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County marks hospital week, names architect for courthouse restoration

hospital week

By Valerie Reddell
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County officials opened the April 25 session of Commissioners Court by urging all residents to express their appreciation for the Tyler County Hospital's vital role in providing access to care in our community as well as the local jobs and other vital contributions made by the organization, its employees and other partners in delivering quality care.

All four commissioners made simultaneous motions to adopt the resolution designating May 6 to 12 as National Hospital Week in Tyler County, with this year's theme of "Caring is our Calling."

"We'll leave it to the Deputy Clerk to decide who gets the official nod for making in the motion in the court minutes.

That unanimous support also accompanied the selection of Karl Komatsu Architectural firm to represent Tyler County's interests before the Texas Historical Commission related to maintenance and rehabilitation of the courthouse.

County Judge Jacques Blanchette told commissioners that Komatsu has been a member of the appointed commission.

"He's very knowledgeable about the inner workings and activities of the commission," Blanchette said.

"There will be a contract forthcoming, right now I just want to take action making that official."

In a similar move, Pct. 1 Commissioner Martin Nash said the county should pursue some sort of legal counsel or investigator to gather the information used to form the basis of actions that have already been taken.

"It's a wise idea to make sure that if we have to defend ourselves, we have some type of defense," Blanchette said.

Those concerns have come about after a visit from a member of the THC staff who joined county officials and employees and seemed to approve of and give consent for repairs that including the removal of the bell tower and cupola as well as future removal of the stucco that covers the original brick façade of the courthouse.

After that work commenced, THC seemed to signal some concerns about Tyler County's plans, and removed their staff person from the project.

After a short discussion, the court reached a consensus to schedule an executive session for the next meeting to discuss whether the county needs to retain counsel.

With assistance from County Auditor Jackie Skinner, the court opened bids for road material, culverts, bridge materials and cracked fuel oil for the road and bridge departments. No action to approve bids was taken.

The court also unanimously approved the purchase of a 2019 Chevrolet 2500 HD Silverado pickup for Pct. 4 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet through the buy board.

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