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Commissioners Declare April 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Blanco County
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 10, 2014

Blanco County Commissioners met in a Regular meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Blanco County Courthouse located in Johnson City, Texas. All four County Commissioners and Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie attended the meeting.

Blanco County Commissioner John Wood led the Pledge of Allegiance as the meeting opened. Blanco County Clerk Karen Newman read the minutes from the Special meeting of March 25, 2014. No discussion followed, and Blanco County Commissioner James Sultemeier gave a motion to accept the minutes as read. This motion was seconded by County Commissioner Chris Liesmann; the motion carried.

Judge Guthrie asked the Commissioners to consider agreement between Llano and Blanco Counties regarding shared use of County Auditor computer equipment. Judge Guthrie told the Commissioners, “the current equipment the County Auditor uses is no longer supported by Microsoft. The proposal is to share a laptop with Llano County. We [Blanco County] will share the maintenance of the computer and not buy a new unit.” Blanco County Auditor Cindy Lent told the Court, “there is no Windows XP after today. Now there is Windows 8, and there will be a new Operating System (OS) in two years. We will wait until then to buy new equipment. Windows 7 is on the laptop and this is convenient for our counties.” There was no further discussion, and Blanco County Commissioner Wood made a motion to accept the agreement. County Commissioner Paul Granberg seconded and the motion carried.

County Commissioner Granberg asked the Court to consider accepting donation from Dirt Works Excavation and Grading Services. Commissioner Granberg told the Commissioners, “he [Wayne Dworacyk] recently sold a parcel of property for access

to property on Rolling Hills Road. He installed and paid for all signs to give notice that trucks enter the road.” Commissioner Granberg told the Court, “it is proper for us to pay for the signs and he [Dworacyk] donate the money for it. The signs are on County property.” No questions or discussion followed, and County Commissioner Wood seconded Commissioner Granberg’s motion to accept the donation from Dirt Works. The motion carried.

Judge Guthrie asked the Commissioners Court to consider a proclamation declaring April 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Blanco County. The proclamation read by Judge Guthrie is as follows: “WHEREAS, preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends on involvement among people throughout the community; and WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect not only directly harms children, but also increases the likelihood of long-term physical and mental health problems, alcohol and substance abuse, continued family violence and criminal behavior; and WHEREAS, child maltreatment occurs when people find themselves in stressful situations, without community resources, and don't know how to cope; and WHEREAS, the majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community; and WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure each family has the support they need in raising their children in a safe, nurturing environment; and WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Guthrie, County Judge of Blanco County, Texas, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2014 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Blanco County, and call upon all Blanco County citizens, community agencies, faith groups, and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.”

No discussion followed, and after the Proclamation was read County Commissioner Liesmann made a motion to accept, and Commissioner Sultemeier seconded. This motion carried. Several representatives from Child Advocacy groups were on hand to accept the Proclamation from Blanco County Judge Guthrie. These individuals were: Connie Russell, Blanco County Child Advocacy Board; Tori Walker, Forensic Interviewer at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCAC); Justin Foster, Family Advocate of HCCAC; Kimberly Cruz, Forensic Interviewer (HCCAC); Sarah French, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) Case worker, and Beverly Bowmaster, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Blanco County Commissioners went on to approve the estimated April 2014 payroll in the amount of $260,207.85. County Commissioner Granberg gave the motion to approve the April 2014 payroll, and Commissioner Liesmann seconded. The Court approved all official reports with the exception of one report that had not been received. No discussion followed, and County Commissioner Sultemeier gave a motion for approval of the official reports. Commissioner Sultemeier’s motion was seconded by Commissioner Wood.

The Court also approved the outstanding bills in the amount of $85,674.78. The County Treasurer and Auditor had no questions, and no discussion followed. A motion for approval was made by County Commissioner Wood and seconded by Commissioner Liesmann; this motion carried. The business of the Regular meeting was concluded at this time and the meeting adjourned.

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