In an interesting turn of events, Freestone County Commissioners made an amendment to a vote that approved a two-percent raise for all County employees during a regularly scheduled meeting held Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

At a previous meeting, Commissioners voted to give the raise across the board, to all county employees. This was not a unanimous vote, with Commissioner Pct. #2 Craig Oakes voting against.

During this most recent meeting, they came back and amended the motion to exclude all elected officials. Again, this was not a unanimous vote. Commissioner Pct. #3 Mike Daniels voted against the exclusion.

Also at this meeting, Commissioners voted to approve a one-year contract with Five Star Correctional Services for Jail Food Service. With this contract, meals will cost the County $1.48 per meal, per inmate, up from last year’s cost of $1.45 per meal.

“Even with this cost increase, the cost is still significantly less then what was paid per meal with the previous Jail Food Service company we used,” explains Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.

Announcements made during the meeting include that the Tax Rate Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.; the Freestone County 4-H Banquet will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Twisted Vine (the old VFW building); and the burn ban remains lifted at this time.