Commissioners OK landscaping work by FFA
Students from the Frederickburg High School FFA organization will soon begin landscaping work on the Gillespie County Courthouse grounds following the Gillespie County Commissioners’ approval on Monday.
Patrick Padgett, Fredericksburg High School FFA advisor and ag science teacher, approached Commissioner Charles Olfers about students performing the beautification project.
The FFA received a grant to do the work and selected the courthouse as its location.
“They want to refurbish the northeast corner of the courthouse square and bring it back to life,” Olfers said.
The group of students will work with Facilities and Maintenance Supervisor John Sandstedt to complete the project. Sandstedt would then maintain the project after the area is completed.
“Are they are going to be plants that are going to bloom at various parts of the year or are they just green plants?” asked Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher.
Olfers stated that Asian jasmine, Spiderwort and azaleas were among the flowers selected, all of which will bloom annually.
County court at law
During the recent Texas Legislative session, a county court of law was passed and is expected to go into effect in October.
Senate Bill 891 creates additional courts at the request of the counties. According to State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, the bill will help reduce the strain on the court system in District 73, which includes Gillespie County.
Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill in the coming weeks.
“This is going to mean we are going to have some moving parts,” Stroeher said.
As a result, some county offices will be moved.
“I think we agreed that it is better to have a short-term solution even though it is not the best option in the long run,” Stroeher said.
“We talked about a lot of options during meetings and I think we have to consider all of the factors and we have come up with a temporary recommendation,” Commissioner Donnie Schuch said.
The elections administration department would be moved to basement of Annex 2.
“We have seen a train wreck in the courthouse during early voting and we want to get it moved out of here,” Stroeher said.
With the elections department in the other annex building, space would be made available for the new county court of law, a court coordinator and a conference room.
“I think there are maybe better options in the long term, but short term, this is the best option for the next three months,” Stroeher said.
While the governor has not officially signed the bill, once it is signed, it would go into effect Oct. 1, 2019 and someone would need to be in the position.
Commissioners approved the changes.
• Agreed to elect Jerrie Dooley on the Gillespie County Child Services Board. Dooley will fill the position held by Mary Jo Brooker who died in February. The term will expire in December 2020.
• Approved the purchase of a grill guard for the Precinct 1 Constable for $600.
• Held a public hearing and approved a request to revise a plat for a portion of Lots 6 and 7 in Harper Road Estates.
• The commissioners court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, June 24 at the Gillespie County Courthouse.