“Unless the lower [Supreme] courts in San Antonio disagree with the maps, then these [2012 district maps] will be the maps we use for the primary,” explained Bill Glendening of the county election's office, based on Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
In other business, commissioners:
• Renewed a contract to cover Air Evac Lifeteam memberships for on-duty county employees and offer discounted family memberships. In addition, Heather McGlason of Air Evac Lifeteam informed commissioners that the county could cover all county residents for $150,000, roughly over $5 per person. McGlason said the company has 200 aircraft in 28 states and they are expanding services in Texas, Arizona and Colorado. She called the Mineral Wells base, located at Palo Pinto General Hospital, “one of the busiest bases in the country,” with over 30 flights per month, at an average cost of around $20,000 per flight, depending on the circumstances. The company's municipal-site plan could cover all the county residents, which she said would better “keep the dollars in the county.”
• Authorized Targa Energy's request to bore Old Christian Road in Precinct 2.
• Tabled selling Mineral Wells property at 204 S.W. 12th St., since they received no bids to purchase the land.
• Approved purchasing a Nexus 7 for courthouse security purposes, which would allow an individual to view the station at the courthouse with one application, and this could be done during foot patrol.
• Approved the PPCESD No. 1 audit, which had an “unqualified opinion,” according to board treasurer Carl Blacksten. He said there were four “hickies,” which included board continuing education for one director, a previous issue with the 2011 audit filing date, the board treasurer's bond, which he said the auditors considered the “wrong bond,” and over expending the budget, although he said they adjusted this issue to reflect insurance and tax collector fees.