1. What are the duties of county commissioner?
The duties of the county commissioner are many as they serve as the governing and administrative body in the county. They approve the county budget and set the county property tax rates. They set all salaries and benefits, as well as approve all county purchases. The county commissioners provide maintenance on all county buildings and facilities. They are also responsible for maintaining and improving all county roads and bridges.
2. What are the most pressing challenges currently facing Erath County?
I believe the relationship between the City of Stephenville and Erath County first responders’ needs to be addressed. As things stand now, if there is a wreck at the intersection of US Hwy. 67 and US Hwy. 281, which is in the city limits, the injured parties must wait for ambulance and fire trucks to arrive at the scene from the City of Stephenville downtown, when there are fire trucks and ambulances that belong to the County right there behind the county barns. That amount of time could mean the amount of time between life and death. On the other hand, if there is a grease fire located at a house on the Lingleville Hwy. just outside of the city limits, in the amount of time that it takes the fire trucks and ambulances to arrive at the scene from the county barns, could mean the difference in the house being a complete structure fire that burnt to the ground when there are fire trucks and ambulances on the Northwest Loop.
3. You are faced with a need to cut expenses. What adjustments do you feel could make the greatest difference (cost savings) for the county?
We need to consider looking into hiring a Road Superintendent for the whole county. Each precinct has 2 or 3 motor graders right now. That’s 8 or 9 motor graders for the whole county which has been a great expense for the county. By hiring a Road Superintendent, you could leave one motor grader with each precinct to maintain potholes properly. A Road Superintendent would be responsible for processing base, getting roads and bridges in the county up to specs to be paved properly. I believe this would save the county taxpayers dollars in the long run.
4. How do you feel about the current condition of roads and bridges within your precinct?
The roads and bridges within my precinct are in poor condition because we have spent a tremendous amount of money hauling material into the precinct and have not seen good results. The material for the roads has not been processed correctly, therefore material is not on the roads but in the bar ditches which has been a total waste of taxpayer dollars. Most of the roads that have been paved, the sub-grade and base were not properly processed which has caused most of the pothole problems you see on these roads. That, coupled with the fact that most of these roads now have heavy truck traffic, and they aren’t built to handle that type of traffic have made this another waste of taxpayer dollars.
5. What makes you the best candidate?
I am the best candidate because I have the qualifications, experience and knowledge for the job. I have thirty plus years in road and bridge construction, maintenance and improvement. I have experience in working with the Texas Department of Transportation and as a business owner where I have first-hand involvement with various budget, project funding and contractual obligations. Erath County has been good to me, and I feel it is time for me to give back to the County. I would truly appreciate your vote March 6, 2018. Thank you.