Commissioners Set to Discuss DSHS COVID-19 Cooperative Agreement Grant

The Hays County Commissioners Court will begin its Tuesday meeting with several proclamations. To begin with, the court will pass a proclamation to declare Hays County as Purple Heart County.

According to the proclamation, “November 11 has been officially designated as the day in Hays County, Texas to remember and recognize veteran Purple Heart Medal recipients.”

There will also be a proclamation to recognize February 2022 as Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The proclamation goes on to say, “We must work together to raise awareness and promote healthy romantic relationships with activities and conversations about mutually respectful and nonviolent relationships in our homes, schools and communities.”

The final proclamation will highlight February 2022 as Black History Month in Hays County.

According to the proclamation, “Hays County joins in the unified effort of its community to celebrate Black History Month in San Marcos, Kyle, Wimberley, Buda, Dripping Springs and throughout Hays County by donating tribute to those who have helped to continue the determined efforts. in a continuing reminder of the accomplishments and sacrifices of African American men and women who have contributed to the progress of human civilization.

During the meeting, the court will also discuss whether to accept a no-cost extension of time for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 Cooperative Agreement Grant.

The extension gives the county an additional 12 months to spend remaining funds and complete programmatic reporting for the DSHS COVID-19 Cooperative Agreement grant.

If approved, the grant period would extend from March 16, 2022 to March 15, 2023.

The court will also discuss and possibly authorize the execution of a resolution and the submission of a grant application to the Office of the Governor, FY23 Victim Assistance, First Responder Mental Health Program in the amount of $10,650.00.

The grant will fund the costs of counseling services associated with the Sheriff’s Office Peer Support Group. Consulting services were previously covered by insurance, but were considered ineligible costs for coverage from January.

Commissioners will have a discussion and take possible steps to pass a resolution regarding Hays County’s use of American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The Commissioners Court meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the historic Hays County Courthouse located at 111 E. San Antonio St.

Those wishing to participate in public comment may submit a public participation/witness form to the county clerk by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

For those not attending the meeting but still wishing to submit public comments to be read at the Commissioners Court, visit the Hays County website to complete and submit a PDF form to [email protected] us no later than 5 p.m. the evening before a meeting of the Commissioners’ Tribunal.

To view the full meeting agenda or watch the Commissioner’s Court live stream, visit

Virginia S. Braud