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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Audio book approval brings grins

Leave it to Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage to add a grin or two to the mundane task of reviewing and approving the court’s agenda items. Last week the court approved granting an exemption to the competitive bid process for the purchase of $60,000 in downloadable audio books for the library.

Prestage asked the librarian just how this digital process works. She explained the customer can go to the county’s library website and “check out” up to five books, which can be downloaded to the computer.

Prestage asked if once downloaded the books could be kept. The librarian said the books are allowed for two weeks and after that time “they go away.”

“Poof”, said one court member. “Have you got Harry Potter?” another questioned.

After a few chuckles, the court went back to the agenda at hand.

Another item brings snickers

Another agenda item brought a few chuckles and a snicker or two. This time the court voted to enter an agreement with a company that provides the county with “travel fuel cards utilizing the State of Texas Contract.”

Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson questioned who received the travel cards. Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers chimed in that his card didn’t work and County Judge Bob Hebert said “we paid extra not to have yours work.”

Patterson said his car made it to Austin and back without a fill up, so he never had to use the card.

It was then noted that Meyer’s car doesn’t have that kind of gas mileage—there was a snicker or two and then the court moved on to another item.


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