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Navarro County Commissioners heard the annual update on Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's educational programming and numerous accomplishments Monday.

“This is my annual visit. Just to say, on behalf of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program, how much we appreciate the support that Navarro County Commissioners Court provides the extension program here,” said Donald Kelm, District Extension Administrator.

“Without that support we wouldn't have the program that we have here in Navarro County, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that support.”

He recognized Lorie Stovall, Navarro County Extension Agent, for her commitment to family and consumer sciences and early childhood educator training. Stovall was also a member of the team that won the state and national award, recognized at the National Family Consumer Science Education Association.

Navarro County 4-H has 11 charter clubs, 229 members, and 180 adult volunteers. Among the many and varied programs offered, one of the largest is the youth livestock project, which saw 145 youth participate, with 109 showing in the county and 36 progressing to major livestock shows around the state.

Kelm, who represents 21 counties within the program's District 8, detailed this year's emergency management initiative. As a result of the last legislative session, Texas' Division of Emergency Management is now a part of the Texas A&M system.

Texas A&M AgriLife agents served on “strike teams” during widespread disasters, setting up animal supply points to accept donations to help owners and livestock navigate hardships.

Funding from the legislative session established the Rebuild Texas Commission, setting up agents to assist with providing resources for emergency management. Kelm said District 8 will have an emergency management agent to cover 17 counties and work with emergency management directors, serving as resource to utilize when developing mitigation plans.

“The thing I want to stress is that none of this would be possible if it weren't for your support,” Helm said. “That partnership we have is second to none. Thank you.”

Stovall followed, announcing Julie Wright as a TAC Wellness Sponsor. The program hosts contests throughout the year to help save the county money on insurance costs.

“The auditor's group participated in Walk Across Texas, and they did have the highest number of the groups.” Stovall said, announcing another event planned for next spring. Walk Across Texas is a free program to help people get active and establish physical activity as a lifetime habit.

With Commissioners' unanimous approval, Wright, who serves as the county's Human Resources Coordinator, will continue to promote the wellness program, flu clinics, and other wellness events.

Stanley Young, director of Navarro County Planning and Development Office, presented requests for a final plat for Peninsula Point at Richland Chambers for TH Richland Chambers, LLC owner Richard Grandy; and a re-plat of four lots for Vista De Lago, Phase II for Lorenzo Castendeda, both of which were approved.

Commissioners tabled a request for a final plat for Elkins Addition for NVD Land Company, LP to give developers more time to work out road construction specifications.

The court took no action on the burn ban, which is currently not in effect.

A Navarro County landowner utilized the public forum to speak out about road repairs that remain unaddressed in Pct. 3.

The following items were also unanimously approved by the court:

• Revisions and clarifications to the county's personnel policy relating to code of conduct; county vehicle usage; employee benefits; personal time; and funeral leave were accepted.

• Filing cabinets, a desk and office chairs from Adult Probation were declared as salvage.

• The Navarro County Resolution on Indigent Defense Grant Program 2020 was accepted.

• The date of the next meeting was changes to Tuesday, Nov. 12 due to Veterans Day.

• County Auditor First Assistant Natalie Robinson was authorized as a TexPool representative.

• Lease agreements for computer equipment for the Auditor's and Justice of the Peace offices were approved.

• An engagement letter for financial audit services from Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP for the fiscal year 2019 was approved, with auditing to begin at the end of the year.

• The Texas Department of Agriculture Texans Feeding Texas: Home Delivered Meal Grant Program to Senior Connect was approved.

• A non-corporate resolution form for Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. regarding the county's investment policy was approved.

• An interlocal agreement between Navarro County and TEXOMA HIDTA was approved.

After a closed executive session, it was announced that, after a review of the county's contract procedure, one of two parties awarded a bid failed to follow bidding guidelines. Commissioners voted to draft a letter informing the two bidders of the issue.

The court nominated Eddie Perry, Commissioner Pct. 2, and County Judge H.M. Davenport to serve as additional representatives on the Navarro County Investment Advisory Committee.

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