By Valerie Reddell
County officials signed a proclamation Monday recognizing the vital role the American Red Cross plays in helping local families recover from disasters. Volunteers serving with the national organization have worked for decades to create the procedures used around the world to help families during and after widespread natural or man-made disasters. Red Cross also assists members of the uniformed military services return home when their family suffers a bereavement or other emergency.
The court also named John Wilson as chairman of the Tyler County Beautification Campaign.
"This is a good day in Tyler County. This man called and said Tyler County needed to be cleaned up and I asked if he would volunteer as chairman, and he said yes," Blanchette said.
Wilson will work to coordinate volunteer efforts between the city, county and school districts to clean up litter prior to the 75th annual Dogwood Festival celebration.
The Texas Department of Transportation has had crews and a contractor working along the highway rights-of-way, but it doesn't take them long to replenish the trash," County Judge Jacques Blanchette said.
"This is an ongoing issue in the county — not just our county but all across the state," Wilson said. "you have to keep working on it and trying to get people involved. You have to educate people not to throw it out to begin with, take more pride in where we live."
"So far the response has been great. When you start piling it up and see how much each mile produces ..." Wilson said.
"That information will be very valuable," Martin Nash said.
"It's amazing how much trash each mile produces," Blanchette said.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Walston reminded those in attendance that residents can drop off used appliances and other scrap metal items at the Pct. 4 barn.
County Treasurer Sue Saunders reported that the county received a check for $1,850 recently for scrap metal good collected and sold.
Commissioners voted to amend their meeting schedule for the remainder of 2018. Commissioners court session will be held every other Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
A recent attorney general's opinion required Commissioners Court to convene to approve payroll prior to checks being issued. In response, Tyler County officials added meetings to their schedule to ensure the current payroll schedule would continue. After reviewing statutes related to meeting schedules, they have been able to consolidate their regular court sessions to alternate Wednesdays.
Finally, commissioners approved renewal of the LexisNexis agreement for the County Law library as well as a resolution to seek bids for road materials and fuel.