Burleson Star (Burleson, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 79, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 14, 1994 Page: 4 of 6
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4d£yrleson Star, Thursday, July 14.1994
Community supervision a main topic at JCCC meeting
BY SALLY ELLERTSON
The future of community super-
vision, formerly called adult proba-
tion, was one of the main topics of
discussion at the July 11 Johnson
County Commissioners Court meet-
Bob Drake, who was honored
for his 15 years of service to the
county along with 15 fellow employ-
ees (see accompanying box) told the
commissioners that his division's case
load has increased dramatically.
"It is becoming a nightmare,"
Drake said after telling the commis-
sioners that there are approximately
295 probationers per probation offi-
cer. "When it was renamed commu-
nity services, the state started look-
ing to the communities to take care of
the problems. "
Thedirector of community serv-
ices wasn'tasking the commissioners
for money. He was asking for office
space for two or three new employ-
ees. He hopes to have a new proba-
tion officer on board by the end of
July antfafter his fiscal year begins in
September, he said he may have to
add two more probation officers and
a secretary. He only has one office
"In 1979 when I came in, 20
percent of the work was done in the
office and 80 percent in the field.
Now it's the reverse. It's a sad state of
affairs but we have to document,
document, document. We need the
space to put them to work," Drake
The state pays for the officers
salaries. The county provides office
space, a desk, and chairs.
At least two people with Burle-
son connections were among the stu-
dents receiving degrees from South-
western Adventist College during
ceremonies May 1.
Wanda Hernandez graduated
with an associate of science degree in
Kristi Lynn Heinrich, a former
Burleson resident, graduated with a
bachelor of science degree in ele-
mentary education. She earned the
distinction of graduating magna cum
laude with departmental distinction
and teachtr certification.
Heinrich, daughter of Mayor
.Gary Heinrich and wife Betty of
Keene, had worked part time for the
past four years at the Southwest
Adventist headquarters in Burleson.
She has accepted employment as a
teacher with Keene Adventist Ele-
Drake said the state estimated
that out of every four cases prose-
cuted, three will be looked at as pos-
sible probationary offenses. The lo-
cal division has four special pro-
grams—sex offenders, community
service, life skills, and substance
abusers. As per a court’s order, some
probationers work off their time doing
community service—picking up
trash, painting, cleaning up county
roads, working on non-profit organi-
zations, and working around the
courthouse. Drake said an average of
four probationers go out (under the
supervision of art bfficer) six days a
week for six-eight hours each day
when it can be scheduled.
The community services divi-
sions serves both Johnson County
and Somervell County. Somervell
has supplied the division with three
computers, a PC, and a printer.
Computers and computer soft-
ware made up a costly topic for the
commissioners to the tune of over
Cole Lancaster of the county's
data processing division told the
commissioners that the county's UPS
(uninterrupted power supply) had a
problenj about two weeks ago and
was down to 60 percent ofits power
because of weakened batteries.
"There are 30 batteries in the
UPS to power the system in case of
lightning strikes, power surges, or
power sags. It keeps the computer
system running at all times. We are
down to 20 now, two of which are no
good,and lOarediscarded," Lancas-
Replacement of those batteries
is not covered in the current mainte-
nance agreement. It would cost$5,390
for the UPS company to replace and
dispose of the batteries. A circuit
card costing $260 would also have to
be replaced and Lancaster figured in
the price of a five year maintenance
agreement fora total of $9,350. That
maintenance agreement does not
cover the replacement of any parts
that could go wrong in the next five
For a new UPS, recommended
by IBM, the county would pay $8,368
for a new system (with batteries) and
a five year maintenance agreement
that would inlcude ihe replacement
of parts. Lancaster said the draw-
backs with buying a new system
would be that if all 200 users were
using the system at Ihe peak period,
Lancaster would only have six min-
utes to shut the system down. He told
the commissioners that could be
accomplished in two minutes. If there
is no load on the system, he would
have 40 minutes to shut it down.
If the county's computer system
lost power, Lancaster said he would
have eight minutes at best to shut the
current system down since the bat-
tery supply is not at 100 percent.
Pet. 2 Commissioner Ron Har
mon asked if the current UPS system
could last until the next fiscal year
"I have no idea That's why I'm
bringing' it before the court now,"
Lancaster said. "If the UPS goes out
today and I have to bypass, every time
lightning strikes. I'm down an hour
and a half. That includes power sags
or surges. If it's mid-day and the
county has people at the motor ve-
hicles office or county clerks office
and our system goes down, they are
in for an hour and a half wait."
The commissioners opted to
spend $8,368 to pay for a new sys-
tem, maintained by IBM, and any
new wiring that may be needed.
The rest of the data processing
money will be spent to cover com-
puter items that have either j ust "rol led
off a warranty" or are not on the
hardware maintenance agreement.
The cost of that for one year is $9,800
but the county got the cost pro-rated
to approximately $3,800 to cover the
end of this fiscal year. The commis-
sioners approved $4,000. The remain-
ing $6,100 is for software programs
for the treasurer's office and county
clerk's office. • •
The Johnson County Sheriffs
Office was on the agenda again but
this time it was for the jail/medical
portion of the county budget. Com-
missioners approved giving that di-
Fifteen Johnson County
employees honored for service
The Johnson County Commissioners Court honored 15 Johnson
County employees July 11 for their years of service to the county.
Jeaniv Johnson, district clerk, was praised by 18th District Court
Judge C.C. "Kit" Cooke for her 20 years of dedication to the job. Bob
Drake with community services (formerly adult probation) was honored
for coming on board five years later and serving for 15 years. Leonard
Morgenstem, who was not present, was honored for his 12 years to
community services/adult probation.
Those employees recognized for serving the residents of Johnson
County for 10 years include Sherry Breland in community services/adult
probation; Mark Carpenter, constable; Grade McNiel, community serv-
ices/adult probation; Delphus Runnels, public works; and Virgil Ward,
custodian. Seven additional employees were honored with five year pins.
They include Cleo Burchell, jail; Joyce Gunter, jail; Nancy Hagood,
medical examiner’s office; Bobby Harris, Pet. 3; JoAnn Hunt, jail; Candy
Jones, medical; and Michael Pinterich, medical examiner's office.
All 15 were honored at the beginning of the commissioners court
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30. The funds were being transferred
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In other agenda items, tire com-
—Approved Pet. 3 Commis-
sioner Bobby Estes purchasing steel
from the highway department,
amended an earlier purchase price
for constable vehicles from $3,000
apiece to $3,325 apiece, and pure has-
ing a storefront window for the Na-
tions Bank remodeling;
—Approved advertising forbids
for a broom, pneumatic roller, and
dump truck chassis for Pet. 2;
—Awarded the bid for tire re-
pair to all four bidders, depending on
the lime of day and location of the
—Awarded the bid for vehicle
and parts purchases to all seven bid-
ders, depending on the time of day
and location of the bidder;
—Awarded the bid for vehicle
repair to the lowest bidder;
—Tabled action on assuming
maintenance on Elm Wood Estates
in Pet. 3;
—Approved County Clerk
Travis Prine's appointment of elec-
—Approved the county as the
entity responsible for preserving and
retaining official documents (elected
officials do not preserve those rec-
The next scheduled commission-
ers court meeting is Monday July 25,
at 9 a.m. in the commissioners court-
room at the Johnson County Court-
house in Cleburne.
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