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County given spotlight as retirement location
BY GREG PEAK
LIVINGSTON – Programs to encourage more retirees to move to Polk County are underway, members of the Polk County Commissioners court were told Tuesday. Betty Russo, director of the Polk County Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (EIDC), presented a report that the county is being featured in a Houston magazine and on the Retire in Texas website. "We are one of nine Certified Retirement Communities (CRC) which received a free ad in the May/June issue of the Houston Resource Guide for Active Aging Adults," she said. In addition, the state's Certified Retirement Marking Director has recently rejuvenated the program and is studying placing highway signs for each CRC on existing Texas Department of Transportation City Pride Program signs. She added the marketing director also is seeking to get writers and bloggers to come to Texas and write about the CRC communities and has changed the Retire in Texas website and Facebook page so that it will feature a difference CRC community each month. Russo said Polk County is the featured April community and can be seen at www.RetireinTexas.org. Russo told commissioners she also is updating the local website and may redesign it soon to give it a new look. "I'm planning on designing a 'retire in Polk County' brochure which will be at least partially, if not fully, paid for by sponsors," she added. In other business during the short meeting, commissioners approved the purchase of new digital video recorders for the courthouse security cameras at a cost of $2,663.33. They also received quarterly warrant service program reports from the constables. Polk County Judge John Thompson noted written reports were submitted by Pct. 2 Constable William R. "Bill" Cunningham and Pct. 3 Constable Anthony "Ray" Myers. An email summary also was provided by Pct. 4 Constable Dana "Bubba" Piper and no report was received from Pct. 1 Constable Scott Hughes. Thompson noted the reports were requested by commissioners to keep them up to date on the warrant service effort and that no action will be taken until commissioners begin looking at the constable budgets for the coming fiscal year. Also accepted during the meeting were certificates of continuing education completion for Pct. 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis and Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet. Commissioners also renewed the county's property insurance through the Texas Association of Counties.