By Christina Isbell
In a joint effort between County Judge David Davis, the 2015-16 Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Class and the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG), Haskell has a new digital sign on the northwest corner of the downtown square. At the end of the 8-month class, the Haskell group, hosted by the Development Corporation of Haskell, encouraged the class to develop a community project. Members were Susan Jarred-Aycock, Jamie Ferguson, Nicole Buchanan, Jamie Jordan, Christina Isbell and Veronica Anderson.
“It was a great experience to be a part of a project for our county and the Leadership class and to work with a group to complete this service project,” Jarred-Aycock said.
Klose Welding, West Electric and Haskell County helped to install the digital sign.
“We are excited to have been involved in the digital sign project,” said Patti Davis, Regional 9-1-1 Program Coordinator for West Central Texas Council of Governments. Public education efforts in public safety are an ongoing process, always evolving to accommodate new technologies.
According to the coordinator, the new digital sign is an additional approach that our Regional 9-1-1 Program will be utilizing to educate the citizens of Haskell County on the proper use of their 9-1-1 system. This collaborative project is a prime example of how the community and its leaders have come together to implement a tool that will be utilized by individuals and organizations throughout the county.
“It was our pleasure to enable the project to become a reality through the grant funds awarded to the County, especially in light of the big impact it will have on the communication of important messages to Haskell County residents,” she said.
Not only will the sign have 9-1-1 messages for the community, the sign also will be used for countywide events. To set up guidelines for the sign, Judge Davis will create a board of county personnel, Keep Haskell Beautiful/Leadership Program, the Chamber of Commerce and other citizens. To have future events included in the messages, citizens can contact the county judge’s office at 940-864-2661. Please have patience with the group as they learn to use the sign and software associated with it.