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Stories Added - December 7, 2007 - December 14, 2007
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DETCOG Board Approves Crockett Solid Waste Grant
Houston County Courier - December 2007

Houston County received a ceremonial check from the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) during the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) meeting held Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation near Livingston.
ORCA awarded a total of $15,893,027 in grants to 51 recipients in the region between Sept. 1, 2006 and Aug. 31.
The ceremonial ORCA check represented $269,800 for the city of Grapeland and $218,500 representing a grant for a 150 kw emergency generator for Consolidated Water Supply's "Plant B" located on CR 1855.
DETCOG Solid Waste Advisory Council Vice-chair Chris Fitzgerald, announced the results of the regional review of the Solid Waste Grant Applications.
The board approved the committee recommendations to fund grants to Hemphill, San Augustine, Crockett, Shelby County, Diboll, San Jacinto County and Trinity County.  Each applicant received $19,600.
In other business, Center Mayor John Windham provided the transportation committee report noting the recent release of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Interstate 69 study. 
Saying the five-volume study narrowed the prospective routes for the transportation corridor, Windham urged interested parties to review the publication at the DETCOG office in Jasper.
 President Simmons congratulated DETCOG Executive Director, Walter Diggles, on his recent governor’s appointment to chair the OneStar National Service Commission. The organization is responsible for the Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative, the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative and the National Service Initiative.
In his report, DETCOG Executive Director, Walter Diggles, stated the agency’s Hurricane Rita Relief program has identified 129 eligible applicants for assistance under the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)/Community Development Block Grant program. 
Eleven purchase orders have been issued for replacement housing with five of them already delivered and installed. 
Diggles announced that DETCOG and TDHCA would be working next month to speed up delivery of assistance to victims of Hurricane Rita.
Diggles also reported that U.S. Congressman, Kevin Brady, participated in DETCOG’s Annual Holiday Food Campaign with Brookshire Brothers. 
Brady presented bags of groceries for needy families as part of the Food Stamp, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach program. 
Similar presentations will be taking place at throughout the 12 county regions.  DETCOG administers the outreach under a contract with the Health and Human Services Commission.
The next DETCOG meeting will be its annual Christmas Luncheon.  The meeting will be held in Jasper County.








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