By Jan White
CROCKETT – At the May 10 meeting of the Houston County Commissioners Court, a representative for PADRES spoke on a community-based intervention outreach service recently offered in Houston County.
Vallie Cross, local PADRES Program Manager, explained the program to the commissioners. PADRES, which stands for Parenting Awareness and Rug Risk Education, is a program designed to try and reduce the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on families. An arm of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas, the program focuses on free parenting services for families expecting or having at least one child under the age of 6. The thirteen-week program educates parents on issues such as discipline, substance use, anger management, co-parent communication, child development, and more. The service can also supply diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, and hygiene supplies and offers housing and utility deposit opportunities. The local program will be held in Groveton as a centralized location between Lukin and Houston County. Gas cards are available to help with transportation costs, and free childcare is also provided.
Cross can be contacted at (936) 634-4081 for additional information.
In other business, commissioners voted to approve the salary for part-time equipment operator Bobby Tims and a 4% raise for the County Attorney’s legal assistant, Hernan Gonzales. The court accepted a grant award of $27,536 from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for FY2022. Commissioners also voted to allow retail permit holders to sell fireworks to the public for the Jul 4, 2022 celebration.
Additional agenda items included renewal of property and mobile equipment insurance package with the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool, from Jul 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, and ratification of the terms of the new lease-purchase agreement for Precinct 2 to purchase a used Caterpillar Motorgrader.