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Commissioners OK generator bids


LIVINGSTON — Before adjoining into a budget workshop for the 2012 fiscal year, Polk County Commissioners approved the lowest of five bids for emergency generators at shelter sites throughout the county as provided by the 2008 Texas Department of Rural Affairs Ike Disaster Recovery Project No. 1 at Tuesday’s meeting. Pat Oates of Goodwin- Lasiter Inc., engineers for the grant project, reported the bid for $2,258,837 from LUDCO electrical contractors of Nacogdoches is well within the project budget, and he recommended accepting their bid. Two generators will be placed at Big Sandy ISD; one at Goodrich ISD; on at the Nigton-Wakefield Water Supply Company that serves a portion of northwestern Polk County; Livingston Junior High; Onalaska Elementary; the IAH Adult Detention Center and Leggett ISD, according to County Judge John Thompson. Oates added that an additional generator is part of the bid package for a shelter at the Dunbar Gym that will be bid separately. Grant consultant David Waxman added that since the bids came in $60,000 under budget — and those funds are not needed for change orders — those excess funds will be put toward the shelter. “Nobody does anything immediately,” Waxman said. “Once we see we have excess funds, we’ll come back and seek approval to move it in that direction Polk County Tax Assessor- Collector Marion “Bid” Smith presented the certified tax roll for fiscal year 2012 to be $2,620,255,789. This year there are no property values under protest, according to Smith. Thompson asked Smith if he could remember a year where the county had zero protests, which influences the calculation of the rollback rate and other calculations required by the state Property Tax Division. “It’s been two or three years, but it can happen,” Smith answered. Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the certified roll. Juror reimbursement The court also voted to change juror reimbursement, passing along the reduction enacted by the legislature in the session that concluded at the end of May. “Several years ago the state applied a new fee and held counties harmless for juror fees up to $40 a day beginning with day two. They reduced that this session to $28,” Thompson said. The county pays jurors $6 a day. “That was one way they balanced the budget was taking designated funds like the 9-1-1 fees that you pay every month on your phone bill and move it over to say their budget is balanced,” Thompson said. Juror pay will change to $34 a day beginning with the new fiscal year. Certified Retirement Community Commissioners tabled discussion on renewal of the consulting agreement for the Certified Retirement Community program pending a meeting with consultant Betty Russo and the two commissioners who have been working on that committee, Bob Willis and Ronnie Vincent. Consent agenda items approved include: • approve change orders, invoices and/or applications for payment, as submitted for Judicial Center project. • approve change orders, invoices and/or applications for payment, as submitted for jail expansion project. • approve listing of previously authorized capital purchases to be included on reimbursement resolution. • approve certificate of substantial completion for detention area of Polk County Jail expansion project. • approve certificate of substantial completion for Polk County Judicial Center project. • authorize assistant veterans service officer to attend the Texas Veterans Commission fall training conference to be held in Houston. • Approve order establishing criteria for redistricting of Polk County political boundaries. A previously listed item, approval of a preliminary plat of preserve at Sally Creek Subdivision, (Pct 1) pending additional review by the District Attorney’s office.


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