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Discussion and possible action was listed about the topic of re-naming the Coahoma Volunteer Fire Station to honor Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan for his 25 years of dedication and service as Volunteer Fire Chief. According to Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman stated Chief Sullivan has done an outstanding job at training his crew and preventing much loss and damage to lives and property. Unfortunately, the fire station does not belong to Howard County; it belongs to the HCVFD and is a 501(c)3.

"We can stand by and support them if they make the decision to do that, but we dont' have control of that and cannot do it," says Judge Wiseman. She went on to say that they will continue to search for a way to honor Chief Sullivan for all that he has done.

Annual service contract for preventative maintenance with Mentalix was approved for an amount under $3,500 for the Howard County Sheriff's office. Mentalix is a biometrics industry leader that develops FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators.

Mavour Braswell, Dean of Libraries for Howard College and who also oversees the Howard County Library, advised the Commissioners that the Howard County Library did not meet State Accreditation Standards due to a couple of reasons.

1. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) - Not having the same expenditures that the Howard County Library has had over the last five years, which, according to Braswell, "basically because they're not paying a full Director's salary." She noted that the county pays part of her salary to Howard College because she is a college employee.

2. Personnel Issue - The County Library currently does not have a full-time degreed librarian or full-time director. Braswell does not count as full-time because she also works at Howard College.

Braswell stated that she does have an opportunity to file an appeal. The benefits of meeting accreditation standards would include a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone, otherwise it cost approximately $150,000 for that service. Also, Howard County Library would be able to participate in an interlibrary loan service that allows people in Howard County to borrow a book from anywhere in the state of Texas, and in doing so, saves the County Library money by not having to purchase as many books.

Early voting for the May 5th School Board Elections begins next Monday, April 23, 2018. Early voting hours at the Howard County Courthouse will be 8 AM - 5 PM, April 23-27, April 30, and May 1st. On election day, May 5th from 7 AM - 7 PM. Polling locations will be at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and Coahoma Community Center.

Election Day Polling Locations BY PRECINCT/BALLOT STYLE

DOROTHY GARRETT COLISEUM 
1001 BIRDWELL LANE, BIG SPRING, TEXAS

BALLOT BS2 - BS CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 (ONLY) 
Pct. 12, 12A, 32, 42

BALLOT BS4 - BSISD DISTRICT 4 (ONLY)
Pct. 11, 16, 25, 26, 34, 45, 46, 103, 104, 205, 404, 405, 408, 409

BALLOT BS6 – BS CITY COUNCIL & BSISD DISTRICT 4
Pct. 12

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