Come election time, Navarro County voters will be able to cast their votes on brand new machines, which are expected to be online by mid-December, according to elections administrator Danda Parker. Commissioners approved a Sales Order Agreement from Election System and Software, which was the operating system for both the old and new machines. The transaction has been approved by the State Attorney General’s Office, and the county received a small credit on the old obsolete machines that were turned in.
The special meeting held by the Navarro County Commissioner’s court Monday also addressed other issues. They are as follows:
• Approved the consent agenda.
• Discussed and considered the burn ban. As of this time, the burn ban is still off, but County Judge H.M. Davenport and the county commissioners are monitoring conditions on a daily basis. Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin said he had contacted Lt. Melanie Cagle with the NCSO, who reported from Nov. 17-27, there have been 12 fires, including a 20-acre fire Friday in Blooming Grove. Definitely burn with caution, Davenport said.
• Consideration of approving Bond for ESD 1 Treasurer was tabled by request of Martin as the ESD has not gotten the Bond to him yet.
• Commissioners approved the Auditor conducting the annual audit of Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture funds for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office.
• Commissioners approved the Auditor conducting the annual audit of Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture funds for the Navarro County District Attorney’s Office
• Approved a re-plat of Shady Creek Subdivision, Lot 36A and Lot 36B for John Hays.
• Executive session pursuant to the Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to discuss personnel yielded a decision to change the salary of Jane McCollum in the County Treasurer’s office to be reflective of one who is performing the duties of the County Treasurer. Ryan Douglas, County Treasurer, has been out on a medical leave for some months. As of Dec. 1, McCollum will receive a supplement of 1,089.16 per month to her salary. There will be no comp time paid, and the county will pay her for 10 days of vacation time that she will be unable to take this year. She also has 22 plus or minus hours of comp time currently for which the county will compensate her.
• No action was taken on Executive Session pursuant to the Texas Government Code Section 551.071 to discuss pending/anticipated litigation.