The Cleburne County Quorum Court met recently in their regularly scheduled meeting. Judge Jerry Holmes opened the meeting noting only Justice Lance Reynolds was not in attendance.
Justice Chad Evans gave the update on the Handbook committee saying that they have not rushed this but taken their time to make sure it was complete.
Going into new business Judge Holmes said the county had received a good report from the recent legislative budget. Justice Evans said that each of the justices should take the time to read the audit.
Justice Alan Malone then read a proposed ordinance amending the County Road budget which amounted to moving around funds within the budget and to create a line item for the purchase of land. Holmes explained that a property had become available at a price that was most reasonable and was less than half of the original cost of the property. Some discussion was made regarding selling another property the County owned to the City which would cover a good portion of the purchase. This would get the Road Department off the creek according to Holmes. The ordinance passed unanimously.
A motion was made to allow Judge Holmes to negotiate to sell the current Road Department property. It passed unanimously.
The next proposed ordinance was in regards to purchasing real property that is behind the jail and the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.
The court then voted on a proposed ordinance appropriating grant funds to the Sheriff’s Office. This ordinance is in response to receiving a First Responder grant. This grant awarded after the budget process.
Sheriff Chris Brown then gave an update from the Sheriff’ office regarding the last state audit. Many of the issues that were brought up in the audit were corrected. They now have working smoke detectors, cameras have been replaced and are working, they have replaced an air conditioning unit, fixed the roof, all inner windows/plexiglass have been repaired or replaced, exposed wires have been fixed and all artificial light has been corrected. The issues that can not be fixed at this time are having natural light in visitation areas that can’t be corrected because there are walls on all sides, there are multiple a/c units where the thermostats control different parts of the building, the steel doors have repeatedly had issues when fixed due to where they are mounted and they are waiting on it to dry up to see if they can put in a drainage ditch to help control flooding. Brown said he is looking to hire another jailer to help with staffing issues.
The court thanked the Sheriff for the update. With all business conducted the meeting was adjourned.