Washington County Commissioners acted on several purchases at their meeting this (Tuesday) morning.

First, the court approved the use of the remaining 2022 balance of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds to purchase windscreens, a floor scrubber and a roping set at the Washington County Expo.

Expo Director Harrison Williams said the windscreens, costing $49,750 from Diamond G Brand in Weatherford, will be permanently installed to replace the tarps on the north side of Barn #3 to help block the winter winds.  He said the windscreens, which can be raised and lowered, are meant to help with various events held at the Expo in the winter months, like barrel racing and roping.

Williams said the chute help roping system for $16,440, from Champion Ranchers Construction in Waller, improves safety with roping events and allows the Expo to get into a “larger and more professional series of equestrian events.” 

The refurbished floor scrubber costs $5,395 and is from Caliber Equipment of Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Commissioners then approved buying a 2023 Ford F-350 for $46,290 for the engineering and development services department, as well as a 2022 Ford Expedition Max for $56,010 for the extension office.  Both purchases come from budgeted funds and are being made through the state cooperative purchasing system, BuyBoard.  Both of the vehicles come from Caldwell Country.

Commissioners also chose GrantWorks to serve as the grant administrator and Strand Associates to provide project engineering/architectural services for Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding, administered by the Texas General Land Office.  The Hurricane Harvey funding totals $1,119,800.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Presented service awards to county employees with 10, 15 and 20 years of service.
  • Approved an updated military leave policy.
  • Approved updated or revised position descriptions for the addressing and mapping coordinator, human resources generalist, and administrative assistants for 4-H youth development and family and community health.
  • Renewed a subscription contract with LexisNexis, a resource for case law and statutes, for the county attorney’s office.
  • Approved a professional services contract with Joan Scroggins to provide services as a temporary assistant county attorney on December 7th and 14th, funded by the salary contingency fund.  The services will be $1,000 per day.
  • Approved an order affecting representation of indigent defendants in Washington County and a contract with Scott Ballard to represent indigent defendants in the county.
  • Approved a bond for reserve deputy James P. Huffty with the Washington County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.
  • Approved a bond renewal for County Engineer Wesley Stolz.
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