Wise County dispatchers received three of six communications awards presented in November by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and they were recognized at Monday’s commissioners meeting.
NCTCOG’s Jason Smith attended the meeting and told about each of the awards, which were presented at the entity’s quarterly supervisors meeting and luncheon.
“Out of the six awards that we present, three of them are in the room today,” he said.
Those who received awards included Caitlin Knobel, Telecommunicator of the Year; Zachary Bryden, 911 Professional of the Year; and Jeff Doughty, Supervisor of the Year. (They were featured in a Messenger story Nov. 22, 2014.)
Sheriff David Walker said the citizens of Wise County are in good hands when they call 911.
“We have an exceptional team down there, and these folks rise way above what we require and do a fabulous job,” he said. “Like (Jason) said, there’s 550 telecommunicators in our region – so for us to get three out of the six awards is pretty huge.
“They do a good job, and I appreciate it.”
DONATIONS AND BIDS
Commissioners accepted the following donations: $100 from Robin Lewis to the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit; $400 from Pella Cemetery to the Public Works Department; and cat cages and a cat tree from Direct Animal Products to the Wise County Animal Shelter.
Several pieces of furniture were also donated to the county.
Commissioners awarded two pickup bids to Prestige Ford – one for a crew cab and one for an extended cab. The crew cab prices were $35,600 without carpet and $37,800 with carpet. The extended cab prices were $34,000 without carpet and $36,300 with carpet. Both are four-wheel drive with short beds.
They plan to purchase a crew cab with carpet for Precinct 2. Asset Manager Diana Alexander said they don’t currently plan to purchase a pickup on the extended cab bid, but it’s good for two months. That bid was originally sought at the request of Public Works Director Tom Goode, but in the meantime, he decided not to make the purchase.
Commissioners approved seeking bids for a 3/4-ton, two-wheel drive, extended cab pickup at the request of Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance. He wants it to have a long bed.
In other business, commissioners:
- went into executive session to discuss property, but took no action when they emerged;
- approved purchasing for $9 per ton a stockpile of rock from Martin Marietta that is currently located on Farm Road 2123;
- appointed Jerry McEntire and Scott Farver, both of Boyd, to the Wise County Emergency Services District No. 1 Board;
- approved the final plat for La Foresta, lots 1-3, in Precinct 1; and
- approved the bond for Elections Administrator Sabra Srader.
Most county offices are closed Monday, Feb. 16, for President’s Day. The next commissioners meeting is Monday, Feb. 23, in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.