By Lynda Jones
The Houston County Commissioners recessed their Tuesday, Feb. 9, meeting to move next door to honor retiring County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator David Lamb.
A reception was held for Lamb in the Community Room at First Community Bank, next door to the Commissioners Courtroom.
After Lamb was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service, and a flag from the State Capitol that State Rep. Trent Ashby sent for the occasion, friends and family shared mostly humorous stories with Lamb.
Lamb served Houston County from 2008 - 2016. His retirement date is Feb. 19.
Before recessing for the reception, the commissioners received as information the January Environmental Control Report prepared by Ashley Perry, Environmental Control Officer.
The report indicates illegal dumping continues to be an issue in the county. Perry's report states, "There were a total of 5 complaints, 94 bags of refuse, estimated at 30 lbs. each for a total of 2,820 lbs. of refuse removed from county roads.
Environmental Control patrolled or removed refuse from CR 1272, 1720, 1725, 2076, 2035, 2080, FM 229, Fifth St., Pease, 231, 3400, 2130 and 1270."
Community service workers supervised by Perry assisted or completed several special projects, including cleaning up the grounds at the Crockett Public Library, buffing the floors of the old jail, hauling surplus furniture from the tax office and cleaning the pilot building at Houston County Airport.
In other business, the commissioners approved accepting the Juvenile Deputy Grant for the Sheriff's Office in the amount of $16,565.17 and the Body-Worn Camera Grant for $40,363.75 with 25% match (budgeted by the HCSO).
The court also granted approval for the HCSO to apply for three additional grants: a joint equipment grant between the Sheriff's Office and County Attorney's Office for interview recording system, computer and projector equipment; a Crime Victim Deputy Grant; and continuance of the Juvenile Deputy Grant.
Also, the court accepted as information the Houston County Emergency Services District No. 2 Financial Statement for FY 2015 and the annual presentation of the Houston County Historical Commission.
Ansel Bradshaw of Crockett appeared before the court to announce a lumber supply company began construction this week at the former Crockett Coca Cola facility on East Loop 304, and that the company hopes to be open by April.
At the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Tuesday night, Bradshaw announced the name of the company, Parker Building Supply. The company has headquarters in Port Arthur and several stores, including one in Woodville.