The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

November 14, 2012

Environmental officers to stay with fire marshal

GREENVILLE — After hearing the cases presented by Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks and Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill, the Hunt County Commissioners Court decided to keep the Environmental Enforcement officers under Hill’s control.

Meeks listed nine reasons why he believed the officers would be better suited under the sheriff’s department. The main point listed was to use the officers to deal with the animal control issue.

“What advantages are there to keep the officers unde the fire marshal?” He said. “I think they’ve got plenty of time to do other things.”

According to Larry Middlebrooks, Precinct 3 Hunt County Commission-er, the previous commissioners dealt with the animal control issue in 1997 with the adoption of chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

“It (chapter 822.001) shows the sheriff is responsible for the dogs already,” he said. “What I’m looking at it’s pretty plain that since we don’t have an office, the sheriff is in control.”

Hill said the officers have been doing a good job of enforcing the laws and keeping the property values up in Hunt County.

“This is not about money,” Hill said. “This is about keeping the property values up.”

Hill responded to Meeks, stating that the officers already work with the health department.

“We have worked with the health department on the West Nile and H1N1 viruses,” he said. “The health department is much much bigger than just dog bites.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Poll

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Wrestling
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track and Field
Softball
Baseball
     View Results
Facebook
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice