Will consider COPS agreement with Alice ISD

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Jim Wells County Commissioners will consider approving an agreement with the Alice Independent School District for the Cops in School program during their Friday meeting at 9 a.m.

AISD Trustees approved the agreement in which the district will pay for the salaries of two JWC Sheriff's Department deputies to be stationed at Alice High School and William Adams Middle School for the 2007-2008 school year.

The cost to the district will be $65,670, which will cover salaries, equipment costs and additional compensation for the COPS in School supervisor.

Although the salaries would be paid by AISD, the officers will be considered employees of the sheriff's department, which requires commissioner's court approval before the agreement can be final.

With the increased flooding from heavy rains this summer, and the build up for debris in the city and county drainage ways, the court will consider and act upon a presentation by the City of Alice to possibly remedy the situation.

Both the city and the county have received reports of drainage concerns from the community over the last few weeks, and will consider approaches to improve creek bed maintenance.

State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D-Alice) is scheduled to make a presentation during the meeting on legislative issues on which she feels the county should be aware.

The court will also consider accepting or rejecting seal coating bids at the meeting.

The meeting is open to the public and is held in the county courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse.