County to keep close eye on jail

In an effort to ease progress on the Gillespie County Jail project, Commissioner Curtis Cameron has been authorized to make project change decisions on behalf of the county.

Cameron will be backed in the responsibility by Commissioner Donnie Schuch, as alternate, after both were approved for the task by their fellow elected county officials meeting in regular session on Monday, Oct. 14, at the courthouse.

Both Cameron and Schuch will be limited to construction contract decisions not to exceed $25,000 and soft costs not to exceed $10,000, per the recommendation of the jail’s project manager, Gloria Barrera, of Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Decisions deemed more costly than those limits will be brought before the entire commissioners’ court for a determination.

“We’re trying to keep moving on this project because time is money,” Barrera said.

“Our goal in this is to never spend money we don’t have and make sure we always know how much money we have,” Barrera said.

“I think it’s a good idea, for when you run into something unforeseen, then you can get back to things in a couple of hours rather than posting a 72-hour notice and scheduling a meeting,” said Commissioner Calvin Ransleben, in seconding Commissioner Billy Roeder’s motion.

In other business Monday, commissioners approved the 2013 tax roll levy, as reported by Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer, as a total of $10,880,084.75.

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