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Commissioners to proceed with jail renovations

March 26, 2019

The Commissioners’ Court will consider moving forward on a project that would expand the booking and intake area at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the commissioners’ courtroom, Room 120, located in the Ector County Administration building annex, 1010 E. Eighth St.

A renovated booking and intake area was deemed one of county officials’ top wish-list items for the jail and was approved by commissioners at a cost of $590,160 during a meeting last year.

“It has not been renovated or anything since it was originally built (in the mid-1990s) and there’s more and more inmates coming in to the facility,” Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said.

Ector County Commissioners on Tuesday will consider approving a JSA Architects’ fee of $129,400 to design construction documents to expand booking and intake at the ECLEC.

Griffis said the goal of the expansion would be to expedite the process for officers bringing arrestees in and get them back on the street in a shorter amount of time.

“I believe our plan will be to hire more civilian employees to take care of those booking and intake processes,” Griffis said.

Ector County Building Maintenance Director Charlie Pierce said the renovation would not impact other jail addition and renovation projects taking place, but would likely be one of the last items completed.

“The rest of jail can be finished and used while this is going on,” Pierce said.

The jail addition project includes adding a 60,000 square foot building at the ECLEC with 412 beds, bringing the total number of beds at the jail to 1,019. Construction began in February 2018 and the project is anticipated to be completed this October.

County commissioners previously approved an expansion to the jail to be paid for by a $25 million debt issuance and Pierce said the booking and intake area renovation utilizes that same funding.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERS WILL:

Consider approving a request for the Brown Creations Car Club in collaboration with the Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host the Low Riders Against Bullying Car Show on Aug. 17.Consider accepting the resignation of John Bell from the Emergency Communication District of Ector County board of directors and recommend Richard Pease from the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department to fill the unexpired term.Consider reappointing Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons to the Ector County Appraisal District board for a two-year term.Consider approving a request to return a K-9 back to the Albuquerque Police Department.Consider approving County Agent AG/NR Steve Paz to travel to Des Moines, Iowa with 4-H members and their projects for the 2019 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds from May 31 to June 8.Consider approving Transfer of Title - Unit No. 1070 Sheriff’s Office Vehicle -2016 Chevrolet Tahoe 4x2 Police SUV - VIN No. 1GNLCDEC7GR330231 -settlement of auto claim - Travelers Insurance.Take necessary action regarding the Ector County Law Enforcement Center - New Kitchen Items, approve a budget amendment from Jail Expansion Funds - Unreserved Fund Balance, 047-3310, to Jail Expansion Funds - Kitchen Supplies 047-420-5197 in the amount of $10,399.Take necessary action regarding the Coliseum Building - Glass Door Replacement Project; approve a budget amendment to Coliseum Capital Improvement Fund - Improvements and Construction, 043-860-5509, from Coliseum Bond Issuance Costs, 043-860-5809, in the amount of $5,815.Consider approving the following bid specification: 16th and Knox Intersection.Take necessary action on the extension of the Auctioneer Services On-Line.Consider extending the Depository Contract for two years or go out for new bids.Consider approving a proposal from Prosperity Bank with new rates for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.Take necessary action regarding the Renewal and Extension of Depository Contract and the Renewal and Extension of Collateral Agreement between Ector County and Prosperity Bank.Take necessary action regarding the Resolution Extending Depository Contract for Funds of Ector County, Texas.Consider approving a renewal contract with Thomson West for the Ector County Law Library.Consider approving the AIA Change Order No. 15 for the Jail Additions and Renovations Project.Take necessary action regarding a clarification letter for the Oberon Solar project from Ector County to grant access to all county roads and easements and confirm there are no rules or ordinances that would require the project to obtain zoning approval to construct and operate the project.Consider terminating the lease agreement between Gardendale in Action and Ector County.Consider approving contract with the Lumber Jaxs Baseball Team, allowing use and maintenance for the baseball diamond at the Gardendale Park but indemnifying and holding Ector County harmless against any losses and damages.Take necessary action regarding an engagement letter with Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company for the OPEB Valuation and GASB 75 Valuation Reports for fiscal years ending 2019 and 2020.Consider approving an application and resolution for the VCLG Grant No. 2020 - 00210 with the Office of the Attorney General for the District Attorney’s Office.Take necessary action to extend, until canceled by action of the Commissioners’ Court, the policy of payment of overtime for Patrol Deputies and Jailers after 86 hours, pursuant to the Temporary 207 (k) exemption granted by the Commissioners Court on June 11 and August 13, 2018.Take necessary action on the MHRC Submittal Checklist.Consider approving the Vacation Plat of Black Gold Addition being a Subdivision of 40.87 acres in Section 11, Block 44,T-2-S T&P RY. Co. Survey, Ector County, Texas.Consider approving a proposed line item transfer/budget amendment from 001-5-030-5307 Professional Services in the amount of $2,000 to 001-5-030-5393 Employment Advertising.Consider approving a budget amendment from 001-3310 General Fund in the amount of $4,000 to 001-5-310-5207 Subscriptions in the IT Department’s budget.Consider approving a budget amendment to Coliseum Fund, Insurance Proceeds, 041-4172 and to Coliseum Fund, Building Materials, 041-860-5241 for $5,454.Consider approving a budget amendment to General Fund, Non-Departmental Other, Professional Services, 001-950-5307 from Unreserved Fund Balance, 001-3310 in the amount of $38,500.Consider approving the Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for March 26, 2019, and review County financial statements and reports.