Commissioners finalize jail contractFederal facility to remain in courthouse until 2020

Commissioners made official a new contract with Community Education Centers that will keep the Ector County Correctional Facility federal lockout in the courthouse for up to another three years.

The contract will net the county about $750,000, Precinct 3 Commissioner Greg Simmons said, although that figure could increase if the jail receives more money from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Although the item was initially approved in mid-December, commissioners had yet to present the official contract to the county judge for signing.

Included in the contract was a slight change in that the county will contract out repairs to the sewage system reportedly damaged by inmates and be reimbursed for any repairs.

Commissioners also:

>> Accepted the donation of a canine from Richard V. Dickson for the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.

>> Approved the official bond for the Ector County judge to ensure continuous coverage throughout the term.

>> Received an update on building maintenance projects.

>> Approved bid specifications for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund grant program for the 16th Street and Knox Avenue intersection.

>> Approved the third amendment to the master service agreement between Ector County and Community Education Centers Inc.

>> Approved the updated certification form 1 and TIP project list.

>> Approved a request to change payroll timesheets and pay distributions from semi-monthly to bi-weekly.

>> Approved a project completion report and requests for payment on water grant No. 7214065.

>> Approved a $15,000 line-item transfer from detention center prisoner supplies to detention center special departmental equipment for a new mixer in the jail.

>> Receive the Fiscal Year 2016 annual audit report of the Ector County jail commissary account.

>> Tabled a $1,821 budget amendment from unreserved fund balance to fire protection auto liability.

>> Approved a $2,390 budget amendment to donated revenues and sheriff contract services.

>> Approved the accounts payable fund requirements report for Jan. 9 and reviewed county financial statements and reports.