Runnels County Commissioners agreed during their last meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to some new policies regarding the senior center.

Runnels County Commissioners agreed during their last meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to some new policies regarding the senior center.

In Ballinger, the senior citizens center at 608 Strong Ave. is the property of Runnels County and commissioners voted to continue the present agreement which allows senior activities in the building several days a week including games and a potluck lunches. The center will also be part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office which is located next door, which will also have unlimited access to the building.

As of Tuesday, the commissioners will be the official point of contact for the use of the senior center, which means that anyone wanting to utilize the building for any purpose, must make a request to commissioners.

“All requests must be made to the court,” said Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard.

In other business Tuesday, commissioners discussed getting a new phone system for the courthouse. The current system, which was installed five years ago, been problematic at times, and officials say they are looking at all other options.

“We are trying to figure out what we need to do to improve our phones and Internet,” Hilliard said.

Also on Tuesday, commissioners awarded a construction contract to CM Construction Company of San Angelo in the amount of $148,068.90 to the Rowena Water System.

Commissioners also approved officers and members of the Runnels County Historical Commission for 2017-18. The officers are Ruth Cooper, chairperson; Randall Conner, vice chairperson; Alton O’Neal, secretary; Anthony Lange, treasurer; Beverly Teplicek, reporter and Sally Spill, archivist.

Members include Wanda Brewer, Bobbie Campbell, Linda Duggan, Marianne Ray, Roy Rice and Diana Rozman. All of the officers are also appointees.

Commissioners also approved Dec. 27 as the date that all newly elected officials will take the oath of office. There were several races that were decided in the March Primary election and those officially elected to office for Runnels County including Sheriff Carl Squyres, County Attorney Ken Slimp, 119th District Judge Ben Woodward, 119thDistrict Attorney John Best, Tax Assessor Collector Robin Burgess, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Robert Moore, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Roy Mints, Precinct 1 Constable Wayne Poehls and Precinct 2 Constable Archie Jobe.

In other business, commissioners:

*Approved a request by Runnels County Tax Collector Robin Burgess to move $1,500 from the salary fund to the part time salary fund.

* Approved budget and line item amendments to the 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

* Approved the continuation of the Blanket Crime Bond for the Runnels County Sheriff’s Office.

* Approved the reappointment of Tiffany Mathis and Cady Pena to two year terms as commissioners to the Runnels County Emergency Services District No. 1.

* Approved a request by Precinct #1 Commissioner Robert Moore to trade in a motor grader  for a 2014 motor grader.

* Accepted a $3,000 bid for property at 1538 Highway 153 in Wingate.

* Approved a request from Commissioner Moore to transfer a cargo trailer from the Runnels County Senior Center to Precinct 1.

* Approved an interlocal agreement between Runnels County and the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department, Rowena Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Miles and the City of Winters.

* Approved a contract between Runnels County and the Carnegie Library of Ballinger and the Winters Public Library.