Commissioners proclaim May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
HENDERSON COUNTY–Commissioners’ Court remembered former Commissioner Ken Geeslin as a great friend and advocate for the county library as the court accepted a $500 donation to from the Friends of the Library and a $500 donation from the Public Library Fund in honor of the late Pct. 4 Commissioner who passed away Dec. 3, 2019.
The Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library Director Michelle Zenor praised Geeslin for his dedication to the library and told the court he was a mentor to her when she became director. “I don’t need to tell you all that Commissioner Geeslin was a great advocate for the library. He was instrumental in Henderson County Library finally achieving State Accreditation after 95 years…When I was new to Henderson County, I was welcomed into his office in Precinct 4 and he would thoughtfully answer my questions and patiently explain his philosophy of government to me. Those conversations were like private tutoring sessions and I am grateful for them,” Zenor said.
Each commissioner recounted Geeslin’s passion for the library and his love of the county. Geeslin’s widow Katherine was present in the courtroom for the presentation. County Judge Wade McKinney called her a “dear friend” and several commissioners expressed heartfelt wishes for her.
The court also proclaimed May 2020 as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in the county, noting that there were 234 cases confirmed in Texas in 2019. Judge McKinney noted “our duty as citizens to reach out to those in need,” and Commissioner Scotty Thomas said citizens should “check on neighbors right now (during the pandemic) especially our elderly population.”
President of Henderson County Board of Adult Protective Services Todd Weaver commented on an online chat, “On behalf of the elderly of our county, I thank all of you for this recognition and Proclamation.”
In other business, commissioners:
• approved resolution to support the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County which allows projects to be done in Henderson County.
• approved applying for the County Transportation Infrastructure Funding Grant in the amount of $2,208.500. Grants are expected to be awarded June 25.
• approved payment of bills totaling $117,007.24, received financial reports for all five Justices of the Peace, right of way permit presented for Pct. 3, budgets amendments and plats as presented.