Goliad mayor should be commended for volunteering expertise

Jan. 2, 2018 at 4:21 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

It appears to me that the Victoria Advocate editorial board has made a judgment on Goliad government without knowledge of the facts regarding emergency management in the county. I am sure that Goliad city management has the utmost interest in providing for emergencies and is willing to work with the county and state to achieve an effective emergency plan. I personally consider the Advocate's editorial, "Goliad city, county need to get along," in the Dec. 28 paper inflammatory.

It is my understanding that in Texas the county government is delegated the responsibility for emergency management and required to have an Emergency Management Plan filed with the Texas Division of Emergency Management. In earlier budgets, the city of Goliad set aside and paid the county $50,000-plus (a big chunk of money for a city of fewer than 2,000 citizens) for half the cost of the Emergency Management Coordinator, with the understanding that the coordinator would prepare a plan designated for the city of Goliad. With Hurricane Harvey, emergency management came to the forefront. The question: Where is the plan for Goliad? The answer: There was not a plan in the city's offices and none filed with the state of Texas. I, for one, applaud the mayor for taking the bull by the horns and absorbing the responsibilities of emergency management. Goliad needs more citizens like her who are willing to volunteer their expertise and time to the benefit of the citizens of Goliad.

Everett Jacob, Goliad



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