Juvenile center progresses

Commissioners discuss hiring architects

Ector County commissioners today will take a big step toward building a new juvenile justice center near the county jail south of Odessa on the west side of U.S. 385.

After months of discussion and agreement to spend about $26 million on the project, the court will consider hiring the Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum architectural firm of Dallas to design the center that will replace the delapidated one north of town on East Yukon Road.

In other business during the 10 a.m. session in the county administration building at 1010 E. Eighth St., the commissioners will review bid specifications for transportation services in the medical examiner’s office.

They will also:

>> Hear Auditor Randy Donner’s presentation of proposed biennial budgets for the community supervision and corrections department for 2022 and 2023.

>> Consider transferring titles in the sheriff’s office for a 2015 Chevrolet Caprice and a 2014 Chevrolet Impala for their disposition and removal from the county inventory.

>> Discuss bid specifications for building maintenance and housekeeping supplies and equipment.

>> Consider bids for the administration of medical, prescription drug and dental benefits, flexible spending accounts, health savings and health reimbursement accounts and stop-loss re-insurance.

>> Review a 12-month interlocal agreement with the regional public defender’s office that would take effect Oct. 1.

>> Consider approving an engagement letter for the 2021 independent audit.

>> Review contracts with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

>> Discuss revised procurement policies and procedures including policy exemptions.

>> Review transferring $30,000 from the legal fees category to claim settlements in the self-funded liability fund.