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Court proclaims child abuse prevention month
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – A proclamation designating April as San Jacinto County Child Abuse Prevention and Neglect Month was approved by commissioners’ court last week. The proclamation encourages county citizens to cooperate in endeavors to eliminate abuse and recognizes the county’s collaborative programs for family empowerment involving educational and social service agencies, religious and civic organizations and city and county government and the importance for these partnerships. In a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved a motion to fi - nance the purchase of a roll-off truck for Pct. 3 Sanitation from Peoples State Bank at a 3.25 percent interest rate. Opposing the motion to fi nance were Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells and Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno. Nettuno said he opposed fi - nancing the equipment because the county has the money to pay, saving the county $11,000 over a fi ve-year fi nance period. Others, including Judge Faulkner, felt the 3.25 percent interest rate was too good to risk using money from the county’s fund balance which might be needed in a future emergency. The county has a fund balance of about $2 million in the general fund. Commissioners accepted the resignation of San Jacinto County Fire Marshal Leonard Stephens. “Stephens is resigning due to health issues,” said San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. Concerning a replacement, Faulkner said, “Several names have been suggested and some have shown an interest in the job.” A decision to name a new fire marshal was tabled until the next commissioners’ court meeting. Following weeks of negotiating with Cleveland Regional Medical Center over an invoice for a blood drug screening test for San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Deputy Lloyd Spencer, commissioners finally approved payment of $1,667, down from the original invoice total of $2,566. According to Faulkner, Spencer was taken to the emergency room at night for the blood work as required by county policy when a county employee is involved in an accident. While Pct. 1 Commissioner Laddie McAnally felt the bill should have been covered by insurance, a motion to pay the invoice carried. A motion for the purchase of post oak gravel from Troy Lilley was approved at a cost to the county of $6 per yard already ramped. A proclamation proclaiming San Jacinto County’s support of the 2010 U.S. Census and its goals and activities was approved by the court. A surety bond for Sherryl Evans, San Jacinto County’s new elections administrator, was approved by the court.