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HC Historical Commission receives state honors

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HENDERSON COUNTY–Commissioners’ Court honored the Henderson County Historical Commission during its Nov. 9 meeting for the commission’s Distinguished Service Awards for 2019 and 2020 from the Texas Historical Commission (THC).
Each year, the THC uses the award to recognize county historical commissions (CHCs) that demonstrate exceptional service to preserve Texas’ rich and unique heritage around the state’s 254 counties, according to the THC website. For 2019, Henderson County was one of 79 CHCs to receive the award. For 2020, 84 CHCs were honored.
The presentation was delayed because of the pandemic and “situations at the state,” County Judge Wade McKinney said. “This is really something that myself and I know the court is very proud of,” McKinney said.
“These things don’t just happen,” McKinney continued. “And it’s through the efforts of our commission and our individuals that are appointed that put forth their time and even treasure, to some regards, to make this a successful program.”
Also, the court approved applying for a fiscal year 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provided by Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding is requested on behalf of county volunteer fire departments to be used for radios, County Grants Coordinator Jessica Brown said.
The county’s 2020 grant request was not approved, Brown told the court. Vickers Consulting Services requires a $950 fee for its application assistance, Brown added, which is tied to $50 per department involved. The county is requesting $500,000 this year, Brown said, which will require reducing the amount of equipment for which it pays.
County Network Manager and Radio Upgrade Committee Member Jody Vincik said last year’s grant request of $950,000 included equipping volunteer fire departments with mobile, in-vehicle radios and portable, hand-held radios. This year, the grant will seek to pay for mobile units only, Vincik said. Three departments are not part of the funding, Vincik said. The county does not dispatch for the Athens, Seven Points and Gun Barrel City fire departments, he added.
In other business, the court:
• Approved entering a contract to sell 0.906 acres of land to the City of Poynor for $10,000 that includes the former Justice of the Peace office built in 1938 that’s now at a new facility in LaRue.
• Approved a second part of the opioid lawsuit settlement, following executive session.
• Approved reappointing Vincik and Chet Marder to the Emergency Services District No. 2 Board of Directors for terms ending Dec. 31, 2023, located in Precinct 2.
• Approved a sheriff’s deputy to attend classes at the Defense Technology Training Center in Monroe, La.
• Approved transferring a desk and chair from inventory to Precinct 2.
• Approved replatting one lot into two in Spring Valley Acres, located in Precinct 1 near Seven Points.
• Approved the payment of fiscal year 2021 bills in the amount of $241,230.76.

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