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CITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR ADDRESSES COUNCIL ON ISSUES OF FEBRUARY’S ICE STORM

At this week’s Huntsville City Council session, Emergency Management Coordinator for the City, Adam Winningham, addressed councilmembers as he narrated a slide presentation on the winter storm that spread through Huntsville and Walker County in February.

He said they set up the Emergency Operations Center at 6 PM on Sunday, February 14th . . . .

Transportation for those needing it and a check on local fuel availability ensued . . . .

Mr. Winningham commented more on tracking issues during the storm . . . .

They opened up the Storm Shelter and Library as warming centers during the severe winter freeze. Major Streets were treated for ice accumulation by the Streets Department. The City also allowed water customers to dispute charges for water because of pipe breaks in the City water system. There was about $80,000 in damage to City facilities, which will be covered by insurance, with a $2,500 deductible. What occurred during the ice storm in February will act as a guide for city officials on what to do in future similar weather situations in the City.

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Wednesday, April 7th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,591 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news, looking back several days:

On Friday, a couple of cases of criminal mischief resulting in property damage were reported: one in the 1300 block of 14th Street and the other 1500 block of 11th Street. A theft was reported in the 600 block of Palm. In the 1900 block of Sycamore, Antonio Moore and Talisa McCarty were arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Saturday, a theft was investigated in a store in the 100 block of I-45. A case of property damage involving criminal mischief was reported in the 7300 block of State Highway 75 South.

On Sunday, an unknown suspect threatened a person in the 2600 block of Milan. In the 300 block of Gospel Hill, Annette Davidson was arrested on a theft warrant.

On Monday in the 1500 block of 11th Street, a vehicle was stolen. In the 200 block of State Highway 75, Susan Boston and Jamie Palmer were arrested on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, theft with two previous convictions and criminal trespass. In the 400 block of State Highway 75, Ricky Cotton was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and the unlawful carrying of a weapon. In a case of criminal mischief, a person’s vehicle was damaged in the 600 block of I-45 South. A known suspect assaulted a person in the 500 block of Vicki Drive. In the 100 block of FM 147, a vehicle was stolen . In a case of aggravated assault in the 600 block of Ryans Ferry Road, an unknown suspect shot a person. In the 100 block of Broadmoor Drive, an unknown suspect used a victim’s information to file for unemployment. In the 2800 block of Lake Road, a known person entered a victim’s bedroom without consent. In the 100 block of State Highway 30 East, Raymond Pace was arrested for possession of marijuana.

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Tuesday, April 6th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,582 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

TREASURY SECRETARY YELLEN COMMENTS ON A GLOBAL MINIMUM CORPORATE TAX RATE

You often hear “global this” and “global that.” The use of the word in connection with any U-S domestic policy invokes trepidation among many Americans.

However, the Biden Administration’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, felt free to use the word during her comments on a Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate . . . .

CITY COUNCIL MEETS THIS EVENING

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall.

Councilmembers will hear proclamations on National Library Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

They will hold a Public Hearing to hear comments on the Conditional Use Permit Application for a Self-Storage Facility to be expanded on property located at 20 FM 1791.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes an ordinance to amend the budget for Fiscal Year 20-21 and/or capital improvement project budgets. Councilmembers will also consider purchase of office supplies and related items estimated at $53,000 from Office Depot utilizing OMNIA Partners Purchasing Cooperative.

On tonight’s “Statutory Agenda,” councilmembers will consider the Conditional Use Permit Application for a Self-Service Storage Facility to be expanded on property located at 20 FM 1791.

Also tonight, City Attorney Leonard Schneider will address the council on considering an ordinance suspending the rates proposed by Centerpoint Energy Resources Corporation doing-business-as Center Point Energy Entex Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program filing made with the City on March 4, 2021.

Councilmembers will also consider approving nominees for the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number One Board of Directors.

Councilmembers will discuss Items of Community Interest.

In closed “Executive Session,” councilmembers will meet to discuss the vacant City Secretary position and to receive legal advice on complaints made by Jesus Rodriguez.

They will reconvene and take action on “Executive Session” items, if necessary.

TWO VACCINE DOSES OR ONE? — DOCTOR ANTHONY FAUCI COMMENTS

According to a new CDC Study, a single dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was 80% effective in preventing infections. However, the CDC said two doses are better than one, and that the vaccine’s effectiveness jumped to 90% two weeks after the second dose.

Immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday he supports continuing on the two doses for these vaccines underway at present . . . .

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