The new year is in full swing and the Midland County commissioners have a lot on their plate this year.
On Monday morning, commissioners met for their first meeting of the year.
BIG 2 / FOX 24 spent the morning talking to commissioners about some of the projects they have in store.
According to Commissioner Scott Ramsey, of Precinct 1, the remainder of their current fiscal budget looks strong.
“Financially, we’re in great shape. Thank you to the people of Midland County and the sales tax, of course,” said Ramsey.
One of the projects in the books is road repairs and maintance.
“Rehabing County Road 1160. We’re going to bid out County Road 1200. We’ve bid out the first part of County Road 1210 or Midkiff Road,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Robin Donnelly.
After a nearly three year road evaluation, Donnelly says they now have a road map on what areas need improvement.
“As time goes on, we’ll look at our seal coating and overlays, as well,” said Donnelly.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Ramsey says residents can expect exciting things from the renovated Downtown Library. The upgrades include a more open space design, a large children’s section, and a modern look.
“We’re going to have a video wall there that will bring people, and I’ll guarantee you from all around West Texas — if not all around the state,” said Ramsey.
Some other smaller projects include some renovations to the Midland County Horseshoe Arena.
Though oil prices are fluxuating, with a barrel of crude closing at $50.75 on Monday evening, both commissioners say they have experts always looking out for budgetary changes that may arise.
Commissioner Donnelly says they’ve noticed the price of oil usually affects their budget several years down the road.
“Hopefully, we can be as conservative in our budgeting as is neccessary,” said Donnelly.