By Tony Adams, The Belton Journal
The Bell County Clerk’s Office was recognized Monday morning by the Bell County Commissioner’s Court on their seventh consecutive Five Star Service Award by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Bell County was only one of 49 county clerk’s offices out of Texas’ 254 counties recognized at the 61st Texas Vital Statistics Annual Conference in Austin. County Clerk Shelley Coston and Supervisor Jeannette Compean were on hand and were recognized by the court.
The qualifications criteria included no more than 15 days for all death registrations (local offices that average 10 days or less constitutes Exemplary Five-Star designation), submission of a fully completed local registrar self-assessment survey to the Vital Statistics Unit, local registrars having a 60 percent or greater search-to-print ratio between January 1 and September 30, have attended the 2014 Annual Vital Statistics Conference or one of the Regional Vital Statistics Conferences and registration of 95 percent of birth records in the Record Acceptance Queue within one business day between January 1 and September 30.
In other news, the court approved the final play approval of The Campus at Lakewood-Phase X, a 5.162 acre, 7-lot, 3 Block Subdivision, which is located in the Temple City limits in Bell County, Precinct 1 in Temple Extra Territorial Jurisdiction.
The Bell County Museum confirmed three-year terms on the Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2016, for Helen Pickle, Ann Boston Faber, Dennis Turk and Dr. David Yeilding.
The demand response services agreement between Bell County and Links EP, LLC to assist in Demand Response Programs available to customers in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and by several Tramission and Distribution Service Providers territory was approved. Bell County will commit to potentially curtain committed electrical load when rest of the grid needs to prevent a blackout. Bell County will be pair for its participation.
The court approved a memorandum of understanding between Bell County and Brazoria County, under which Bell County will provide shelter and support for the general population of Brazoria County in the case of a disaster. Brazoria County, who is Bell County’s partner county, is located on the Texas Gulf Coast, south of Houston.
The court approved a memorandum of understanding between Bell County and the Hill Country Community Action Association (HCCAA) in which HCCAA has agreed to operate and manage the Bell Country HELP Centers, located in Temple and Killeen.
The court approved a memorandum of understanding between Bell County and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) in which the county will provide office space and facilities for TVC representatives to assist veterans in claiming benefits arising from military service. TVC has agreed to staff the office with a full-time benefit claims counselor.