A last-minute item to purchase new elections equipment passed unanimously at the July 2 regular meeting of the Hardin County Commissioners Court.
“This had to be done today because the vendor extended a pretty decent discount to us,” County Judge W. McDaniel said.
A $25,000 discount over the total purchase cost was due to terminate at the end of June but was extended until July 2 for the court to meet.
“This includes digital ballot scanners, poll pads, and all relate apparatus and accessories,” he said.
Enough equipment for 19 polling places at an estimated total cost of $298,754, was approved by the court.
Tuesday was the first meeting of the commissioners in their newly updated courtroom.
The new facility offers improved lighting, new audio and visual equipment, an ADA compliant podium, and comfortable audience seating.
“The project came in on time and under budget,” McDaniel said.
The judge said he would provide the total budgetary cost at the next meeting.
In other news, commissioners approved a budget workshop for the 2020 Hardin County Budget to be held on Tuesday, July 8, at 1:30 pm.
Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis extended special recognition to Sgt. Anthony Flower as a 20 year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
A criminal investigator, Flower received a certificate from Davis; who said: “Tony, Thanks for many, many years and hope for many more to come.”
Kevin Cummings, Director of Adult Probation, recognized Beverly Segrest for 20 years of service to the department.
“She is just as dedicated today as the day she started,” Cummings said, adding “I appreciate all of her hard work.”
Lastly, Karl Wayne Hardy, of Roads and Bridges, was recognized for his ten years of service to the county.
Hardy was absent from the meeting, but Commissioner L.W. Cooper, Jr. said: “He does the county a good job, and is much appreciated.”