By Roxanne McKnight
Limestone County commissioners court, in a mixed vote, said it will not pay for some missing acetylene gas cylinders, which Mexia’s Matheson welding supply company says it leased to the county in 2013.
The problem is that the cylinders, which are used for welding projects, apparently went missing in 2013, but commissioners did not find out about it until much later. The initial project was for the county to have extra bunkbeds installed at the Limestone County Detention Center, the county-owned private prison, which had lost its federal contract to house inmates and whose last inmates were moved out in June 2013. Having more beds would have made the LCDC eligible to bid on new federal contracts.
The court initially approved paying an invoice of $4,751 at the Aug. 12, 2013, meeting to buy a welding machine.