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Commissioners Approve “Magic of Christmas”

SERGEANT AREA OFFICE -- Deputy Stephen Brochman discusses new Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo with LC Commissioners.

Carol Dickey of the Leon Art Commission addressed the County Commissioners at Court Monday, November 13th about plans for the second annual ?Magic of Christmas? to be held on the Centerville Square, December 8th. There will be a parade with Santa arriving in a horse and buggy. An art display will be set up in the old courthouse, businesses around the square have been invited to be open, and there will be Christmas Carolers, a snow slide, and many other activities.

The commissioners approved the use of the square for the ?Magic of Christmas? at the commissioners first meeting of the month. All were present except Commissioner David Grimes. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Barbara Cook asked the court for permission to use the shooting range near the Expo to hold sporting clays and skeet shoots. This is part of the FFA program for the shooting team. Currently, students participate across the state in shooting tournaments. Cook explained that a location to hold the event is necessary, so that they can apply for a NRA Grant. ?We hope to one day host shooting tournaments here,? said Cook. The request was granted.

Senior Nutrition Administrator Donna Danford reported on the recent Health Fair held at the Expo. A previous report had already been heard, but Danford wanted to add thanks to sponsors: Woody?s Smoke House #1, Citizens State Bank, Community State Bank, Friends and Family of Steel, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Torno, and Carrie Leathers. Also thanked were volunteers Tommy Neyland, and Mary Helen Morrow, M. D., and Davis Country Store for their donations.

The court made note to increase the amount of flu shots from 150 to 175 for next year.

Next year?s Health Fair is scheduled for the end of September, a little earlier than past years. ?The Fair gets bigger and better each year,? said Danford.

DPS Trooper Steven Brochman addressed the court on plans for expansion and improvement of their new Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo. This office is using a part of the building currently occupied by the Highway Patrol in Buffalo on Commerce Street.

According to Brockman, plans for the building include security windows and doors. The upgrade will be similar to improvements made to the Highway Patrol part of the building earlier this year. Funds for this work come from the CVE special account which is created from a portion of the monies collected by DPS officers for fines and tickets. The request was approved.

A second request from Brockman also met approval. Brockman will be able to post an opening for a new CVE secretary and allow 2 to 3 weeks training. The current secretary will work until the end of December.

The court voted to join in with O?Neill Law and Watts Guerra Law firms for the Opioid lawsuit.

The Leon County Transportation Memorandum of Understanding was approved. This is an agreement between Leon County and the BVCOG for transportation for those in need to doctor appoints in the area.

The court voted to donate $1,500 to the toy drive for the children of the military families at Fort Hood.

After some discussion, no action was taken concerning use of a trailer for tire pick-up furnished by Robertson County.

The 2018 Indigent Defense Grant Resolution was approved.

Donations to the Senior Nutrition Department in the amount of $897 were approved. Also approved were donations for the Toy Drive for the Fort Hood families including, $100 from Commissioner Joey Sullivan, $50 from Commissioner David Grimes, and $50 from Judge Ryder.

Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis reported that the turnout was good at the recent Veterans? Day Event at the Expo. Besides a meal and presentations, the vets experienced team roping activities and skeet shooting. ?It was very nice,? said Ellis, ?very moving.?

Ten of the vets enjoyed two nights at the Champion Ranch owned by Dick Wallrath of Centerville. Meals were provided and a hog hunt and deer hunt were also supplied by Commissioner Sullivan.

Commissioner David Ferguson requested going out for bids to load clay out by the yard on CR 212 and 223. Another request was made by Ferguson to doze out and widen to 60 feet about ? miles on CR 213 and tear down existing fence and replace. The requests were approved.