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County animal control program in limbo
San Jacinto News- Times - January 2009
COLDSPRING – The status of San Jacinto County’s animal control program was left hanging in limbo last week following Pct. 2 Constableelect Tom Yates’ decline to accept supervision of the program. Commissioners’ court voted to give supervision of the county’s animal County animal control program in limbo control program to Pct. 2 Constable Jerry Everitt, with Everitt’s approval, several years ago following some serious dog attacks on children in the Shepherd area. Yates will be taking over the constable’s position January 1. During the last commissioners’ court meeting of the year, held on Dec. 23, Yates told commissioners that he did not want to supervise the program. “Respectively, I decline to take over the program. I instead want to focus on the duties of the constable’s position,” Yates said. Not knowing what to do commissioners tabled action on the agenda item for further study. “We can assign the duties to anyone, but we can’t make them take it. I think it’s a disservice to Pct. 2,” Wells said during a discussion to determine what to do. Dismayed, San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner said, “We’ll fi gure out a way to deal with it.” Talk of transferring the program from the constable’s offi ce to the sheriff’s department is being considered. Other transfers to the sheriff’s department being considered by commissioners’ court include equipment purchased with seizure money by Pct. 2 Constable Jerry Everitt and his deputy constable program. The equipment includes crime fi ghting items and money. Everitt, who will be working as a deputy with sheriff- elect James Walters, requested the transfers, saying the sheriff’s department does not currently have the equipment. Everitt also requested that shotguns seized during his deputy constable program be transferred to the sheriff’s department where they can later be sold on the Internet, giving the sheriff’s department more income. San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells favored the transfers saying he wants the property room cleaned out in the Pct. 2 courthouse annex. “There’s no need for the new constable to be the caretaker of these things,” Wells said. A motion was passed by the court to transfer four patrol cars from the Pct. 2 Constable’s offi ce to the sheriff’s department. The transfer of additional items was tabled until the next court meeting in January 2009. Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno told the court to expect the same from Pct. 4 Constable Lou Rogers who will be requesting that his equipment be transferred to the sheriff’s department. Sheriff-elect James Walters asked the court to revise the sheriff department’s employee position roster effective Jan. 1, 2009. The request was approved. In other business, commissioners’ court voted to change the county’s standard mileage reimbursement rate from $.585 to $.55 effective Jan. 1, 2009. The court voted to acknowledge the acceptance by the county election committee of the resignation of San Jacinto County Election Administrator Karyn Day. Former San Jacinto County Tax Assessor-Collector Barbara Shelly has been appointed to the position left vacant by Day’s resignation. Commissioners’ approved a request from Pct. 4 Commissioner Nettuno to reinstate and create a position within his budget. Nettuno said he transferred an employee position to Pct. 1 Commissioner Michael Griffi th and now needs that position back.