By JUDY SHERIDAN
Parker County Commissioners authorized an additional 3 percent pay raise for deputy constables, approved a $5,000 change order for the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway interchange with I-20 and authorized a $26,000 settlement payment to a Fort Worth law firm related to the insurance coverage of a former county employee named Banks in court action Monday.
Precinct No. 1 Commissioner George Conley told the court that the county’s four deputy constables — one for each constable — had been left out of the 6 percent pay raise given to other deputies and proposed they receive a 3 percent raise in addition to the 3 percent raise all non-elected county employees received.
“I think they deserve the 6 percent myself,” he said. “Their job is just as dangerous as the patrol deputies.”
Conley told the court the total increase — as estimated by the auditor — was $3,709, including all payroll costs. Commissioners approved the motion 5-0, with the monies to come from program contingencies.
RWMH change order
Construction Manager David Payne, of Freese & Nichols, asked the court for $5,000 more to replace lime-treated subgrade with cement-treated subgrade for the I-20 interchange entrance and exit ramps, upping the interchange contract to $8,463,995.
“Due to the low PI (plasticity index) of that area — its high sand content in the existing subgrade — we’ve had to basically change to cement treatment from lime treatment,” he said. “If we didn’t do so, we would have had a failure in the subgrade.”
Payne reported that asphalt has been set on all the frontage road entrances and exits. He estimated it would take about a month to set the rebar and pour the concrete.
After a short executive session, commissioners approved a net settlement payment to Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, personal injury attorneys, for 15 percent of the gross amount of $171,645, with the balance to be returned to Parker County.