By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
Beverly Hadley, Director, Bell County Museum, presented to Bell County Commissioners Court on Monday the consideration of a proclamation designating the Week of May 15-21 as The Bell County Museum’s Birthday Week. The consideration was approved unanimously and Hadley mentioned the birthday week will be filled with plenty of events and activities, especially for children and families. This celebration reflects on two major milestones. The first is the opening of Carnegie Library on May 15, 1905. The second is the celebration of the museum’s expansion of its galleries and permanent exhibition space on May 21, 2006.
Approved also, was the consideration to accept at no cost to the County, a large trailer to be used by animal control. This trailer will help when transporting large numbers of small animals such as in the cases of puppy mills.
Ronnie Bruggman, Reservoir Manager, Belton & Stillhouse Lakes, spoke to the court for the consideration to renewing the agreement with Corps of Engineers for increased law enforcement services at Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes.
“We are looking for a healthy summer and get the safety and security to the customers,” commented Bruggman. “Most of the parks are open. Memorial Day we will have some facilities closed. But, by Fourth of July, we shall be up and running. Every great drought follows a great flood.”
County Commissioners announced at the court the receipt of $1,152,716.95 in partial payment of reimbursement of taxes of local governments disappointingly affected by Disabled Veterans Exemption.
“We are grateful to Senator Frazier for making this happen. It passed at our committee with unanimous support. Senator Frazier was able to get it approved,” said Judge Jon Burrows. “We are happy it did pass. It didn’t fully reimburse us, it gives us funds we didn’t have.”
The court also approved a name change of 1670 Lane to Event Drive in Salado. All property owners affected approved the change. This change will help avoid confusion with mapping services and with FM 1670.
After court, the commissioners met for a workshop. During the workshop AWARE Central Texas gave their annual report and announced the Danger Assessment (DA Tool) they are now able to use.
“DA Tool has been used by law enforcement for Intimate Partner Homicide. It is a two-part tool, a calendar, and a scoring sheet. The calendar that helps assess and track the abuse. It also helps prevent the victim from minimizing the severity of the abuse and helps the victim recall the events,” said Ednalyn C. De Dios ,Director Chief Information Officer, AWARE Central Texas. “Thirty-four states have already implemented this program in their jurisdiction.”