County saves money with in-house labor for demolition
Polk County Enterprise, May 2007
LIVINGSTON — County work crews saved Polk County estimated $170,000 by performing demolition work last week at the Pedigo block just south of the county courthouse, County Judge John Thompson announced at Tuesday's commissioners' court meeting.
Bids for having the buildings razed by a private contractor came in at about $180,000, Thompson said.
The project went about as smooth as it could possible, Thompson said. Expenses, aside from the three days spent by county employees, were limited to a $10,000 disposal fee.
Thompson recognized 11 students Tuesday who will receive scholarships awarded by Commissioners Court.
The scholarships were given in memory of the late Bobby Smith, a longtime commissioner who represented the Onalaska area.
Five students received law enforcement scholarships funded by Civigenics, a private detention contractor that operates the IAH detention center near Livingston.
The 2007 recipients included: Jonah Landrum, Big Sandy; Cody Courtney, Corrigan-Camden; Christin Wright, Goodrich; Timothy Harrell, Livingston; Marcus Wiliams, Onalaska.
Six students were awarded the Commissioner Court scholarship sponsored by Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, the law firm contracted to collect delinquent property tax accounts.
The 2007 recipients are: Cory Maze, Big Sandy; Caleb Thompson, Corrigan-Camden; Holly Howard, Goodrich; Lori Smith, Leggett; Samuel Blakley, Livingston; and Brianna Millard, Onalaska.
A representative from the independent auditors Sandersen Knox and Belt told commissioners that the audit for the 2006 fiscal year is still under way.
The firm and the county audtior's office are working through some issues on the amount to be carried forward from road and bridge funds. Auditors say the disbursement of an estimated $75,000 among the four precincts has not yet been finalized chiefly because of the vacancy in the county auditor's position for six months of the 2006 fiscal year.
In other business, commissioners:
• Canvassed and approved returns from the May 12 election.
• Approved a recommendation to contract with Klotz & Associates for civil engineering services related to subdivison plat approval and the bridge/culvert policy.
• Approved an amendment to the county's deferred compensation plan to allow participants to borrow against account balances, as recommended by the county treasurer.
• Terminated a contract for cleaning public restrooms at the M.G. Reily Humanitarian Building.
• Issued a memorandum of agreement to update for digital flood plane maps. Existing maps have not been updates since the 1970s and many of the overlays do not match up, officials say.
• Approved a revised interlocal agreement to provide patrol and security services at the Lake Livingston dam.
Commissioners postponed a request to authorize expenditures from budgeted funds for crushed concrete delivered to Precinct 3. The court also delayed discussion on Matthews Road in Precinct 3 until other related issues are resolved.