April proclaimed Sexual Assault-Domestic Violence Awareness
and Child Abuse Protection Month
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHEN–Henderson County Comissioners agreed on the importance of proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month and took that opportunity to thank the volunteers and paid staff at the HELP Center, East Texas Crisis Center, Child Advocacy Center, Family Peace Project, Child Protective Services and first responders for the role they play on the frontlines of these devastating offenses.
HELP Center Director Leslie Saunders reported that 430 children were served for abuse and neglect last year. She added that Henderson County, though no longer among the Top 10 of Texas counties per capita with the most victims, is now in the Top 20, she said.
“It is one of the sad realities we have to deal with, and we can’t thank you enough,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a resolution to move the Game Warden Memorial from the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center in Athens to the State Capital in Austin. The request came from the Game Wardens Association representative Kenneth Head. A replacement is planned for the center, Head said.
• authorized a private auction of resale properties located in Mabank and Kemp ISDs acquired by the County due to delinquent tax. The school districts have had success at selling off these properties in their local area, McKinney said.
• accepted payments from Holloman Corp for road damage to country roads in Precinct 1 in the amount of $54,000 and in Precinct 2 in the amount of $60,000. The firm was laying gas pipe for Atmos Energy during very wet conditions which contributed to the damage, commissioners noted.
• approved a contract with the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department to be a secondary resource for emergency services within the county without monetary numeration. The contract allows the department to rebuild its membership and prove its reliability going future, as it gains more members.
• noted the hanging and framing of the current map of Emergency Service Districts in the County, furnished by the Tax Appraisal District.
• set April 26 at 9:15 a.m. for a public hearing to extend a 35 mph speed zone for a total of three miles affecting county roads 4613 and 4614 to the intersection with State Highway 19, in Precinct 4.
• approved two right-of-way permits to East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District to tap pressure sewer mains on Signet Drive and in Three Harbors Subdivision to serve new homes.
• approved 16 contracts with volunteer fire departments to provide firefighting in the unincorporated areas of the county, totaling $166,691.20.
• paid bills totaling $156 for FY 2015, the last amount in a capital murder case, $91,269.84 in FY 2016 and $166,691.20 for the volunteer fire department contracts.