Washington County Commissioners approved advertising for an architect to design the New Road and Bridge facility at their meeting this morning (Tuesday). The county owns over 21 acres of property just north of the Brenham on Highway 36, where they plan to move Road and Bridge from its current location on Blue Bell Road.
Commissioners also awarded the bid for jail inmate payphone services. GTL, who currently provides the service will continue as the provider, but will switch to a debit card system.
Commissioners approved several contracts with the county. The amount each of the non-profits receive from the county has changed with the new budget so new contracts were required. The Bryan-College Station Sexual Assault Resource Center will receive $1500, The Focusing Families organization will receive $1000, and The Washington County Healthy Living Association will receive $60,000. They also approved agreements with the 10 Volunteer Fire Departments in the county. Each of the departments will receive $6000 from the county.
Commissioners also set the starting salary for the County Facility Maintenance Manager. The current manager, Charles Hakemack is retiring in December, and the county is hiring Bobby Branham at a starting rate of $18.75 per hour. The county is also hiring an Administrative Assistant who will serve the County Judge and all the Commissioners. Brandi Salazar, who served 10 years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, will be hired starting at $16.36 per hour. County Sheriff Otto Hanak stated that there are several administrative assistants in his office who have many more years of experience and make less than the salary set for Salazar. He said the commissioners need to look at equalizing the salaries for administrative assistants in county offices.
Commissioners also heard a number of monthly reports from county departments. Kristy Taylor, Operations Manager of the Communications Department, said that the average time from when a call comes in to when a unit is dispatched is down to their goal of 30 seconds. Commissioner Kirk Hanath made note of the accomplishment:
Commissioners also accepted a $32,000 grant from the DPS Division of Emergency Management. The matching grant is used to fund the salary of County Emergency Coordinator Bryan Ruemke.