On Wednesday, the topic of recycling came up once again with the Erath County Commissioners Court. Two separate upcoming events were approved, including one in cooperation with the city of Stephenville.

That co-sponsored Electronics Recycling Event, for collection of used and unwanted electronics devices, is tentatively scheduled for late November, possibly at the Municipal Service Center across from United Cooperative Services.

These include items that are not allowed to be taken in at the landfill. Nick Williams, the city’s public works director, said any electronics with batteries or a power supply should be accepted.

Commissioners voted to approve splitting the $3,600 cost for carrying out the recycling event. The city and the county will each pay half, or $1,600 apiece.

County Judge Tab Thompson said this will be the first time the county has ever participated by paying part of the cost.

“The city, in the past, had recycling for cell phones, computers and electronics. They said it was very successful.”

Also, a previously approved tire recycling event for the county now has a time, date and location.

Erath County resident Joe McFarland, president of the nonprofit Leon-Bosque RC&D (Resource, Conservation and Development) Council had previously offered to organize a county-side disposal effort for vehicle tires.

On Wednesday, commissioners set the date for Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 9 a.m., and agreed to stage it at the county maintenance barn yard located at 1074 Highway 67, near Hard 8 BBQ.

McFarland’s proposal would result in no cost to the county — other than possibly manpower to unload and load the tires — because of grant money that is available. He noted that the Leon-Bosque RC&D Council works with about 15 other counties in similar recycling efforts. Erath County was already a basic sponsor of that council, providing $100 each year.

McFarland, a former Texas A&M professor and a former Air Force colonel, has lived in Erath County since 1992.

HOMICIDE CONFERENCE

Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash spoke to commissioners, requesting that they approve sending the primary investigator from his office, Edward Gordon, to an out-of-state training conference covering homicide. It counts toward the continuing education required of all county officials in Texas.

Nash explained after the meeting that the funding for the training, which will be Nov. 11-16 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was already accounted for in the budget. But because the training is out of state, it had to be approved, and the commissioners did so by a 4-0 vote.

“We have to get continuing education,” Nash said, noting that many times the training classes are within the state in cities such as Austin and Dallas. “It’s an excellent conference. This one’s specific to law enforcement.”

Nash noted that the Stephenville Police Department is sending two of its officers to the conference.

Gordon said the conference will be comprehensive and will include knowledge that has been gained from numerous recent real-life homicide investigations.

“They’re critical because we don’t have a homicide unit — for good reason. We don’t have a lot of homicides,” Nash said.