The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning at the courthouse in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer, Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order and County Clerk Toni Watson called roll. The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the November 28th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her comments in which she congratulated both Fredonia and Princeton on having successful Christmas Parades. She also congratulated former Caldwell County Attorney Bridgie Miller on being the Princeton Christmas Parade’s Grand Marshall. She then thanked the Dotson Park Board for having a wonderful community dinner after the parade on Saturday. She also congratulated Richard Jones on his 50 years of service with the Princeton Fire Department. She then mentioned the unveiling ceremony of the new relief sculpture at the Trail of Tears park and encouraged all those who have yet to see it to stop by the park and take a moment to appreciate the sculpture.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business and Judge Dunning spoke up saying that the county was still working on getting the clocks fixed at the courthouse and that Randy Jordan had found a solution to lighting the flag outside the courthouse and would be installing the light soon.

The meeting then moved to new business of which there were a few items. The first item of new business was to approve the 2018 Caldwell County Sheriff’s Fee Budget. The budget would be in the amount of $232,270. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the fee budget.

The next item of new business was to approve the 2018 Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy Salaries. Salaries for all Caldwell County Deputies and other staff would not exceed $400,000. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the salaries.

The next item of new business was to approve the new hire of Dustin Drury at the Caldwell County Jail. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved that he be hired as full-time at the jail.

The next item of new business was to approve the re-appointment of Allison Oliver and Clay Hughes to the Caldwell County Water Board, with their terms to end on December 31st, 2021. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the re-appointments.

The court then unanimously approved the monthly financial statement, approved the Treasurer’s transfers, and gave the authorization to pay bills as presented.

The meeting then moved to committee and department reports. Caldwell County Sheriff Stan Hudson addressed the court, reminding everyone of the Church Safety Seminar that will be held at Southside Baptist Church in Princeton on Thursday, December 14th, at 6:30PM. He invited all area churches to attend the free seminar. Caldwell County Jailer Jon Petit then addressed the court saying that the GED program at the jail has kicked off and several inmates are close to completing their GEDs.

The meeting then moved to magistrate’s comments. Magistrate Phillip Sisk addressed the court congratulating both Fredonia and Princeton for having successful Christmas Parades. He then mentioned that the Small Town Christmas events in downtown Princeton were well attended and thanked the Dotson Park Board for inviting everyone to their community Christmas dinner. Magistrate Brent Stallins then addressed the court saying that he wanted to wish a Merry Christmas to all assembled and reminded them to remember the real reason for the season.

Judge Dunning then reminded everyone that the courthouse will be closed Wednesday, December 13th, from 11AM to 1PM so that county employees can attend a Christmas dinner. She also mentioned that the courthouse will be closed on December 25th and 26th for the Christmas holiday and on December 29th and January 1st for the New Year’s holiday.

A motion was then made to adjourn and after a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be on Thursday, December 28th, due to the Christmas holiday, and is open to the public.

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