County commissioners have given the green light to a request from County Attorney John Mark Cobern to have a law library installed in the courthouse annex.
Cobern noted when speaking to commissioners in May there are three separate law libraries in the county, one in his office, one in the district attorney’s office, and one in the county judge’s office.
None have been updated recently he said, because after he took office at the start of 2011 he thought it was confusing, and he subsequently cancelled the update service as being expensive and repetitive.
He proposed to commissioners that a unified law library be set up in unused space in the county courthouse annex.
The annex break room could be easily remodeled to be a law library, he said, with the construction of a door with a wall.
At its most recent meeting, the commissioners’ court approved the expenditures for the construction, which will include a seven foot by seven foot wall with a door that has an electric lock.
The low bid for the wall is $1,595 from Richard Jones; with another $200 to go towards the electric lock.
Cobern also recommended a heavy tint be applied to the window in the break room – which used to be a bank’s drive-through teller area – because of heating problems.
Commissioners approved a bid of $475 from Alan Braddock for a mirrored tint.
In other action at their June 24 meeting, commissioners approved the members of the newly-organized county Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
The county’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Larry McRae, is joined on the committee by County Judge Brian Lee, and the following representatives:
* Transportation Official: Paul Henderson
* Media: Blake Palmer and Clint Cooper
* Law Enforcement: Corey Gable
* Facility Rep: Jennifer Meyer
* Hospital: Carol Slider
* EMS: Mark Mallory
* Firefighting: Lyndee Rogers
* Health Official: Pat Huff
* Community Group: Teresa Price
* Emergency Management: Doyce Winchester