It was business as usual at Walker County Commissioners Court on Monday, ranging from bill paying to amending subdivision land plats.

Captain Larry McDugal with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department reported that racial profiling reports for 2005 showed the department in good measure.

“We have had no racial profiling complaints in the last year,” he told the commissioners. “The percentages reflect the fact we don’t really have a racial profiling problem at the sheriff’s office.”

From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2005, the WCSO reported 24 percent of a total 83 citations were issued to black suspects, 42 percent to white suspects, 14 percent to Hispanic suspects and 3 percent in a category labeled “other”.

Those numbers will be formally submitted to the state as required by law.

Also on Monday, the county approved entering into a contract with IPLOW computer software for the purpose of upgrading the collections department.

The software will cost the county $3,600 a year and service can be canceled at any time. Commissioners agreed to install the software on the server for purposes of training, but the program will not go live online until all county courts can agree on a uniform collections process and the technology committee can be informed and weigh in.

“I recommend that we actually put it into production when all the components are there,” said Patricia Allen, county auditor.

Allen also updated the court on reimbursements from FEMA for expenses during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Under Hurricane Katrina expenditures, the county has received $6,680.35 for emergency protection measures and $56,171 for housing evacuees.

For Rita, the county received $10,758.72 for emergency protection measures under and emergency declaration and an additional reimbursement of $46,963.55 for expenses after a presidential disaster declaration was issued.

Precinct 3 received $14,079 for debris removal reimbursement after Rita, and Precinct 4 received $31,078.64.

A workshop concerning election issues will be held as a continuance of Monday’s meeting at 8 a.m. today in the commissioner’s courtroom.

Other items approved Monday:

• A proclamation was issued to name Feb. 26-March 2 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Walker County.

• A letter of support will be issued from the county for a program utilizing Gulf Coast Trade Center students, funded by potential USDA grants, for work at the New Waverly Community Park.

• Mutual aid agreements were approved for all Walker County volunteer fire departments.

• The Walker County Senior Center will be added to the list of jury donation options.