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PCSO considers partnership with Meals on Wheels
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Meals on Wheels and the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce may initially sound like a bit of an odd match, but offi cials with the Polk County Jail and the Department of Aging Services may join forces to reduce costs for feeding their respective clients. Sheriff Kenneth Hammack addressed Commissioners Court on Tuesday, advising offi cials that Sysco Food Services has implemented price increases of 8.64 percent that could result in an increase of $3,000 a year. Hammack was expecting a delivery from his department’s other major grocery provider, William George Company of Lufkin and will fi nd out if there will be any further price increase from them. The sheriff expects costs to increase about $3,000 a year with William George.The jail’s annual food budget is $181,000 a year. Jail Administrator Brent Phillips and Aging Services Director Barbara Hayes plan to seek bids for combined orders from both departments to see if the combined buying power will reduce the costs. Betty Russo also appeared during the public comment portion of the meeting to present a resolution approved during the last session of the Texas Legislature commending counties for their participation in the Go Texan Certifi ed Retirement Community Program. Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 9:25 a.m.. Nov. 21 to canvass returns of the Nov. 8 Constitutional Amendment Election. Following that session, commissioners will hold another session at 9:30 a.m. to score bids for the 2008 Ike Recovery Project to renovate the Dunbar Gym allowing it to be used as an emergency shelter. The court approved a list of items from the consent agenda, including: • Accept an emergency management performance grant for FY 2011. • Approve resolution supporting a citizens’ petition opposing the closing of the Dallardsville Post Office. • Approve request from Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace to use Justice Court technology fund balance and related budget amendment to purchase computer equipment. • Adopt resolution expressing intent to reimburse FY 2012 capital expenditures to be incurred by the county. • Accept donation of surplus office furnishings and equipment from Texas Department of State Health Services. • Approve plan for funding the preservation and restoration of county clerk’s records archive, setting archive fee at $5 per document. • Appoint Shirley Cain as presiding judge of the early voting board as required by the Texas Election Code. • Received the County Treasurer’s fourth quarter report for FY 2011 (July, August and September). • Terminate a previously approved indigent healthcare data processing services agreement. • Adopt an order declaring surplus property as requested by DPS, transferring the property the general storage.