By Grayson Edds
During the weekly Bell County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, two of the items on the agenda were declarative of the County’s stance for safety and prevention.
After hearing from the county engineer and approval of the final plat of a two-acre lot in the ETJ of Harker Heights; the reappointment of Pat Patterson to a two year term on the Board of the Tax Appraisal District of Bell County as representative; and reaching the decision with Fire Marshal Steve Casey to leave the burn ban as is (lifted) for now, the Commissioners approved a proclamation naming October as National Fire Prevention Month in Bell County. In conjunction with the proclamation, Casey also informed the Commissioners of the 11th Annual Smoke Detector Giveaway that will take place Oct. 6-12. More than 3,000 smoke detectors have been given away over the years, all of which have been installed at no cost to the homeowner by the participating fire departments. See A3 for more details on this program.
Immediately thereafter, the Commissioners approved a resolution declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, a national initiative, in Bell County.
In other news, the County entered into an agreement with BBVA Compass for commercial purchase cards, and will begin the switch-over process accordingly. BBVA offered the county better control and oversight of the purchases made as well as a lower cost.
The County also entered into a Standstill Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture to continue their existing lease in Belton until negotiations can be made.
Commissioners Court meetings are held each Monday at 9 a.m. at the Bell County Courthouse.