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Front Page November 14, 2017  RSS feed

Commissioners approve funds for Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo

By Mac Shadix


DPS Corporal Bockman addresses the Leon County Commissioners Court about creating a Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo. Left to right: Corporal Bockman, County Clerk Christie Wakefield, Commissioner Joey Sullivan, Commissioner David Ferguson, County Judge Byron Ryder, Commissioner Dean Stanford. Photo by Mac Shadix DPS Corporal Bockman addresses the Leon County Commissioners Court about creating a Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo. Left to right: Corporal Bockman, County Clerk Christie Wakefield, Commissioner Joey Sullivan, Commissioner David Ferguson, County Judge Byron Ryder, Commissioner Dean Stanford. Photo by Mac Shadix The Leon County Commissioner Court in its regular called meeting on November 13, approved the use of funds from a special account created by fines paid from DPS tickets to rebuild and furnish an area in the existing Buffalo DPS office for a Sergeant Area Office. County Judge Byron Ryder pointed out that no monies would come from the General Fund for the improvements.

After hearing a presentation from Carol Dickey, on behalf of the Centerville Arts Commission and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce regarding the production of ‘Celebrate the Magic of Christmas Market on the Square’ the court allowed the use of the property for the event. Held on the second Friday in December, approximately 400 people attended last year.


Carole Dickey asks the Commissioners for permission for the Centerville Arts Commission and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce to hold their second Celebrate the Magic of Christmas Market on the Courthouse Square. Permission was granted for the event. 
Photo by Mac Shadix Carole Dickey asks the Commissioners for permission for the Centerville Arts Commission and the Centerville Chamber of Commerce to hold their second Celebrate the Magic of Christmas Market on the Courthouse Square. Permission was granted for the event. Photo by Mac Shadix The use of the Expo Center area for a sporting clay and skeet range was approved. The facility is sponsored by the Centerville FFA.

The Commissioners voted to join the O’Neill Law and Watts Guerra law firms for an Opioid lawsuit. This is at no cost to the county and may return funds for the expenditures that the opioid epidemic has required.

A request by County Judge Ryder to increase the counties donation to the Leon County Toy Drive from $1,500 to $2,000 did not meet the approval of the commissioners and the amount was approved to remain the same as last year.


Lisa Clunis presented a request to the commissioners that a shooting range for sporting clays and skeet be set up at the Expo Center. 
Photo by Mac Shadix Lisa Clunis presented a request to the commissioners that a shooting range for sporting clays and skeet be set up at the Expo Center. Photo by Mac Shadix A decision was made by the commissioners not to try and work with Robertson County on a tire pickup in Leon County because the offer was only made last week and the event had to conclude by the end of November.

A budget amendment of $215,476 was approved.

The appearance of an elderly local veteran who complained that last Saturdays veterans event at the Expo had only tables for officials and for donors and that he was told that he could sit in the bleachers to eat brought apologies from Judge Ryder and Commissioner Ferguson. They assured him that there would be tables available next time.

Judge Ryder told the man that the county did not put on the event, but allowed it’s sponsors to use the Expo for free. Those tables had been sold to corporate sponsors for $1,000 to $3,000 Ryder told the veteran.


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