It was business as usual Monday during the commissioners court meeting while they worked to pay the bills and approve various items on the agenda.

Commissioners began by acknowledging area school superintendents and recognizing January 2014 with a proclamation as “School Board Recognition Month.”

“We are honored you are giving us this proclamation,” said Pauline Hargrove, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD superintendent.

Filed into the minutes of the court was a direct deposit from the State Comptroller of Public Accounts in the amount of $336,283. These funds represent the one-half cent sales and use allocation for the month of November. The funds were credited to the general operating fund.

Also added to the minutes of the court was the exit inventory for Paula Tacker, County Extension Agent -Family and Consumer Sciences. Tacker has accepted employment elsewhere.

Commissioners approved action to pay the bills. They voted to pay $21,652 from the general fund for a contract payment with UTMB for the women’s and children’s clinic in Orange.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of two meal tray drying rack systems for the jail kitchen at a cost of  $1,450 each. Also approved was a Verdict Tech Cart at a cost of $8,735. This is a computer system used in the auto mechanics shop to diagnose the problems with vehicles requiring service. The machine is actually $11,000 but they are getting some money as a trade-in for their former equipment.

The contract will be renewed  between Orange County and Real Vision Incorporated for the support of the Real Vision Imaging software at a cost of $4,500. Commissioners voted to allow Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux to sign the contract to renew the services.

Travel was approved for Evelyn Vaughn to attend Court Clerk training in Galveston in February. Donna Granger will also attend Court Clerk training, but will go to San Antonio in April. The travel expenses will be taken from the Justice Court Technology Fund.

Pct. 1 David Peck was also granted permission to travel. He will go to Waco in Feb. and his travels were also paid by the Justice Court Technology Fund.

A bid of $800 was accepted for the property located at 3485 Pecan in Vidor. Initially, a $1,000 bid was accepted but the person placing the bid died. The widow asked Orange County to go out for bids again since she did not want the property. A pipeline is on the property so it was sold ‘as is.”

Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing January 20th as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Because of the holiday, the next meeting of Commissioners Court will be on 2 p.m. Tuesday.