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Dispatching system gets restored
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County will move forward on getting its communications system replaced in the sheriff’s department, following a discussion last week. The radio system was recently hit by lightening, causing dispatching problems in the sheriff’s department. Although not an agenda item, commissioners told San Jacinto County Sheriff James Walters to “move forward” with plans to replace the system. The system, which will cost about $42,000, is insured. The county will pay a $5,000 deductable fee. San Jacinto County Emergency Services District (ESD) Board President Gene Clark told the court the ESD has about $12,000 it wants to add to the replacement of the communications system and upgrade it to a better one which will up the cost to about $54,000. On agenda items, the court took no action to approve a credit card policy and fraud detection/ prevention policy for the county pending further study by a committee of elected offi cials appointed to study and prepare the policies. Once the policies are approved, each county commissioner, the county auditor and the county sheriff will be issued credit cards to use for county business. Also on the agenda, commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the public sale of tax sale properties held in trust by the county. The properties have been offered at public auction one time before but did not sale. During the next property tax sale the properties will be offered for sale at a lower minimum bid than fi rst offered. Commissioners approved a donation of $900 to the Shattered Lives Program. The program will be presented April 14-15 at Coldspring-Oakhurst High School by the county sheriff, San Jacinto County EMS, Life Flight and local volunteer fi re departments and is geared to making students more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. “I think it’s a great program,” said San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. The program will be moved to Shepherd High School next year. Commissioners approved a motion to proclaim the month of March as Texas Month in San Jacinto County. Recognized by the William Cochran Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the month of March in San Jacinto County is to be used to recognize and perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas, and urge citizens to observe Texas heritage. Commissioners also recognized the month of March as Red Cross Month. Reading the proclamation, Judge Faulkner said the American Red Cross has served and provided services to citizens during times of disaster for 80 years. The month of February was proclaimed Black History in San Jacinto County by the court, providing a time to honor the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles — slavery, prejudice, poverty — as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life. The high bid of $1,105 was accepted by the court for a 1981 South African Gold Kugerrand coin offered by the county sheriff’s department.


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