Commissioners Tribunal Recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Approves Software Purchase for Department of Health | News

Historic Hays County Courthouse.

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day and recognized the Dunbar Heritage Association’s upcoming celebrations at its Jan. 4 meeting.

“The purpose of this holiday is to encourage all Americans to realize Martin Luther King’s vision of freedom, equality and opportunity for all,” the proclamation said.

The Dunbar Heritage Association will be hosting celebrations January 15-17 for the 20th year in a row. The celebrations will begin with a children’s event on the 15th. Parents must register their children on Eventbrite. More information can be found at Dunbar Heritage Association’s website.

On January 16, the first annual celebration of common unity will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the courthouse. Commissioners are working to include a table providing rapid COVID-19 tests and masks for those in attendance.

A March through downtown San Marcos will take place on January 17, starting at 9:30 a.m., with a wreath laying ceremony at the LBJ and MLK Junction Memorial. It will end with a program at the Paul Laurence Dunbar park and recreation center. Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Dunbar Heritage Association is asking those who wish to participate in the walk to register online.

The commissioners also voted in favor of the purchase emocha Health Mobile Inc. Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) software for the Ministry of Health’s tuberculosis control program. The technology will cost $ 8,100 and allow patients better access to staff and services.

All patients should be observed by Amy Wolf, Tuberculosis Case Manager, Communicable Disease Coordinator, and the program’s only registered nurse.

“Patients will be able to take their medication via video and download the video for her to see. She currently has to come to their house and visually see them take the medication,” said District Clerk Beverly Crumley. “It will reduce the time and the inconvenience for the patients. “

Commissioners also voted in favor of the implementation of on-board systems and body worn camera systems for district court, sheriff’s offices and agents one, two and three. Commissioners expect the equipment to be delivered between March and April 2022.

A motion allowing commissioners to follow an online training course with 16 of their hours required was also approved. While Commissioners can still attend the training in person, they will have the option of taking certain courses online if required.

Before entering into executive session, Judge Ruben Becerra read an update on the Hays County prison population sent by the sheriff’s office. While the Hay County Jail‘s recommended capacity is 368, its daily average in December was 605.

The estimated cost of inmate outsourcing was $ 90,595 during the week of January 3. The county also holds 31 “paper inmates” who have appeared in court and are now considered Texas state inmates but are still paid by the county.

The Hays County Commissioners Tribunal meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. For more information, visit his website.

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