Bell County swears in new county judge

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By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent



County commissioners were busy this past week with two meetings in a week’s time. Commissioners held a meeting last Wednesday for a swearing-in ceremony and a regular meeting this Monday morning to discuss and consider items on the agenda.

County Commissioners hosted a swearing-in ceremony for Bell County officials on January 2. The ceremony was held at the Bell County Justice Center.

David Blackburn was re-administered the oath and sworn in as the new county judge, replacing Judge Jon Burrows. Blackburn was officially sworn in at a special meeting of the Commissioners Court on January 1.  Also sworn in were: Bell County Clerk, Shelley Coston; District Court Judges, 169th District Judge Gordon G. Adams, and 264th District Court Judge Paul LePak; District Clerk, Joanna Staton; County Court at Law Judges, County Court at Law Number 1 Judge Jeanne Parker, County Court at Law Number 2 John Mischtian, and County Court at Law Number 3 Judge Rebecca DePew; Bell County Treasurer, Gaylon Evans; Bell County Commissioners, Precinct 2 Bobby Whitson and  Precinct 4 John Driver; Justices of the Peace, Precinct 1 Ted Duffield, Precinct 2 Cliff Coleman, Precinct 3, Precinct 3 G.W. Ivey, Precinct 4 William “Bill” Cooke; and Bell County Constable Precinct 1 Pat Duffield.

After the swearing-in ceremony Commissioners approved the donation of a skeleton of a bridge that has been in the Bell County Road & Bridge Yard for approximately 30 years. The Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas, Inc. will relieve the county of transportation or disposal expenses of the bridge. The bridge will be placed at the Boys and Girls Club Nature Walk at the Parrie Hayes Ranch.

The minutes were approved for the meetings of December 17, 2018 and January 1.

County commissioners gathered for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Historic Bell County Courthouse to discuss and consider items on the agenda.

The County Auditor was approved by Commissioners to advertise for bids for Hot-Applied Crack Seal, for the Bell County Road and Bridge Department.

Commissioners approved the County Judge to enter into a contract for the Inmate and Juvenile Medical Services for Bell County to Correct Care Solutions, LLC for an initial contract term of nine months with 4 one-year renewal options.  The initial nine-month period annual price is not to exceed $2,865,666 and the four one year renewal options not to exceed the amounts set forth in the Updated Proposal Pricing Sheet dated December 19, 2018.

An Interlocal Agreement was approved by Commissioners with Central Counties Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services. This agreement is for on-site mental health services associated with Inmate and Juvenile Medical services.  The amount of the agreement is not to exceed $9,964.50 per month.

The minutes of the regular meeting on January 2 was discussed and approved.

The county commissioners met for a workshop following the regular meeting. Regular agenda items were discussed at the workshop as well as the mention of upcoming county events.

Upcoming Budget planning/implementation, budget follow-up hearings, and departmental updates workshops will be held at specifically listed times in Bell County Commissioners Conference Room on the following dates: January 10, January 11, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Belton Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. on January 10  at the Assembly Hall of the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Command Sergeant Major Assumption of Command Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on January 11 at III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood.

The delivery of Child Safety Check to the City of Rogers will be at 6:30 p.m. on January 21 at Rogers Counsel Chambers.

Harker Heights Chamber Awards Banquet will be held at 6:45 p.m. (Social at 6 p.m.) on January 28 at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center in Killeen.