by Kelli Barnes
Tyler County District attorney Joe Smith attended his final Commissioners Court meeting as an office holder on Monday. Tyler County Judge Jacque Blanchette spoke for the county, honoring Smith with a special thank you.
Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the lease agreement conditions for Congressman-elect Brian Babin , as it pertains to office space in the courthouse. Following precedent set by other counties with hometown U. S. congressmen, there will be no charge for the space. "It will be an honor and a boost to Tyler County, for Babin to office in the courthouse," Blanchette said.
Commissioner Rusty Hughes stepped down from the position of Judge Pro-Tem, recommending Commissioner Jack Walston be appointed to this position for 2015. The vote was unanimous and Walston accepted the appointment.
Adult Probation Chief Matt O'Neal, requested a modification to the contract between Tyler County and the Tyler County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD). "The change will allow us to work community service workers a couple of times a month for a full eight hours at a time, instead of partial days every Saturday, O'Neal said." The court voted to approve the contract change and also thanked O'Neal for the community service worker's demolition efforts at the new Commissioners Court offices. "Their work saved the county $8000", said Commissioner Martin Nash.
Tyler County is without an Agricultural Extension agent beginning January 3. Jennifer Page resigned her position for personal reasons and will begin a teaching position closer to her hometown. "...please know that I will miss my time here. Thank you all for the support that you have offered over the last several months..." Page said in a resignation letter to the court.
Additional re-appointments to the Tyler County Historical Commission were voted on, along with honorary members being appointed. They are: voting members Chuck Davidson, Bob Morris, Billie Ratcliff and Donna Taylor; honorary members Mayme Brown, Peggy Burton, Jesse Collins and Manie Whitmeyer; plus Judge Jacques Blanchette as Ex-Officio.
In other business commissioners tabled the copy machine decision for the Tax office, and took care of general housekeeping items for the new year.
New Tyler County elected officials will be sworn in Friday, January 2 at 10 a.m. in the District courtroom. The public is invited to attend. The next Commissioners Court meeting will be Monday, January 12 at 10 a.m.