Commissioners approve asbestos removal – Midland Reporter-Telegram

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Project is for building county is purchasing for archives

Published 5:38 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017

Midland County commissioners took action Monday approving funds to go toward the asbestos abatement process for a building that could store county archives.

Commissioner Randy Prude of Precinct 4 said the county is in the process of closing on a facility located near its courthouse. The commissioners’ court on Monday approved removing asbestos from the building, a process that would start after closing.

The court voted last month to go forward on a contract to buy a building on North Loraine Street. County Judge Mike Bradford previously told the Reporter-Telegram the total cost for the 14,000-square-foot facility is $400,000. The asbestos abatement process is estimated to cost an additional $53,437.50.

In another action item, commissioners approved a grant application for rifle-resistant body armor from the Criminal Justice Division. Officers would wear plates to give them extra protection, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

“What we have is highly effective,” he said. “This gives us more [protection].”

Also at Monday’s meeting, commissioners

— voted to renew an agreement for the Texas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), a service that allows crime victims to keep track of offenders.

— heard a report from John Trischitti III, Midland County Public Library director, about library usage.

Trischitti said library numbers are strong in terms of foot traffic, program participation and other measures. Computer usage is down, but it is not an “apples to apples comparison” because of changes in library hours this fiscal year and the closure of the downtown branch for a project, he said. He also shared with commissioners a map and numbers showing the library’s reach in Midland and surrounding counties.

— heard a report from representatives of the county’s truancy court and Midland ISD.

James R. Henry, truancy court director, said the two entities and local youth programs have recently worked together to prevent cases from coming to court.

No one spoke during public hearings about matters related to the district clerk and county clerk’s office records.

Bradford was not present at Monday’s meeting.

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