If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
Frio County commissioners instituted a burn ban and approved the purchase of a timekeeping system for the county jail, a move that finally brings the facility into Texas Commission on Jail Standards compliance.
The decisions were made during an emergency meeting on Monday, January 25.
The court entered into an agreement with Timekeeping System Inc. for the Guard1 System at a one-time cost of $13,362.60 for the equipment and at an annual cost of $4,500.
“This is the system required from the Sandra Bland Act that should have been installed in September of last year,” Frio County Jail Administrator John Meyer said. “We will be one hundred percent compliant when it is installed.”
TCJS adopted rules regarding the use of electronic sensors/cameras to ensure accurate and timely in-person checks of cells or groups of cells confining at-risk individuals adopted. The deadline for counties to be in compliance was September 1, 2020.
In other business, Commissioners approved the implementation of a countywide burn ban.
“I talked to Ray Kallio and he said we were over the threshold for renewing the burn ban,” Commissioner Richard Graf said.
The court also accepted a $178,425 grant for the Operation Stonegarden program for the sheriff’s department.
“It’s a federal grant that we’ve participated in before,” Frio County Sheriff Mike Morse said. “It’s a pretty good crime deterrent and also gives our deputies an opportunity to make a little extra money.”
Commissioner Jose Asuncion was the lone dissenting vote against the grant.
The court also approved the appointments of Linda Parsons and Weslee Meyers to seats on the Frio County Emergency Services District Board.
Commissioners also heard from local resident Reynaldo Trevino who urged the court to take action on remembering locals that have been lost to the COVID-19 virus.
“I think that we need to remember our lost citizens,” he said. “What I propose is a flag display. I would like to see a flag for every lost soul in Frio County. We need to remember what 2020 was for us and 2021 and possibly 2022.”
Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna said that it was his plan to bring an agenda item to the court for consideration at a future meeting.
Commissioners also lauded eight employees and officials for their years of service to the county and named Griselda Marquez as the Employee of the Quarter for December.