Brown County Judge Ray West signed a resolution Monday that will allow the county to apply for its share of a $10 million grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture to assist with financing a home delivery senior citizen meal program.

David Withers, director of parks and recreation for the City of Brownwood, went before the commissioners court seeking the signature. The deadline for the application for the “Texas Feeding Texans” grant is Nov. 1, Withers said and Brown County qualifies as an applicant because there is a program in place supported by the county. The current county budget has a $62,000 line item for the senior citizen meal program.

Withers said each county in Texas should be eligible to apply for the TDA grant, but however many do apply and other factors will determine how much money will be channeled into Brown County.

Commissioners also approved the county holiday calendar for 2009, which will allow for a total of 13 days off for 11 holidays. The dates and occasions are as follows: Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, New Year’s Day; Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday; Monday, Feb. 16, President’s Day; Friday, April 10, Good Friday; Monday, May 25, Memorial Day; Friday, July 3, Independence Day; Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day; Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, Columbus Day; Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, Veterans Day; Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, 2009, Thanksgiving holiday; and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25, 2009, Christmas holiday.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a resolution acknowledging this week National 4-H week. Members of 4-H groups from Brownwood, Early and May brought baskets of homemade baked goods for the commissioners to share, and “help celebrate the week,” said Chanda Moseley, the Brown County extension agent for 4-H.