Commissioners approve direct deposit for county employees

BY PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Aug 13, 2007 - Hopkins County employees can soon begin having their check electronically deposited into their accounts, eliminating the need for them to go to the bank.

Hopkins County Commissioners Court, during its Monday morning session, voted unanimously 3-0 in favor of direct deposit for Hopkins County employees as well as budget amendments and line item transfers. Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker was absent.

�The regular session began at 10 a.m. with the consent agenda approved unanimously for the July 23 meeting. Discussion ensued regarding Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc.�s request for permission to construct electrical power distribution facilities along and across county roads 2415 and 2422 in Precinct 2, and county roads 3644 and 3351 in Precinct 3.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Burke Bullock made a motion and stipulated that utility companies need written consent from the commissioners court prior to construction or the burying of any cables or insertion of utility poles of any kind.

�We�ve had problems with them putting poles at the end of culverts which in turn stops them up,� Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap explained. �Then, the commissioners go out there to do road improvements and have all these problems. We�ve got to have cooperation from utility companies not to put them just anywhere.�

In other business, the court approved Tina Cox as an alternate election judge for North Hopkins School Precinct 17. The update for election judges for 2007-2009 was also approved.

The commissioners tabled an item for bids for inmate phone service. Bids were submitted from Securus Technologies of Dallas and AGM Telecom Corporation out of Keller.

�We want to have time to look over those bids,� said Millsap, who explained both companies will be back Friday for presentations. �We decided not to take any action until we saw both proposals.�

According to Millsap, inmates use a pay phone system by which they make collect calls and the money generated –  approximately $25,000 annually – goes back into the general fund, offsetting expenses at the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office. 

�This is not for a new system, it is an existing system � we are just looking at new vendors,� he explained.�

Another item tabled was the payment of bills, revenues and expenses and financial statements. This will be taken up later in the week during a special meeting.

Only one bid was submitted for new box culverts on Hopkins County Regional Civic Center grounds. Bullock voted against the bid, citing the need for another proposal as his reason for a nay vote. Commissioners Don Patterson and Danny Evans voted in favor of the measure.

The commissioners court will meet in a work session later this afternoon to discuss a 911 ArkTex government grant in the amount of $25,000 to replace the emergency generator at the sheriff’s office.

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