A Memorandum of Understanding between Calhoun County and Union Carbide was approved, which will help improve emergency communications.

The approval came during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Calhoun County Commissioners’ Court and allows the county to install equipment at the company’s Seadrift Operation Tower that will help provide radio coverage for the county’s emergency responders, especially in Seadrift and Port O’Connor.

“We have a single tower, and that’s isn’t enough,” said Commissioner David Hall. The agreement is perpetual, he noted in response to Commissioner Vern Lyssy’s question regarding the duration of the memorandum.

In other business, the court approved the sale of alcohol at the Calhoun County Fair.

The beer garden is moving to a building that is little used during the fair, according to Chris Wall with the fair board. A fenced-in area in front of the building will be set up, and there will be security there as well.

Wall also said the fair was reducing the number of bands that will be performing.

Also, during the meeting, the court:

-- Heard the June report from Memorial Medical Center officials that included FEMA paying $82,000 for an MRI

-- Heard from Phipps Deacon Purnell, PLCC as the council to represent the county in future opioid litigation

-- Accepted the Texas Parks and Wildlife Boating Access Grant for Chocolate Bayou

-- Approved an Interlocal Agreement with Lubbock County for the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases

-- Accepted donations of hardback and paperback books as well as magazines, DVDs and other items for the Calhoun Public Library

-- Transferred a 24-inch monitor from the County Auditor’s Office to Building Maintenance

-- Accepted the Floodplain Administration report

-- Approved bills and payroll for the county and MMC