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Court told Census enters response phase

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Late March mobile census sessions scheduled in GBC and Athens

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HENDERSON COUNTY–Certain residents of Henderson County should already be getting information by mail about how to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, the county’s commissioners’ court learned during its March 10 weekly meeting.
Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau Randy Portillo, told the court that the census is now in its response phase, following months of preparation. The first group of five census mailings should have been delivered March 12, he said.
Each household will receive one mailing that gives information about how to respond online, by telephone or by mail. The mailing will include an identification number that will be used for online responses, Portillo said. “Tell your friends and neighbors to please fill it out,” he said.
Mobile census assistance events, with on-site help and computers available to enter responses, will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Walmart in Gun Barrel City, and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the County Courthouse Annex lobby in Athens.
Census information will be used to apportion representation and determine federal spending in Texas, the latter of which totaled $59 billion since the last decennial census in 2010, Portillo said. If households haven’t responded by May 1, one of a half-million census enumerators will be sent to the residence to gather information.
“We’ll get it one way or another,” noted Portillo, such as proxy responses gathered from neighbors. “We just want to get people counted. It means a lot of money to your county.”
Portillo said the census form features nine questions for the head of household, with the next person in a household answering seven questions. It takes the head of household about six minutes to fill out, which Portillo stated is shorter than previous census questionnaires.
In commissioners’ court action, three right-of-way permits were issued. One is for Crescent Heights Water Supply Corp. to repair a small water leak in the ditch along County Road (CR) 1220, said Precinct 1 Commissioner Scotty Thomas. Another Precinct 1 permit is along CR 1315 for Oncor Electric Delivery to replace a power pole that was broken in half by a vehicle. The third permit, in Precinct 4, is in the CR 4224 right-of-way to bore under the road for homestead utilities, said Commissioner Milburn Chaney.
The court also approved a replat in Pinnacle Club’s Phase 2, Section E to size four lots down to one lot, said Precinct 2 Commissioner Scott Tuley.
The court also approved paying 2019 bills worth $251.77 and 2020 bills totaling $473,289.76.