Sutton County Commissioners, along with a few Sonora residents, met Tuesday, October 11, 2021 where opinions were heard and discussed about concerning the rules and regulations of the cemetery.

Commissioner Carl Teaff said, “These rules and regulations were not aimed at existing plots. He said, “There is no intention of having everything removed.”
Currently the county spends about $150,000 to $200,000 a year to have the cemetery maintained. The items that were adopted are to give the county legal rights to be able to clean up, if needed, sites that have been abandoned or neglected. Teaff reiterated, “Nothing was done maliciously.”

At this point, Sutton County Judge Rachel Duran is the supervisor or point of contact for guidelines and/or purchases. The cost of interments have been raised to $650, with the possibility of being raised within the next year or so.
On March 10, 1981 the county commissioners adopted a set of rules, similar to those now, but like the saying goes you give an inch and they will take a mile. Provisions were made and the rules were not followed. Some sort of rules or regulations need to be set and followed to maintain a clean cemetery. The key to successfully doing this is communication.

Duran is looking into different options to help keep track of records. In a previous meeting Teaff gave information to her about a project for a senior student at Sonora High School. The project was never followed up on so Teaff says he will just cancel it since the ball had been dropped.

On the regular agenda. department heads gave monthly reports which were all unanimously accepted.

Commissioner Lee Bloodworth did raise concern on the accounts payable report, asking why some department heads are being allowed to turn in paperwork after the noon deadline on Wednesdays. Deadlines are in place so that reports can be sent out in a timely manner.

It was brought to his attention that an employee had been working late and over the weekend to get these reports done. Other commissioners said yes she was working on Saturday because that is when they received the email of the reports for the meeting.

County Auditor Maura Weingart said that she was unaware of the extra hours being put in. In the past there have been exceptions made on late items or an amendment will be made at the following commissioners court meeting. Deadlines are to be followed by everyone.

In the auditors report, Weingart gave an insurance update to the court on rising costs. She stated that USI in El Paso have raised insurance costs about $8,000 or 7%. This hike in cost brings the insurance premium to $116,101 to be paid yearly.

Librarian Deborah Brown notified the commissioners that the library will be having solar shades installed. The library does not currently have shades to utilize.

These solar shades will help cut the cost of electricity and help save books from being sun faded while on the shelves. She also reported that she will be applying for a grant to update the library automation system.

Judge Rachel Duran presided over the meeting along with commissioners Carl Teaff, Bob Brockman and Lee Bloodworth. Fred Perez was absent.
The county commissioners meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and as always the meetings are open to the public.