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2014-05-29

12-minute court, 'well-oiled machine'

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

On Thursday, May 22, Bandera County Commissioners took care of business and adjourned their regular meeting in what must be record time - 12 minutes.
Commissioners were given a "Building a Better Texas Award" from the AgriLife Extension staff in recognition of the 100th Centennial of the Extension Service.
Accepting the award, County Judge Richard Evans said, "Sometimes we take 4H for granted, but it keeps a lot of kids - and some adults - focused and out of trouble."
Commissioners also appointed Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Wilkerson to serve as a liaison to the Bandera County Sister Partnership Association. "You know you'll have to fly to Poland," Evans said.
Wilkerson will replace Precinct 4 Commissioner Doug King, who will retire from the court in November.
During his departmental report for April, Bandera County Sheriff Daniel "Dan" Butts noted that county law enforcement officers had responded to 625 calls for service, driving 36,341 miles. For priority calls, the response time was 13 minutes and 27 seconds. BCSO deputies were primary respondents to 17 calls within the City of Bandera.
In April, officers made 56 arrests, which included 20 felonies. There were 39 property crimes reported and 14 crimes against individuals. County officers assisted other agencies 36 times and the public 10 times.
In addition, animal control officers impounded 20 dogs and four cats. The average dog population at the animal control facility on Highway 16 North for the month was 20.
The grand jury for the 198th Judicial District handed down 17 indictments. Fourteen felony cases were filed.
Telecommunications operators handled 3,030 incoming and outgoing calls that included 703 incoming 9-1-1 calls. "About a third of those were actual emergencies," Butts said.
Throughout April, 122 scofflaws were booked into the Bandera County Jail with an average inmate population of 65. Contract inmates from surrounding counties totaled 24.
When asked about the seeming decrease in the number of prisoners, both homegrown and out of county, Evans noted, "We have a rodeo weekend coming up. We'll need a little slack."
In addition, Gardenia Evans has been promoted to sergeant in the Bandera County Jail and Lisa Harris was hired for a clerk position in the BCSO. Also, the recent Drug Take Back Program netted 100.5 pounds of prescription medication. DARE programs have been initiated at Hill County and Medina Elementary schools.
Assistant EMS Director Calvin Plummer noted that EMS had responded to 150 calls for service in April, covering 9,750 miles. The average tone-to-response time was 1.70 minutes and average tone-to-scene time was 9.90 seconds.
EMS responded to 21 jumps or falls, 17 chest pains, 16 motor vehicle crashes, 11 other medical conditions; nine calls for unconsciousness or fainting and 69 other conditions.
Of the patients whose medical conditions necessitated transport, 39 were taken to Methodist Boerne Medical Center; 21, Methodist Hospital; 19, Peterson Regional Medical Center; 6, San Rosa Westover Hills; 5, Audie Murphy VA Hospital; and 15 were taken to other hospitals.
According to Plummer, EMS units were staged at the recent Bandera County Relay for Life and the Bandera Electric Cooperative annual meeting, and EMS medical personnel participated in activities with the local Home School Group and Alkek Elementary School.
He said EMS Apprecia-tion Week was May 18 through May 24.
As court was adjourned until Thursday, June 12, Evans joked about the brevity of the meeting, saying, "When the (county) clerk isn't here, things go more smoothly."
"I though it was because we had become a well-oiled machine," quipped Harris.