April declared as Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April has been declared as Child Abuse Prevention Month, following action by the Nolan County Commissioners during their meeting on Monday morning.The commissioners approved the proclamation for the county, after reviewing the document prior to the meeting. Activities sponsored by the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and Sky High Children's Ranch are lined up today and tomorrow to bring awareness to child abuse within the county along with measures to prevent the crime.Also during the meeting, approval was given to appoint Trevor Thompson to the Nolan County Coliseum Board. He will be replacing the seat vacated by Shane Tomlin, who resigned from the board.In addition, three bids were opened for a new or used dump truck for Precinct #2 from Circle D Trucks, Roberts Tire Center and Warren CAT. The bids were received by the commissioners and will be discussed in detail before a bid is awarded.However, an item that was tabled at the meeting was an agreement between Nolan County and the American Red Cross for emergency or disaster operations. In the instance of an emergency or disaster, the Red Cross would be notified and immediate action would be taken.While discussion was held on the various changes made by the county for the agreement, the major concern was who would be designated as the county's emergency management coordinator. The person in this role would be the immediate responder--which would require some training, and while he could delegate responsibilities to others, the coordinator would ultimately be held responsible for any and all action taken.Furthermore, the commissioners approved for the burn ban to remain in effect until its consideration at the next meeting. The minutes of the March 25, 26 and April 1 meetings were approved, while reports were received from the Government Trapper, the Nolan County Clerk, and the Nolan County Sheriff's Office.