The Kingsland Slab RV Park was back on the agenda Monday, as Commissioners met on Feb. 27 for a regular meeting; Judge Wayne Brascom was absent for the first part of the meeting.
Owner Wayne Correll came before council once again, following the tabling of the issue at the last meeting.
At the last meeting, Correll was requesting variances for a proposed RV park at the Kingsland Slab. Those variances included allowing three RV spaces to be built 7 feet below the floodplain, allowing for 24 foot roadways instead of the required 28 foot roadways, and the allowance of a sewer transfer tank with sewage pump in the 100 year floodplain. After much disagreement at the last meeting, it was decided that the item would be tabled, allowing Correll to meet with Ron Moore, Director of Environmental and Emergency Services, Precinct 3 Commissioner Tommy Duncan, and his engineer, Brad Shaw, in order to try to come to a compromise.
With the issue once again before the Commissioners, Correll presented the Court with additional safety precautions that he would take to ensure that in the event of a flood, any campers within the floodplain would be able to be safely removed. According to Ron Moore, FEMA does not prohibit RV spaces from being in the floodplain, and by adding the precautions to his safety plan, Correll effectively meets FEMA’s minimum requirements.
In addition, Correll agreed to build his unpaved roads at the required 28 foot width, and it was established that the sewer transfer tank was allowed under FEMA rules.
Commissioners voted to remove the items from the agenda, sense it had been established that no variances were actually needed since Correll’s plans now meet FEMA requirements.
The Commissioners then approved Correll’s application to build the Kingsland Slab RV Camp at 7300 River Oaks Dr. in Kingsland.
Commissioners approved a variance request for Lighthouse Country Club, owned by Rick and Mercy Howe, which allowed them to maintain setbacks on plats in the subdivision as approved for the original owners in 2005. Setbacks for subdivisions currently call for a 25-foot setback from the road and 15-foot setbacks from property lines. When the subdivision was originally platted, setbacks were 15 and 10 feet.
Concerned that the uniformity of the subdivision would be jeopardized if new builders are required to build at current setbacks instead of the setbacks established in 2005.
Annette Moresco’s resignation from the Emergency Services District #2 Board of Directors was accepted, and Michael Hays was appointed to replace her.
Racial Profiling reports were accepted from all departments required to submit them, and Commissioners received a report on an outside audit for the ESD #1.
Johnnie Heck proposed that Commissioners considered making county road signs more visible to drivers.
Following the regular meeting, Commissioners went into executive session in order to consult with its attorneys regarding oil and gas leases on school land in Tom Green County. When the Court resumed their regular meeting, they approved authorizing Judge Brascom to seek competitive bids for the leases, and for Commissioner Heck to continue working with lawyers regarding the specificity of the lease.
The last item on the agenda discussed by Commissioners was whether or not to pay an invoice submitted by Cher-Tex Communication for the installation of a camera security system at each site of the Tri-County Tower Project.
The work, done in December of 2011, was not authorized, nor was a purchase order obtained prior to the installation, which is procedure.
Commissioners originally voted to not pay the invoice at their Jan. 25 meeting, citing failure of the contractor to follow procedures set forth by the county.
The matter was taken to Cheryll Mabray, County Attorney, who rendered her opinion, which was that it was up to the Commissioners to decide.
State law prohibits payment on invoices for parts without a proper purchase order, however, it does not prohibit payment for service lacking a purchase order.
While the state does not prohibit such payments, county purchase order rules do.
Mabray told the court that if they choose to pay the invoice without the contractor having followed proper procedure, then they would be setting a precedent.
Commissioner Tommy Duncan made a motion to table the matter so that Bode Barker, owner of Cher-Tex could attend the next meeting and answer questions the Court has regarding the matter.
Commissioner Jerry Don Moss voted against tabling the matter, citing his concerns that nobody had told Barker to perform the work, and the matter had already been voted against in a previous meeting.
Judge Brascom did tell the court that precautions had been taken to prevent entry onto work sites without authorization, including the changing of gate codes and a new dispatch procedure.