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Solution sought for Meal-A-Day debate

Cindy Roller
KETR, Cooper Review

After lengthy discussions over the past several Commissioners Court meeting, there will finally be a solution formed on the outcome of the Meal-A-Day program in Delta County.

Following a Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc. (or NETO) meeting Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire reported it was agreed to continue the program both with the meal service and the home delivery.

More details will be worked out following a Special Called Meeting today at 3:30 p.m.

Continuing with Monday’s meeting at the Delta County Courthouse, Judge Brookshire proposed a resolution to the Commissioners for placing the former Delta Assisted Living, Inc. building and its adjacent tracts of land on the Sheriff’s sale. He added the County is losing $7,000 in taxes while the City has to be responsible for mowing the lots.

“It is in bad shape,” said Judge Brookshire, fearing the liability it places on all the entities. In order to proceed with the sale of the property, it must be advertised for three consecutive weeks. According to records the large piece of property located on Dallas Avenue in Cooper is currently zoned for commercial use. Following the sale of the property the profit (after fee payments) will be proportionately dispersed among the school district (getting the largest portion), the city and then the county. It was unanimously agreed upon by the Court to continue with the sale.

Dr. Torance Vandygriff and Derrell London were also appointed as two of the directors for the Economic Development Board at Monday’s meeting. London suggested Vandygriff for his experience with school operations.

Judge Brookshire presented the preliminary Delta County Appraisal District Budget for review. He noted there was an increase of $14,000 due to insurance and pay increases for DCAD staff. No action was taken as it will be on the July agenda.

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