County Commissioners meet for last time in 2018, approve surety bonds, 2019 dates
The Stephens County Commissioners Court met Wednesday for the last time in 2018, and took action on a variety of items to prepare for the next year. This included setting the holiday schedule and approving several surety bonds for a few of the commissioners.
There was also an item on the agenda regarding the burn ban in Stephens County, with Jim Cooper from the Texas Forestry Service set to speak. This was tabled, however, and moved to the court’s next meeting, which will be on Jan. 7. The ban is to stay off until this meeting, due to weather outlooks and minimal issues with fire in the past couple weeks.
The meeting is significant not only because of the closing of 2018, but because it was County Judge Gary Fuller’s last time heading the meeting. Michael Roach, who currently serves as Justice of the Peace, is set to take over in January as the new County Judge. This was also the last meeting for Commissioner No. 2 D.C. "Button" Sikes and Commissioner No. 4 Rickie Carr, who are both retiring. Mark Alan McCullough will replace Sikes and Eric Eugene O'Dell will replace Carr.
The court approved the county’s holiday schedule for 2019. The schedule includes 12 days off. The dates are Jan 1, Feb. 18, April 19, May 27, July 4, Sept. 2, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 25-26. They also approved the days in which the court will meet in 2019. The court voted to keep it the same as 2018, which will be the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
The surety bonds were approved for the following county employees:
- Adam Babilon - Constable
- Mark Alan McCullough - Commissioner No. 2
- Eric Eugene O’Dell - Commissioner No. 4
- Michael Roach - County Judge
Other business included the treasurer’s report for October, and amendments from the treasurer. The beginning balance for all funds was $2.204 million, while the county has received $375,425 and spent $509,302. They had a closing cash balance of $2.070 million.
The Stephens County Commissioners Court meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Their next meeting will be Jan. 7, 2019.