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On Board, with COCISD - March 23 Meeting

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees met in a regular session. The following items were presented:

Spotlight on Excellence
Superintendent Jerry Gibson gave special recognition to Coldspring Intermediate School 3rd graders Chloe Brock and Cedric McGowen for being chosen to represent their campus by leading the Board meeting's Pledge of Allegiance. They were each awarded a new book to enjoy from Barnes & Noble.

Also given special recognition were UIL winners from 2nd through 8th grade. The following outstanding COCISD students placed in the top three in their UIL categories:

2nd Grade:
Paisley Armstrong – 3rd Place in Storytelling
3rd Grade:
Music Memory Team – 3rd Place:
Luc Butler, Isabelle Doggett
Harley Gunnels, Makenzie Lane, Jamie Wells
4th Grade:
Bobbie McBride – 1st Place in Ready Writing and 1st Place in Spelling
Emily Muirhead – Art Smart – 1st Place
Art Smart Team –
2nd Place:
Mariela Martinez, Brenda Clark
Ikira Byrd, Emily Muirhead
Jessica Parker, Anne Bennett
Jocelyn Duwel – 3rd Place in Ready Writing
5th Grade:
Emily Drake – 1st Place in Listening Skills
Marliece Carney – 3rd place in Art Smart
Art Smart Team – 1st Place:
Meagan Harrison, Marliece Carney, Brelynn Ellisor, Ashley Adams, Kyleigh Miller
Meagan Harrison – Art Smart - 2nd Place
Elijah Horton – 3rd Place in Oral Reading
6th Grade:
Destiny Gann – 2nd Place in Calculator Applications
Marissa Martinez – 2nd Place in Science, and 3rd place in Social Studies
Madison Stork – 3rd place in Music Memory
7th Grade:
Carina Carney – 3rd Place in Music Memory
Laurel Currie – 2nd Place in Modern Oratory, and 2nd place in Calculator Applications
Kaylee Daniel – 2nd Place in Editorial Writing, and 2nd Place in Ready Writing
Angel Hill – 3rd Place in Prose
Haley Nacol – 1st Place in Calculator Applications
Darcy Scott – 2nd Place in Dictionary Skills
Brianna Sparks – 3rd Place in Modern Oratory
Makenzie Taylor – 3rd Place in Poetry
8th Grade:
Hailey Adams – 2nd Place in Mathematics
Allissa Charlesworth – 1st Place in Art
Stormy Darnell – 1st Place in Prose
Lisette Harris – 1st Place in Ready Writing, 2nd Place in Social Studies, and 3rd Place in Spelling
Ashton Hickman – 1st Place in Calculator Applications
Avery Hickman – 2nd Place in Calculator Applications
Alexa Major – 2nd Place in Ready Writing, and 3rd Place in Listening Skills
Skye Moss – 3rd Place in Dictionary Skills
Malin Patrick – 1st Place in Poetry, and 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking
Dylan Shears – 3rd Place in Maps, Charts and Graphs
Adrianna Sweeten – 2nd Place in Dictionary Skills

The Lincoln Junior High 8th Grade Girls Basketball "A" Team was also given special recognition for winning back-to back district championships.

Administrative Reports
Campuses
COCISD principals reported the following:
JSE/CIS: Enrollment at JSE was 369 with a 94% attendance rate; CIS had an enrollment of 327 with 96% attendance. Principal Vikki Curry reported the recent Nachos & Numbers Night was a great success with over 500 in attendance, including over 200 students.

LJH: Enrollment was 327 with attendance at 95%. Principal Chris Oldham reported the first round of state testing began week of March 30th. Pre-test data showed significant improvement in students' reading scores, so testing should go well.

COHS: Attendance was 94.3%, with 475 students enrolled. Principal Todd White recognized outstanding volunteers who have played an essential role on the campus, including Daniel Schoenemann, Debra Ward and Lee Ann Currie. Upcoming events include Prom on April 11, and 8th Grade parent meeting/orientation on April 16.

Technology Department
Technology Director Brian Furbee gave a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the department's operations. District Instructional Technology Specialist Kellie Lahey gave a video presentation of the district's instructional technology highlights, including professional development, the new robotics and coding clubs, and last summer's technology camp.

Maintenance Department
In the absence of Maintenance Director Johnny Washington, Asst. Superintendent of Business and Operations Adam Jenke gave the annual report for the Maintenance/Custodial Department. "Mr. Washington has done an extraordinary job," said Jenke, as he commended the director. "We may not have the newest facilities, but we do have well-maintained facilities."

New Business
In other business, the Board voted to approve the following items:
- To engage with the audit firm of Hereford, Lynch, Sellars & Kirkham PC, to conduct the district's financial audit for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015.
- To award bids for the following technology projects: Expansion of Wireless Network, Digital Network Transmission Services and Voice-Over IP.
- To temporarily grant hiring authority to the superintendent for employment of contractual personnel.
- To cancel the Election of Trustees portion of the election to be held on May 9, 2015 and to certify the unopposed candidates elected.
- To cast ballots for the Region 6 Education Service Center's Board of Directors election.
- To approve and certify the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification document for school year 2015- 2016.

Executive Session
After a closed executive session, the Board reconvened and voted to approve the renewal of employee contracts, the employment of certified personnel, and to accept retirements and resignations of certified personnel.

The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at the Jones Educational Complex.

Commissioner’s rethink software training decision

Auditor Carol Martin explaining chart of account and definition of line items limitations Auditor Carol Martin explaining chart of account and definition of line items limitations

by Gayle Erwin
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The regularly scheduled meeting of Commissioner's Court held on Tuesday, March 24th was held in accordance with the 2015 calendar.

Agenda items included the approval to renew the Property & Mobile Equipment coverage with a couple of changes to policy to include coverage for the county in the event of Crime Prevention or theft by employees. This comes on the policy at no additional charge according to the presentation. Approval for the renewal of the San Jacinto County Tax Assessor-Collector Blanket Bond for Kimberly Woolsey and Tom Yates - county employees was unanimous.
Nan Kittrell made a plea for the county maintenance to direct attention to the removal of a holly tree blocking the veterans memorial as well as the trimming and /or possible removal of a Japanese magnolia tree.

After much discussion the court approved the removal of the holly and the trimming of the Japanese magnolia to follow after blooming concludes. Request was made by Commissioner Donnie Marrs that the action of the removal be done immediately - "like tomorrow." Judge Lovett said "he would check with maintenance to see when they could work it into their schedule." Commissioner Ray McCoppin stepped up and said " he would get his guys to come take care of the removal." Upon visual follow up the work was done as Commissioner McCoppin said. The commissioner said "his guys and the help of maintenance promptly got the work done as requested."

Commissioner McCoppin made a recommendation to Chris Whisnant, maintenance supervisor for the county, that it would be nice to maybe put in some low ground cover around the front side of flag poles and leave some room in front for some colorful plants along the sidewalk. Whisnant indicated his crew would be painting and repairing the flag poles soon. This will be in time for a generous donation from the American Legion to install uplighting that would come on at night, at the expense of the American Legion Post.

Management Coordinator Joshua Brogdon received approval from the court to conduct the emergency operation center setup drill in regards to grant request/requirements. Additionally the court approved the Emergency Service District Board to form the Radio Communication Committee with the following committee members, Dale Everitt, Ray McCopin, Josh Brogdon, Michael Smith, Bill Everitt, Chief Joe Schultea and Chief Joseph (representing both COCISD & SISD.)

A grant is in the works for approval from Jim Washburn for improvements to the Hillside Terrace Apartments. Commissioner McCoppin expressed that the grant application looked very good as it is in the review for approval stage now.

Proposal to amend the recently approved training for county employees from Tyler Technologies was presented by Commissioner McCoppin. Since the approval last week, Tyler Technologies informed the county that their schedule would not allow them to come to train until October this year. A suggestion was made by Tyler Technology for a third party trainer, such as one of their retirees. After much discussion it was decided to go ahead and pursue the third party training, but to put San Jacinto County on the calendar with Tyler Technologies as the calendar permits in the event further training is still needed.

During the Approval of Claim, it was determined that the chart of accounts (line item) numbers were not in accordance to the needs of the county. The county goes by a state styled chart of accounts. Request was made that the auditor's work on customizing the chart of accounts for review at the next Commioners Court meeting. This would indicate that a budget amendment would be necessary to insure that the use of the chart of accounts is official.

Judge Lovett added to the agenda Announcements and Possible Discussion on items of public or community interest for which no action would be taken. Judge Lovett expressed that this is the appropriate time for community announcement, meetings, deaths, etc., can be conveyed for the court and public in the official setting.
The judge indicated that he thought this would help in communicating information.

Court to determine project for upcoming grant application

Attorney Travis Kitchens (standing) presented a resolution to the court in support of an amendment to Chapter 211 of the Texas Property Code.Attorney Travis Kitchens (standing) presented a resolution to the court in support of an amendment to Chapter 211 of the Texas Property Code.

COLDSPRING— A Community Development Block Grant for the county was discussed and a resolution in support of an amendment to the Texas Property Code approved during last week's San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court meeting.

According to U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady's office, Congress provided $3 billion for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Fund (CDF) in 2015. HUD has that money now.

"We just got the President's budget today (Feb. 2) for fiscal year 2016-HUD. President Obama is requesting $2.8 billion for CDF," said Brady's communications director Tracee Evans.

Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) representative Rusty Phillips, who oversees the grant program, said 10 or so projects will be funded in the DETCOG region, depending on appropriations. Funding will be awarded by this time next year, he said.

Making a presentation to commissioners court last week about the grant, consultant David Waxman of Waxman and Associates said it is possible to apply for up to $275,000 for public works projects of one kind or another that benefits 51 percent of moderate income people.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 27.

"We need to hold a public hearing and then have the court decide which project to pick," Waxman said.

Ideas for grant projects range from road and bridge construction to individual on-site sewer systems, according to Waxman.

Senior citizens facility construction and upgrades were mentioned along with San Jacinto County Auditor Carole Martin's inquiry regarding a needed dog shelter.

"This is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They are not interested in shelters," Waxman said. "We are looking at people here."

"I am going to push for my senior citizens," said Pct. 2 Commissioner Donny Marrs. "Their old building is dilapidated."

In other business, the court approved a resolution in support of an amendment to Chapter 211 of the Texas Property Code.

The pending amendment would allow local property owner's associations to bypass old deed restrictions that require a majority of actual lot owners to support the amendment instead of just a majority of lot owners who actually participate in the vote.

"It would be like having to get 51 percent of all the registered voters in the county to elect you instead of just 51 percent of those who actually voted," Kitchens said.

"When an out-of-town lot owner ignores their letter and does not reply, it is counted as a 'no' vote," he said. It was noted that Trinity County adopted a resolution in support and Polk and Walker counties are expected to in the future.

The hiring of a new patrol deputy for the sheriff's office was approved, following a long discussion.
"Our biggest problem is with the overtime because we just don't have enough people to perform the services that are being demanded of us over there (sheriff's office), Shultea said.

Shultea said one more deputy would make a great deal of difference.

"With just one additional man, I could get the overtime down, prevent an officer safety issue and continue to provide the services to the county that we are trying to provide," Shultea said.

Commissioner Thomas Bonds made the motion to approve and Commissioner Ray McCoppin seconded. Before a vote, Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno said, "We are amending the budget here and I think we should wait until we know the money is there."

The motion passed with Nettuno abstaining.

COCISD Board Action - January 20, 2015

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees met in a regular session. The following items were presented:

Public Hearing
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Byron Terrier presented and discussed the 2013-2014 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). For the full TAPR report, visit www.cocisd.org > Our District > Required Postings.

Spotlight on Excellence
Superintendent Jerry Gibson gave special recognition to James Street Elementary students Hannah Sewell, 2nd grade, and Zander Taylor, 1st grade, for being chosen to represent their campus by leading the Board meeting's Pledge of Allegiance. They were each awarded a new book to enjoy from Barnes & Noble.

In honor of School Board Recognition Month, the Board was treated to a variety of appreciation gifts. James Street Elementary/Coldspring Intermediate School Principal Vikki Curry presented the Board with special "Tool Boxes for Excellence in Education" filled with items that represented different areas of appreciation and encouragement. Under the direction of music teacher Ashley Lowery JSE and CIS students sang "The World's Greatest." Lincoln Junior High Principal Chris Oldham presented framed artwork to each Board member, created by art students under the guidance of local artist and LJH art teacher Lisa Shewmaker. Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Principal Todd White introduced a performance by the COHS Trojanettes dance team, and presented the Board with woodwork and metalwork created by COHS students. Also performed was a poetry reading by AP English 4 students, who gave the Board a framed copy of the poem presented.

Administrative Reports

Athletic Department Report
Athletic Director Bryan Barbay gave the Athletic Department report, including a report on the football players named to the all-state and academic all-state teams and the football team's fifth straight year of undefeated district games. "That is not a small accomplishment," said Barbay. Barbay also commended the 8th grade girls' basketball team that has gone undefeated since the beginning of 7th grade. Barbay said he is looking forward to an exciting spring season, with golf, softball, baseball, track and powerlifting practices getting underway.

Business Office
Asst. Superintendent of Business & Operations Adam Jenke presented Board members with the Budget Workshop Calendar.

New Business
In other business, the Board voted to approve the following items:
TASB Policy Update 101, affecting the following local policies:
BE(LOCAL): BOARD MEETINGS
CH(LOCAL): PURCHASING AND ACQUISITION
DGBA(LOCAL): PERSONNEL-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS-EMPLOYEE
COMPLAINTS/GRIEVANCES
EB(LOCAL): SCHOOL YEAR
EIAB(LOCAL): GRADING/PROGRESS REPORTS TO PARENTS-MAKEUP
WORK
FFG(LOCAL): STUDENT WELFARE-CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
FMG(LOCAL): STUDENT ACTIVITIES-TRAVEL
FNG(LOCAL): STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES-STUDENT
AND PARENT COMPLAINTS/GRIEVANCES
GF(LOCAL): PUBLIC COMPLAINTS;
The application for staff development and early release waivers from TEA.

Executive Session
After a closed executive session, the Board reconvened and voted to approve the employment of certified personnel and to accept retirements and resignations of certified personnel.
The next regular meeting of the COCISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Jones Educational Complex.

DETCOG hears committee reports during first meeting of the year

The Retired Senior & Volunteer Program Coordinator for Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties Erin Hollis (Standing second from left) reports to the DETCOG Board on their recent “MLK Day of Service” food drive.  The cartons of canned goods used for table decorations at the meeting were being donated by San Augustine County.  Also pictured are (standing from left) DETCOG RSVP Director Pam Dunn, San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes and DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles.  Seated (from left) DETCOG First Vice-President, Nacogdoches Councilman, Roy Boldon and DETCOG Second Vice-President, Tyler County Commissioner, Martin Nash.The Retired Senior & Volunteer Program Coordinator for Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties Erin Hollis (Standing second from left) reports to the DETCOG Board on their recent “MLK Day of Service” food drive. The cartons of canned goods used for table decorations at the meeting were being donated by San Augustine County. Also pictured are (standing from left) DETCOG RSVP Director Pam Dunn, San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes and DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles. Seated (from left) DETCOG First Vice-President, Nacogdoches Councilman, Roy Boldon and DETCOG Second Vice-President, Tyler County Commissioner, Martin Nash.

SAN AUGUSTINE – The board of directors of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District (DETCOG&EDD) got back to business Thursday at their meeting in San Augustine. With no business meeting in December, the organization's normal operations had generated several committee reports requiring action by the board.

Prior to the start of the meeting, DETCOG Executive Director presented the agency's first ever "State of the Region" report. Noting the National Association of Counties had recently reported the same findings nationwide; Diggles said the mostly rural DETCOG region was struggling to recover from the "Great Recession".

The Deep East Texas Emergency Preparedness Task Force reported it proposed to allocated funds for the purchase of radio equipment for Polk County. The acting chair of DETCOG's Economic Development Committee, Jasper County Judge, Mark Allen reported the committee recommended the adoption of a new DETCOG&EDD Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) which had been reviewed and recommended by a committee comprised of the region's Economic Development professionals and elected officials. The plan is required by the Economic Development Administration as a part of its planning grant process. Allen also reported that Tyler County's AWC Energy project had submitted notice of withdrawal from DETCOG's job creating Forgivable Loan Program. The $437-thousand committed to that project will first remain available for a qualifying project in Tyler County. If no Tyler County project is identified, those funds will go back into a regional economic development pool for re-allocation. The DETCOG Board took votes approving both those recommendations.

DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles reported the receipt of a letter from DETCOG's Attorney Greg Longino concerning the single bid received on DETCOG's downtown Lufkin office building. Longino said the offer did not meet the bid request specifications and a new round of bids will need to be solicited.

Diggles also reported on the success of the recent Deep East Texas Reception held earlier in the month in Austin. The event was mentioned in both Texas Senator Robert Nichols and Congressman Louie Gohmert's columns. The reception attracted several Texas House Members and Senators representing the region, key committee chairmen and their staffs, as well as state agency officials and staff that oversee DETCOG programs. Diggles noted he had received several favorable comments from the event's sponsors because "the right people were there".

The next DETCOG Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 26th. It will be held in Crockett.

Requests from sheriff highlight commissioners’ court

By MARTHA CHARREY
San Jacinto News-Times editor

COLDSPRING — Requests from San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers highlighted the first meeting of the new year with a new judge in control of San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court Monday.

Following his swearing-in on Jan. 1, County Judge John Lovett opened the court with pledges to the American and Texas flags followed by a prayer before getting into business of the county.
After the court approved Sheriff Capers 2014 racial profiling report, Capers asked the court to approve the donation of two tasers purchased for the sheriff's office by resident Jack Franklin.
"Our office currently has four tasers that were purchased by the county. We've not needed them up to this point, but the opportunity for tasters could be useful especially in handling the mentally ill. They are not lethal. You can't recall a bullet," Capers said. The donation was approved.
Capers talked to commissioners about a request to move employee personal time into the compensatory time bank and eliminating personal the personal time bank.

"I would like to do away with personal time," Capers told the court.

"I'm not fully aware of the difference in personal and compensatory time," Judge Lovett said.
Explaining, new County Treasurer Amanda Washburn said, "Comp time is paid wages and personal time is fringe benefits."

Lovett suggested tabling the agenda time for further study.

"Personal time has been a problem for ever for the sheriff's department," Capers said.
On the next agenda item, Capers asked the court to approve building a new animal shelter on the land designated as the impound lot and hire one additional full-time animal control deputy.

"Stray dogs are a problem in the county. We need a shelter to house 15-16 dog pens. We currently have 5-8 dogs at our facility with two dog pens and currently have 12 animal calls holding now," Capers said. "We need money to build an animal shelter behind the county jail where water, sewer and electricity is already available. Inmates could be used to help build the shelter and we could teach inmates to care for the dogs, wash them and get them ready for adoption. There is already a six foot fence around the impound lot with a security camera already there."

When asked about how much the project would cost, Capers gave a rough figure of about $40-$60,000.

"We need to take this up during budget time in September. We've been using what we currently have," said Pct. 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno.

"Right now we only have two pens. The dogs are living in deplorable conditions. I'm asking for this now," Capers said.

"We've talked about putting this (shelter) behind the Precinct 1 compactor site in the past," Nettuno said.

"Do you like the idea of having inmate labor take care of the dogs?" asked Judge Lovett.

"Yes sir," Nettuno answered.

The agenda item was tabled for further study to determine where the money would come from for the shelter and to look into possible grants.

Capers also asked the court to change current personnel allocations under the current budget to be adjusted to equal the current operation personnel allocations in the sheriff's office.

Deferring the request to San Jacinto County Chief Deputy Joe Schultea, Schultea said they were faced with the task of getting "more boots on the ground" in December when they took office.
"At that time we were tool heavy with supervisors," Schultea said. "Instead of filling positions for captains and corporals we moved those to patrolmen and one sergeant."

According to Schultea, each payroll position comes out of a different account.

"I would like to realign the positions to solve the county's issues as far as who is getting paid out of what account," Schultea said. "Currently we have the sheriff, chief, two lieutenants, four sergeants, 14 deputies and four detectives with one position not filled. We need more deputies covering the county. On some days we only have two deputies covering the entire county.
"With the new alignment, money saved from some of the captains and corporal slots being rolled back into the payroll to allow for more patrolmen positions we can get more deputies on the streets," Schultea said.

"Realignment will clarify the issue," admitted San Jacinto County Auditor Carole Martin.

"Sounds like a good idea," said Judge Lovett.

"It will require a budget amendment. We will get it worked out and bring it back to the next court meeting," Martin said.

Concerning an additional deputy, Martin said she would look at it.

"Our compensatory time is way out of control. We need an additional deputy to fill that slot," Schultea said.

On another issue for the sheriff's office, Sheriff Capers requested the court to return the $115,000 unused budget funds from 2013-2014 budget and allocate those funds in in his current budget for the lease purchase of patrol vehicles.

Capers said they are paying $5-$7,000 per month on repairs on a fleet of vehicles with 200,000 miles or more on them.

"The fleet is in bad shape," he said.

Chief Schultea told the court he would like to be given permission to ask for bids on a leasing program with Ford Municipal Leasing.

"You recently spent $105,000 for three cars and we could have put six cars on the street for about $80,000 under the program," Schultea said.

According to Schultea, they can get seven or eight cars for under $110,000 on the lease program for about $107,000 each year.

A discussion about where the money would come from to pay for the leases was held. Although fund balance money was mentioned, Martin said she would prefer it not coming from the county's fund balance because $167,000 is already budgeted to come out of it for the county's general fund. She also said it would have to be declared an emergency to bring money out of the fund balance and she didn't think this met the definition of an emergency.

"My heartfelt request is that we do something," Schultea pleaded.

"We are going to be in a critical position by June if we don't get these eight older vehicles replaced," Sheriff Capers said. "We drove 58,000 miles in December with them."

Schultea said they could acquire seven vehicles for $107,000 a year on the lease program at 5.5 percent interest.

Action on the agenda item was tabled until the next court meeting.

Schultea was given permission by the court to go out for bids on six new vehicles.

The court voted to declare a seized 2002 silver mustang as surplus for sale. Sixty percent of money from the sale will benefit the sheriff's department while 40 percent will go to the criminal district attorney's office. A minimum opening bid of $1,500 was approved.

In other business, the court appointed Sherry Taylor, Susan Hughes, Shirley Wilkerson, Charles Dodd, James Moody, Jackie Doyle, Shirley Bennett, Bonnie Roberts, Wayne Lovett to the county's Salary Grievance Committee. Alternates are Nikita Johnson, William Baker, Dalton Currie and Elisha Howieth. The appointees were chosen from names of those who served on the county grand jury.

The court approved a motion to keep James Rodgers as county fire marshal. He was later sworn in by Judge Lovett.

The court appointed Michael Smith from Pct. 4 as a member and Jay Capers to serve an at-large position on the count's Emergency Services District Board. They were also sworn in by Judge Lovett before the meeting adjourned.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Mark Nettuno was appointed to serve another term as judge pro-rem for 2015.

The approval of Racial Profiling Reports for Pct. 1 Constable Roy Rogers,d Pct. 2 Constable Ray Pippin and Pct. 3 Constable Sam Houston were tabled due to incorrect information presented to the court.

The 2014 Racial Profiling Report for Pct. 4 Constable Alvin Wyatt was approved.

A resolution was approved by the court in honor and recognition of Clyde Copeland, resident of San Jacinto County who was killed in combat on Jan. 11, 1945 in France.

San Jacinto County Veteran Service Officer Dale Everitt presented the resolution to Judge Lovett who read it aloud in court.

The resolution reads:
"Whereas Jan. 11, 1945, Private First Class Clyde Copeland, U.S. Army 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, resident of San Jacinto County, Texas, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
"Whereas near Strasbourg, France, he and others gave their lives stopping the enemy's last major offensive of World War II, Adolf Hitler's Operation Nordwind.
"Whereas he is buried in the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial at Epinal, France and his family will be presented with this resolution and the flags of America and France that was placed on his grave Dec. 15, 2014.
"Whereas this resolution will be sent to The American Cemetery and Memorial in Epinal, France and placed in his records for all future generations of historians and visitors to access.
"Whereas the Commissioners Court of San Jacinto County recognizes the contributions that PFC Clyde Copeland and his family made during World War II.
"Therefore, be it resolved that I, John Lovett, San Jacinto County Judge and the commissioners Court of San Jacinto County do hereby ask and encourage our citizens to join us in this day of honor and remembrance."

In other business, the court approved the appointment of licensed Texas Peace Officer John Enloe as reserve deputy constable in Precinct 2.

The court approved the revised resolution and order approving the county transportation infrastructure fund grant program agreement changing authorized representative.

The court approved inter-local agreements between the county and the City of Coldspring and Point Blank for road maintenance and approved an inter-local agreement between the county and the sheriff's department and San Jacinto County Emergency Services District for the funding of a designated dispatcher.