The Henderson County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation Tuesday decrying abuse against its older citizens.

Commissioners approved the document declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month, which was read in court by Carla Fisher of Adult Protective Services.

In 2009, APS completed 468 investigations of which 377 cases if abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly were confirmed.

“Abuse of the elderly, and people with disabilities in domestic and institutional settings, is a widespread problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country,” the proclamation stated.

According to the document, elder abuse is grossly under-reported because those being abused find it difficult to tell anyone, because their are ashamed or afraid.

Henderson County Judge David Holstein thanked the APS members for there service.

“They work long days and long hours, and sometimes see sights you don’t really want to remember,” Holstein said.

Commissioners also declared May 9 through May 15 as National Nursing Home Week.

In other action, commissioners tabled an item calling for them to certify the county’s biennial maintained road mileage.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said the current inventory is still being compiled. The information must be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation by May 14. In 2008, the county was reported to be maintaining 762 miles, and commissioners believe this year’s total will be higher.

Commissioners also voted to:

• allow the tax assessor collector to return $300,000 to a taxpayer on property that was overassessed;

• transfer a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban from the sheriff’s office to the Precinct 2 Road and Bridge Department to transport those who had been sentenced to perform human services to their work site;

• donate 35 unused phones to the East Texas Crisis Center; and

• pay bills in the amount of $222,721.

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