Plans for new County Food Pantry on the table

-Courtesy Kleinman Consultants
Rendering of proposed county food pantry.
-Courtesy Kleinman Consultants Rendering of proposed county food pantry.

By Becky Brewster

Culberson County Commissioners met in regular session on October 21, 2019. Ramon Carrasco of Kleinman Consultants presented the preliminary plans for the Culberson County Food Pantry for the Court to review. The County received a 2018 grant for $275,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture TxCDBG program to renovate and expand the existing Food Pantry located at 1302 W. Broadway. However, the engineering firm is including an option in the bids for a completely new facility. The thought is that a new building will actually cost less to build than trying to renovate the existing building. After the Food Pantry board is given a chance to comment on the design, the final plans and specifications will be prepared for bids. The project is expected to be completed before October 31, 2020.

The Court heard an update on the TDA Planning Grant, noting that a Town Hall meeting was held on September 19, 2019, in conjunction with the Van Horn Economic Development Corporation. The planners also have a survey instrument available online through October 25 at https://forms.gle/t3u5Noi7SA7KctqM6 for citizens to have a chance to offer their opinions to be used in the development of the County Plan. Kleinman Consultants will be meeting with County representatives next week to continue the process.

The Court was asked for clarification of the minimum hourly salaries that were established for the Sheriff’s Office. The Court affirmed that the increase to $14/hour only applied to jailers and dispatchers because of the certifications required by the State. The Court also discussed the pay policy for moving part-time employees or new hires into existing budgeted positions, noting that the decision for starting pay will be left up to the elected officials.

The Court then held an executive session. No action was taken.

In other County business, the Court also:

•Approved minutes from January-September.

•Accepted notice of reappointment of the County Auditor.

•Approved election judges for the November election.

•Approved 2019 Tax Roll.

•Approved nominees for the CCAD Board of Directors.

•Passed a resolution for the Indigent Defense Fund program.

•Agreed to get prices for the Veteran’s Memorial Park plaque.

•Approved the purchase and installation of security cameras at the airport.

•Approved upgrades to the AEDs.

•Heard reports on various County Projects.

•Approved monthly expense and payroll.

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