County focus shifts to animals
GROVETON — As well as being concerned about housing prisoners, Sheriff Woody Wallace expressed concern to the Trinity County Commissioners’ Court about stray animals and where to house those.
Wallace told the court at its regular meeting on Oct. 25, that the stray animal problem in the county is bad, and that his office is receiving about 100 calls per month.
He also said that his office does not have the capacity to handle the problem, and that the kennels the county does have need to be renovated.
“Deputies don’t have time to handle the calls,” he said. “We need to revise the plan that we have, and maybe hire a part-timer person to get this under control.”
Commissioner Neal Smith asked if the Sheriff’s Department had ordered the required drugs to euthanize the animal; Wallace said it would be too expensive and not an answer to the problem.
While the county took no action, the court did approve applying for U.S. Treasury Local Assistance/Tribal Consistency grants, and if approved, will be used to help solve the problem.
In a separate matter, the court heard a presentation for Medi-Vac services from PHI Air Medical.
Representatives said that for a little more than $42,000 per year, there would be air ambulance service provided to all areas of the county, and it would be of no out-of-pocket expenses for the patients.
Commissioners likewise took no action; however, should they approve an agreement, grant funds from the same place as for the stray problems would be used.
In other business, the court:
•approved an inmate housing agreement with Waller County, with Smith voting no;
•approved modifying an inmate housing agreement with Somervell County, raising daily costs from $45 to $70. Smith again voted against the measure;
•approved a construction project for Precinct 4;
•took no action on a pauper funeral payment for non-compliance; and
•approved personnel action forms.
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