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Front Page September 5, 2017  RSS feed

Leon County continues to help with Coastal disaster situation

By Sherry Matney

Pastor Tuffy Loftin prayed to open the Leon County Commissioners Court on August 30, 2017. Following the pledges the Judge Byron Ryder made several announcements concerning the flooding and devastation in and around Houston. First Methodist Church Centerville is the Red Cross donation drop off and needs tarps, cots, air mattresses and personal items. Jewett Chamber of Commerce is feeding evacuees who are staying in hotels and motels and are accepting food donations. The 4-H Club is working with Buffalo hotels to help feed their guests who had to leave their homes. The Cowboy Church is taking donations of feed and hay for livestock that have been displaced.

Under Public Comments Mrs. Leathers addressed the Court thanking them for hiring her earlier in the year. Her focus is bullying in schools, where she initially worked in Centerville. She has since moved to all Leon County Schools and is asking for mileage to cover her travels to and from the various schools. Commissioner David Ferguson said since the request was not an agenda item it could not be discussed in the meeting, but they will take care of it later.

The Court approved an Election Services Contract between Leon County and Buffalo ISD for the Buffalo ISD Tax Ratification Election to be held in conjunction with the November 7, 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election and the City of Leona Local Option Election. They also approved the Contract for Storage Services for FY 2018 from Texas State Library and Archives Commission for storage of records for the District Clerk.

Donna Danford, Executive Director LCHRC and Senior Nutrition requested ratification of $4,500 for the State Set- A-Side emergency food and shelter money given through the United Way. These funds will be used for senior meals. The Court also approved Danford requesting a Grant for Texas Feeding Texans. She says the County has applied this Grant for many years and has never been turned down. Although she did not know the amount she expects it will be around $2,000.

This year’s health fair will have the theme “Treasure your Life” and Danford requested a proclamation declaring October 2017 as “Treasure your Life” month. The Court agreed to the request.

Sheriff Kevin Ellis requested approval of the Health Services Agreement between Southern Health Partners and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. This is for inmate health care and had an increase of 3%. The Court approved the request.

The Commissioners agreed to ratify the Burn Ban that Judge Ryder put into effect on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Then they voted to rescind it as of August 30. Judge Ryder voiced concern because the wind has al- ready dried things out since the recent rains, but said if there is no more rain they will have to look at it again.

Commissioner Dean Stanford presented a petition, which was signed by all residents on the road, to convert PR 3170 at Lake Limestone into a County road and begin Precinct 3 road maintenance.

The Court approved: making a $2,000 donation to the Veterans Appreciation Day; accepted the financial statements for ESD 3 in the Jewett area; added Dee Craft to the Homeland Security Advisory Council at BVCOG; approved the new judicial and court personnel training fee effective September 1, 2017; approved the Interlocal Agreement between Lubbock County and Leon County pursuant to the Fair Defense Act and agreed to file the 3rd proposed budget with the County Clerk’s Office.

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