County Prepares for Hurricane Season
The Regular Meeting of the Lee County Commissioners held on Monday, May 10, dealt primarily with routine matters. During the meeting, the Court designated the week of May 23-29, 2010 as Hurricane Awareness week. The need for continued awareness will be highlighted by a Workshop scheduled for May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Sheriff’s Meeting room. Attendees, including many officials and representatives of organizations in the County, will discuss lessons learned and things to be changed if a major storm hits the Eastern Texas Coast this upcoming Hurricane Season, which starts June 1.
As many remember from last year, while Lee County is considered a ‘pass through’ area, the need for advance planning and preparation becomes very acute as an emergency is in progress. In the event power is lost over a large area or large numbers of people pass through the area, plans need to be in place to deal with things such as high traffic volumes, fuel and toilet facilities for travelers, rail traffic interruptions, fresh water supplies, and food. These will be the subjects of discussion at the meeting.
In other business, the Court authorized Commissioner Maurice Pitts to apply for grant funding from the Regional Solid Waste Grants program to underwrite the costs for a disposal program to cover objects such as batteries, tires, and paint, to name a few. If the grant is received, a County Wide effort to recycle these items will be undertaken this next Spring. As a part of the application process to receive a grant to help dispose of hazardous materials, we would like to request letters of support from our community. If you think that this cleanup could be beneficial to the community, please write a letter of support addressed to:
Capital Area Council of Governments Attention: Ms. Kelly Freeman 6800 Burleson Rd., Bldg 310, Ste. 165 Austin, TX 78744
The County, for the third year in a row was recognized by the Texas Association of Counties with a Safety Award for controlling Workers’ Compensation Claims for the past year. This means that Lee County was in the top 15% of approximately 300 Governmental Agencies that self-insure their Workers’ Compensation through the Association’s Risk Management Pool. Lee was one of only 26 counties so recognized.
The Commissioners were also notified by the Texas Facilities Commission of the Lease Cancellation for space occupied by the Health and Human Services Commission. This group will be moving into other quarters in Giddings.