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County changes who’ll handle delinquent collections

The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met on Monday and approved an agreement with the City of Vernon over using a county radio system, signed a contract with a new vendor to handle tax collections, and received word that the airport manager is quitting

Tony Fidelis, of the law firm Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins and Mott appeared before the commission for the third time this year to discuss his firm taking over the county’s delinquent tax collections. Fidelis said this was part three of three as the commission had previously approved handing over collection for the Justice of the peace Courts, the County Clerk and the District Clerk.

Commissioner Phillip Graf made a motion and the contract was unanimously approved, pending review by County Attorney Cory Curtis.

The commission, on a motion from Kelly Joe Neel, approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Vernon for the city to use a county radio owned system for city staff at various city facilities.

“Basically, they are going to piggy-back off of some of our equipment for a security system,” Judge Greg Tyra said.

The city will be installing eight panic buttons for city staff at various locations and will use the county’s radio system, located at the courthouse. The county has the same system installed at the courthouse. It sends n alert to all law enforcement in the county when activated.

The term of the contract is for five years.


Airport manager leaving

David Nix, manager of the Wilbarger County Airport, addressed the commission and gave notice that he is resigning.

“As you know, my place has sold. My last day will be the 6th of March unless you need me,” Nix told the commission. “I want to tell you how much I appreciate working for you. Ya’ll took care of me and I took care of the airport for you.”

The commissioners thanked Nix for his service. “We appreciate you and all you’ve done,” Commissioner Kelly Joe Neel said.

The commission stated they have not made a decision on a new manager for the airport.

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