Ector County commissioners will look at leasing a new software program that is expected to help the Highways and Streets Department address road rehabilitation and maintenance of existing features during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom located in the Ector County administration building annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.
Highways and Streets Director Evans Kessey said the problem his department is seeing is that up until now, they have been using outside consultants for design work, and he would like to bring the work inside.
The software, OpenRoad ConceptStation, is an engineering design software which Kessey said would be used in-house for roadway rehabilitation design work to further train personnel on the use of the design system, drafting and detailing work to meet Texas Department of Transportation design standards.
The previous drafting software the county had expired due to non-maintenance before Kessey’s inception, he said, and this new software would work with detailing, as well as drafting.
“We believe that Ector County should be able to improve roadway design within the county while complying with TxDOT standards for an investment in the Bentley Systems OpenRoad ConceptStation,” Kessey said.
Building Maintenance Director Charles Pierce will also be presenting proposed upgrades to the jail expansion project during the Commissioners’ Court.
Pierce previously said these proposed upgrades included miscellaneous items in the older jail that needed to be brought to modern standards, including new kitchen equipment, surveillance cameras, a generator for the old jail and new lighting packages.
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 inmate housing costs in other counties. Ector County currently has contracts with eight other counties to house Ector County inmates at a cost of about $8,000 a day.
In other business, Commissioners will:
- Will consider a proposed resolution in support of declaring May 13, 2018 through May 19, 2018 as National Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.
- Will consider a proposed resolution in support of declaring May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.
- Will consider a request from Downtown Odessa, Inc. to use the Ector County Courthouse lawn for a children’s area for the annual Firecracker Fandango festival on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
- Will consider a request from Paul Reed, Commander of the Disabled American Veterans of the Permian Basin, to place a gumball machine and brochure holder in the tax office.
- Will consider approval of Ector County Library’s Summer Reading Program Kickoff on May 31 and Musical Night at the Library on June 2.
- Will consider a proposed $100 donation of in-store gift cards to the Ector County Library, in support of the Summer Reading Program.
- Will receive the 2017 Annual Report of the Ector County Health Department.
- Will receive a report concerning the MHRC plans that have been submitted since Dec. 1, 2014, for all precincts.
- Will consider a proposed resolution amending authorized representatives, authorizing Maria Deanda to transact business with TexPool Participant Services, in her capacity as Chief Deputy of the Ector County Treasurer’s office.
- Will consider a request to approve out-of-state travel for Highways & Streets Director and Department Coordinator to attend an iWorQ System Training and Seminar hosted by the iWorQ System from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2018 in Logan, Utah.
- Will consider a proposal to declare the Civil Air Patrol Building as surplus and sell it with sealed bids per Purchasing.
- Will consider a bid for the widening of 56th Street (Billy Hext Road to Faudree Road); approve the following budget amendment to capital improvement fund, road construction from unreserved fund balance in the amount of $731,864.
- Will consider the proposed contract between the Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Section and Ector County.
- Will consider a proposed letter of agreement with Qunyhanh Ton, B.S., to provide services as the Pharmacist-in-Charge for the Ector County Health Department.
- Will consider a request to hire a charge nurse at step 6.
- Will consider a request to hire a secretary from a step 1 up to a step 5.
- Will consider a request to hire a department coordinator at a step 9.
- Will consider the proposed Aim Addition being a 1-acre tract located in Section 9, Block 13, T-2-S, T&P RR. Co. Survey.
- Will consider the proposed Apache West Addition, Replat of Lot 6, Block 1.
- Will consider the proposed Carlos Madric MHRC, 11639 Rick St. 2.3 Acre Tract located in Knox Industrial Subdivision, Block 5, Lot 3.
- Will consider the proposed Nunez Mobil Home Park MHRC, located within the south half of Lot 6, Block 1, Chaparral Addition, Second.
- Will consider the proposed Carrasco MHRCC, on 4111 Lonnie Ave., a 1-acre tract located in Lonnie Subdivision, Block 1, Lot 3.
- Will consider the proposed sale of the property located in the Midway Country Estates Subdivision, Gardendale, for $40,500, which is less than the market value specified in the judgment of foreclosure against the property and is also less than the total amount of judgments against the property.
- Will consider a proposed line item transfer to general fund, county auditor, education travel from other general expense in the amount of $900.
- Will receive the Ector County Investment Report for the quarter ending March 31, 2018.
- Will receive the Accounts Payable Funds Requirement Report for May 14, 2018.