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County enters agreement with Project Life Saver for tracking bracelets

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HENDERSON COUNTY–The Henderson County Commissioners’ Court approved an agreement July 9 with Project Life Saver on providing bracelets to families that have members who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The system put in place will give those families with members who suffer from these diseases the ability to either receive or purchase a bracelet from the county that helps the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office track these individuals if they get lost or forget where they are.
“We get quite a few calls of these individuals wandering off and we’ll be able to locate them with these devices,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said. “They are accurate up to 80 feet and they can really save lives here in Henderson County.”
The bracelets will allow the Sheriff’s Office to track the individual’s location within 80 feet and are waterproof. The county has had cases of individuals becoming lost and ending up in neighboring counties and loved ones have no idea where they might be. With this system, the family would be able to contact the Sheriff’s Office and they could locate where they are within an 80-foot range.
Project Life Saver would administer the bracelets on behalf of Henderson County, but the Alzheimer’s Coalition would provide the bracelets at no cost to the county. The bracelets can be bought from Project Life Saver at a cost ranging from $380 to $400.
In other business, commissioners:
• heard a presentation and received an update on the 4-H Program by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Henderson County.
• re-upped an interlocal one-year agreement with Rockwall County to allow the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department to house Rockwall County inmates in the Henderson County jail.  
• appointed Precinct 2 Commissioner Scott Tuley to sell the real property owned by Henderson County concerning Lot 642, AB 132 G Chovanno Survey, Cherokee Shores and Sec C Lot 642C/362 on Double Bridge Road at a public auction with a $200 minimum.
• set two public hearings on a request to the Secretary of State for the implementation of voting centers in Henderson County for July 23 at 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
• received financial reports from Precincts 2,3 and 4.
• paid bills in the amount of $174,431.94.
• approved a one-year extension of a Commissary bid for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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