Lemons requesting funds to post inmate information online

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After much discussion Monday, July 23, Clay County Commissioners tabled a request by Sheriff Kenny Lemons to add to an already established service agreement with a software provided that would allow the county jail to post mug shots and information about its prisoners on the Internet.

For an additional $600 per month, software provider Justice Solutions has offered to set up the software so that an inmate’s information is available online once he is booked into the jail. The software posts the information automatically.

Similar systems are already in use by several counties in Texas, including Montague and Wichita.

Lemons was not present. Commissioners chose to wait on a decision until he could be questioned about the program.

Commissioners got their first look at the budget for the Clay County Appraisal District. The budget shows an increase of $17,770, all but $2,250 of which will go to an increase in salaries and health insurance costs. The CCAD does not provide employees health insurance, instead giving employees a stipend to be used for the purchase of insurance.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Approved the publication of a legal notice seeking bids for the sale of 195 I-beams given to the county by TxDOT left from the construction of the Red River bridge on Hwy. 79. The I-beams have been in the possession of Precincts 1 and 2 for three to five years.
  • Approved a computer maintenance proposal between Clay County and Ashley Culley for fiscal year 2013. The agreement will affect the budgets of all county offices.
  • Approved sheriff’s and constable’s fees for fiscal year 2013, keeping the fees inline with surrounding counties.
  • Approved the road and bridge fee for fiscal year 2013. The $10 tax is paid as part of vehicle registration fees.
  • Approved a special session scheduled for Tuesday, July 31.

Commissioners also approved the monthly treasurer’s report, minutes of the previous meeting and payment of bill relating to Clay County Memorial Hospital.

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