County court handling jail, juvenile issues

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners heard welcome news at last week’s commissioners court meeting about the money its Juvenile Detention Center is bringing in each month by housing juvenile offenders from nearby counties.

“We took in about $7,000 (the previous) month on contracts,” said Juvenile Detention Center Director Brian Swick of April figures, “and then in May we took in about another $7,000 on contract detention, so the average is about seven. If we continue that, we’ll be well over the budgeted amount.”

On another issue, Swick asked the court about getting training in completing the required paperwork for employees using the Family and Maternal Leave Act. Passed in 1993, the FMLA requires employers to allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who have a newborn, newly adopted or foster child, or a sick family member.

“We had a training, and I believe a lot of the department heads were there, probably two to three months ago, and the lady was surprised to see that with as many employees as we had, that one place took care of all,” Swick told the court.
He said the woman did not explain how to complete the required forms and he was concerned about completing them correctly to ensure the employees are covered.

County Judge Daniel Burkeen, however, said the rules change so often it was more effective to simply get an advisor from the Texas Association of Counties to help complete the forms when the situation arises.

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