Brown County commissioners agreed Monday to join other Texas counties in an interlocal agreement to pay for defense counsel in capital murder cases, should the need arise locally.

Each county will contribute a “small amount” to a fund, Brown County Judge Ray West said, noting the expense if the county has to pay for counsel if a capital murder case occurs here.

The amount of money a county will pay will depend on the number of counties that participate, commissioners were told.

“If the amount of money we’re asked (to contribute) is more than we’re willing to pay, we can simply withdraw,” West said.

In other business, commissioners:

• Agreed to increase the amount of money paid to the Greenleaf Cemetery Association for indigent burials from $100 to $250.

• Agreed to sponsor an application on behalf of the Zephyr Water Supply Corp. for a $250,000 state grant to install pipeline.

• Awarded a bid to Kelcy and Son Paving Contractors for labor and machinery for paving for the remainder of the year.

• Approved Dr. James Hays as the new Health Authority for the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department.

• Approved the purchase of a new phone system from Custom Communications of Brownwood for $3,400 for the commissioners’ office.

• Approved a utility easement for Brookesmith Water on County Road 461.