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Cap set on salaries for part time sanitation employees
COLDSPRING – Changes in the county's pay scale for part-time sanitation workers were approved last week by San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court. "I would like to see us get consistent in salaries for parttime employees in sanitation," said Pct. 3 Commissioner Thomas Bonds. It was pointed out that some are hired at $10 an hour while others who have been employed for months make less. Following a long discussion, a motion was passed to cap the salaries for all part-time employees in the sanitation department at $8.24 per hour. Those making more than that amount will see a decrease in their hourly wage. The new wage will take affect during the next pay cycle. Bonds also stressed the need to hire someone to take over the sanitation department. It was agreed to look into hiring someone in the future. The removal of dead trees from lots owned by the county in Cape Royale was discussed. "There is a question as to whether we are responsible for dead trees," said San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. "Five or six have already fallen since we had a $1,500 bid to cut them," said Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno. There is about 34 lots out there (Cape Royale) that is tax properties, according to Faulkner. "Some say we are liable and some say we are not," Faulkner said. Some are resale properties that will be offered at the next tax sale in April at no minimum bid. "We can recap the expenses of cutting down the trees when the property is auctioned," Faulkner said. The court approved a motion to pay up to $750 to take the trees down, but not remove them. "The auditor will figure out where to get the money," Faulkner said. San Jacinto County's tax attorney Stephen Lee presented a petition to the court for a county tax sale to be held April 2. There are about 53 properties that will be offered for the first time. Those will have a minimum bid. About that many more properties will not have a minimum bid because they have been offered before during a county tax sale, according to Faulkner. Looking at the list of properties, Faulkner said, "Here is one valued at $54,000 with no minimum bid because it's been offered before." Pct. 1 Commissioner Ray McCoppin received approval from the court to purchase a used Volvo excavator and to secure financing for a loan to pay for the excavator. The excavator will cost about $150,405. It will be financed over a four-year period at 1.9 percent interest. McCoppin also received approval from the court to declare a fork lift, a sand/salt spreader, a 5 foot brush hog mower and a chip spreader as surplus to be sold through Rene Bates Auctioneers. Minimum bids will begin at $250, $350, $100 and $5,000 respectively. In other business, commissioners: • Approved a hardware maintenance renewal contract with IBM for the courthouse server and back-up at $3,200. • Approved a refund of road and bridge fee and child safety fee in the amount of $11.20 to William Aston, Jr. • Approved the replacement of Mark Nettuno as safety coordinator through Texas Association of Counties with Amber Baxley who works in the county treasurer's office. • Approved the monthly report for December 2012 for the San Jacinto County Treasurer.