By Doug Page, Trinity County Judge
Well here we are moving into September. It doesn't seem as though we should be almost into the Fall season. I know closing out the month of August several folks in the County were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Let's talk about that a little in my first block...
Hurricane Harvey – This will be a storm that goes down as being the most costly in United States history. On the local level Trinity County was not impacted to near the severity of counties just South of us. We did open a shelter for a brief period of time to house residents of the Sportsmen Oaks subdivision. With that being said, I would like to thank all who helped with the shelter and the gathering of donated items to assist flood victims. It warms my heart to see the community come together to help those in need.
Emergency Management – The Trinity County Emergency Management Office was in full activation during the torrential rains that Trinity County received over the last week. I filed a disaster declaration with the State of Texas Monday morning as the weather worsened. Prior to that all emergency management procedures were already in place and the process worked like a well oiled machine. The Emergency Management Coordinator is a vital job within the County and often no one knows what he is doing behind the scenes.
Trinity County Budget – We are nearing the finish line on putting together a budget to fund the 2018 fiscal year. It has been a tough process to make up for lost funds from the US Forest Service through the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act. I would ask each of you if you have a concern to please take part in the public hearing process as we move towards it. The postings will be in the newspaper for the budget and setting a tax rate to fund the budget.
I want to close by honoring our first responders that are still working tirelessly because of what Hurricane Harvey has left behind. From the local folks to the men and women who have traveled in from across the nation. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Until next time, God Bless and be safe
Trinity County Judge