Commissioners recognize May as Mental Health month

Tom Green County Commissioners recognized May as Mental Health month during Tuesday’s meeting.

According to Greg Rowe from MHMR, mental health conditions are real and essential to everyone’s health. With early treatment people can recover and live a full and happy life, he said.

Commissioners recognized Mental Health Month to help increase awareness and decrease the stigma around mental health patients.

Another item discussed at the meeting was the county-wide burn ban. According to City of San Angelo/Tom Green County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Mild, a burn ban will most likely not be necessary in the Concho Valley for a while. According to the National Weather Service in San Angelo’s forecast, it will rain throughout the entire week. The Concho Valley is also under a severe thunderstorm watch from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday with chances of large hail, damaging winds and a couple tornadoes. The storms are expected to start in the early afternoon hours and four to six inches rain fall is expected for the week.

The next item discussed at the meeting was a transfer of the Emergency Management 1.2 M Ku Band Satellite with controller to Texas Parks and Wildlife. Mild said the trailer has been inoperable for quite a while and that the satellite is also not operable. The City has initiated the process of finding a new trailer, but in the meantime Texas Parks and Wildlife has offered to put up its communication trailer if the satellite can be transferred to them. Commissioners approved the transfer.

Other items discussed at the meeting were migrating the City of San Angelo’s email off site to Microsoft 365, dissolving the Tom Green County Housing Finance Corporation and the Tom Green County Public Facility Corporation, approving and accepting the treasurer’s April 2016 monthly report and the auditor’s April 2016 monthly report and to consider issues dealing with grants and ongoing construction/remodeling projects.

All items were approved and no issues had to be dealt with on any of the grants or ongoing projects.

Several announcements were also made at the end of the meeting.

2016 is MHMR’s 50th anniversary and they will celebrate it with an Evening of Hope at 7 p.m. June 17 at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. The event will feature award-winning global speaker, Kevin Hines, who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.

There will also be a trash dropoff from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 at Regal Oil’s property across the street from Allsups on U.S. Highway 87 N. Only household trash will be accepted. San Angelo Friend of the Environment (SAFE) will be at the location accepting recycling items as well.