Tenaha Businessmen’s Club hears Commissioner Bellmyer’s report


The Tenaha Businessmen’s Club met at noon on Thursday, April 11, 2019, for their monthly luncheon. President Roland Cross announced that the scheduled speaker, Kevin Windham, was unable to attend as he was in Federal Court in Tyler. President Cross also stated that he checked with County Judge Allison Harbison’s office about the Judge, who has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Mr. Cross stated that he was told that Judge Harbison was doing better each day but would be another week in the hospital.

Different members gave reports, including Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Bellmyer. He said that his department was working across the precinct with three motor graders and would soon be starting on a culvert program with 85 to install.

Another item that Mr. Bellmyer shared was, as he said, “Not as your Commissioner, but as your neighbor.” He attended a program on chemical handlers provided by Shelby County Extension Office. The dinner was sponsored by Farm Bureau, and they have people in Austin who monitor the Legislature. They gave a handout about bills they support and do not support. The one that Mr. Bellmyer said caught his eye was SB421 which deals with Eminent Domain. The bill, if passed, it will offer protection for home and property owners. It proposes safeguards for property owners, including one that would have property values appraised by a certified appraiser. Mr. Bellmyer encouraged property owners to call Chris Paddie, who is reported to be “on the fence” about the bill, not wanting to commit to supporting the bill, letting Mr. Paddie know that they support the bill.

Amanda Treat reported that Tenaha City Council would be held on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 5:15 p.m. Also, she said that Early Voting for the May 4 Election will be held from April 22 through April 30 at the City Hall.

Don Dial reported that the fireworks for the Fourth of July festivities would be the same ones as last year, at a slightly increased cost. He would share that cost at a later date.

President Cross stated that Waylon Moore would be singing for the July 4 event.

Amanda Treat said that Tenaha Together had welcome signs in place. BBQ plates would be sold at the Fourth of July festivities as a fundraiser for the group.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned until May.