Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 30, 2013

Homeland Security Grant accepted

County votes for money to be used for radio communication

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court voted to accept a Homeland Security Grant that will be used to improve radio communication in the western part of the county.

The grant amount is $21,591.89. This money is coming to the county through the East Texas Council of Governments.

Sheriff Ray Nutt said the voter site will boost the power of the radio signals and will be based in Log Cabin. The site will be used by several departments on the county’s west side.

“They’ve got one in Tarrant County that serves the west end,” Nutt said. “They have a little trouble getting out on their walkie-talkies.”

Sanders said the county will transfer the site to Log Cabin. It will be the responsibility of Log Cabin to take care of maintenance to the equipment.

In other action, Commissioners approved the purchase of an automatic handicapped-accessible door opener for the Clint W. Murchison Library, with the $1,440 cost coming from the Library Fund.

County Judge Richard Sanders said patrons using the wheelchair ramp to the back door had difficulty entering the library, and there is nothing there to signal a library employee to aid them. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said the change is overdue.

Commissioners voted to reappoint Deanna Edwards and appoint William Casey to terms on the Henderson County Emergency Services District No. 3 board. The terms will expire on Dec. 31 of this year. Casey will replace Thomas Wylie, who is retiring after serving 11 years on the board.

Commissioners also voted to:

• approve the alliance election form with the Texas Association of Counties;

• appoint former Precinct 6 Constable Mike Warren as deputy constable for Precinct 4; and

• authorize payment of bills in the amount of $73,642.81.