Johnson County commissioners Monday applied the brakes to spending any money beyond initial engineering costs in preparation for expansion of the parking lot at the Ron Harmon Sub-Courthouse in Burleson.
“The engineering firm we hired is estimating the parking lot will cost $530,000,” County Judge Roger Harmon exclaimed.
The county’s public works director quickly took the wheel and got the conversation back on the road to reality.
“They put everything [possible expenses] on it,” David Disheroon said. “We had the same situation with the parking lot at the Guinn Justice Center. Those figures are all estimates. The numbers balloon until we take out the things that aren’t needed.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Kenny Howell agreed.
“It takes forever to get the right figures together,” he said. “Once we get bids, we can fine-tune the expenses.”
Commissioners approved the engineering expense of $5,990 from Halff Associates of Dallas for the site plans, but will not approve any other expenses for the project until the bidding is finalized.
In the new business portion of the agenda, commissioners approved the sale of two tax delinquent properties in Alvarado. Property at 107 Bill Jackson Dr. will be sold for $2,800, and property at 111 W Purdom Ave. will be sold for $3,900. Precinct 3 Commissioner Jerry Stringer made the motion to sell the properties. His motion was seconded by Howell and supported unanimously.
Also under new business, commissioners approved out of state training for Dusty Ford of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Scott Heisey of the IT Department. Ford will attend the National Association of School Resource Officers School Safety Conference in Washington, D.C., and Heisey will attend the 2017 SUGA International Education and Training Event in Nashville, Tennessee.
Commissioners approved a request by Sheriff Adam King to sell a Sig P226 pistol to retiring sheriff’s office employee Tanya Dunlap for the fair market price of $225. The price is similar to what other retiring sheriff’s office personnel have paid for their duty weapons, King said.
Commissioners also approved a request by Howell to enter into an interlocal agreement for road repair with the city of Joshua to chip seal approximately 1.4 miles of Forest Lane in Joshua.
During the announcements and presentations portion of the agenda, commissioners declared April as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month and presented length of service pins to 24 employees whose service to the county totals more than 210 years.
Darla Ashley of the tax assessor’s office was honored for 25 years of service.
Ben Arriola of the sheriff’s office was recognized for 20 years of service.
Employees recognized for 15 years of service were Larry Mullins of juvenile services, Edward Ramos of public works, Annette Shue of the county clerk’s office and Precinct 3 Constable Mike White.
Recognized for 10 years of service were Constance Phillips of adult probation, Jennifer Lyon and Kristie Walker of the county auditor’s office, David Barkley and Stephanie Bosworth of the county attorney’s office, Judge Ronald McBroom, Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1, Leona Cox of the sheriff’s office, and Francisco Chacon of Precinct 4.
Employees receiving recognition for five years of service were Markesha Batie of adult probation, Tammy Cockerham of the office of the justice of the peace in Precinct 3, Rainey Harvey of the IT department, Robert Mott of Precinct 3 and Ryan Howell and James McDonald of Precinct 4, Sonia Prince of the public works department, and Ellen Mahanay, Mary Milton, and Doreen Sirchia of the sheriff’s office.