Ector County Commissioners will hold the regularly scheduled meeting Monday to appoint a new county court at law judge for Ector County Court at Law No. 2 following the resignation of Judge Scott Layh.
The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom located in the Ector County Administration building annex, 1010 East Eighth St.
Layh formally resigned during the last Commissioners Court meeting Dec. 21, after being appointed to the post in 2014. He plans to return to his private law practice.
Following the judge’s announcement, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Christopher Clark filed to run for Layh’s seat.
Commissioners will also officially recognize Clark’s resignation from his position as Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace during the Monday meeting.
Ector County Judge Ron Eckert previously said commissioners would consider appointing Clark to the seat, as there is no challenger for the position in the upcoming March Republican primary.
Eckert said they are unsure as of yet if they will choose to fill Clark’s JP seat during a future commissioner’s court meeting due to the large amount of candidates vying for the position. Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons previously said the decision to fill the justice of the peace vacancy would require a “much different discussion.”
Seven Republican candidates are running for Clark’s vacated justice of the peace position: Matthew Stringer, Marvin Jennings, Gary Dunda, Jet Brown, Missi Walden, Sheryl Jones and Steven Westfall.
No Democrats filed to run for the seat.
The agenda shows the commissioners court also plans to discuss legal matters, personnel matters and real estate issues during executive session.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERS
• will consider a request by Experience Works, anon-profit organization, for use of the vacant offices at the Northside Senior Center.
• will consider a request to install a four-way stop and all necessary signage associated with said installation at the intersection of West Flagstone Street and South Arrowhead Avenue.
• will consider a required resolution to apply for grant funds with the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission for a regional solid waste rants program.
• will accept the following donations to the Ector County Sheriff’s Office: $2,000 from the Fraternal Order of Police Odessa Lodge No. 1 for the ECSO Vest program, $4,000 from XTO Energy Inc., $312.50 from Hence Barrow, and will approve the purchase of a 2018 Tahoe to be used for the ECSO with Sheriff’s Office funds.
• will consider the proposed 2017 Sole Source List, a list of replacement parts required for county vehicles.
• will consider the proposed Abatement of Vehicles proposal specification.
• will consider a proposed agreement between Ector County and Bizodo Inc. doing business as SeamlessDocs, for unlimited storage and accessibility.
• will consider a MHRC-SUBIA for 0.21 acre Lot 26, Block 38, Western Hills Subdivision located at 12032 W. Barbara St.
• will consider a request by the City of Odessa to open cut for a waterline within North Dixie Boulevard from the alley south of East 57th Street to Yukon Road.
• will consider a proposed line item transfer to Courthouse Security Fund, Longevity Pay in the amount of $728 and to Cost of Living Allowance in the amount of $224 from Full Time Salaries in the amount of $952.
• will consider a proposed budget amendment from the unreserved fund balance to office supplies in the amount of $800 to purchase updated Labor Law posters for all county buildings.
• will review the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for Jan. 8, 2018.