New voting equipment ready for early voting

The new machines from Hart InterCivic arrived Monday at the county courthouse. Culberson County is in the process of replacing older voting machines. County Clerk Linda McDonald and staff have been testing the equipment to ensure it’s working accurately.  Public demonstrations ahead of the March Primary elections are in the works.
The new machines from Hart InterCivic arrived Monday at the county courthouse. Culberson County is in the process of replacing older voting machines. County Clerk Linda McDonald and staff have been testing the equipment to ensure it’s working accurately. Public demonstrations ahead of the March Primary elections are in the works.

By Becky Brewster

Culberson County Commissioners met in regular session on December 9, 2019. Vicky Carrasco of Kleinman Consultants presented an update on the TDA Planning Grant, highlighting the results of the Town Hall meeting that was held September 19, 2019 in conjunction with the Van Horn Economic Development Corporation and the online survey instrument that was used to collect input from local citizens. The plan encompasses six areas: Basic Planning Activities; Economic Development; Street and Road System; Storm Drainage System; Recreation and Open Space; Capital Improvements Program. The draft plan will be available for review by December 19 with a public hearing to be held December 30.

The Court approved a joint resolution for a Joint Primary to be held March 3, 2020 with a possible run-off on May 28, 2020. Following the passage of the resolution, the Court approved a Joint Primary Election Services Contract with the County Elections Officer. Although there was no Republican Party Chair to accept applications for local candidates, the Republican Party will participate in the primary for selection of state and federal officers. County Clerk Linda McDonald reported that the new voting equipment has been delivered.

The Commissioners also approved a proposal from Salvador Chacon to carpet the courtroom, jury room and District Judge’s chambers in the amount of $5900. Culberson County will be a pilot program for switching to using digital recordings of court proceedings. The courtroom needs to be made acoustically friendly to enhance to ability record. The County will also be padding the benches and purchasing fabric chairs.

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

In other County business, the Court also:

Heard report from new County extension agent.

Granted permission for TDHHS to make improvements to their leased facility.

Approved monthly reports.

Heard reports on various County Projects.

Approved monthly expense and payroll.