Montgomery County Commissioners Court made several decisions during its Feb. 28 meeting. Here are six things commissioners discussed:
1. Commissioners established March 22 as the deadline to nominate candidates to the newly created Montgomery County ethics committee. The committee is charged with creating a new code of ethics and procedures for county employees and elected officials.
2. Jyoti Americas, LLC was declared in default of its property tax abatement agreement with Montgomery County. The declaration allows the county to recapture taxes that were abated under the agreement with Jyoti Americas.
3. The court approved a $5,069 fund transfer for upgrades to restroom facilities at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The court also approved replacements of fire alarms and evacuation control panels at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center at a cost not to exceed $50,000.
4. The court discussed the role of the county budget committee and the possibility of moving its functions under the entirety of the entire court, as proposed by Precinct 1 Commissioner James Noack. The court approved a motion by Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark to allow the budget committee to continue functioning as it previously did, and adding that the committee will present reports in open court.
5. Conroe ISD Board of Trustees President Melanie Bush discussed the decrease in state funding school districts and budgetary strains of a growing student population at CISD. Her comments related to a resolution approved on Tuesday by the court in support of school finance reform and an increase of state funding for school districts.
6. The court suspended a resolution by Clark to return county administrative management under the entire court—as opposed to under the office of the county judge. The resolution was suspended to give commissioners additional time to reconsider the wording of the resolution.