A five-year, $1-a-year lease between the county and G4S Youth Services has been "approved, signed and delivered," Brown County Judge Ray West said after Monday's meeting of the Brown County Commissioners Court.
No items related to G4S and the lease that will bring a post-adjudication juvenile lockup facility to the former Unit 2 of the Brownwood state school were on the agenda, and no matters related to G4S or the Brown County Juvenile Justice Center — which occupies a portion of Unit 2 — were directly discussed during the meeting of the court.
The topic didn't come up until commissioners voted to approve paying bills, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Joel Kelton voted "no." Kelton said his "no" vote was based on a $44,615 bill that will be paid to Burk Construction of Franklin, Ky., for doing renovations to the juvenile probation offices. Kelton said he would have preferred that G4S pay for all of renovations at Unit 2 — the portion occupied by the county's juvenile justice center and as well as the remainder of Unit 2.
G4S proposes to provide mental health and substance abuse services, based on its bid, West said earlier. The company proposes to make Phase I improvements concluding the construction of new offices; Phase II improvements including the cleaning and repair of two wings with a capacity of 46 juveniles; and Phase III improvements including the cleaning and repair of the remaining three wings with a capacity of 69 juveniles, making a total capacity of 115 juveniles, West said.
After commissioners adjourned Monday's meeting, reporters asked West about the status of the G4S lease. That's when West said a question about how utilities would be split between the county and G4S has been resolved. The county had been paying $2,000 a month in utility bills and will pay $750 a month based on the G4S lease West said.
Also gone from the lease, West said, is G4S's request that the county put $50,000 into a fund for renovations to G4S's portion of Unit 2.
At commissioners' March 18 meeting, "consideration and possible approval" of the G4S lease was on the agenda, but commissioners took no action then. West said the commissioners court wasn't ready at that time to take action because the issue of how utility bills would be split between the county and G4S hadn't been decided.
Commissioners had taken action on March 11 to approve the lease, but West said later the lease was approved that day "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."
In other business Monday, commissioners:
• Declined to take action on reinstating an outdoor burn ban.
• Renewed the county's membership in the State of Texas CO-OP program, which enables the county to piggyback onto state onto state contracts.
• Approved a Sole-Source Purchase Agreement with P2 Emulsions of Elm Mott for asphalt emulsion products.
• Approved the expenditure of $8,797 in grant funds from Lan Communications for the purchase of seven portable radios and a mobile radio. Four will go to the jail, three will go to the Early Police Department and one will go to the Lake Patrol.
• Agreed to advertise for bids for paving and seal coating material.