County to gain death investigators

During Monday's Nolan County Commissioners' meeting, approval was given to appoint additional death investigators to serve the county.The request was made by Justice of the Peace Sharon Gardner. The county already has three active death investigators--who offer assistance during unattended deaths, and Gardner wanted to add four more to the list.The new death investigators would need to undergo some training, and all seven members have been contacted regarding their continued or pending service. The additional death investigators, said Gardner, would help in covering the entire county.Also during the meeting, Zach Wilcox with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office made a presentation to the commissioners. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever act, which created the national Cooperative Extension System, a plaque was presented to the commissioners court for their appreciation and partnership with the university program.In addition, approval was given for out-of-state travel costs for Wilcox, who will be receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the Texas County Agriculture Agents Association on July 20 at the national meeting in Mobile, Alabama. He will accept the award at a banquet, and educational programs will also take place during the travel period.One item, however, was tabled at the meeting--the agreement with TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) regarding the CETRZ grant, which included a prioritized list of projects, a designated official for signing documents, environmental certificates and other documentation required by TxDOT--so that further work could be done. And as approved by the commissioners, the burn ban for Nolan County was left in effect until the its consideration at the next court date. The minutes from the April 28, 2014 meeting were approved, while item #5 of the March 13, 2012 minutes was corrected and approved as well. The reports from the Nolan County Auditor, Treasurer, Clerk and Welfare office were also received during the meeting.