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County Examines Spending Needs for Second Half of 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 • Posted June 20, 2012

During the regular meeting of the Mason County Commissioners' Court on June 11, the Court heard from various department heads about some of the spending needs they anticipate in the upcoming months.

One that will be most visible to Mason residents will be the repairs to the Mason County Courthouse. The architectural firm submitted two different plans for the project, one of limited scope and one with full repairs included. The smaller project would run just under half a million dollars, with the county's share at around $235,000. The full project plan would run closer to $900,000, with the county's share coming in at over $600,000. The commissioners and judge decided to look more closely at both plans and to make a decision at the June 25 meeting.

Pattie Grote of the Mason County Library appeared before the Court to discuss several items she will purchase for that facility. Ceiling fans, exit signs, display case lighting and training software are all on her project list, and the library will utilize the generous gift from the Richard Eckert Trust to make those purchases.

Shana Price of the Mason Senior Center presented bids for repairs to the bathrooms at the Historical Building, including new flooring and painting. She also notified the Court of a possible leak under the kitchen area in the building.

Judge Bearden reported that preliminary inquiries about replacing the windows at the Historical Building had been a bit intimidating. He noted that one bid had come in at around $95,000. No action was taken.

Road Supervisor Squeaky Farmer reported that he had located a used dump truck through a San Angelo company. It is a 1996 Mack with 300,000 miles for $25,000. The money had already been budgeted and the item was approved.

The Court discussed the need to contract with a new technology firm for the Courthouse. Hedwig's Hill Computers will still retain the Sheriff's Office and the EMS facility as a client; but, the Court voted to contract with Brad Glass for the Courthouse technology needs.

Mayor Brent Hinckley presented a proposal to the County to transfer the land where the sanitary landfill is located to the City. He noted that County ownership, with the City as a lessor, makes for confusing licensing and regulatory procedures, as well as placing liability on the County for any infractions. The Court voted unanimously to transfer the property to the City of Mason.

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