It was also the last meeting for Pct. 1 Comm. James Crittenden and Pct. 3 Comm. Lloyd Crabtree, both of whom were defeated in the Republican primary or primary run-off earlier in the year. Both had served eight years on the court.
The commissioners accepted the bid from U.S. Foods, which has a warehouse in Dallas, but has a representative who lives in Gilmer.
In addition to U.S. Foods. the county received bids from Sysco, Ben E. Keith Foods, and Reinhart Food Service.
The vendors negotiate with individuals suppliers and bid to the county, so there is no overall amount of each bid, Judge Dean Fowler told the county.
As an example, Sysco bid $31.10 for 50 pounds of sugar, while U.S. Foods bid $29.11, However, U.S. Foods representatives, who were at the meeting, said there were certain quantity discounts which were not reflected in their bid which would be passed on to the county.
One of the representatives said that the county’s food bills typically run $1,500 to $2,000 a week. The representative said that the amount that the county uses would determine the total discount.
While this initial bid is for two months, the judge said that the next bid will be for a year’s supply for the jail.
The county sought bids after commissioners were told that the county was not in compliance with jail standards on bidding for jail food.
Judge Fowler said the 2-month bids should bring the county into compliance, and enable them to get a compliant bid for a year next time.
The bid was approved unanimously.
The court also approved handling the county’s Worker’s Compensation program through the Texas Political Subdivision Workers Compensation Alliance.
Joining the Alliance will save the county 4 percent, or $3,121, on the total cost. The total cost to the county will be $74,906.
Fowler said that it will, for workers’ compensation claims, require the employee to visit a doctor affiliated with the alliance. There are reportedly 64 doctors with a 50-mile radius of the county who accept the plan.
It passed unanimously.
Commissioners approved allowing employees who may have to work on Good Friday, which comes very early this year, on March 29, to have the second quarter of the year, through the end of June, to take a compensatory day without losing it.
Previous county policy was that an employee had to use a “comp day” within the same quarter in which he had earned it.
Commissioners voted to go out for bids on fuuel and road and bridge supplies and materials.
Bid solicitation is to be advertised, with bids due by Jan. 30. They are to be opened at the Jan. 31 court meeting, and winning bids accepted by Feb. 15.
Even though he is leaving the court, commissioners approved allowing Crittenden to continue to serve as the county’s representative to Tri-County Community Action’s board of directors.
Crittenden said there were a number of projects which had started since he went on the board, and he’d like to see them to completion.