By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Tyler County Commissioners received updates on several items and approved some purchasing at the Monday, Feb. 25 meeting of commissioners court.
One item on the agenda that County Judge Jacques Blanchette presented in the form of a proclamation recognized the month of February as “Heart Health Month” in Tyler County. The national emphasis on heart health throughout the month places a focus on making life changes to prevent heart disease and encouraging doctors and nurses to become leaders in their respective communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease and making healthier choices in life.
Tyler County Hospital CEO Sondra Williams, as well as TCH employees Christina Hood and Janay Gilbert and Ken Jobe, Hospital Board Chairman, were on hand to recognize the proclamation and Heart Health Month.
Mutual aid for juvenile counseling/mental health services
An agreement was approved for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) to provide counseling and/or mental health services for juvenile offenders in Tyler County.
This routine mutual-aid agreement, which was presented to the court by Terry Allen, the county’s chief juvenile probation officer, “seemed to meet all of the criteria”, Blanchette said.
Purchases approved for Pct 4
Commissioners approved two purchases for Precinct 4 of heavy equipment. In two separate agenda items, the purchase of a 2019 Mack truck tractor and a CPS belly dump trailer from the Wichita Falls-based dealership Bruckner’s was approved.
The funds for these purchases will come from HGAC, a cooperative government-to-government buy board.
At its Monday meeting, commissioners also voted to approve the following agenda items:
• A resolution authorizing the submission of a fiscal year 2019-2020 Texas Community Development Block Grant was presented and approved.
• An intergovernmental agreement between the county and the Tyler County Special Utility District (formerly Tyler County Water Supply Corp.) was approved.
• The investment of additional county funds in the Texas Class Pool Funds was approved. County Treasurer LeAnn Monk recommended this action as the county is “currently sitting on quite a bit of money” not drawing significant interest.
• The appointment of Jennifer Miller as ESD #3 Commissioner through Dec. 31, 2020 was made.