Commissioners Talk About Their Jobs With High School Students

Bryan 3 WEBBy: James Pruitt

Williams County Commissioners had a long morning April 25, and took in more information than action.

Brian Davis and Lewis Hilkert (Alan Word was ill) started the day off at Hillside Assisted Living before traveling back the county courthouse for their regular meeting. The commissioners approved some resolutions, but spent most of their time talking with three groups of students from Bryan High School.

The students were escorted by government teacher Collin Walker, Maurice Zuver who had Mrs. Johnson’s junior government class and American government teacher Kathryn Gabriele.

Davis and Hilkert invited the students to ask questions and also shared what it is they do to earn their $44,400 a year salaries. The students asked questions about the largest expenditure they have approved and how often they meet.

Since Word was out sick, Hilkert brought out the most interesting tidbit of the day. When there is only one commissioner present for a meeting, the coroner is required by law to step in and give the board a second person to vote and sign resolutions.

In other news:
Maintenance Supervisor Josh King told the board the air conditioning units at the south annex building will need to be replaced. The units are 15 years old and have problems. The board will wait until new Jobs and Family Services Director Fred Lord starts to make a determination.

“Some units have been there since the building was built,” King said.

The board approved the recommendation of a committee formed to select Jones and Henry Ltd., to create a sanitary sewer master plan. The committee interviewed three firms.

At Hillside, the commissioners talked about plans to pave the employee parking area and fill in pot holes in the driveway. The board also received an update on the Wi-Fi service.

Three groups of Bryan High School students toured the Williams County Courthouse April 25. The groups sat in on the county commissioners meeting and interacted with the board.

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