Commissioners to consider jail expansion additions

Ector County Commissioners will consider proposed additions, upgrades and modifications to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center jail expansion project Monday during their regularly scheduled meeting.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom located in the Ector County administration building annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.

Building Maintenance Director Charles Pierce said the proposed upgrades included miscellaneous items in the older jail that needed to be brought to modern standards. This included some new kitchen equipment, surveillance cameras, a generator for the old jail and new lighting packages.

Pierce said he didn’t expect every upgrade to be approved by the commissioners, but at least some of them.

Also on the agenda is a proposed agreement with Oncor to supply power to the new jail expansion.

The $18.9 million project, funded through debt, first broke ground at the beginning of February, and is expected to be completed in about 20 months. There will also be additional costs, including $1,380,450 in professional services, the $142,700 bond issuance cost and other soft costs, such as advertising and travel expenses.

Included in the project is a new 60,000 square foot building, adding 412 beds to the jail. It will be a permanent structure designed to house even the highest security inmates.

The expansion is expected to cut down on costs of housing inmates in other counties. Currently, Ector County has contracts with eight other counties to house Ector County inmates at a cost of about $8,000 a day.

Commissioners will also discuss taking on an $85,000,000 debt for the purpose of constructing a new courthouse.


  • Will consider a donation of $1,000 from the First United Pentecostal Church for the purchase of vests for the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Will consider a donation of $3,000 from Citron’s Used Auto Parts Inc. for ECSO.
  • Will consider a proposed purchase of a 2018 Ford Super Cab Pickup using the $25,000 donation from Oxy for ECSO.
  • Will consider a request to convey a portion of the American Legion Baseball Field and adjoining county property to Odessa College.
  • Will consider a request to approve out-of-state travel for an Assistant County Attorney to attend a Domestic Violence Seminar hosted by the National District Attorney’s Association from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 in Long Beach, Calif.
  • Will appoint Timothy Benton, M.D. as Acting Local Health Authority in absence of the appointed Local Health Authority for the Ector County Health Department.
  • Will consider a proposed transfer of County Inventory Asset No. 44435, equipment services unit No. 895, 2009 Ford cargo van, Vehicle Identification No. 1FTNE14L89DA49664, from Senior Citizens Center to Elections Administrator Office.
  • Will consider a request to install “FleetZoom Cellular Monitoring System” at current county generators located at County Administrative Building (Annex), County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, County Airport and Juvenile Probation Center to monitor plant operational activities, and to approve a proposed line item transfer to equipment services fund, equipment maintenance and repair, from equipment services fund, motor vehicle repairs & maintenance for $11,534.
  • Will consider the proposed disposition and donation of a lateral retrieval file system in the district clerk’s office.
  • Will consider the proposed 2018-2019 budget calendar for Ector County.
  • Will consider the Roofing Project 2018 — Phase I competitive sealed proposal specifications.
  • Will consider the following bid specification: Ramp Grant 2017-2018 Signage Upgrade & Surge Suppression Projects.
  • Will take action to authorize the County Judge and other county employees to complete and sign the Accreditation in State Library System Application, together with the required certification, as part of the annual report to the Texas State Library.
  • Will consider a proposed service agreement with vendor TCN, previously named GlobalConnect.
  • Will consider the proposed master service agreement for Permian Glass Company, Inc., doing business as Permian Glass.
  • Will consider the proposed extension of the Food Services Agreement with Summit Food Service for Ector County Juvenile Probation.
  • Will consider a request to hire a receptionist at a Step 3.
  • Will consider a request to hire a paralegal clerk at a Step 4.
  • Will consider a proposed revision to the Health Benefits Plan document for Fiscal Year 2018 to include coverage for 3D mammograms.
  • Will take action to add and authorize PFS Investments to provide a 457 retirement benefits plan for Ector County.
  • Will consider proposed Ector County Equipment Donation Policy and Procedures.
  • Will consider the proposed Estrada MHRC 5.0600 acre tract located in Pleasant Farms, Block 8, E 348.88 of W 554.88 of S 632.5 of Lot 2.
  • Will consider the proposed Evans-Williams MHRC at 12440 W. University Blvd.
  • Will consider the proposed Leyva MHRC at W. Miles Street, 0.3444 acre tract located in Miles Subdivision, Block 7, Lots 5-6.
  • Will consider the proposed Russell MHRC 2.03 acre tract located at 2112 N. Flamingo Avenue.
  • Will consider the proposed J&P Subdivision, a subdivision of 1.47 acres located in Section 5, Block 41, T-1-S, T&P Ry. Co. Survey.
  • Will take action regarding the designation of court costs collected for the County Child Abuse Prevention Fund per Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 102.0186.
  • Will consider a proposed budget amendment to Airport Capital Improvement Fund, Insurance Settlements to Professional Services in the amount of $139,084.
  • Will consider a proposed budget amendment to County Capital Improvement Fund, Insurance Settlements and to Professional Services in the amount of $69,389.
  • Will consider a proposed budget amendment to Coliseum Capital Improvement Fund, Insurance Settlements and to Professional Services in the amount of $137,422.
  • Will consider a proposed budget amendment to General Fund, I.T., Phone System and Maintenance from Unreserved Fund Balance in the amount of $116,125.
  • Will consider a proposed budget amendment to General Fund, Library, New Books for $432 to Library, Postage for $37 to Library, Library Supplies for $3,053 and to General Fund, Donated Revenues for $3,522.
  • Will receive the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for April 23, 2018, to review County financial statements and reports.