By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
Jerry Haisler and Ben Lopez of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas (WSCT) spoke Monday morning at Commissioners Court of Bell County on the Non-Custodial Parent Choices Parent, Employment, Education & Responsibility (NCP Choices PEER) demonstration project and reaching the milestone of $700,000 in money collected for child support.
NCP Choices PEER is a demonstration project that compares non-custodial parents that receive services from WSCT and randomly assigns clients help in finding employment and paying their child support. This project helps parents avoid going to jail for non-payment of support of minor children. To date, this program has raised $712, 564.02 of total paid child support and has helped 646 children.
The authorization for the county judge to apply for the change of zoning for the proposed improvements for the Bell County Expo Center was approved. The zoning will change from agriculture to the more appropriate zoning for the Equine Multi-Use Facility. Also approved was the waiver of the application fee for the zoning change.
Wade Matthew’s appointment as Bell County’s representative on the Board of Directors of the Tax Appraisal District of Bell County was approved for a two-year term from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.
Approved was the amendment to add Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas, LLC to the Resolution of qualified transportation service providers to transport a person to a mental health facility . Last meeting service providers to include Ameristat and Cedar Crest were approved in the Resolution.
The county commissioners also considered an Addendum to the contract with the Indigent Healthcare Solutions and approved to add two licences, without charge for additional licences through September 30, 2016.
The annual Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) to SHI Government Solutions in the amount of $162,494 was approved to be authorized for payment for computer access and Microsoft Office products.
All requests from the county engineer were considered and approved to include: Interlocal Agreement with Little River-Academy ISD to coat and seal parking lots, Interlocal Agreement with Little River-Academy to seal Willow Springs Road and Interlocal Agreement with Little River-Academy to improve the drainage of the Old Highway 95 area.
Final Plat Approval was also considered and approved for “Davis Lakeview Subdivision” to go from five lots to one for the development of a single large dwelling and the “S&T Addition” of being a 10 acre, 2 lot, 1 block subdivision.