had been tasked with being liaison with the county’s insurance carriers for damages due to the weather.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel said Carroll has acting as general contractor.

However, County Auditor Toni Joyner asked if this was a service that needed to be let for bid, to which Commissioner Carl Cannon said he was unaware that there were any purchasing procedures followed in this case.

Commissioner Thomas Collard said it was unnecessary to bid for services since Carroll at this time has not billed the county, but Joyner said that at some point, the county will pay for the work, and consequently it should be let for bid.

“The insurance company will pay the county,” she said. “It’s still the county’s money. Purchases will need to be made according to policy and statute. You need to have shopped for this service.”

Cannon moved to take no action on the agreement, which was approved on a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Sam Cole was absent.

In other business, the county:

•approved a lease with Texas Document Solutions for a copier for the District Attorney’s Office;

•approved the transfer of $1,072.12 to pay an outstanding bill to AT&T on behalf of Crime Stoppers; and

•appointed Carl Cannon as the Court representative to the newly re-established Salary Committee.

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