April is also Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Commissioners issued two proclamations in their first meeting of April to declare April 2019 Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in the county. “This marks at 20 years we have been doing this,” County Judge Wade McKinney told the court. “It’s a sad thing that we have to do that but… It is our responsibility to shine a light on this.”
Director of Outreach East Texas Crisis Center Della Cooper presented the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation. Each of the commissioners thanked the agencies involved in reading the proclamations for their work in making the community aware of the problems and assisting the victims. Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said, “It would be a wonderful thing to figure out a way to eradicate it from our county.”
Henderson County HELP Center Executive Director Leslie Saunders presented the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation. Saunders read sobering statistics of abuse, citing over 300,000 cases of child abuse and neglect reported in Texas in 2018 with 66,382 Texas children confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect, 351 of which live in Henderson County.
The court announced the activities occurring during the day, the reading of the proclamations on the courthouse steps and the open house at Maggie’s House-Child Advocacy Center and Henderson County HELP Center later in the day.
In other business, commissioners:
• accepted a $5,000 donation toward the purchase of a 2015 Mako boat being purchased with seizure funds. The boat would be a second patrol boat to aid in search and recovery missions. The boat, valued at $40,000 and reduced to $32,000 is being purchased with $27,000 state seizure funds, along with the $5,000 donation.
• transferred a 2011 Tahoe from Road and Bridge Pct. 3 to Emergency Management
• accepted the Financial Statement and Budget for ESD #1 in Pct. 1
• received financial reports for JP#2
• paid fiscal year 2018 bills totaling $1,404.18 and Fiscal year 2019 bills totaling $203,151.44.
• approved two replats in the Brown’s Landing subdivision in Pct.4, combining lots 65 and 66 into one lot 65A and combining lots 40 and 41 into lot 41A.