Commissioners discuss funds for jail needs

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The Pecos County Commissioners Court met Oct. 28 for its bimonthly meeting and approved up to $55,000 in additional funds needed by the Pecos County Sheriffs Office.

Sheriff Cliff Harris said that as the jail gets older, it will continue needing more money to keep it maintained.

Harris requested $18,577 to fix eight broken windows in the jail.

The jail recently had a jail standards inspection, and the windows were noted as needing to be fixed to be in compliance.

The windows allow the officers to see into the cells, and inmates have broken them by banging on them.

Judge Joe Shuster questioned if more could be done to protect the windows against damage like putting bars on them.

“We have to protect our property, not just the inmates,” he said.

The sheriff also requested additional funds for food at the jail, vehicle maintenance and fuel.

All of the projects are set not to exceed $55,000.

In other news:

• The county went out for bids for sale of county property near Jackson and Division Streets.

• The county proclaimed Nov. 11 as Veteran's Day.

• The county accepted a report from Trans-Pecos Aviation, LLC on their predator control in the county totaling $1,500.

• The commissioners accepted a request from Precinct 1 Commissioner Tom Chapman to rent a New Air2G2 Trailer to aerate at the golf course. The cost will be $7,362 annually for five years.

• The court approved the membership renewal with AirMedCare Network Site for Jan. 1, 2020 to Jan.1, 2021 for $61,842. The contract covers individuals in Pecos County when transported for medical necessity by helicopter.

The Pecos County Commissioners meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 10 a.m. at the county courtroom, 103. W. Callaghan Street.

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