Commissioners approve bids, vote to readvertise for others


When Erath County commissioners met Monday, they opened bids and approved companies to provide a number of services to the county as well as calling to readvertise for others.

Commissioners approved Easter Heating and Air Conditioning of Stephenville to provide HVAC services to all county buildings for a total of $6,372 annually; All Star Pest Professionals to provide pest control services for all county buildings for $1,188 annually; Special Care Services of Dublin was approved to provide janitorial services to the county's Dublin buildings for $300 a month; Tommy Riley Water Well Drilling was approved to drill a water well in Precinct 4 for a cost not to exceed $10,310; and Clifford Power Systems of Mansfield was approved to provide generator services for the county.

All vendors accepted on Monday, with the exception of one that has previous experience with the new jail, were local vendors. Clifford was the low bidder of four for the job to provide generators and regular maintenance at $4,577 for all county buildings annually. In addition, the company has previous experience working with the county, more specifically providing the generator at the new Erath County Jail.

The court also voted to readvertise for bids on two items. The county previously advertised for bids on county uniforms and for proposals for paving the Erath County Courthouse Annex parking lot. However, no bids were received on either project and commissioners voted to re-advertise for both.

Commissioners also approved an interlocal agreement with Erath County Appraisal district for participation in the provision of emergency services as well as a memorandum of understanding with Indigent Healthcare Solutions for a renewal of contract. Both actions continue previous contracts the county has maintained for several years.

Commissioners approved the final platting for the Summerfield Place subdivision. According to County Judge Tab Thompson, the wording on the documentation had to be changed, which was why the platting was not previously approved. However, with the wording corrected, the platting was unanimously approved.

Taking care of some administrative items, the court approved the court dates for the 2013 fiscal year (the second and fourth Monday of each month) and the holidays for the 2013 calendar year for both Commissioners' Court and the county employees and offices. Commissioners also approved the automatic pay vendors for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which are the vendors that are paid monthly and do not require a signature. Such as utilities and other recurring services. The court also approved the sole source vendors for 2012-13. These are the vendors who are the only providers for services in the area. For example, Net Data Services provides the county with computer systems.

Commissioners also approved Precinct 1's request to push, or remove, fence rows on County Road 253 and County Road 274. Both are old fences not currently in use. Thompson advised that not only will this clean up the side of the roads they are located on, but will also make the area safer for residents.