By Lindsay Starr Platt
The burn ban was agreed on by Bell County Commissioners to expire at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the Commissioners Court of Bell County on Monday morning. Commissioners agreed that the current weather conditions and recent rainfall. Reinstating the burn ban will be reevaluated at the next commissioner’s court meeting on Monday, August 22.
Judge Jon Burrows read a proclamation and recognized Dr. Charles A. Pierce on his retirement. Pierce served Bell County for 35 years providing psychological services to defendants in Bell County and assisted the courts regarding criminal matters.
“It doesn’t seem like I have been a psychologist for 45 years and 35 with the courts,” said Pierce.
“It has been very good having his service,” said Burrows. “It will be hard to replace Dr. Pierce. He was behind the scenes for so many years, to lose him is a loss.”
Also approved was the considerations to transfer five vehicles from Bell County Sheriff Department that were designated to be auctioned and sell them to Central Texas College at a cost of $2,500 for each vehicle.
“They needed to update their vehicles for driving certifications,” said Commissioner John Fisher. “It’s a win-win. We sell them used cars to train our new recruits.”
The FY 2017 Budget was re-announced and the dates were approved for public hearings and presentations. The first public hearing for Tax Rates will be on August 17 at 9:00 a.m. with a continuation of the First Public Hearing that night at 7:00 p.m. FY 2017 Budget will be presented on August 22 at 9:00 a.m. and will include a Public Hearing on the budget and a second Public Hearing on the Tax Rates. All events will take place at the Commisioners’ Courtroom
The FY 2017 Budget and Tax Rates will be adopted on August 29 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom.
The commissioners passed the motion to approve the renewal of the Statewide Automated Victim Notification Service Maintenance Grant Contract between the Office of the Attorney General and Bell County for Automated Victim Notification Services by Appriss. Also, the Victim Information & Notification Everyday was renewed for FY 2017.
Considerations were authorized for the County Auditor to advertise for bids for Asphalt Oils and Emulsions and also for Quicklime bids.
Christmas Decor of Waco/ Temple was approved for the contract renewal for the Holiday Decorating of Bell County Courthouse.
“We have had many positive comments over the years,” said Burrows.
Commissioners approved renewals with the following businesses; Killeen Ready Mix, Heart of Texas Landscape & Irrigation, M&M Vending and Douglas David & Lavone Richey under the same terms and conditions.
Bids were awarded to Texas Prisoner Transportation Services and Trinity Construction Materials as being the lowest responsible bidders.
The county commissioners met for a workshop following the regular meeting.