June declared Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

The Matagorda County Commissioners showed their support of local residents with health issues at Monday’s meeting by approving a proclamation declaring June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in the county. The resolution was requested by Matagorda County resident Simon DeSoto, himself a victim of the neuromuscular disease. Participating in the resolution presentation are, from left, Precinct 1 Commissioner Daniel Pustka, Precinct 4 Commissioner David Woodson, DeSoto, County Judge Nate McDonald, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard.

In the continuing effort to raise health awareness in the county, the Matagorda County Commissioners Court passed a proclamation declaring June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in the county.

The commissioners approved the resolution, which was requested by local resident Simon DeSoto, at their June 9 meeting. DeSoto said he is a victim of the disease.

“It is a neuromuscular disease which impacts about 200 out of every 1 million people with no known cause or cure,” DeSoto said. “It impacts the muscles, and as a result doing things like breathing, swallowing or other every day activities can be painful.

“It effects each individual differently. And since January 1, it has become very difficult to obtain treatment for it because insurance companies are now denying requests for treatment,” he said.

The commissioners also approved a request from various elected county department heads to authorize County Judge Nate McDonald to submit and sign a commercial credit application with Southern Shred to destroy various county documents on a bulk basis.

County Auditor Cathy Ezell said the service visits Bay City each Tuesday and would be utilized on an as needed basis. She said in addition to doing the work, the company also will provide the county with a certificate of shredding for those documents.

As an example of the quantity of documents involved, County Clerk Janet Hickl said she has approximately 30 boxes of election ballots needing to be destroyed. She said the service would be billed to those departments requesting the service.

When questioned about the county’s existing shredder, Hickl said about 15 documents could be fed to it at a time. She said for the bigger shredding jobs, a department head would have to have one employee spend a day or more just feeding documents into the shredder.

Sheriff Skipper Osborne had a pair of items approved by the commissioners. The first was to approve an addendum to the inmate telephone service agreement with Infinity Networks to extend the agreement for two more years. The sheriff said the contract has been in place since 2007 and the department is “happy with the arrangement and to keep it going.”

The sheriff also received permission to declare a pair of vehicles, a 2000 F250 4x4 and a 2003 Dodge half-ton pick up as salvage and to auction them off. Osborne said both are seized vehicles and that as soon as he has clear titles, he will continue to request those vehicles be auctioned. He said the proceeds generated from auctioning those vehicles will be used to continue to upgrade he own department’s fleet of patrol units.

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