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Front Page March 14, 2017  RSS feed

Leon County receives highest opinion for 2016 Annual Audit

By Sherry Matney

Darla Dear, with Belt, Harris and Pechacek, delivered good news to the Leon County Commissioners Court when she explained that they had received an “unmodified opinion” for the 2016 Annual Audit. Unmodified is the highest opinion imparted by the audit firm. Dear went on to complement the way the County’s pension assets are currently funded whereas many plans do not enjoy the same achievement.

The Leon County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting on March 13, 2017 with all in attendance with the exception of David Grimes, Commissioner for Precinct 4. The Resolution for a memorial highway in honor of Sergeant Wade D. Wilson (see related story) was the first item on the agenda following opening ceremonies.

A long debate ensued concerning the abandonment of a portion of CR 303 in Dean Stanford’s precinct. There was considerable ambiguity about the difference between a Private Road and a Public Road, both being PR. After much discussion the Court agreed to change the name of County Road 303, for 982 feet with a sixty-foot wide easement, and have it become Public Road 3130. It will be in the County’s jurisdiction but with no maintenance.

Carmen Fritts, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, requested that the Court accept emergency funding, which she received from a Grant request, in the amount of $28,000, placing the funds into Fund 27-State Funds. Fritts said this is the largest sum she has received during the three years she has been in the office. Funds will be used for training and various expenses. The agenda items of accepting the Leon County Juvenile probation Department Policy and Procedure manual was tabled for further review.

Dean Stanford updated the Court on the trip he and 39 fellow Leon County residents took to Austin to help efforts to stop the High Speed Rail that is proposed to cut through the County. Judge Ryder said some of the businesses in Fairfield have gotten involved in the protest because, if the final rail route runs along I45, the rail will cover many of the businesses. Ryder said he expected more businesses along the route to get involved with the protests.

Under the Expo update, Judge Ryder reported that 78 hotel rooms were used due to the Jack Russell Dog Show this past weekend. Sheriff Ellis said there was SWAT Team training for five days at the Expo as well.

Line Item Transfers came to $185,675. The only budge amendment came following the closed session. It was $34,000 for the salary supplement for Victoria Downie (County Attorney assistant) from the pre-trial division program funds.

The Court went into closed session at 10:30 and returned at 11:44 a.m. Upon their return they approved a salary adjustments after probationary period for employees in Sheriff’s Kevin Ellis’s office; approved a salary supplement for Victoria Downie, County Attorney’s Assistant, using pre-trial diversion program funds; agreed to allow Donna Danford to advertise for a part-time person to assist with the Leon County Health Resource Center.

A road use agreement for CR 112 in Precinct 1 was approved and another for multiple roads in Precinct 4 was tabled. The Court also tabled approving an amended Subdivision Resolution previously approved on August 8, 2016.

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