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  • City Council Meeting October 20, 2016
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  • Public Notice from Terry County District Clerk
    Public Notice The Terry County Commissioner’s Court will conduct a public hearing to consider a plan for the District Clerk’s Technology Fund, to fund, GC 51, subchapter D, for the preservation and restoration of the District Clerk’s records. The meeting will be help on September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Terry County Annex, Brownfield,Texas. District Court Technology Fund GC 51.305 GC 51.305 provides that the District Clerk of Terry County may collect a fee up to $10.00, with approval by the TerryCounty Commissioner’s Court, for filing in the District Civil Court of Terry County. This fund becomes effective with the fiscal budget for Terry County, January 1, 2017, at which time the District Clerk will continue collecting this fee. All monies collected will be placed in a line item  in the budget labeled District Court Technology Fund to be used for the restoration and preservation of records in the District Clerk’s Office.
  • Terry County Commissioners Make Additions to Jury Donations and Approve Elections Calendar
    When Terry County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday one of the items on the agenda was to make additions to their list of jury donations. Judge Wagner said he had someone ask if they could donate their $6 for being on jury duty to an organization that is not on the list. The current donation list includes CASA, Terry County Childrens Protective Services Board and Crime Victims Compensation Fund. The suggested additions were Senior Citizens Building and The Boys and Girls Club of Brownfield. All of the Commissioners approved the additions. Krystal Valentin presented the Commissioners with a list of potential election workers, along with her recommendation for Election Judges and workers. The Commissioners appoint precinct judges, alternate judges and central count for the upcoming November election. The Commissioners accepted her recommendations and unanimously approved all workers. Valentin also talked about the Election dates and hours. She has decided to extend early voting hours on the first Monday of early voting. Those hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The remainder of early voting hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year early voting will also be available from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 29. The one day with extended hours and a Saturday is due in part to give people a chance to vote outside of their working hours. Election day will be on Tuesday, November 8. The extended Election hours were approved. Other business items on the agenda included the Sheriff’s monthly report. The Commissioners also agreed to renew their contract with West Texas Centers to continue to allow them use of the office building. They voted to leave the TXDMV optional fees the same as they currently are. Also approved was the Soil Conservation application. All Commissioners were present.
  • City Council Discusses the Future of Raul Franco Softball Field
    During the regular session City Council Meeting on July 21 Council member, Sherrill Lindsey, asked about the Raul Franco Softball Field. Scott Jackson said the new BHS Softball Coach, Hector Limon, is wanting to start running a longer softball season for the BHS girls softball program, from January to October. Usually the season runs from January to April. The season extension will cause them to need the Raul Franco field until October. The problem with this is there are adult co-ed softball teams that use the facility during the summer months. The high school team puts up a temporary fence to meet the UIL rules for the field size and the fence would need to be taken down before the co-ed team uses the field. When the school is using the field they maintain the upkeep of the field so by extending their use of the facility they would also be responsible for mowing and watering through October. Brownfield ISD owns the bathrooms and concession stand building along with the score board. Jackson asked, “The question is whether or not the council wants to go ahead and let the school totally have Raul Franco field and maintain it or do you want to retain custody or retain responsibility to the city.” The question was raised how the co-ed league feels about losing the Raul Franco field and Jackson thought they would not care as long as the city still provides them with a field to play on. Jackson stressed that everyone including himself wants the school to have a successful softball program. The Mayor, Tom Hesse asked, “Now what about expanding one of the ball fields out there on the hill?” Jackson explained, “We can do that.” According to Jackson there has been talk between himself and Willie Herrera, Public Works Director, of expanding one of the softball fields on the hill to 300 hundred feet while doing field improvements. That would make it adult regulated. The field that is being looked at for the expansion is on the Northeast side, field number six. There is the option of putting up a temporary fence during the girls softball season so that the field is still usable. The city would completely relinquish their ownership to Raul Franco field if the school is willing to purchase the property. That is something that BISD would need to discuss.


  • Randy Neugebauer: Social Security Rates Rise Slightly for 2017

    October 25, 2016

    Social Security Rates Rise Slightly for 2017 The monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit for beneficiaries will rise by 0.3 percent for 2017. I understand many seniors who rely on Social Security would have liked to see a larger cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), particularly after no COLA was triggered last year. As Social Security recipients ...
  • City moves forward with Phase 1 of new Fire Station, funds coming out of Reserves

    October 21, 2016

    During the most recent City Council meeting on October 20th one of the big items on the agenda was to consider a professional services agreement between the City of Brownfield and Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc. for architectural and engineering services for the design and construction of the City of Brownfield Fire Department Facility. The council ...
  • City Council proceeds with final land purchase for Gillham Pond

    October 20, 2016

    During regular session of the City Council meeting on October 20 one of the first items on the agenda was to vote on buying 1.50 acres of land next to the Gillham Pond, East of the Turtle Hole. The land is currently owned by Lynn Harlan and he is asking $22,500. This piece of land, combined ...
  • Randy Neugebauer: Spotlight on the House Agriculture Committee

    October 19, 2016

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Structure Ruled Unconstitutional Lack of accountability for federal agencies is something of great concern for many Americans. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with me that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single, unelected agency director with broad authority and hardly any accountability, is unconstitutional. While I applaud ...
  • Board discusses whether it is better to replace or patch 40 year old leaky roof at High School

    October 19, 2016

    During regular session of the Brownfield ISD School Board Meeting on October 17, 2016 the meeting opened with the invocation and pledges. The first items on the agenda were the presentation of Student and Teacher of the Month for October. Colonial Heights Principal, Dana Ketchersid, presented both of these awards. Allison Gonzalez was announced as Student of ...
  • Landowners Reminded Licenses Required to Operate Hunting Leases

    October 14, 2016

    TX game warden
    Press Release from Aaron Sims Lubbock Regional Landowners Will Need Hunting Lease Licenses to Operate Lubbock and surrounding areas— As the fall hunting season comes into full swing, area landowners are reminded that they are required by state law to obtain a hunting lease license to operate their hunting leases. The owner of a hunting lease or ...
  • Randy Neugebauer: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 11, 2016

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month There is broad agreement that early detection is key when it comes to all forms of cancer. However, there can be different opinions about which screening practices are most effective, and women experience this with breast cancer screenings. Experts have various perspectives on the age that women should begin screenings, ...
  • Randy Neugebauer: Congress Continues Government Funding into December

    October 6, 2016

    Congress Continues Government Funding into December Last week, the House and Senate passed identical pieces of legislation to extend government funding at current levels through December 9. The short-term Continuing Resolution, or CR, keeps the federal government open for the new fiscal year, which began on October 1, while giving Congress additional time to make federal ...
  • LISTEN NOW: Dan Jackson and Representative Burrows on TownTalk Show

    October 5, 2016

    State Representative Dustin Burrows joined Dan Jackson for a special edition of the TownTalk Show. They talk about Ag issues, Rural Broadband Initiative, Pharmaceuticals and STAAR testing. Click the player to find out what Mr. Burrow’s stand is on these subjects and more.
  • Randy Neugebauer: South Plains Honor Flight Visit

    September 28, 2016

    South Plains Honor Flight Visit Today, I had the distinction of hosting the South Plains Honor Flight in our nation’s capital. My staff and I look forward to this particular visit all year. I enjoyed taking the Honor Flight group to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and escorting them through t he U.S. Capitol ...
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