Nacogdoches County Commissioners on Wednesday approved an agreement with Etoile ISD to access electronic surveillance equipment installed on campuses.

The county in September approved a similar agreement with Chireno ISD, where the sheriff’s department and Precinct 4 constable have established a substation in the school gym building.

“I think everything in Precinct 4 has got one except Woden, so we need to visit with them,” Commissioner Elton Milstead said. “It’s a good tool.”

“What I can tell you is it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money,” County Judge Mike Perry said. “The IT department will do the installation and the equipment is there.”

Precinct 2 Commissioner

Commissioners took action Wednesday to formally accept the resignation of Precinct 2 Commissioner Jerry Stone, who left office early to move out of the county. To fill out the remaining two months of Stone’s term, Perry appointed Sandy McCorvey, who won Tuesday’s election for the seat.

“He was elected last night to that position, so he takes office anyway on Jan. 1,” Perry said.

Collections

Commissioners discussed but took no action on the county’s Collections Department, which as of August 2018 is longer required by the state for counties under 100,000 population.

Perry, who along with Milstead leaves office in January, put the item on the agenda for discussion, but said a decision should be up to a future court.

Out of the 13 counties in DETCOG, two — Angelina and Nacogdoches — have collections departments, Perry said, “because a law said if you’re over 50,000 population you had to have a collections department.”

A handful of county employees appeared Wednesday to encourage keeping the department, where the position of collections manager recently became vacant.

“If we don’t have that collections department, I think you would see a great reduction in revenue to the county and to the state,” District Clerk Loretta Cammack told commissioners.

After an executive session, commissioners authorized the HR department to offer the collections manager position to candidate Katie Crosswhite.

Other action

Also on Wednesday, commissioners:

• Approved multiple bookings at the Civic and Expo Center, including a Dec. 7 event for Elliott Electric Supply, Dec. 19 event for East Texas Community Health Services, Jan. 23 event for Paradigm Liaison Services, Evans United spring carnival on Feb. 28-March 3, Zerbini Family Circus on April 9-10, Small Farmers and Ranchers event June 7, Evans United Carnival Sept. 27-29 and G&S gun show Oct. 9-13.

• Acknowledged an award for Excellence in Financial Reporting the county received for fiscal year 2017.

• Contracted with Waxman and Associates for administrative services for the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program through the state Department of Agriculture.

• Approved a variance for a proposed subdivision plat on 24 acres in Precinct 4.

• Approved payment of invoices and acknowledged employee change forms.

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