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WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT SIGNING REAL ESTATE CONTRACT WITH CITY

On Thursday afternoon, the Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District met in closed session to discuss a potential real estate transaction regarding selling land to the City.

Following the closed session, Hospital District Board Chairman Anne Woodard informed us . . . .

The City of Huntsville at present is planning to build a new City Hall on the property of the old City Hall following the eventual demolition of the present City Hall.

A WILLIS WOMAN WAS KILLED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR WILLIS

The Courier reports that a woman was killed and a teenager was hospitalized following a head-on accident near Willis Wednesday night.

A 28-year-old man was driving a Silverado pickup when he fell asleep and traveled into oncoming traffic on FM 1484. Fifty-three-year-old Pamela Jean Dunlap from Willis, who was on a motorcycle, died after being hit by the pickup. A 15-year-old girl from Willis was riding on the motorcycle and was life-flighted in critical condition to HCA Houston Healthcare in Conroe. According to the Montgomery County Police reporter, she underwent surgery. The Montgomery Police reporter also reports that the driver of the pickup was tested for drugs and found not to be impaired.

The accident remained under investigation by DPS following their report.

POLICE NEWS

Looking at Huntsville Police news over the past several days:

Last Monday, a residential burglary was investigated in the 7000 block of State Highway 75. In a case of criminal mischief property was reported damaged by an unknown person in the 2400 block of Montgomery Road. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1400 block of 15th Street. A theft was investigated in the 100 block of Ross Street.

On Tuesday in the 300 block of U-S 190, a known person assaulted their girlfriend by choking her. Several vehicle burglaries were reported—in the 1000 block of Thomason Street, the 400 block of Helen Street, the 2900 block of Mimosa Lane and the 2600 block of El Toro. The theft of a firearm from a vehicle was investigated in the 1900 block of Avenue O. Several other thefts were reported—In the 100 block of Mary Lake Court, the 7100 block of State Highway 75 South and on Howard Circle. In the 900 block of 11th Street, Juan Ibarra was arrested for obscene display or distribution.

On Wednesday, two residential burglaries were reported—one in the 2800 block of Lake Road and the other 200 block of Westridge Drive. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 1700 block of Pleasant Street. A firearm was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of I-45 North. Two known suspects threatened each other with deadly weapons in the 3300 block of Powell Drive. An assault was investigated in the 2600 block of El Toro. In the 600 block of Avenue G, Aunterrius Dupree was arrested for evading arrest and theft of a firearm. In the 700 block of 11th Street, Johnathon West was arrested for an assault in family violence warrant out of Walker County. In the 200 block of I-45 South, Javion Matthews and Undre Childs were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 600 block of I-45 North, George Rocha was arrested for a false drug test.

BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER AIMED AT RESOLVING SHIPPING ISSUES

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced to the Washington press yesterday that President Biden is issuing an executive order to help resolve issues in shipping costs.

Ms. Psaki said, “A lot of American companies rely on railroads to ship their goods domestically and ocean carriers to ship their goods internationally.” She said, “Both of these industries have grown more concentrated over time. Many freight routes are monopolized because they’re served by a single railroad. Three foreign owned shipping lines now control more than 80% of the market. That concentration has contributed to a spike in shipping costs and fees during the pandemic . . . .”

She went on to explain . . . .

 

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET AMENDMENTS–CITY HALL & VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL WALL

At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, councilmembers considered two budget amendments.

Regarding the first amendment, Director of Finance Steve Ritter told councilmembers . . . .

He added, regarding “unallocated reserve balances after this transaction . . . both funds will have sufficient unallocated reserves to exceed the 25% requirement in each of them.”

This will take the construction price for a new City Hall to $17.6 million. They had to scratch the original plan of adding a second story to the current City Hall after architects told them the present building would not adequately support a second story. The current City Hall will be demolished and a new three story City Hall will be built on the current City Hall location. This plan will also allow them to take care of City Hall space needs in regard to future growth.

Regarding the second budget amendment. Mr. Ritter informed councilmembers . . . .

The Budget amendments were approved.

UPDATE ON ANIMAL SHELTER

At this week’s Huntsville City Council session, coucilmembers considered the new location for a new animal control facility.

City Manager Aron Kulhavy addressed the council on the matter . . . .

Councilmembers approved the new location.

Councilmember Humphrey commented further regarding the animal shelter . . . .

The City also already owns pre-fab building components they can utilize for a shelter.

FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SUING BIG TECH

Speaking from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump said that he, along with the America First Policy Institute, is filing a class action lawsuit against the Big-Tech Giants Facebook, Google and Twitter as well as their CPO’s . . . .

Former President Trump also said, “Our filing also seeks injunctive relief to allow prompt restitution and restoration.” He said on his “account, in addition I am asking the court to impose punitive damages.”

FRANK OLIVARES RUNNING FOR WALKER COUNTY JUDGE

Lifelong resident Frank Olivares is seeking to be the next Walker County Judge on the Republican ticket for November 2, 2021.

According to his press release, Olivares is a graduate of Huntsville High School and proundly served in the United States Marine Corp as a Machine Gunner from 1994-98. He is a local Realtor and business owner of Frank’s Taco Station in Riverside.

He served as a reserve deputy with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office from 1999-2003. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Good Shepherd Mission, the Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and President of the Huntsville Lakers and Board of Directors and President of the Board of Realtors/Tall Pines.

Through his journey, Mr. Olivares holds fast to the fact that the Lord has blessed him. He is married to Sulma Olivares and has two daughters.

CITY APPROVES APPLYING FOR GRANT TO PURCHASE BODY CAMS FOR POLICE

At last night’s Huntsville City Council session, one of the several agenda items the council discussed included applying for a U-S Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant. Grants Manager Kristie Hadnot addressed councilmembers in order to get permission to apply for the grant . . . .

Councilmembers approved putting in the application. Ms. Hadnot said the grant will allow the City to purchase 8 body cams for Huntsville Police officers.

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