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The City, the County and Walker County Hospital District are moving forward to try and tackle coronavirus in Walker County.
Monday afternoon, the Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers met to review and discuss an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City, County and District associated with COVID-19 testing. They also reviewed the Purchase Service Agreement between the Huntsville Community Hospital and the District. The agreements were approved.
The free testing is being funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security grants—one million dollars for the City and $200,000 for the County. The County has access to more funds, if needed. Testing begins August 17. This month the testing at the Fairgrounds will also continue.
The meeting was broadcast over phone lines. Huntsville Memorial Hospital CEO Steve Smith informed the Hospital District Board . . . .
In Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was celebrated.
Ms. Katy Russell informed commissioners that, “June, 28,1919 Texas ratified the 19th Amendment—the 19th state and first southern state to do so. Thirty-six states were needed to ratify the amendment for it to become law . . . .”
County Judge Danny Pierce read a special proclamation.
At the Monday morning session of Walker County Commissioners’ Court, Tax Assessor-Collector Diana McRae updated commissioners on Early Voting in passing along an addendum to the Joint Election Agreement for the November 3 General Election . . . .
At the White House Press briefing Monday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, pointed out to reporters that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted 18 days ago, “What I saw last night in Portland was powerful in many ways. I listened, heard and stood with protesters, and I saw what it means when the federal government unleashes paramilitary forces against its own people.”
Ms. McEnany pointed out that these federal officers were defending themselves from rioters who were barricading officers inside the courthouse while the rioters launched fireworks at them resulting in several officers injured by this and by lasers pointed at their eyes.
However, the Portland Mayor has recently changed his tune . . . .
Wildfire activity has increased statewide with hot and dry conditions. This pattern of activity is expected to continue as the state moves into late summer.
The weather pattern for the week will be hot and dry due to an upper level ridge of high pressure positioned over the state on Friday. This pattern is similar to what was observed July 9-17, when fire activity increased across much of the state. During this period of time, state and local resources responded to 205 wildfires that burned a total of 45,376 acres.
Forecast triple digit temperatures will produce a high rate of drying in wildland vegetation, which will increase the risk of wildfire activity.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, August 7, at 1 PM, there were in the county 708 active cases of cornavirus, with 477 recovered and 6 deceased.
Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 69 active cases reported with 1,884 recovered.
Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 110 active cases with 282 recovered.
The next community testing dates are tomorrow, August 11, and August 15, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.
Walker County Commissioners meet for a regular session at nine this morning at the Walker County Storm Shelter.
This morning’s “Consent Agenda” includes receiving the order for salary for the 12th Judicial District Court Reporter, the 278th Judicial District Court Reporter and the County Auditor and assistants.
Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss possible action on the Walker County Disaster Declaration Extension issued July 27, 2020.
From Maintenance, Larry Whitener, will discuss a quote from Air Handlers HVACR for the Walker County Senior Center.
Tax Assessor-Collector Diana McCrae will discuss action on an addendum to the Joint Election Agreement for November 3, a revised attachment for the County Wide Poll locations, an attachment regarding the appointment of election day judges, and the 2020 HAVA-Election Security Grant of $120,000 with a county match of $16,000 from contingency funds.
County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will talk about hiring Grantworks Administrative and application services related to a Community Block Grant Mitigation program administered by the Texas General land Office.
Commissioner Bill Daugette will update the status of the COVID-19 Testing Program.
County Judge Danny Pierce will take action on a Proclamation honoring the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Judge Pierce will discuss approval of the proposed tax rate to be published in the Notice of Meeting to Vote on the Proposed Tax Rate–(Record Vote).
The Huntsville Item reports that on Sunday, around 1:45 PM, crews from the Huntsville Fire Department dive team, Walker County EMS, Walker County Sheriffs Office and the Crabbs Prairie Fire Department responded to a drowning call at the Blue Lagoon on Pinedale Road in Pine Prairie.
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
President Trump signed through Executive action four orders on coronavirus relief Saturday after negotiations broke down with Democrats.
The action includes $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits. States are asked to cover 25%.
Also included are a payroll tax holiday for Americans, an assistance to renters and homeowners and a memorandum on deferring student loan payments.
In addressing a recent Senate Judiciary hearing on “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble,” our senator from Texas Ted Cruz passed along that non-threatening protest is not his concern– organized violence, however, is . . . .