Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Storm/disaster contracts renewed

By Grayson Edds

 Managing Editor

 During Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting, the Commissioners renewed the annual contracts with CrowderGulf and Ceres Environmental for disaster and/or storm recovery services for Bell County with no changes from last year. Having these contracts in place help ease the burden and scramble if a natural disaster were to happen in Bell County. Instead of searching for companies to assist immediately following a disaster, these providers are already under contract. If Federal Emergency Management Agency is engaged after a disaster, these contracts can also assist with reimbursement.

 The Court also approved an interlocal agreement between Bell County, the City of Killeen and the City of Temple for the 2013 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program award. The $79,342 will be divided as follows: Bell County to receive $21,422 with the understanding that they will share funds with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department; the City of Killeen for $40,068; and the City of Temple for $17,852. The JAG Program, administered by BJA, is the leading source of Federal justice funding to State and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides States and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas.

 The Court also approved of an inter-agency agreement between the Education Service Center and Bell County until June 30, 2014, for the participation in the Multi-Regional Child Nutrition Cooperative Purchasing Program for the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.

And finally, the outdoor burn ban was lifted due to rainfall.

 Weekly Commissioners Court meetings are held  at 9 a.m. each Monday at the Bell County Courthouse in Belton.