By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – Woodville mayor Amy Bythewood, who has long served the area as an advocate for child welfare, read from a proclamation issued by the city on Monday evening at the regular meeting of the city council.
The proclamation addressed the “significant public health issue” of child abuse and neglect. “As you all know, this is something that’s near and dear to my heart, children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing families,” Bythewood said.
April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, nationwide, and Bythewood said that everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention.
“We will continue to identify the risk factors that lead to child abuse and all citizens should be more involved in supporting families to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your children, giving them the opportunity to grow up to be caring, contributing members of this community, emphasis on ‘growing up’,” Bythewood read from the proclamation.
She cited statistics from 2022, stating that 182 children in Texas died as the result of abuse and/or neglect. One of those deaths, she said, was in Tyler County.
Members of the Child Welfare Board were present to receive the proclamation, including Mike McCulley, Tina Self, and members of CASA of the Sabine Neches Region, Alicia Jinkerson, Tiffani McGallion, and Krisite Veillon.
On Friday, April 14, there will be a vigil at City Hall for Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, with CASA of the Sabine Neches Region participating, and a proclamation will be issued at the vigil.
In other news of community interest and happenings, City Administrator Mandy Risinger reported that on Saturday, April 15, the annual Volunteer Fire Department Boot Drive will take place. At least five VFDs will participate, including Woodville, Shady Grove, Ivanhoe, Warren, and Dam B. Woodville will posted up at the red light at the intersection of 69 and 190, from 8 a.m- 2 p.m.
• Council members approved the TXCDBG Contract No. CDV21-0334 per engineering recommendation from Jacob Tiemann of Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong dated February 22, 2023 for the amount of $345,246.50 described on the recommendation to Crockett Construction Inc.