Lamar County commissioners to accept Ernie Sparks’ retirement decision on Monday

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT OF LAMAR COUNTY, TEXAS

9 A.M. — MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 24th day of September, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., in the Commissioners’ Courtroom located on the first floor of the Lamar County Courthouse, 119 North Main Street, Paris, Texas, at which time there will be discussion and/or action on the following subjects:

1,            Approval of minutes. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

2.            Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court resolving to enter into a tax abatement agreement with Campbell Soup, a Texas Corporation.   The tax abatement is 100% for 7 years, with the tax abatement period commencing for the tax year January 1, 2014, and ending December 31, 2020.  The tax abatement agreement is entered into by Lamar County with Campbell Soup in exchange for Campbell Soup installing and making upgrades in personal and real property in, and to, the Paris Plant in the amount of $45,400,000.  In addition, Lamar County and Campbell Soup agree that this project, and the tax abatement, is made for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the commercial and industrial economic and employment base of the Paris, Lamar County, area for the long term interest and benefit of the citizens of Paris, and Lamar County. – Steve Gilbert, Paris Economic Development Corporation; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

3.            Discussion and/or action by Lamar County      Commissioners’ Court adopting “Guidelines and Criteria for Tax Abatement”,      agreements. – Steve Gilbert, Paris Economic Development Corporation; County      Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

4.            Discussion and/or action by Lamar County      Commissioners’ Court approving and executing a tax abatement agreement      with Campbell Soup, a Texas Corporation in exchange for Campbell Soup      installing and making upgrades in personal and real property in, and to,      the Paris Plant in the amount of $45,400,000.  In addition, Lamar County and Campbell      Soup agree that this project, and the tax abatement, is made for the      purpose of maintaining and enhancing the commercial and industrial      economic and employment base of the Paris, Lamar County, area for the long      term interest and benefit of the citizens of Paris, and Lamar County. –      Steve Gilbert, Paris Economic Development Corporation; County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

 5.            Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court executing the budget for the “Title IV-E Child Welfare Services Renewal” (Contract# 23939998) for fiscal year 2013.   –  Child Protective Services, Sheila Lowrey

 6.            Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court executing an “Interlocal Agreement for Funding of DFPS Staff”, (Contract # 530-03-0002-00001).  In this agreement between Lamar County and The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Lamar County agrees to provide at least $34,946 in local funds to reimburse the DFPS for the costs and expenses incurred for the DFPS person (s) filling the position of administrative technician. In exchange, DFPS will fund the remainder of the position and the person will act as liaison between Lamar County and DFPS. The staff person primarily benefits the children of Lamar County. – Child Protective Services, Sheila Lowery

 7.            Discussion and/or      action by Lamar County Commissioners Court receiving the resignation      letter of Judge Ernie Sparks, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 2,      effective September 30, 2012. After a long and distinguished career as a      teacher, probation officer, parole officer, and Justice of the Peace,      Judge Sparks wishes to retire to private life to spend more time with his      family and friends travelling and playing golf. – County Judge M.C.      Superville, Jr.  

 8.            Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court resolving to certify that Lamar County has made a grant to Lamar County Human Resources Council, Inc., (LCHRC) and that LCHRC is an organization that provides home-delivered meals to homebound persons in Lamar County who are elderly and/or have a disability and that the County has approved the organization’s accounting system or fiscal agent.  – Executive Director, LCHRC, Tanteta Hilliard

 9.            Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court creating the office of “Lamar County Emergency Management Coordinator.” This office is to be created through the use of line-item transfers and will not increase the total expenditures from the general fund. – Commissioner, Precinct Two, Lonnie Layton

 10.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving a signed copy of the contract with Tyler Technologies, Inc. for “Odyssey” software.  “Odyssey” software is used by most of the Lamar County offices for general data processing purposes.  The contract is for 5 years.  The installation cost is $283,600 and the annual software as a service fee is $130,205 per year. This contract was approved by Commissioners Court on August 31, 2012. – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

 11.      Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving  a signed copy of the contract with Blume, Faulkner, Skeen & Northam, PLLC (BFSN) Law Firm. This contract was approved by Commissioners Court on August 27, 2012, for Lamar County to participate in a lawsuit involving Mortgage Electronics Registrations Systems, Inc. (MERS), and to retain outside counsel to represent Lamar County in the MERS lawsuit.  – County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

 12.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving an update and status report on repairs, and needed repairs, in the Courthouse and/or other County property. — County Judge, M.C. Superville, Jr.

 13.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court receiving the Lamar County Treasurer’s report for the period of August 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012.—County Treasurer, Shirley Fults

 14.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court renewal of the County Investment Policy  – County Treasurer, Shirley Fults

 15.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to receive a certified copy of the Order executed by Eric Clifford, Judge Sixth Judicial District and Scott McDowell, Judge Sixty-Second Judicial District, Lamar County, Texas setting the salary of the County Auditor and his staff. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

 16.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to receive a certified copy of the Order executed by Scott McDowell, Sixty-Second Judicial District Judge, Lamar County, Texas setting the salary of the Official Shorthand Reporter of the Sixty-Second Judicial District of Texas. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

 17.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court to approve the Official Bond and Oath on behalf of Brandy Hudson in the Lamar County Attorney’s Office. – County Clerk, Kathy Marlowe

 18.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving the award of engineering services for the County’s Texas Community Development Block Grant for water systems improvements. – County Auditor, Kevin Parsons

 19.     Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioners’ Court approving the award of administration services for the County’s Texas Community Development Block Grant for water system improvements. – County Auditor, Kevin Parsons

 20.    Discussion and/or action regarding Lamar County Commissioner’s Court to receive the county auditor monthly financial report for the period ending August 31, 2012. – County Auditor, Kevin Parsons

 21.     Discussion and/or action by Lamar County Commissioners’ Court regarding line-item transfers for various offices.  – County Auditor, Kevin Parsons

 22.    Claims – County Auditor, Kevin Parsons 

 23.    Adjourn

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.