County okays clerk office position on split vote
CAMERON—Milam County Commissioners, meeting Monday in regular session at the courthouse, okayed creation of a records management clerk position in the county clerk’s office even though County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said he had problems with the way the new position is being funded.
The 3-1 vote came after County Clerk Barbara Vansa presented her records management plan for the next two fiscal years.
That plan outlines how fees collected on requested documents are spent.
In addition to hiring a fulltime records management clerk, the plan listed expenditures on a fireproof vault and storage area and other equipment.
Barkemeyer said he had concerns over hiring a full-time employee in such a manner.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Jaecks suggested a stipulation that the salary not be extended more than two years.
Replying to a question from Precinct 2 Commissioner Kenneth Hollas, Vansa said salary and benefits for the position will all come out of records management, not the general fund.
Jaecks said he believed the report was more in the matter of FYI (for your information) and a matter of approval for the court but that if Barkemeyer called for approval he would make such a motion.
Jaecks, Hollas and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge voted in favor with Barkemeyer casting the lone dissenting vote.
Precinct 1 Commissioner George Tomek was absent.
PRO TEM—Commissioners selected Hollas as the new county judge pro tem.
Hollas replaces Jaecks who did not seek re-election in 2013 and will retire from the court in January.
In other business Monday, commissioners:
• Okayed the bid of EBCO ($116,900 base and $24,900 alternate) for a project in the county clerk’s office. Other bid was by Vanguard Contractors, $162,500 base and $12,200 alternate.
• Re - appoi nted Dr. S. H. Richardson as the Local Health Authority.
• Acknowledged the Milam County Sheriff’s Department for obtaining a certificate of compliance from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
• Sold a surplus chip spreader to the City of Cameron.