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PC Commissioners meet
LIVINGSTON — Polk County Commissioners approved an order regarding a transfer of ownership of Santek Texas — the contractor that operates the county landfill — to Santek Waste Services Inc. held Tuesday. County Judge John Thompson said issues related to the restructuring of Santek had been reviewed by Jim Allison, an attorney that frequently works as a consultant to the county. County Tax Assessor-Collector Marion “Bid” Smith also informed commissioners that he felt confident a 95 percent collection rate for ad valorem property taxes could be used for planning purposes for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. That rate is the same as last year. The court also approved a request from Sheriff Kenneth Hammack to contract for prisoner transportation services with Texas Prisoner Transport Division. Hammack told commissioners his department already has a line item for prisoner transport. The contract firm is used in cases when arrestees need to be transported long distances and it is not practical to send a deputy and a vehicle or arrange for a flight. If the defendant is out on bond and is fleeing prosecution, the bonding company reimburses the sheriff’s department for those transportation costs. Employee benefits Commissioners named County Treasurer Nola Reneau as plan administrator for the Section 125 “cafeteria plan” benefits for county employees for the next year. Human Resources Supervisor Adrena Gilbert presented commissioners will a list of information she had uncovered since the previousmeeting. Gilbert said she also consulted with Cecil Langston at Church Street Financial and learned that only licensed insurance companies can act as plan administrators, which would preclude the current third-party administrator from accepting the additional liability for any IRS issues that arise. Gilbert pointed out that there are several companies that offer plans similar to the benefits currently offered to employees at no charge to the county. Gilbert advised against seeking bids and trying to replace AmeriFlex by the Oct. 1 deadline. “Open enrollment begins in three week and that could create potential errors,” Gilbert said. The potential liability to the county for acting as its own plan administrator for a single year is fairly small, county officials seemed to concur. Commissioners voted to appoint Judge Thompson, Pct. 1 Commissioner Bob Willis and three other work group members that meet the state’s criteria for the Fair Housing Allocation Study for Texas to be agreed upon by Willis and Thompson. Tuesday’s consent agenda items approved include: • Approve Texas Vine annual maintenance grant contract for FY2012, including related service agreement with Appriss, Inc. • Approve order declaring surplus property consisting of county auditor’s listing to clear the county’s asset inventory of previously disposed items • Approve offers to purchase tax foreclosure properties: (Pct 1) Lot 129 and Lot 132, Section 1, Lots 580, 586, 600, 711, 712, 730, 757 and 771, Section 3, Forester’s Retreat; lots 188 & 190, section 7, Wild Country Lake Estates; Lots 4 & 5, Block 12, Nugent’s Cove (Pct 2) Lot 8, Block 7, Section 1, Idlewilde Estates (Pct 4) Lot 4, Block 9, Holly Hills. • Approve “no change” in county Road & Bridge fee ($10) and child safety fee ($1.50) authorized by the Texas Transportation Code, section 502.172 - 502.173. • Ratify approval of the Texas Imaging contract for DPS color copier to be paid from currently budgeted funds. • Reschedule the regular session of Tuesday, Aug. 23, to Monday, Aug. 22, due to conflict with the post legislative conference in Austin. • Receive County Treasurer’s third quarter report for FY2011 (April - May - June). • Approve county investment policy as submitted by county treasurer. • Approve Pct 3 Constable’s request for appointment of Stefani Byron as reserve deputy constable and approval of bond. • Approve re-appointment of Col. Howard Daniel to Burke Center board of trustees for two-year term beginning Sept.1, 2011. • Approve renewal of bi-annual agreements with DETCOG for emergency 9-1-1 services: (i) public safety answering point services and (2) automatic location maintenance services, beginning Sept. 1, 2011.