The Navarro County Commissioners have had a tenuous set of budget hearings in the past 60 days, making decisions in the best interests of the residents of Navarro County.
The implementation of a new position at the county are still under advisement – a proposed county Fire Marshal.
Jeremy Cobb, a Corbet Volunteer Fireman, lined out how a county fire marshal could assist already busy departments within the restraints of the county. Some of those issues that he believed could be helped were: being a liason between the Commissioner’s Court and Volunteer Fire Departments, burn ban violations and enforcement, building enforcement, and training for all VFD’s in the county.
Constables Dan Williams and Bobby Rachel spoke in public forum during last week’s budget hearing to discuss the implementation of a deputy constable.
The position was approved in June by Navarro County Commissioners. The candidates have been interviewed by a hiring panel comprised of Commissioners and Constables.
Constable Bobby Rachel will essentially supervise the selected law enforcement officer in this position. This hybrid position will circumvent and assist all four constables at any given time. Constable Rachel stated, “The position will investigate illegal dumping cases, assist in emergency hearings, and provide back up when necessary.”
The illegal dumping caseload has grown exponentially in the past few years according to reports.
This position will create a new line item in the budget and starting pay will be comparable with a starting deputy’s wage of $48,850.00.
Discussions concerning the EMS budget with the City of Corsicana have also been the subject of much discussion during the course of the budget workshops.
The collective Navarro County Commissioners Court have questioned the requests made by the City of Corsicana regarding the purchase of two new ambulances and the staffing of Corsicana Fire Rescue Medic 7.
Commissioner Jason Grant has questioned the amount of EMS runs dispatched into the county that were provided by City of Corsicana.
During the Corsicana City Council meeting on Monday night, the EMS decision was tabled to continue discussions with the county.
More details to come in the next issue of the NavCo Chronicle.