Tyler City Council is pictured here during a meeting on Aug. 14, 2019, at City Hall. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Tyler City Council to meet Tuesday this week only

The Tyler City Council will meet on Tuesday this week instead of Wednesday because of a scheduling change.

The meeting will be held at the regular time and place, 9 a.m. in the Tyler City Council chambers in Tyler City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Avenue.

The City Council will consider accepting money from the Federal Transit Administration for the city’s buses and bus facilities.

The City Council will decide whether to allow Christus Trinity Mother Frances to build a second pedestrian bridge over Dawson Street.

Spending also will be considered on updates to engineering projects, including a drainage project and a water treatment project.

Commissioners Court

meeting canceled

Smith County Commissioners Court will not have its Tuesday meeting this week.

The court will next meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15 in the commissioners courtroom in the annex building at 200 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler, according to a county press release.

County crisis centers to

host volunteer trainings

The Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee counties will host two volunteer trainings from 5:30-7:30 p.m.Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 at 700 E. Cherokee St. in Jacksonville. All necessary resources will be provided.

People with a desire to join the Crisis Response Team in Cherokee County will be trained to provide on-site advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The CRT works together with law enforcement, local hospitals, the DA’s office, and other community partners to ensure the coordination of care for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the investigation of their cases.

“Our goal is to ensure a consistent, respectful, victim-centered response to domestic violence and sexual violence in Cherokee County and to counter the survivor’s experience of abuse with a sensitive and complete advocacy response,” Tara Scheler, community educator for the Crisis Center, said, according to a news release.

Wendy Hammons, Crisis Center CRT coordinator added, “We are here to support the survivor’s well-being and to encourage those who work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Studies have shown that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who receive advocacy are more likely to leave their current situation and seek justice through the court system.

Volunteers are needed to deliver efficient advocacy and crisis intervention at hospitals or local law enforcement offices. They will also provide resources to survivors through this collaborative effort.

RSVP to taras@mycrisiscenter.com or wendyh@mycrisiscenter.com for the training date you will attend.

Government Reporter

Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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