DETCOG Board Busy at Nacogdoches Meeting


Nacogdoches, Texas – The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Board wasted no time in getting down to business Thursday.  Two months of committee work, no business meeting in May because of the Annual Membership Meeting, the legislative session, Texas Association of Regional Councils and National Associations of Regional Council meetings created a full agenda.

Chair of the Regional Housing Advisory Committee Daphne Session reported on the public meeting held on the Regional Housing Authority’s 5-Year Plan covering FY 2015 to 2019 and the following committee meeting. The board later acted on her committee’s recommendation and approved the 5-year plan, its annual plan for FYB 2015 and revisions in the Regional Housing Authority’s Section 8 Administrative Plan

Angelina County Emergency Coordinator Don Morris reported on the Regional Emergency Preparedness Taskforce.  They are urging the County Judges in the DETCOG Region to not hesitate and file their flooding damage reports with the state.  Even if they have to amend them later, adding to the state’s total flood damages will help the state receive federal assistance quicker.  In an aside, it was also noted that the state emergency preparedness program was now being ran from the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and not the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Pam Dunn presented her advisory council’s report.  She started by remarking on the success of her group’s most recent fundraising travel. While thanking all of the county judges and mayors, Dunn said the DETCOG Region’s RSVP program was a standout for having all of its twelve counties and seventeen cities adopt resolutions recognizing the value of RSVP volunteers.

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen, who chairs DETCOG’s Economic Development Committee, reported his group’s recommendation on the division of over $500,000 in unused Hurricane Ike Recovery de-obligated infrastructure funds.  Those funds were re-allocated to  other qualified cities and counties for infrastructure repairs and improvements within the DETCOG Region.

DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles reported on the progress of the Hurricane Ike Housing Recovery program.  It is on schedule to complete over one hundred reconstructions and rehabilitations by the end of 2015.  Diggles also noted that two job-creating Hurricane Ike Forgivable Loan projects have been de-obligated and now the funds will be utilized for other projects within the region.  That will make nearly one-million dollars soon available for “shovel-ready” business start-ups or expansions that create jobs.

The next DETCOG Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015.  It will be held in Hemphill in Sabine County.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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