COVID-19 Report

Emergency Management Coordinator Kirk Turner delivered the weekly COVID-19 report. Local virus numbers had dropped from the previous week, but trauma beds across the state are extremely limited. In Bosque County, 28 active cases were reported Monday. This was 15 less cases than the week beginning Sunday, August 18, but two additional fatalities were reported. Goodall-Witcher has shut down elective surgeries as of last week. The hospital received a ventilator through the state. Staff has requested two med-surgery nurses, and converted recovery beds into ICU-type beds. This is the third ventilator for Goodall-Witcher, and staff to operate the equipment and care for patients. Watch Bosque County Emergency Management and Goodall-Witcher Healthcare for weekly updates on COVID-19.

November 2 Election

The court approved the Bosque County Collection as a temporary voting location through October 15 and November 15.

Elections Administrator Crystal Denman noted the Special Election for November 2, 2021. The election will vote on proposed state law changes from the 87th Texas State Legislature. Commissioners approved the order of election. The court then approved election judges, which can viewed here. Polling locations for this election have been consolidated, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Water Truck Purchase

The court moved to the purchase of a 2010 International Water Truck for Road and Bridge. Commissioner Precinct 3 Larry Philipp said that the court had the option of continuing the Volvo Lease, but the regenerative exhaust system was repaired on the previously used vehicle. The court moved to purchase the 2010 Water Truck for use in Road and Bridge.

Courthouse Grant from TSHC, Other Business

Commissioners approved a quote from Leon’s Floor Covering from the Bosque County Extension Service office. The flooring will be replaced at the Texas A&M AgriLife building in Meridian. The court approved the quote, which includes scratch-proof and waterproof flooring.

The court approved moving forward on a Texas State Historical Commission Grant on the Bosque County Courthouse. Improvements would include a camera system and upgrade to the HVAC system. The application for the grant has not been submitted yet.

Commissioners clarified that there is no contract for a Health Authority as mentioned last week. It is the Certificate of Appointment only. The court moved to approved Certificate of Appointment for Health Authority Dr. Kevin J Blanton. The court moved forward with the intent to purchase 111 South Main Street upon receipt of an executed contract.