County votes to support 4-H community service project
San Jacinto News- Times - July 2008
SHEPHERD – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court approved funds for a 4-H youth project and talked about purchasing the Coldspring Senior Citizen’s annex property during a regular meeting of court Tuesday. San Jacinto County AgriLife Extension Agent Aaron Sumrall was awarded $1,600 from the county’s economic development fund to help pay for a summer project for county youths and in particular for 4-H students. The project, titled Knots of Love, is a community service project in which students are spending each Thursday making blankets that will be taken to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston when completed and given to children hospitalized there. “We make the blankets for $8 each because WalMart has agreed to sell the fl annel material to us for $2 a yard. We’ve already made 183 blankets and our goal is to complete 400 this summer,” Sumrall said. “We’ve already spent $1,600 on the project from money the students raised or collected from donors.
We need more to complete the project,” Sumrall said. “When we get 200 blankets made we will take the students to Texas Children’s Hospital and let them make the presentation to the patients,” Sumrall said. The 183 blankets already made by the students were done during the last three Thursdays, according to Sumrall. “We have an average of 25 to 30 students each Thursday, along with six to 12 parents,” he added. Commissioners voted to offer the Coldspring Senior Citizen’s organization $100,000 for the purchase of their annex building located next to the Coldspring Senior Citizen’s Center. The building is currently being leased by the county for $1,200 per month and houses the county elections administrator’s offi ce and the offi ce of emergency management.
The building cost the senior citizens $130,000 to construct. According to a lease agreement between the county and the senior citizens organization, 80 percent of the lease money which the county has paid, or $32,640, will be deducted from the total cost of the building, leaving a balance of $97,352. “I’m in favor of offering them $100,000 for the building. It’s a win, win situation for both parties,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner Michael Griffi th as the court voted to exercise their option to purchase the building. San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner said the county will make the offer to the senior citizens and if approved by the organization, will continue with the purchase of the building.