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The Victoria County courthouse is located at 115 N. Bridge St. 

Victoria County commissioners on Monday will discuss the creation of a pet adoption coordinator position at the Victoria County Health Department.

County Judge Ben Zeller said David Gonzales, the new health department director, proposed the idea after recognizing that the department’s animal control officers have to take on the task of handling the adoptions, and it could be beneficial to have someone dedicated to the job.

“There are a lot of animals eligible for adoption, so I was very supportive of this idea; I think it’s great to have a sharper focus on adoptions,” Zeller said. He said the court is likely to support the idea.

There has been an ongoing vacancy for an additional animal control officer position, so if the court approves creating the pet adoption coordinator role, the new job will replace the vacant position and the budget will not increase, Zeller said.

Also Monday, commissioners will consider approval of the contract and receive the leases regarding the purchase of the building at 311 E. Constitution St., which is the current office of the Victoria Advocate.

The county plans to convert the building into a disaster recovery and response center thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund.

More than one-third of the building’s space will be used by the Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group, which has helped thousands of families rebuild their homes after Hurricane Harvey.

According to the contract, with the funding from Rebuild Texas, the county will pay $100,000 to buy the building for an expected sale price of about $500,000. The remainder of the grant funds will be used to convert the building into a recovery center, which will include adding showers and dormitory space for disaster recovery workers and a portable generator hookup.

The building could be used as a command center during future natural disasters, where rescue workers operating during a storm or volunteers visiting after a storm could gather and stay.

“I’m very glad to see we’re finally about to seal the deal on this; it will be great for the community,” Zeller said. “Especially with hurricane season upon us, it underscores the need for something like this.”

Also, commissioners will have a closed meeting to discuss the appointment of a new constable for Precinct 4, which comes after Kyle Dalton announced he was leaving the post in May. His last day was June 14. Zeller said the court is still in the interviewing process and will not make the appointment Monday.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, or on Twitter

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