Cameron County Commissioners Thursday approved Sheriff Omar Lucio’s request for several salary adjustments because these would not affect the budget, County Judge Carlos H. Cascos said.
Cascos said salary increases of $1,000 for six slots in the jail infirmary department would be partially offset by the salary assigned to a slot within the department that was held by an employee who has retired. The retired employee’s salary was $26,106 and it has been reduced to $20,106.
The judge said the difference of $6,000 would be equally distributed with increments of $1,000 for the salaries of six slots, increasing these salaries from $19,500 to $20,500.
Cascos said he and commissioners present approved the request, although he cautioned that it could set precedents. He also said, on the other hand, that he supported it and commissioners present approved it because it was “budget neutral.” Pct. 3 Commissioner David Garza was not present at the meeting.
Commissioners Court also approved a request from emergency management to upgrade the communications system in the county jail to improve the radio signal in dead areas of the jail. The cost will be $46,842.
On the advice of the county treasurer and purchasing director, Commissioners Court renewed the bank depository contract with Compass Bank for two years.
At the end of two years, the county will open the contract to proposals.
In other business, Commissioners Court revised a policy to authorize work by outside contractors for building repairs instead of using maintenance department personnel. The policy, however, now requires that county Administrator Pete Sepulveda or his assistant authorize the work.
Commissioners Court also authorized staff to solicit bids for the automated ice and water vending concession at Location No. 8 in Isla Blanca Park, and for the beach rental concession at Location No. 5 in the same park.