by Tina S. Richards
The November monthly meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners' Court was held Friday, November 15, 2013. The agenda included discussions concerning the upcoming 2014 Court calendar and the holiday schedule for the County's offices and employees, plus the acceptance of an Honor and Remember flag, renewal of several yearly contracts, and a resolution concerning a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation plan.
The Court had the honor of accepting and dedicating an Honor and Remember flag in remembrance of military personnel, representing Tyler County, that died while in service of one of the military branches during wartime. Roy James presented the flag. In attendance, for the ceremony was Debbie Walker who represented her brother, Hollace Walker. Mr. Walker was the first citizen of Tyler County to be killed in the Vietnam conflict, in 1966. The flag is currently flying proudly along side the United States of America flag and the flag of Texas.
The County will be observing the same fourteen holidays in 2014 as were observed in the last few years. A schedule of the actual holidays will be posted in each of the County's offices for the public's general notification. The 2014 Commissioners' Court will meet every month on the second Monday at 10 a.m. and the second Friday at 8:30 a.m., with only three exceptions. The Court will not meet on Friday, April 18, due to observation of Good Friday; nor will the Court meet Monday, October 13, due to the Columbus Day holiday and Monday, November 11, due to recognition of Veterans' Day.
Dale Freeman, coordinator for the Tyler County Emergency Management Services, presented the Court with Tyler County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan, three years in the making, sets the parameters for planning and handling all future emergency situations within Tyler County. Freeman noted Tyler County's Emergency procedures are, for the first time in a long time, in compliance with State, Federal, and National requirements. In other words, if the need should arise, Tyler County would be eligible to apply for disaster funding and relief on multiple levels. The Court thanked and commended Freeman for his tireless effort. Freeman commented there were many people involved with the procedure who deserved thanks but in particular he wanted to thank his associate Cassie Romeo for her organization skills and countless contributions, particularly with development of the plan.
In other business, Lynette Cruse was reappointed to the Appraisal Board of Directors. The Court agreed to renew contracts providing Workmen' Comp for Tyler County employees and liability insurance for public officials and law enforcement personnel. The County's existing contract with Pest Control Services was amended to include the recently purchased facility located on the 200 block of N. Charlton.
The County's offices and courts will be closed December 24-25, 2013 for the Christmas holidays. They will be closed December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014 for the New Year's holidays.