Votes to join Federal Opioid Litigation
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Commissioners approved a Proclamation in Observance of March 2, 2019 as Texas Independence Day in the county, recognizing the 183rd anniversary of the adoption of the declaration that declared a free and independent Texas.
The court heard from the James George Chapter of The Sons of the Republic of Texas President Clayton Starr as he read the proclamation, giving a brief history and a brief biography of Benjamin W. Anderson who served in both the American Revolution and the Texas Revolution.
The Sons of The Republic of Texas is a direct lineage society consisting of members whose ancestors furthered the independence of Texas and resided in Texas prior to Statehood, December 29, 1845. The Society‘s Mission Statement is to recognize and honor those brave men and women who risked life and fortune to found an independent and free Republic, remember and celebrate historic dates and events, preserve historic sites and artifacts and to perpetuate the heritage and history of Texas for current and future generations of its citizens.
County Judge Wade McKinney thanked Starr for the work they do “helping us remember our history because it gives context to the present day.”
The court also heard a presentation from Matthew McCarley from a Dallas law firm about Federal Opioid Litigation, urging the county to “recoup some of its costs, which he called an indirect tax from the opioid addiction crisis which costs in terms of healthcare, ambulance service, overdose drugs, jailing and other costs.”
“This epidemic has not left any city or county untouched,” he said. McCarley told the group that drug manufacturers mid-educated doctors and told them opioid drugs were safe and risk of addiction was low, which current knowledge has pegged as false. McCarley said his firm represents seven Texas counties and several others out of state. The commissioners were invited to ask more detailed questions in the executive session which followed the open meeting. When the court convened back into open session, they voted to join the litigation, like many cities, counties and states across the country.
In other business, commioners:
• accepted the racial profiling report from the sheriff’s office for 2018. Sheriff Hillhouse stated out of 1,876 stops, 1,700 were Caucasian.
• accepted $12,000 from the City of Athens for the Clint Murchison Memorial Library
• approved a resolution of support for affordable senior rental housing units in Pct. 2. Stoneleaf Developments is planning a development northwest of Tool for 72 units, to begin construction in 2020, pending all approvals.
• approved appointment of Rick Purcelli and Ben Lane to Henderson County ESD #10 Board of Commissioners, Purcelli for a 2-year term replacing Jerry Boyd and Lane for a 1-year term replacing Saran Knight
• approved an interlocal agreement between the City of Murchison and Road and Bridge Pct. 3
• approved payment of bills for fiscal year 2018 in the amount of $11,529.45, January Sales Tax amounting to $613.85 and fiscal year 2019 bill in the amount of $478,553.24.