Sheriff’s office, Gulf Bend project updates given at June 12 commissioners court

Commissioners court heard updates on projects underway at the sheriff’s office and Gulf Bend Center at their meeting June 12 held at the courthouse.

Sheriff Carl Bowen reported the company that previously provided the smart-phone application for DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office has gone out of business. That prevented the DCSO from providing information to about 800 subscribers of its online service. Typically, that information would include severe weather notices, road closures, etc.

Sheriff Bowen said his office received a message from the company that it was filing bankruptcy and would no longer host the application.

He said he has located a business in Victoria that will provide the application they need to get the service back online. He expects the service to be available soon to subscribers.

One of the services provided on the DCSO sight is Crimestoppers crime tip information which is an interactive function of the online application.

Gulf Bend Center executive director Jeffrey Tunnell met with the court to give an update on the services it provides and the number clients it has in De- Witt County.

He said DeWitt County provided about $37,000 to the Center in the last fiscal year. He said the Center provided services to 277 adults and 75 children from this county last budget year. That amounted to about 4,000 hours of services.

Gulf Bend Center serves seven area counties and helps provided matching grants for those services.

In the meeting commissioners court renewed a contract between the Center and DeWitt County Juvenile Probation for residential services.

This contract provides a way to teach young people in the probation program to learn a trade and receive some income for their work.

In a separate item Judge Daryl Fowler reported Atascosa County has agreed to join six other Eagle Ford Shale counties in sharing the expense of legislative consulting services of former State Rep. Steve Holzheauser.

Fowler told the court he was attempting to persuade all 23 counties in the EFS to join in the effort.

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