County continues working to secure COVID-19 vaccine


Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Harless provided an update regarding the county’s planning of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to County Commissioners at their meeting Monday, Jan. 25.

Harless said a walkthrough of J.B. Wells was in the works, similar to previous walkthroughs ahead of using the location as a testing site in previous years. He also said the Emergency Management Office had purchased the necessary software to create an appointment-making system for the clinic. If a patient cannot make an appointment online through this system, they may call Emergency Management to do so once enough vaccine is available to host the clinic.

County Judge Patrick C. Davis said that the county was in the process of requesting more vaccines, but being a smaller county, Gonzales is not a priority for vaccine allocation.

The Commissioners also appointed Craig Hines to serve a two-year term for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service’s Luling Foundation Farm Director. The Extension Service’s Gonzales County Leadership Advisory Board had recommended Hines, Steve Ehrig, and Ken Ginter to the Commissioners, in order of preference.

In order to strengthen the cellular signal in the basement level of the courthouse, the commissioners voted to approve the purchase of a signal booster which amplifies that of carriers Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. This was in addition to Game Warden Dustin Balfanz’s request for an office in the courthouse basement, which was also approved.

In other business:

  • Minutes for the Jan. 11 Regular meeting and Jan. 12 Special Called meeting were approved.
  • The County Treasurer’s monthly report and affidavit stating the Treasurer has fulfilled duties pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114c was approved by Commissioners.
  • The Tax Assessor-Collector’s monthly report was received by Commissioners.
  • Deputations for both the Sheriff’s Office and Constable Precinct 1 were approved, with the oath and bond for Deputy Constable Precinct 1 Dennis Jahns also being approved.
  • A variance to County subdivision rules related to the division and sale of property was approved.
  • The final plat of the 90 A Estates Subdivision located in Precinct 1 was approved.
  • Commissioners authorized appropriate offices to go out for bids regarding the Government Land Office Community Development Block Grant for water well generators as part of the county’s Infrastructure Improvement Project.
  • The council set a date of Feb. 8, for review and action for criteria and guidelines for Tax Abatement with Allison, Bass & Magee, L.L.P. via Zoom.
  • There were no budget amendments presented at this meeting, and the Commissioners approved bills to be paid by the county.