Brown County Commissioners took no action Monday on an agenda item worded "consideration and possible approval" of a lease that would bring G4S Youth Services to the former Unit 2 of the Brownwood state school.
County Judge Ray West said the commissioners court wasn't ready to take action on the lease or on another agenda item pertaining to the approval of renovations to the Brown County Juvenile Probation officers, which occupy a portion of the Unit 2 facility.
Commissioners had taken action on March 11 to approve the lease, but West said Monday that the lease had been approved "to a degree. There were still some blanks to be filled out. … The bid was approved and (commissioners) authorized me to sign the lease, but there were some blanks that needed to be filled that I needed to get commissioners' approval on."
County Auditor Nina Cox said the issue to be settled is the negotiation of how utility payments would be divided between the county and G4S. West confirmed that utility bills were the issue.
On the items related to renovations of the probation offices, West had previously said commissioners had approved the renovations at a previous time. West said Monday that can't be found in the minutes of the commissioners court.
In other business, the court:
• Took no action on a request by Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator Brent Bush to buy new radios for emergency dispatchers with unused grant money. The item is expected to be on the April 1 agenda.
• Took no action on reinstating a burn ban.
* Approved two new employees for the sheriff's office. James Guthrie replaces Stan Pachall as a courthouse deputy, and Richard Long replaces Chester Land as a jailer.
• Approved an increase in the subsidy to the Brown County Livestock Producers for the hiring of the county trapper. The annual subsidy is increasing from $21,150 to $24,700.