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Members of the Texas County Commission handled several matters recently at the Texas County Administrative Center in Houston, according to released minutes. 

Members of the Texas County Commission met Oct. 2-3.

Members reviewed:

•Correspondence from Burdine Township, as well as that related to circuit clerk and prosecutor budget for 2020.

•Paperwork from Agape House showing its compliance for eligibility for domestic abuse shelter funding.

•An Open Meetings and Records Law request from George Sholtz.

•Request for qualifications from four insurance providers, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Sonus Benefits, Connell Insurance Inc. and Barker Phillips Jackson.

•Information regarding computer storage space in the office of the assessor and county clerk.


•Heard from Sheriff Scott Lindsey regarding the termination of Crystal Holloway on Sept. 26.

•Approved the purchase of a Tracfone for the public administrator.

•Visited with an employee regarding their termination.

The commission met Sept. 25-26 and transacted several items.


•Held closed sessions to discuss the county’s membership in a class action lawsuit related to the opioid crisis, visited about personnel matters with the sheriff and held discussions with its attorneys related to a federal lawsuit filed by a jail inmate related to treatment in the previous sheriff’s department administration.

•Heard from Darci Malam of the South Central Council of Governments seeking a letter of support related to seeking a grant for the Piney River Technical Center.

•Met with representatives of an engineering firm related to a bridge project over Ford Creek on Evans Road.

•Reviewed correspondence from Opportunity Sheltered Industries about appointments to its board. The names of Rhonda Neal, Elaine Campbell, Jo Holland and Karri Keller were submitted. No action was taken.

•Reviewed the hiring of Brandon Barnes effective Sept. 23 in the sheriff’s department.

•Approved distribution of fine monies and those from land tax sales to county school districts.

•Heard from Jon Cartwright of Zimmerman Meats regarding the Missouri Value Added Grant program.

•Heard from Bob Lawson of Sargent Township regarding the closing out of FEMA funds.

•Met with Lee Smith, maintenance director, related to roof repairs at the Texas County Administrative Center. Bids will be sought. Also discussed was keypad information sent for insurance reimbursement and the possibility of moving flag poles off the roof to eliminate damage. A new location will be determined.

•Met with Ron Reed, City of Cabool; and representatives of L & R Industries related to an expansion at Dunn.

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