Today in Commissioners Court, Emancipation Day was declared, and the employee insurance renewal was discussed.  The new subdivision ordinance received its first test since adoption and survived.  We hear reports from the Grant Specialist and EMC, the EMS director, Chief Deputy Noviski and the Court approved a new part time animal control officer.  The most interesting thing, however, were the budget amendments.  Precinct 2 Commissioner Sternadel asked for a half a million dollar budget amendment to build a bridge which will vastly diminish Precinct 2’s reserve funds.  No word on why it was not approved in last year’s budget or why it can’t wait until next year when it can be budgeted and collected from taxpayers.