Welcome Everyone

This is where you can learn more about me, what I am saying, what I'm thinking and what I'm doing. I will update my blog regularly and will always be available to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have about our precinct and our community as a whole. You can email me at eligiomm@att.net or you can reach me by cell 325.340.0937 Thank you for visiting and please leave your comments below the posts.



Monday, July 15, 2013

In Care Of Ozona Meeting

****ATTENTION**** A meeting for the ''In Care of Ozona'' foundation is scheduled for July 26 @ 6pm at the Crockett Room next to ONB. It is open to the public and anyone who is interested in helping raise money for the foundation or willing to serve on a committee, please attend the meeting. All funds raised will remain in Ozona and be used to benefit residents of Ozona. We will present, discuss criteria and have Q&A. FMI please contact Eligio Martinez @ 325.340.0937.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Contacting Your Local Officials

An issue concerning our county parks was brought to my attention via Facebook recently and it's something I'd like to comment about in today's blog. I have to say that I meet with many people who have had concerns about county issues, although, most are not about Precinct 4. They are often issues involving a different precinct or most of the time, they just need to vent. I welcome every issue and complaint that comes my way and my door is always open. I say this often and repeatedly. My constituents have always contacted me and I thank them for doing so.

One thing I have learned over my years representing Precinct 4 is that most people aren't comfortable with calling their own commissioners or don't know what they should do when they have a concern. This should not happen. The county judge and county commissioner's are always open to suggestions. We have an open meeting every second Monday of the month where ANYONE can come and talk to us. Judge Deaton will accommodate them and their work schedule if need be. Our monthly agenda has an item on it for public comments. We cannot discuss or vote on anything presented to us during public comments but any literature or recommendations can be delivered at this time.

We are here for the people of Crockett County but if we do not know what your concern is, how can we help you? Finding out about a concern via Facebook, Twitter or any other social media is really not the way to express your concern when we are readily available through those same social media outlets. Our phone numbers and addresses are printed in The Ozona Stockman and I am at the local radio station 917 Sheffield Road on Mon-Fri available 10am-5pm.

You can also request a copy of our monthly meeting minutes from the County Clerk to keep updated, buy the Ozona Stockman, or my best suggestion-Attend the meetings! They are open to the public. No one there will make you feel uncomfortable nor will they not welcome you.

So, please, come by and let us know what we should be paying attention to. We depend on your eyes, ears and voice. You are welcomed to sit with us while we discuss and debate. Some have already done this and get a lot more out of it than they do by hearsay or other through rumors.

Please let us know first and then we will work with you to get it done. Thank you.

Peace.

Monday, June 3, 2013

In Care of Ozona Foundation

I love my job! It's everything I imagined it to be and more. I've got 16 hours of continued education to fulfill at the Southwest Commissioners Conference next week in Corpus Christi. I leave Sunday June 9 but will return on the 14th. If you have something for me, please let me know this week. So with that said, let me fill you in on this:


I'm ready to tell you all about something that I have been working on. My plan is to start a local charity foundation called ''In Care of Ozona''. The foundation will focus on helping our local residents with gas cards and hotel expenses due to medical conditions. I have spoken to several people already who have agreed to serve on a board and work out all the details and criteria. If this is something you'd like to take part in, please let me know by messaging me or calling me at 325.340.0937.

The only way I know how to kick this foundation off is through music. I want to have a stage each year for our local musicians. I want to inspire our youth to pick up an instrument or a microphone and allow them to share their talents with the community. We may also discover that local talent no one ever hears. I want to begin the day with our local church choirs. Send me your suggestions, please! This won't be a contest or talent show. It'll be great entertainment for a good cause- ''In Care of Ozona''. I have scheduled the date for October 19th at the Convention Center. 

The goal is to raise $25,000.00. Anyone can contribute however they wish. I will not turn down anyone who wants to help raise money for our local residents. It would be awesome to see the whole town participate in some way. Keep in mind that the money you raise will stay in Ozona so please, let me know how you'd like to participate!

I hope that we can come together and make this happen. We are all aware of the travel expenses that come with having certain medical conditions. Together, we can help make a difference. I'm asking you to show your support and God willing, we'll begin a local charity where you or your family member can one day benefit from.

I am working on a schedule for bands or soloists to perform and I will be performing as well. I have former Ozona residents coming out to play with me from the Austin and Dallas areas in their support for the foundation. I have to thank them for their loyalty to their hometown. I will keep you updated and will set up meeting soon open to the public. 

Any suggestions? Please let me know. 

Peace.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Project ''Emergency Access''

It is not the official name of the project I have been working on but it is its purpose. It is one of the most challenging projects I've worked on besides the livestock issue in residential areas of our county. But it is, without a doubt, one of the most necessary projects that I feel needs to be implemented. I have had some questions about it so, I decided to fill you in today.

For a few years now, I have expressed my concern for an emergency exit for the residents living in the Chandler-Dale-West Addition. At the time, my goal was to build a bridge on Pecan Street. I was looking into state and federal funding for this project and always felt that the financial responsibility should be shared with both the state and federal government. This, however, turned out not to be the case because they have maintained that they do not have sufficient funds to help with such projects in rural areas.

With that understood, I made the necessary steps to kick-off the project anyway. I visited with the landowners in 2012 and made it a point to regain a professional relationship with the local, area and district managers from TxDOT. (I have to say that every phone call and meeting I had with them before I invited them to come to commissioners court, was a positive one.) Since then, the landowners and TxDOT have met with us in commissioners court in a couple of open public meetings including an open public workshop. TxDOT managers have presented us with 3 different plans and cost of plans for an emergency exit off of Interstate 10 and I have a copy those plans if anyone would like to see them.

The plans do not include a bridge on Pecan Street (I have scrapped that idea). The one I find attractive is an off-and-on ramp that will come off of I-10 and will meet with Rio Grande Street.  Because we have not announced a detailed meeting about the cost of the project ($350,000.00 plus) as of yet, I will not go into that part of it here but I can tell you that from my perspective, the project looks to be a serious possibility.

My only concern on the matter is how to evacuate the area in case of a disaster. At the present, the residents living in that part of town are trapped when the draw fills during and after a hard rain. I only have a temporary emergency exit in place and it actually wasn't placed where I wanted it so it's really useless. Emergency personnel will have to cut down a fence to get people out and drive their fire trucks and ambulances into the area with the fear of getting stuck in the mud. We can't have this kind of danger looming in our community any longer.

That we have emergency access to Interstate 10 in case of a disaster for the safety of our residents is crucial. I have been pro-active about this problem from day-one and I have voiced my opinion about this issue many times. I am proud to have the help and support of everyone from the landowners, commissioners court,  Judge Deaton, TxDOT and you. Any question you may have, I am always available. Call me or come by the radio station after 1pm and let's talk about it.

Our next commissioners meeting will be on February 11, 2013. I will post the agenda on Facebook. Please attend the meeting if you feel the need to. It is always open to public comments. Thank you!

Peace.  





Sunday, November 18, 2012

November Update

November is here and so is the cooler weather. Around this time, county projects shift gears. While we didn't have enough time to get all of the paving done in Precinct 4 this summer, we will continue with those next summer. However, I did want to catch everyone up to speed on what I have planned and budgeted for this year and for 2013:

1. I-10 Park restrooms- Yes, I have been asked this question a lot and I have budgeted for it this year. Right now, there are restrooms being built at the baseball field north of town. If you've ever attended a baseball game or a tournament there, you will know that the existing restroom behind the press-box allows for only a single occupant at a time. We will have restrooms at I-10 Park ASAP along with a few other things. More later on this.

2. Paving- The road department continues to maintain roads in and outside of town. Call the road department if you need any work done on your roads or cattle guards. Quail Run, Man O' War and the rest of Chandler-Dale West are still on my list.

3. Livestock in residential areas- We will be advertising and hiring an animal control officer in 2013 whom I wish to give the health officer powers to. Animal Control will have the authority to write citations and require that people with livestock clean or be fined. I will need approval for this from Commissioner's Court. I have asked that this be a part of the job description.

4.  Access road on Chandler-Dale West- This one has been tough but the idea is to have an access road paralleled to I-10. The road covers about 1.5 miles from the west end of town to 15th street. We are currently working with TXDOT on this project but it's going to take a few workshops during the next few months. It will not be easy nor inexpensive.

5. Christmas decorations- I have to thank the road department, Margaret Longoria and J.P. Evelyn Lozano for taking the time to do this project. I have asked for decorations to be installed on the light poles for the businesses along South Highway 163 this year. Also, to Armando Arredondo for installing the necessary electric boxes. This part of town will finally be lit up for Christmas and the triangle park will have a very nice Nativity Scene.

Other things on my list include a cover for the playground area at I-10 Park like the ones at the OES, continued clean-up of lots and abandoned buildings, resurfacing or V-shaping Man O' War St. to stop the flooding to residents homes and we are making safety improvements around the elementary school. Traffic is crazy there.

I also should mention that I have been asked about the Spinning Star wind farm project west of town. Last I heard, the company was in negotiations with private landowners. I did, however, make a local contact to find out if Spinning Star has reached out to their son who was interested in an internship with the company. A requirement in our contract with Spinning Star is that they must consider hiring locally before hiring out-of-town. An internship is a part of the wind farm technology college courses and should, in my opinion, lead to full-time employment.

On a personal note: My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a couple of months ago and has had her 2nd chemo treatment in San Angelo. She is living here in Ozona with my sister and doing surprisingly well. Thank you all for your prayers and keep them coming! She will have one more treatment on the 26th and then we will know, after the results go in, if she can have her surgery in Dallas to remove the cancer. We have never dealt with this in our family before so for us it's one day at a time. Thank you all for being there for us!

OK, I think this just about covers it for now. I'm sure I left some things out but if you have any questions just add a comment so I know you all are reading me. Please direct anyone you would like to my blog. Thank you!

Peace.





Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Austin Bound

I apologize for not blogging in a couple of months but I will touch on a few issues briefly before I go- But first of all, this is it! I am headed to Austin, Tx. to the Pre-Legislative Conference where on Thursday I will finally have a chance to bring up the livestock issue in Crockett County. I need your prayers and well-wishes so that I may make a great presentation and wish me a safe trip too. I'll be back Friday for the Ozona Lions first football game broadcast.

I will be meeting with Ender Reed from TAC in Austin. I have already sent him your Facebook comments and an article that was published in The Ozona Stockman. I also have Google Earth satellite photos and pictures. I am hoping that I can bring our concerns to light so that we can move towards a clean and safe environment for everyone. I will be prepared.

On other issues: Remember that there is always 2 sides to every story. I am always available to answer any questions you may have concerning our county budget process or appointments that commissioners may have to make. It is not easy to make decisions concerning our budget but I have to say that I am sometimes bewildered by the reaction of some of our residents who express outrage at particular moments yet have been in approval of controversial decisions which have had much more impact on our county employees and the community as a whole. It really is something.

Paving: My projects were put on hold until September. I'm hoping that my projects will be completed but I can't promise anything with the weather changing. The alleys at Chandler-Dale West and Quail Run are on my list and out-of-town county roads are being bladed. I am still working on drainage improvements in and around Precinct 4 and you know what I'm doing as far as the livestock goes.

Projects and Plans: More improvements to I-10 Park including bathrooms and a ''shade tent'' over the playground area like the Elementary School has. Abatement's will continue and I am waiting on a report from our Fire Marshall about fire hazards including abandoned homes and buildings. I am also keeping an eye on Spinning Star making sure that they engage our youth for opportunities and careers in wind farm technology.

In the meantime, let's pray for rain!


Peace.





Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 2012 Update

It's that time of year when we at Commissioner's Court turn in our paving projects to the Road Department and get them underway during the hottest days of the summer. For us in Precinct 4, you may have already noticed the cleaning of alley's in the Chandler-Dale West Addition. We did all of the alley's in the neighborhoods west of Hwy. 163 to the draw last year so this year I'm concentrating on this area.

Out of town paving and blading will also be taken care of as the guys head out there later in the summer months. Quail Run residents should expect their roads to be paved, stop signs installed if Dig Test allows, and a drainage problem to be fixed. Commissioner's Court has approved to receive assistance for county road repairs from oilfield companies so that is a definite plus!

The plan next year is to pave the roads that need it the most first. We'll start from Hwy 163 to the draw next year then follow up the next year with the Chandler-Dale West Addition and rotate yearly between alley's and roads. This applies to the country roads as well. I have a Road Supervisor who travels those roads often so that's also a big plus. That's where we are as far as paving goes.

We are hiring part-time help so please be patient if your alleys aren't up to par just yet but we have a lot of work and the guys try to get to as much as possible. The draws are getting into shape too and I've asked for some of the banks to be cleared of mesquite behind and across the draw from Franks' Fuel bay. Mosquito's are bad this time of year.

(BTW, plans are underway to build bathrooms for I-10 park and working on a couple of easements with the school to help with drainage problems.)

I mentioned my meetings with TxDOT about an emergency-only exit and access to I-10 from the Chandler-Dale West Addition and my plan has been approved in Commissioner's Court but I'm waiting for a response from TxDOT as of today. So far, it is a positive response but we need final approval and careful planning. I have communicated with our Disaster Plan Coordinator, EMS, Road Supervisors, Commissioners, TxDOT and Fire Marshall so far. Next, of course, will be DPS and our Sheriff's office. Best thing about this plan, instead of building a very expensive bridge, is that it will cost county tax payers nothing except a very strong and durable lock gate. (My goal is to have TxDOT give us an access road over there but shhhhhhh....one step at a time...) I'll follow up ASAP.

Our Fire Marshall and I drove around today and looked at abandoned buildings and hazardous homes. We are working together on this and we will bring these problems to the attention of Commissioner's Court. We'll also ask our County Attorney to mail letters to the owners of the buildings and homes. Letters of Abatement will continue to be mailed out. Properties must be cleaned up and tall grass and weeds should be cut.

I'm gearing up for the Pre-Legislative meeting at Austin in August. For those that don't know what that is exactly, it's where our Texas "law makers" meet to ask county commissioners what matters they should pay attention to happening in their counties. Then they play golf.
In my case, it's the livestock issue. It's going to be a tough sale but I'm also writing a Letter to the Editor of our County Commissioner's paper ''County News" to grab attention before the August meeting. Even if I have to raise my voice in our Austin capitol floor for 3 minutes in that noisy atmosphere, I'll do it! Whatever it takes.

I don't want to make this too long so I'll end it with this- I am honored to be serving you as your commissioner. Do not mistake my radio personality with my job as a public official. I know what is happening in and around my precinct (I called in the broken rail over at the culvert by Franks Fuel) and if it has not been brought to my attention then please do. Whether it is a simple suggestion or a huge concern, this is what you pay me for.

This and much more happening in Crockett County,

Peace.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Commissioner's Court Agenda

Hello everyone. Been busy working on many projects including lining up our road department for our summer paving projects and such. We've also had some problems with mosquito's but sprayed as soon as I heard about it. As you will see on the agenda for tomorrow, I have been communicating with TxDOT about an emergency exit for the people living in Chandler-Dale West.

If you all remember, I wanted to build a bridge on Pecan Street but TxDOT suggested an alternative because any structure built in the draw would disturb the water flow through Gurley Draw-something engineers would frown upon. Engineers would make sure whatever I wanted to build there would be done right which means very expensive.

However, I have been communicating with TxDOT about reasonable access to I-10 in case of an emergency and I will talk about it more tomorrow. It would include building an emergency gate by the county. I have already talked it over with our Road Supervisors, Disaster Plan Coordinator and TxDOT.

Here is tomorrow's agenda:




MEETING OF

CROCKETT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT

JUNE 11, 2012 9:00 A.M.

    1. CROCKETT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX- COURTROOM 909 AVE. D, OZONA, TEXAS
  1. AGENDA FOR THE REGULAR MEETING


1. Call to order

2. Invocation

3. Read minutes from previous meeting(s)

4. Examination of accounts for approval and direct payment of those approved

a. Treasurer’s report

b. Auditor’s report

5. Department Head Reports

a. Road Department

1. Discussion and action on purchasing new street sweeper

2. Discussion and action on renovation of Probation Office at Courthouse

3. Discussion and action on drainage easement with school at Community Center

4. Discussion and action on closing of alley between Iris Lane and Ridgecrest

5. Discussion and action on drainage easement in alley between Iris Lane and Ridgecrest

6. Discussion and action on roads and parks work completed and anticipated

b. Sheriff’s Department Report

1. Animal Control Report

c. Constable Report

d. Civic Center Report

e. Care Center Health & Emergency Services Report

f. Helping Hands Report

g. Library Report

h. Fire Department Report

i. Tax Office Report

1. Approve Jody Upham to draft Interlocal Governmental Contract between the Crockett County Appraisal District and Crockett County

j. Extension Office Report

k. Fair Park Convention Center Report

l. Senior Center Report

m. Historical Society Report

n. Historical Commission Report

o. Airport Report

p. Child Welfare Report

q. Shooting Sports Complex Report

r. Chamber of Commerce Report

6. Discussion and action on countywide burn ban

7. Discussion and action on Courthouse Annex vault addition

8. Discussion and action on emergency exit on Chandlerdale West

9. Discussion and action on animal impoundment

10. Discussion and action on livestock in residential areas

11. Discussion and action on alleys on Block E of Conklin Addition

12. Discussion and action on removal of debris on county alley right-of- way off of Cima Street

13. Discussion and action on resolution for County Road Repair Program

14. Discussion and action on paying half of attorney fees for research on relationship between the county and the school district

15. Discussion and action on purchasing copier for the Clerk’s Office

16. Discussion and action on purchasing laptop for the Commissioners Courtroom

17. Discussion and action on installing a light on existing pole between 302 and 305 Ave G

18. Discussion and action on 4th of July celebration at town Square on Saturday, June 30

19. Discussion and action on regulating the sale of fireworks in Crockett County

20. Discussion and action on 4th of July fireworks show on July 4, 2012

21. Budget Workshop

22. Open forum/ public comments

23. Discussion of non-agenda items for the purpose of placing them on the next agenda

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Agenda for Conference

83rd ANNUAL

West Texas County Judges’ and Commissioners’

Association Conference

April 24
27, 2012 – Odessa, Texas

Monday Afternoon, April 23

3:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 24

10:00 a.m. Exhibitors Set Up

1:00 p.m. Exhibits Open

1:00 p.m. Registration Opens

2:00 p.m. Committee Meetings

3:30 p.m. Board Meeting

4:30
6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Appreciation Reception

6:30 p.m. BBQ and Dance

Wednesday, April 25

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Continues

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits Open

Opening General Session

8:00 a.m. Call to Order, Welcome, Greetings

8:40 a.m. Keynote Address: 4.021 Strategic Planning: Long term Interlocal Agreements

9:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:00 a.m. 3.009 Juvenile Justice System: TJJD Update

10:50 a.m. Building Resilient Communities through Technology & Solutions Sharing

11:40 a.m. Adjourn

11:50 a.m. Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Meeting

12:00 noon Deli Lunch

12:00 noon Past President’s Luncheon (by invitation)

Judicial Training for County Judges

1:20 p.m. Call to Order and Announcements

1:20 p.m. Pro Se Litigants

2:20 p.m. Moderated Discussion on Judicial Topic

2:40 p.m. Mandatory and Discretionary Provisions for Criminal Plea Forms

3:40 p.m. Moderated Discussion on Judicial Topic

4:00 p.m.
Break

4:10 p.m.
Potpourri (Pauper burials, Appeals from DPS license denialminors, Court orders

regarding lost car titles, Judicial readiness in times of emergency)

5:10 p.m. Moderated Discussion on Judicial Topic

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

Commissioners Court Training

1:20 p.m. Animal Control Issues

2:10 p.m. 3.002 Commissions & Committees: Texas Facilities Commission

Updated 3/1/2012

3:00 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:20 p.m. Community Wildfire Protection Plan: Texas Forest Service

4:10 p.m. Water Trends

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, April 25

6:30 p.m. Host Court Night

Thursday, April 26

6:45 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. Registration Continues

Concurrent Workshops

8:30 a.m. 4.007 Basic Taxation: Overview of All County Tax Possibilities

2.001 County Judge

9:30 a.m. 2.010 Justice of the Peace

3.007 Civil Rights Issues: Hostile Work Environment

General Session

10:20 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:40 a.m. Business Session

11:00 a.m. Exhibits Close

12:00 noon Tournaments: Golf, Domino, Skeet & Pool

6:30 p.m. President’s Reception

7:00 p.m. Installation Banquet

Friday Morning, April 27

8:00 a.m.
Complimentary Coffee

Closing General Session

8:30 a.m. 4.019 Voting Machines & Other Election Requirements

9:20 a.m. New Technology & Open Meetings Reminders

10:10 a.m. Legislative Panels

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

11:30 a.m. Board Meeting

Those attending all sessions of this conference to receive twelve (12) hours of continuing education credit,

six (6) of which may count towards Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum. County Judges may receive

up to four (4) hours of judicial credit.

Judicial sessions are coordinated by the Texas Association of Counties; all other sessions are coordinated by

the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and The

Texas A&M University System. Continuing education credit will be awarded by the Texas AgriLife Extension

Service.

This agenda is a draft and is subject to change.

Monday, April 9, 2012

At-will Employment

It is already a matter of public record and you, Precinct 4, will read in The Ozona Stockman that I voted against the hiring of the new interim administrator for the Crockett County Care Center. I have been asked by you as to why I voted this way and I thought that I should blog about it and at the same time, fill you in on Texas law concerning hiring practices.

My concern is this. I learned today that the Health and Emergencies Services board (Most know it as the Hospital Board) had approved of the hiring of an interim administrator just last Thursday. Today, I learned that the person has already relocated to Crockett County and will begin work tomorrow morning on April 10, 2012. All of this has happened before today's vote from Commissioner's Court.

In all seriousness, to me, this sounds like a decision to hire was made outside of Commissioners Court. From what I learned today, the board had guaranteed employment (on a trial basis) to an individual before Commissioner's Court had a chance to vote. Why else would someone relocate to Crockett County and begin working the day after Commissioners Court unless they had a guarantee of employment or a guarantee of approval from Commissioners?- This is not how the state of Texas protects employers.

The state of Texas practices the at-will doctrine. It allows either an employee or an employer to terminate the employment at any time, for any reason, as long as the reason is not a legally protected one. Simply put- You cannot GUARANTEE employment to anyone!

Read more: Texas At-Will Employment Laws | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6073654_texas-at_will-employment-laws.html#ixzz1ravWtqho

My understanding is that Commissioner's Court is the only authority in the hiring process and even then, we cannot ''guarantee'' anyone employment for any amount of time. In this case, I believe that we have a non-elected, non-authorized board entering into an agreement of employment before a vote and/or approval by Commissioners Court. Given that it is on a 90-day trial, everything I learned today says that the decision was made before Commissioners Court had a chance to vote.

Not one board member was present today at Commissioners Court nor did they enter any material to today's meeting. No recommendations, no referrals, no qualifications, no joint-meeting, no nothing.  Yet, an interim administrator begins his employment tomorrow on a vote of 3-1.

All during the process, I was led to believe that the board would only recommend someone to us and that we would have the chance to meet and ask any questions that we may have before we voted on hiring an interim administrator.  We, Precinct 4, were not given that opportunity. Should I have voted for, I would not have any information regarding the new interim administrator to offer you.

An administrator is very much needed for the Care Center. I am fully aware of this. But the hiring process should be done correctly in order to protect Crockett County from any liability. If next time this is done correctly, I will vote for but at this time, I believe that it is in our best interest to remain as such.

So, any questions you all may have concerning our new interim administrator are just as good as my own because I, Commissioner of Precinct 4, don't even know.

This is the reason I voted against.

Peace.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Letter To The Editor

Published in The Ozona Stockman:


Dear Editor,

I am writing to inform everyone, most especially my constituents in Precinct 4, of my efforts to rid of public nuisances in residential areas of Crockett County. I have received many complaints from residents all around town and several in the past 2 weeks which has prompted me to write this letter. I am hoping to clear some things up and to make sure that what I am working towards is not misunderstood or misinterpreted.

The issue is not so much about keeping livestock in residential areas of Crockett County. The real issue is whether or not the livestock is creating a public nuisance. This is what I keep referring to:

TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE- ABATEMENT OF PUBLIC NUISANCES Sec. 343.011 SUBCHAPTER B. PUBLIC NUISANCE PROHIBITED:

(a) This section applies only to the unincorporated area of a county.
(b) A person may not cause, permit, or allow a public nuisance under this section.
(c) A public nuisance is:
(3.) maintaining premises in a manner that creates an unsanitary condition likely to attract or harbor mosquitoes, rodents, vermin, or disease-carrying pests.''

When residents complain about how their lives and health are affected by the unbearable odor it is pretty obvious to me that livestock which defecate and urinate on the property next door to them are ''likely to attract or harbor mosquitoes, rodents, vermin, or disease-carrying pests'' as well. Not only does it ''create an unsanitary condition'' on the property in which the livestock are kept but when it rains, the manure and urine flows directly into the property next door. All of this, I believe, is a public nuisance.

Unfortunately, I am held up in my efforts to cure this problem. I say that the livestock are what is creating the nuisance, therefore, by removing the livestock is removing the nuisance. Right? So far, the answer in Commissioner's Court has not been in my favor. One alternative is that residents can pull together and file a lawsuit for any damages they feel they have suffered. The other alternative is that I can request from our County Attorney to send letters of abatement so that property owners clean up or, if they ignore the letters, the county can clean and we can tag the cost onto their property taxes. I have done this and will pursue it.

But is that to ''abate'' the nuisance as defined in the code?

Sec. 343.002. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1) "Abate" means to eliminate or remedy

Commissioners Court determines what a public nuisance is case-by-case and also decides how to ''eliminate or remedy'' other public nuisances under the same code. I believe that in a case where livestock has created a 24/7 nuisance for anyone living in the same area, it must be remedied by removing the livestock and the ''unsanitary condition'' with its foul odor will be eliminated by cleanup. Cleanup alone will not ''remedy'' anything.

Letters of complaints have been read out loud in Commissioner's Court. Children cannot enjoy a birthday party in their own yards or enjoy a good meal at home. Young people and the elderly who suffer from asthma and other chronic conditions say their health problems are multiplied by the foul odor. Families cannot BBQ outdoors, enjoy a day in the sun or even open their windows on a cool day to let their homes ''breathe''. Meanwhile, the owners of the livestock live peacefully in the comfort of their own homes across town and have proven to be inconsiderate of those who don't.

I'll be clear. I do not want to make ''city ordinances'', ''zoning laws'' or ''make new laws'' or ''not allow horses and goats in town''. The point I have been trying to make in Commissioner's Court and to our community is what I believe a public nuisance is and what it includes- If what we do or have in our homes or on our properties (including property where livestock continuously defecate and urinate) violates another persons homes, properties, lives or well-being, then, we are creating a public nuisance and the cause must be eliminated or remedied.

To help further my efforts, I will be attending Commissioners Conferences and Pre-Legislation Conferences this year and will bring up this issue at the state level. Our county representative from the Texas Association of Counties has offered to help me toward introducing round-table discussions with other commissioners at these conferences. I will also create a network of commissioners so that together we can help everyone who suffers from this type of nuisance. I will continue to address it and have done so, at any given opportunity.


Adamantly,


Eligio M. Martinez
Crockett County Commissioner of Precinct 4
P.O. Box 1464
Ozona Texas, 76943
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

MEETING OF CROCKETT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT
MARCH 12, 2012 9:00 A.M.
CROCKETT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX- COURTROOM
909 AVE. D, OZONA, TEXAS

AGENDA FOR THE REGULAR MEETING

Call to order
Invocation
Read
minutes from previous meeting(s)
Examination
of accounts for approval and direct payment of those approved

a. Treasurer’s report
b. Auditor’s report

Department Head Reports
a. Road Department

1. Discussion and action on installing light poles and lights at the corner of 14th
Street at collection center

2. Discussion and action on cleanup in alley on Cima Street in Precinct 1 to allow access to
property

3. Discussion and action on survey of South fence at cemetery

4. Discussion and action on road change at cemetary

5. Discussion and action on roads and parks work completed and anticipated

b. Sheriff’s Department Report
1. Animal Control Report
c. Constable Report
d. Civic Center Report
e. Care Center Health & Emergency Services Report

1. Discussion and action on hiring new Care Center Administrator

2. Discussion and action on appointing 2 new board members to Care Center Health and
Emergency Services Board

f. Helping Hands Report
g. Library Report
h. Fire Department Report

1. Discussion and action on addition of new bay at fire dept., station #2

i. Tax Office Report
j. Extension Office Report
k. Fair Park Convention Center Report
l. Senior Center Report
m. Historical Society Report
n. Historical Commission Report
o. Airport Report
p. Child Welfare Report
q. Shooting Sports Complex Report
r. Chamber of Commerce Report

6. Discussion and action on countywide burn ban

7. Discussion and action on Summer Jam Benefit for I-10 Park to install a flagpole and flag

8. Discussion and action on proclamation for Knights of Columbus Founders’ Day on March 29

9. Open and award bids for paving rock

10. Discussion and action on Courthouse Annex vault addition

11. Discussion and action on line item changes for Courthouse Annex vault addition

12. Discussion and action on pipeline application with Forest Oil Corporation

13. Discussion and action on pipeline application with Lone Star NGL Pipeline

14. Discussion and action on easement for abandoned street adjoining Lot 13, Perez Addition,
town of Ozona, Crockett County, Texas

15. Discussion and action on animal impoundment

16. Discussion and action on purchase of property for animal impoundment – 262.024 L.G.C.
(A)(6)

17. Discussion and action on leasing of property for animal impoundment 262.024 L.G.C. (A)(6)

18. Open forum/ public comments

19. Discussion of non-agenda items for the purpose of placing them on the next agenda


ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE CROCKETT COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS COURT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION AT ANY
TIME DEEMED NECESSARY FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS UNDER TEXAS
GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 551 SUBCHAPTER D.
THE COMMISSIONERS COURT
OF CROCKETT COUNTY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE DISABLED. ANY CITIZEN OF
CROCKETT COUNTY WISHING TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE COMMISSIONERS COURT MAY MAKE
ARRANGEMENTS TO DO SO BY CONTACTING THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY JUDGE. EVERY
EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.


_______________________________
PRESIDING OFFICER



THE STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF CROCKETT

THIS IS TO CERTIFY
THAT AT THIS TIME AND DATE STAMPED HEREON THE NOTICE OF MEETING A COPY OF WHICH
IS ATTACHED HERETO HAS BEEN FILED IN MY OFFICE UNDER FILE NO. ____________AND
WAS POSTED ON THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN BOARD IN THIS COURTHOUSE PURSUANT TO TEXAS
GOVERNMENT CODE SECTIONS 551.041, 551.043, AND 551.049
EXECUTED ON MARCH_________,
2012 AT ___________.M.

___________________________________________ ________________________________
COUNTY CLERK OF
CROCKETT DEPUTY
COUNTY,
TEXAS

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Commissioner's Court Agenda 02.13.12

MEETING OF

CROCKETT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 9:00 A.M.

CROCKETT COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX- COURTROOM 909 AVE. D, OZONA, TEXAS

AGENDA FOR THE REGULAR MEETING


1. Call to order

2. Invocation

3. Read minutes from previous meeting(s)

4. Examination of accounts for approval and direct payment of those approved

a. Treasurer’s report

b. Auditor’s report

5. Department Head Reports

a. Road Department

1. Discussion and action of 1year evaluation for road supervisor

2. Discussion and action on installing a street light on Leal St.

3. Discussion and action on installing light poles and lights at the corner of 14th Street at collection center

4. Discussion and action on trimming trees on alleys and streets

5. Discussion and action on replacing boards at arena chutes

6. Discussion and action on purchasing portable panels to use in the rodeo arena

7. Discussion and action on installing small playground equipment at both county parks and adding sand or other material under playground equipment

8. Discussion and action on Ozona Community Center property drainage and parking

9. Discussion and action on roads and parks work completed and anticipated

b. Sheriff’s Department Report

1. Animal Control Report

c. Constable Report

d. Civic Center Report

1. Discussion and action on rental rates for Civic Center

e. Care Center Health & Emergency Services Report

1. Discussion and action on hiring new Care Center Administrator

f. Helping Hands Report

g. Library Report

h. Fire Department Report

1. Discussion and action on automatic door openers at fire dept., station #2

2. Discussion and action on addition of new bay at fire dept., station #2

i. Tax Office Report

j. Extension Office Report

k. Fair Park Convention Center Report

l. Senior Center Report

m. Historical Society Report

n. Historical Commission Report

1. Discussion and action to appoint new board member

o. Airport Report

p. Child Welfare Report

q. Shooting Sports Complex Report

r. Chamber of Commerce Report

6. Discussion and action on countywide burn ban

7. Open and review bids for Crockett County Courthouse Annex addition

8. Award bids for Crockett County Courthouse Annex addition

9. Discussion and action on appointing fire marshal

10. Discussion and action on properties under the Litter Abatement Act

11. Discussion and action on properties to be designated as fire hazards

12. Discussion and action on fire hydrants in Precinct 4

13. Discussion and action on traffic problems at Ozona Elementary School

14. Discussion and action on installing doors and windows at Boy Scout House

15. Discussion and action on wildfire reimbursement

16. Discussion and action on animal impoundment

17. Open forum/ public comments

18. Discussion of non-agenda items for the purpose of placing them on the next agenda











Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Let It Rain

The very first thought I had when I saw the rain coming was , ''Thank God!'' Just last month we lifted the burn ban and things have been going smoothly but we can use all the moisture we can get. Right now, it's just perfect.

My next thought is of course water drainage. I can drive around Precinct 4 and see where we've made improvements. I can see that water is flowing in the correct direction and into the draw and that those places that were flooded before are not so difficult to drive through now. It's amazing what a little work here and there can accomplish. But we haven't finished.

I've mentioned before how we got off to a late start this year with paving projects and how we need hot temperatures in order to pave properly but I have had some visits about paving in some places and flooding in others. This is perfectly fine. It gives me the opportunity to let everyone know that I have an actual list of these concerns already- Quail Run comes to mind right off hand.

But this also gives me an opportunity to let you know what our great people over at the road department have been doing to stay busy during the winter- and very busy they have been. Just take a drive by the collection center and you can see what I am am referring to. The place is clean! That's saying a lot for a place where junk, tree limbs, leaves, tires and trash, etc. are discarded.

The mulching tub has been relocated southeast of the cemetery and the mountains of mulch have been hauled off there too. Our guys have done a great job and kudo's go out to all of them. They do everything as a crew from paving to parks so once a project is to be done, they ALL work it. That means one project at a time so please be patient. They have my list of projects but we have to allow them to finish one before they get on another.

The rain also reminds me of a bridge project on Pecan Street. It was a project that I was hoping to get a grant for this year but the grant was approved for improvements to our sewage systems instead. I am a little disappointed about that but we actually need both. However, being as stubborn as I can be, I am looking at alternatives. One of those alternatives is to visit a local rancher who built his own bridge on his property. I'll be looking at the construction and cost and anything else I need to be well informed before I bring it up in court. For myself and others living in the Chandler-Dale West area it is very much a concern and a necessity. Another alternative is, of course, access to I-10.

Things on my list:

1. I will be addressing abandoned homes and fire hazards at our next Commissioners Court Meeting and ask our Fire Marshall to help me determine what constitutes such things. I also will be asking him about the need and locations for fire hydrants if any.

2. I will ask that those with livestock in their homes to clean up if they haven't already. If this is a problem for you, might I suggest talking with our county attorney about filing a lawsuit against the people making your life miserable- even though a commissioner can't tell them to remove livestock in Ozona- you do have rights and can bring forth a lawsuit which is probably your best bet in my opinion.

3. Considerable flooding at the Day Care Center. I will find out tomorrow if that is a county road or not.

And before I go- Make sure you know and understand what Precinct you live in. We have made changes to Precinct 4.

Thank God for the RAIN!


Peace.