Nueces County Commissioners met last week to discuss a number of issues, including the recognition of a longtime employee at the Hilltop Community Center.

County commissioners recognized Steve Meeks for his 28 years of service to Nueces County by awarding him a Certificate of Appreciation and a watch at their April 21 meeting.

Meeks began his employment with the county in 1976 as a temporary employee at Sablatura Park as a maintenance worker. He has also worked as a full-time employee at Hazel Bazemore Park as a building maintenance worker and also as a park ranger at Sablatura Park.

Meeks is currently employed at the Hilltop Community Center as a building maintenance worker, a position he is now planning to retire from.

In other county business, county leaders approved the construction of a fence around the area currently designated for the proposed Nueces County Veterans Cemetery. The chain link fence is currently estimated to cost about $48,000 and will only be installed along the north and east side of the cemetery property.

Precinct 2 Nueces County Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria said the fencing was requested by the state in order to keep cattle from grazing in the area while construction is taking place.

The rest of the fencing will be the responsibility of the General Land Office once the cemetery's construction gets underway, she added.

County leaders also met April 14, with the following issues being discussed or approved:

Commissioners unanimously approved the selection of Naismith Engineering to provide engineering services for the installation of a new video screen marquee at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

The firm is expected to be paid $37,750 for the contract, which runs through Dec. 31, with $283,750 having been set aside by the county for the project.

County Commissioners approved the acceptance of an $800 donation for the Keach Family Library's "Buy a Book" campaign, which was launched to help buy new books with which to stock the library's bookshelves. The campaign, as of March 31, has a fund balance of $15,605. A $5,000 contract between the county and the Calallen Independent School District to help fund diabetes-related projects and supplies for students and the community was unanimously approved. The money will come from diabetes education funds set aside by Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Pusley. County Commissioners recognized the accomplishments of Tuloso-Midway High School senior Marcus Kellogg, who was recently accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Commissioners commended Kellogg, who is a member of the TMHS Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, for his community service and commitment to education.