Commissioners tackle jail, fencing on Tuesday

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County commissioners are expected to continue making decisions about changes at the Limestone County Detention Center at Tuesday’s meeting. The regular, second meeting of May is scheduled for Tuesday since Monday is Memorial Day and county offices will be closed.
Friday’s specially called meeting of commissioners court began the process as sealed bids from potential prison management companies were opened and discussed. The same agenda items for Friday’s meeting are repeated for Tuesday’s meeting:
• Hear a report either from an attorney or County Judge Daniel Burkeen on the operation and management of the facility and the bids received.
• Authorizing current LCDC operator Community Education Centers to continue management until June 28, which is expected to smooth transition to a new company.
• Discuss the qualifications of the companies bidding to become the new LCDC operator.
• Awarding the contract to one of the companies.
Another item commissioners plan to deal with at Monday’s meeting is a proposal by Ed Schwille, from the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation District, to provide fencing for watershed structures. The structures are located throughout the county, and from time to time Schwille has told the court that landowners, who are supposed to leave them undisturbed, have interfered with them, usually through ignorance or misunderstanding. Fencing them could be a way to prevent this.