By Valerie Reddell
County Commissioners approved fireworks sales for Texas Independence Day, received the quarterly investment report and filled a vacancy on the hospital board of managers during a session held Feb. 15.
Vendors will be allowed to sell fireworks from Feb. 25 to midnight March 2. "As wet as it has been, that's a no-brainer," said Pct. 3 Commissioner Mike Marshall. The motion passed unanimously.
The court also approved contracts related to the administration of the primary elections for the Republican and Democratic parties.
County Clerk Donece Gregory told commissioners that the Texas Election Code states the elections administrator can execute the contracts without bringing them before the court.
"Since I'm spending county money — although they do reimburse us — I feel like it would be good to get it approved," Gregory said.
County Treasurer Sue Saunders presented the quarterly investment report to commissioners.
Saunders said two $2,500 Certificates of Deposit have been cashed out, in accordance with action taken at a prior court session. The proceeds were put in the TEXPOOL Prime investment pool where the county can earn 1.5 percent interest per day, and Texas Class which pays 1.09 percent a day.
Saunders said the bulk of the county's investments are in pools.
"The checking accounts have pretty good balances," Saunders said. "The investment committee agreed to move the Jail interest and sinking fund over to TEXPOOL Prime. We can get $140 a day, rather than a month. We will be able to move it back and forth very quickly if we need to."
Investments earned $77,073 for the year, she added. "The pools are safe and giving a very good return," Saunders said. "I am looking for money that is just sitting there that we can move over there."
Commissioners unanimously approved an item that offers free disposal of metal and white goods at the Tyler County Collection Center for the month of March.
"This helps people get rid of old appliances etc.," Walston said. "We make a little bit on the metal when we get rid of it, so it's good for the people and the county."
Hospital Board of Managers
Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Jobe was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Susan Thompson of Precinct 2 who resigned. Commissioner Rusty Hughes made the motion to appoint Jobe effective immediately.
In other business, commissioners approved the following:
• Monthly reports from probation department, district clerk, county clerk, Extension office, auditor, treasurer and Justice of the Peace Pct. 1.
• Ratify payroll ended Feb. 14.
• Appointed Aleena Conner as Deputy District Clerk.
• Approve a bond for the treasurer of Emergency Services District #2.
• Purchase of a 2500 HD Silverado 4x4 Crew Cab truck from Caldwell Country through the BuyBoard.
• Auction surplus county equipment through GovDeals.com and
• Amended an offer for office space for DETCOG Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery Coordinator, changing location from courthouse to Senior Citizens Center.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Walston presided over last week's session while County Judge Jacques Blanchette was on vacation with family.