The Erath County Commissioners Court was in session Monday morning with a full agenda.
Among the most important items was a presentation from Elizabeth Johnson, program director of the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, to request permission to put up blue ribbons on the courthouse square in commemoration of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
PRCAC is headquartered in Granbury but the organization also serves Erath and Somervell counties. Staff and supporters annually decorate the square with large blue ribbon cutouts to enlist support and contributions in relation to Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Information provided on the PRCAC website says that the group "exists to promote the healing of child abuse victims - one child at a time. As adults and leaders in our community we must be a voice for our children by reporting child abuse and by talking about child abuse so that our children will talk about it. The last thing we want for our children is to stay silent.”
In her address to commissioners, Johnson said, “The main thing here is awareness — and we are always available to work with school personnel to help with recognition of possible child abuse situations.”
Johnson said plans are to decorate the square starting at 9 a.m. on April 3.
Erath County Judge Tab Thompson said, “You folks are doing remarkable, important work for the children and families of our area. Thank you so much for your service to the community. We really appreciate you and are in full support of what you do.”
Another important item on the agenda was the $28,000 purchase of city lots 1 and 4 at 200 E. McNeil Street to be paved and provide additional downtown parking.
Mayor Pro Tem Alan Nix, who was present at the meeting said, “This is a win-win for both Erath County and the city of Stephenville. It will create much-needed downtown parking when it’s paved and while I’m not sure how many spaces this will create, it will be a considerable number. We appreciate the county making this purchase and look forward to more cooperation between the county and the city such as this.”