The Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court moved to approve new signage reflecting an update to the county smoking policy at its regular meeting on Nov. 26.

Commissioner Cliff Sevier was not in attendance at the meeting.

On Nov. 12, commissioners approved a revision to the policy by officially adding E-cigarettes and “cape” products to the list of prohibited substances, as the county forbids the use of these products on all county property and adjacent grounds such as parking lots unless used in a personal vehicle. On Nov. 26, commissioners voted to amend the court order regarding this policy, which means new signage regarding the change will now be placed on county property.

An update was also made regarding the county’s cellphone policy for employees. The amendment approved by the court added language that any information stored on a county-issued phone is the property of Rockwall County. The changes also recognized the difference between a county-issued phone, a phone purchased with a county-issued phone allowance, or personal phones being used for county business and how that pertains to negligence and public records requests.

Rockwall High School senior Tyra Winters was recognized by the court with the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award. Winters, an RHS cheerleader, leaped into action during the school’s homecoming parade in October, jumping from the parade float to perform CPR on a 2-year-old child who was choking. Winters has since been featured in the national media for her actions. At Tuesday’s meeting, Winters thanked her mother for teaching her these life-saving techniques.

Also approved unanimously by the commissioners:

• Approved the Texas SAVNS (VINE) service agreement with Appriss in the amount of $18,618.87 to be paid by the Office of the Attorney General, and also approved the Texas VINE annual maintenance grant contract where the Attorney General’s Office will provide grant monies in the amount of $18,618.87.

• Approving the annual interlocal agreements with the cities of Rockwall, Rowlett, and Fate for the provision of judicial services for planned “no refusal weekends.”

• Approved a request from the Downtown Rockwall Association to use the main hallway and the first-floor conference room in the Historic Courthouse for a reception from 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 17.

The Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court will hold a consortium meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 to county road bond issues. The next regular meeting of the commissioner’s court is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 10. Both will be held at the Historic Courthouse at 101 E. Rusk St. in Rockwall.

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