COUNTY OPEN HOUSE Polk County Hosts Open House at Remodeled Annex Building
Sheriff Hammack was on hand for the occasion.
Polk County Hosts Open House at Annex Building, LIVINGSTON, November 3, 2008 - County leaders and personnel want folks to know about county government, its part in our daily lives, the services it provides, and their renovated annex building (formerly Polk County Memorial Hospital). In July of 2000, Memorial Medical Center moved to its current location on US 59 just north of downtown Livingston. With county funding combined with state and federal grant dollars for improving emergency operations technologies, Polk County arrived at its initial goal and the Annex Building currently accommodates over 24 departments and agency offices.
Judge Thompson (right) and Danny Freeman.
The Annex Building houses such departments as the Agricultural Extension Office, Polk County Personnel Office, the local Red Cross, Veteran's Services, County Fire Marshal, Social Services, Permits and Inspections, and Aging Services just to name a few (click here for a complete list of offices located in the Annex Building). With the recent events surrounding Hurricane Ike, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) underscored successful planning and preparations as the EOC served as a headquarters a 12 county region that was affected by Hurricane Ike. The EOC streamlined communications and was instrumental in improving a coordinated and structured response to areas hit hard by the hurricane, and contributed to a speedy recovery for our region of East Texas.
Emergency Management Coordinator, Larry Shine (right)
Judge Thompson was on hand to visit with anyone who had questions and encourage county personnel that work in the Annex Building on a daily basis. "We want folks to know that we're here for them and for them to know the role that county government plays in our community", Thompson said. "We feel confident that this facility will continue to grow and improve as we work to improve the role of county Government". In addition to Judge Thompson, several other prominent county leaders were on hand including Emergency Management Coordinator, Larry Shine, Commissioners Tommy Overstreet and Ronnie Vincent, County Auditor Ray Stelly, and Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Stephen McEntyre. Additionally, members of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce were in attendance. Finger foods were available and nearly every office was open complete with their regular personnel. "We want to thank our Maintenance and Engineering Department for a great job in managing this renovation and each office here, for their patience and efforts", Thompson said.
The County Annex Building is located at 602 East Church in Livingston. For more information, visit Polk County's Website.
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