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Wilson County News
April 30, 2014 | 3,290 views | 1 comment

According to architect Lyndsay Thorn at the April 28 Wilson County Commissioners Court meeting, the county should have an answer this week whether the Texas Historical Commission will award grant funds to aid in the stabilization of the Wilson County Courthouse’s foundation.

Also related to renovating the 130-year-old landmark, the commissioners voted to accept an agreement with The Koehler Co. for “the cost of work plus a fee with a guaranteed maximum price” for repairing the courthouse’s foundation for $657,303 and the exterior envelope for $662,468. Therefore, making the entire courthouse usable again could cost as much as $1,319,771.

The commissioners also voted that County Judge Marvin Quinney would act as the county’s representative over the course of the project, serving as a liaison between Koehler and the commissioners court.

The commissioners also voted unanimously to allow Justice of the Peace Court in Wilson County Precinct 2 to begin retaining half of the $2 Juvenile Case Manager fee. The funds will be held by the Wilson County auditor in an attempt to establish a Juvenile Case Manager Program, which is aimed at truancy prevention and diversion.

In other business, the commissioners voted to refer a proposal from AirLife Guardian Angel to the county’s insurance committee for further review. The organization proposed offering annual AirLife memberships to all county employees at a reduced rate of just $10 per year. If any employee or dependent requires use of the air ambulance service, the membership would cover all out-of-pocket expenses. Typical health-insurance policies only cover up to $5,000 of AirLife expenses, often leaving patients on the hook for more than $15,000.

Furthermore, AirLife representative Steve Solis said if the county’s entire work force of approximately 155 workers sign up for the plan at open enrollment, the $10 per year discount will be extended to all Wilson County residents.

The commissioners also:

•Discussed the possible implementation of a ban on smoking within 20 feet of a building or facility owned or leased by the county

•Voted to reschedule its May 26 meeting to May 27, due to Memorial Day

•Voted to solicit bids for the towing and storage of motor vehicles. The current contract is set to expire May 31.

•Appointed John Bilicek to the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 1 board of commissioners, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Tommy Terry.

•Proclaimed May as both Older Americans Month and Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Wilson County.

Also in attendance: Commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; Assistant County Attorney Katherine Chapman, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Treasurer Jan Hartl, County Clerk Eva Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Wilson County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, County Auditor Tom Dupnick, and Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office.



 

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