The first public hearing on the proposed more than $60 million Calhoun County budget for the fiscal year 2020 will be 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9.

The second public hearing will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. The second public hearing will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. The Commissioners’ Courtroom of the Calhoun County Courthouse will hold both meetings.

During its Wednesday, Aug. 28, meeting, the court approved changes to the Rules and Regulations for the Fairgrounds and Agricultural Building Facilities.

“Some of these changes recommended by the Texas Department of Health mainly concern cleaning supplies, towels and such,” said Commissioner David Hall. “This makes it so the county is not responsible for the function and is geared mainly toward selling (food).”

Previously the rent for the Bauer Building had been changed to $250 without the use of the kitchen and $450 with the kitchen.

Also added was a fee of $650 for non-emergency fire suppression activation.

The rule changes also include users need to supply their own dish detergent, towels and cleaning supplies, along with their own first aid kit, bodily function kit, and bleach test strips. Another change is that groups serving food to the public must have a food handlers certificate or be a certified food manager, and this includes benefits and fundraisers.

Rate changes for the Port O’Connor Community Center were also approved as was an additional $100 key deposit. Commissioner Gary Reese said there is a problem with keys not being returned, and the deposit will encourage people to return the keys.

The new rates are $600 per day for the main hall with a $250 deposit; 4500 per day for the Pavilion with a $100 deposit; and $50 per day for the Youth Room with a $50 deposit.

Also, the court approved a memorandum of understanding between the county and Bill Cordell for the use of his Port O’Connor communications tower to improve the county’s emergency communications system.

“This is similar to what we did with Dow. We are basically getting space in the tower for free,” said Commissioner David Hall.

In other business, the court:

-- Accepted two audits with unmodified opinions on county funds and grant funds

-- Approved a preliminary plat for Outlot 12, Outblock 18 in the Port O’Connor Townsite outblocks, Resubdivision No. 1

-- Approved a preliminary plat for Block 180, Port O’Connor Townsite, Resubdivision No. 1

-- Approved a final plat of Caracol Resubdivison No. 5

-- Approved a final plat of Caracol Resubdivison No. 2

-- Approved abandoning several streets that were all on the petitioner’s property that were platted but had never constructed

-- Approved payment of Memorial Medical Center bills and county bills