County marks Child Abuse Prevention monthPublished 8:11am Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Elmore County Commission passed a resolution Monday night declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county.
District Judge Maura Culberson was joined by her colleagues from the county Department of Human Resources, the Family Resource Center, the county Extension Office and other groups that take the protection of children as their mission.
“There are a lot of people involved in that mission,” Culberson said. “We feel like we are making inroads here, but we have to continue the struggle.”
Culberson presides over Elmore County’s family court, making her among the first to see the signs of child abuse or the situations that could lead to it.
The resolution signed by commissioners urges the county’s agencies, businesses and citizens to do whatever they can to prevent child abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect.
To report a suspected problem, citizens can call the DHR office at 334-514-3200.
In other business, the commission:
•Agreed to pay more than $32,000, or half the total cost, for four new E-911 consoles for the county dispatch office. Sheriff Bill Franklin and E-911 Board Chairman Steve Dennis said they had hoped to delay the purchase until after construction of the new Emergency Operations Center, which will house dispatch, emergency management and other functions. However, Dennis said replacement parts are no longer available for the current consoles so “if it breaks, it’ll shut down the entire (911) system.”
The commission agreed to pay half the cost and Dennis said he would ask the E-911 board to fund the balance.
•Approved a grant resolution to let the CARPDC pursue a planning grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Commission Chairman Joe Faulk said they hope the $30,000 from ARC, combined with a dollar-for-dollar local match, can be used to study recreation and green-space issues in the county.
•Approved the county’s participation in the statewide back-to-school sales tax holiday for this year and all years thereafter in the first full weekend of August.
•Suspended the usual rules to approve a liquor license application for Kowaliga Restaurant on Lake Martin, which hopes to reopen before the end of the month.
•Approved Lord Ganesh LLC to advertise for a public hearing on the transfer of an off-premises beer and wine license for the Friendship Market.