GEORGE WEST – Friday’s Live Oak County Commissioners Court meeting was made notable by the official rescinding of a long-standing county-wide burn ban as well as the donation of an unrelated $5,000 to the county for new library computers.
Commissioners on Friday said they felt there was no longer a need for the burn ban, which had been in effect for several months due to prolonged drought conditions.
Meanwhile, the officials gratefully accepted the $5,000 donation from Talisman Energy for the purchase of new computers. The donation took place at the start of the commissioners meeting Friday morning. Jack Showers, Talisman representative, was on hand to present the check.
The new computers will be of tremendous use to county residents, explained Marco Marroquin, Live Oak County Libraries director.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our library to better serve our community with computers that can run faster and allow our patrons, veterans, job-seekers, and students better access to the Internet and software that will allow them to accomplish their goals,” Marroquin said.
Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff wholeheartedly agreed.
“Live Oak County appreciates the donation,” Judge Huff said. “This investment enables us to better serve the community; not everyone has access to a computer with high speed internet. We are especially pleased that our Veterans use this service and get assistance from library staff if requested. Talisman’s presence in our area and their investments in our community continues to forge a positive relationship with us working together.”
Computers are especially important because many things are online only or more accessible online these days—from job applications for different companies to applying to or researching veteran benefits, the library director said.
“Computers are essential to everyday work life,” Marroquin said. “With the recently disbanded Little Acorn Study Club donating funding for new computers in Three Rivers in 2013 and with Talisman Energy donating for new computers in the George West Library, the Live Oak County Libraries will now have available up-to-date computers with VTX Broadband—a fast Internet connection service.”