By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer
Cooke County —
Monday’s regular Cooke County commissioners’ court meeting included emphasis on the special efforts among local agencies against domestic violence, and on upcoming campaigns to spread awareness.
Officials signed a proclamation declaring June as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” throughout the county. Kim Cook and Kelly Fiore-Watson of Gainesville’s Abigail’s Arms victim crisis center were present at the meeting and received the proclamation.
During the meeting, Cook also requested that commissioners allot use of the Cooke County Courthouse for a “Daddies and Daughters Stepping Up” rally, set for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Approval was granted.
The rally, Cook said, is a symbolic show of force between parents and children against the violence that often occurs in families.
“We believe that in Cooke County, one of the best ways to attack domestic violence in our community is through the dads,” she said. “It’s calling forth all the men in Cooke County to stand with their daughters and stand with their families and make a stand, on the east side of the court.
“We want to make a public statement,” Cook added. “Not only to this community but to others in other cities and other towns that we, as Cooke County, say ‘no’ to domestic violence.”
Other meeting highlights:
• Commissioners approved a proclamation honoring Benelle Fitts, elder rights specialist for the Cooke County Area Agency on Aging. Fitts served the county for 40 years prior to her recent retirement.
• Commissioners approved these consent agenda items: fiscal year 2013 budget amendments; monthly bills; payroll and related expenses; a contract with Mountain Springs Water Supply for the installation of a fresh water line on County Road 251; acceptance of additional payment from the Medicaid Supplemental Payment Program in the amount of $8,521.50; an insurance settlement on a Cooke County EMS 2012 ambulance that was damaged in an accident in the amount of $11,421.58; acceptance of proceeds from the sale of Road and Bridge Precinct 1 equipment in the amount of $3,800; a memorandum of understanding between the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force and authorizing the sheriff to sign said document; the quarterly internal audit of the county clerk’s office; an additional insurance settlement for the carpet in Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 office that was water damaged in the amount of $408.58; acceptance of auction proceeds from the sale of Road and Bridge Precinct 1 equipment in the amount of $21,248.65; a donation of broken cell phones to Abigail’s Arms; the surplus and trade in of a 2002 Bob Cat Skid Loader s/n 519032259 by Road and Bridge Pct. 4; the surplus by auction or disposal of 14 Motorola handheld radios, 21 twelve-inch Streamlight Flashlights, one spotlight, one broken radar gun, one in-dash DVD player, nine misc. 35mm cameras and six mini-cassette recorders from the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office; the donation by the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office to Abigail’s Arms of one cell phone and three pagers; the surplus by auction or disposal of a 1991 Ford F350 ambulance; the surplus by auction or disposal of 10 pieces of equipment from Road and Bridge Pct. 3; Cooke County Sheriff’s Office bonds; a rider to change Scott Otto’s bond from jailer to 235th District Court bailiff; a rider to change Justin Patterson’s bond from investigator to County Court-at-Law bailiff; the appointment of Joe Stout as deputy constable, Pct. 1; a bond for Joe Stout, deputy constable, Pct. 1; allowing Angel Neu, Extension agent, to attend the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Pittsburg, Pa., on Sept. 15-19, 2013; and the annual renewal of a contract between the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office and North Central Texas Council of Governments for a one-year period beginning June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.