by Kelli Barnes
Commissioners officially voted to amend the agreement with Tyler County Search and Rescue, changing the $1 donation parking at the rodeo arena during Western Weekend, to paid $1 parking. "Since they began volunteering to park cars, the parking situation is so much better...well worth the $1 parking fee per vehicle," said Commissioner Rusty Hughes.
In recognition of Red Cross month in Tyler County, proclaimed by Tyler County Commissioner's Court, the Red Cross will be presenting the "Pillowcase Project", a program used to teach third through fifth grade students what they can do if a fire occurs while they are at home. Anyone interested in having the Red Cross presentation, may call 409-832-1644 to schedule. Also during March, the Red Cross will team up with the Tyler County Child Welfare Board and first responders around the county to provide and install smoke detectors into the homes of underprivileged elderly, disabled, and homes with small children.
Ivanhoe Mayor Cathy Bennett was present in Commissioners Court, while the inter-local agreement and cooperation contract between the city of Ivanhoe and the county was approved. This allows the county to do work inside Ivanhoe as agreed upon, like mowing and road work, with the promise of reimbursement from Ivanhoe to the county.
District Clerk Chyrl Pounds and County Treasure Donece Gregory both are attending continuing education, and certificates were approved by commissioners.
A map correction issue was tabled, to allow commissioner's time to research the process of officially correcting errors and/or oversights on the legal 911 mapping from 2005. According to commissioner Jack Walston, Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) will not make the change, because the map is an official document and any changes must go through the courts. "It's a legal process," said Walston. Commissioner's are consulting with Allison and Bass, attorneys in Austin who were a part of the mapping legal process.
On March 9, Commissioner's Court reconvened to take care of general business of the court and a few other agenda items. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sent a letter, for the record, giving the county permission to use the fly ash from the German Pellet plant in Woodville, stating it is safe for the environment.
Martin Nash was appointed by the court to be a voting delegate for Seneca Water Board, which is the water company used by Precinct one.
During the upcoming April 13 meeting, bidding will open for petroleum products to be used by the county. Commissioners will vote to award a bid during the May 11 meeting.
Sheila Lewis with AgriLife Extension Service presented the name Jacob Spivey, as their sole candidate for the position of Tyler County Extension Agent. Spivey will work for AgriLife in a training capacity in Nacogdoches, Angelina and Polk counties over the 30 days. Upon successful completion of this process, Spivey will be presented for approval at the April 13 commissioners court.
Commissioners will meet again on Thursday, March 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom located at the Tyler County courthouse.