Monday’s regular Cooke County commissioners’ court meeting included the approved resignation of Wayne Becker, agent for the Cooke County Texas AgriLife Extension Service since February 2003.
The resignation is effective Monday. Becker said Tuesday he has accepted an agronomist position with Nachurs Alpine Solutions, Inc., a liquid fertilizer company based in Marion, Ohio.
The new job, he explained, will keep him based in Cooke County providing technical support for new agricultural products.
“I’ve enjoyed so much about Extension,” Becker said Tuesday. “It’s been the people I’ve worked with, whether it’s people within Extension or the volunteers — or the farmers and ranchers and the Master Gardeners. Everyone’s been great to work with and I’m going to miss the interaction, day to day, of working with them in the community. But I’m also looking forward to my new position as well.”
Becker also said his current extension agent position will be filled after he leaves, though a hire may not be until later on in 2013.
“Someone will take it, but at this point, they’re not sure who yet,” he said. “It would take several months, I would imagine, before someone will.”
Other meeting highlights:
• Commissioners approved moving all election equipment and supplies to the Cooke County Annex building and using the building as an early voting location during upcoming elections.
• Commissioners approved the $20,000 purchase of 14 automated external defibrillator (AED) units for placement throughout several county facilities.
• Commissioners filed the Cooke County Community Supervision and Corrections Department’s annual audit for fiscal year 2012.
• Commissioners approved allowing members of the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 office to place signs in the lobby of the Cooke County Justice Center.
• Commissioners approved these consent agenda items: fiscal year 2013 budget amendments; monthly bills; payroll and related expenses; allowing the Juvenile Probation Department to paint the railing outside of their building; filing of the internal quarterly audit of the following offices; Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4; County Attorney; Constable Pct. 4; and Environmental Health; filing of a Certificate of Course Completion for the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act for Russ Harper, Constable Pct. 4; a contract and certificate of substantial completion for work done by Pinnacle Restoration to repair water damage in the JP 4 offices; allowing the Cooke County Library to apply for the Texas Commission on the Arts Quarterly Grant; ratifying the county judge’s signature on the agreement between the Cooke County Library and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to participate in the Texas Group Catalog and the Navigator Interlibrary Loan System; allowing the Cooke County Library to apply for the “Innovations in Literacy Scholarship” from the Public Library Association; a contract between Cooke County Library & Influx Library, Inc. to complete work on mobile library website for the Texas Library Mobile grant; a surplus by auction or salvage of a 1995 Ford Bronco and a Polaris ATV; a voting machine rental agreement between Valley View ISD and Cooke County for the May 11, 2013 election; a voting machine rental agreement between Callisburg ISD and Cooke County for the May 11, 2013 election; a donation in the amount of $15 to the Cooke County Library for research from Katherine Yester; an inmate telephone contract with Securus for the Cooke County Justice Center.