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UPDATE ON GREAT WORK OF MAIN STREET COORDINATOR DEBBIE CHARBONNEAU

Deputy City Secretary Brenda Poe recently highlighted for us some of the great work City of Huntsville Main Street Coordinator Debbie Charbonneau is doing . . . .

Ms. Poe also said of Debbie Charbonneau, she “has also led the Main Street Program to be recognized by the Texas Main Street Program and will be recognized at the end of this month at the National Main Street Center/Main Street America Conference in Missouri.”

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETS

Walker County Commissioners will meet for a regular session this morning at nine at the Courthouse.

District Attorney David Weeks will discuss possible action on a contract for investigative services of an independent contractor to be paid out of the District Attorney’s Forfeiture Fund.

Commissioners will discuss taking action on the 2017 Healthy County Employer Rewards Report.

Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will discuss possible action on increasing a purchase order to Servpro of Lake Conroe from $108,000 to $126,000 to allow for additional flooring damage at Adult Probation caused by the Harvey storm. The County has received an insurance reimbursement for this increase.

County Auditor Patricia Allen will discuss taking action on a Request for Proposal to Mazik Global Base Services for migration of their current financial software to the cloud version for the Finance and Operations Enterprise for an estimated $98,000 to be paid from currently available budgeted project and operating funds, award programming services on an as needed basis at a rate of $117 an hour, and authorize an $80,000 transfer from Project Contingency for anticipated additional costs to complete the project including the County Treasurer Cashiering Software, Document Management Software Integration and additional services.

And, Commissioner Daugette will talk about possible action on drainage and bridge design proposals from Bleyl and Associates.

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH

The City of Huntsville Planning Commission meets Thursday, March 15th at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Commissioners will recognize past Planning Commissioners.

They will hold a Public Hearing for the Development District Map Amendment for Brookview subdivision located in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation.

They will next consider the Development District Map Amendment for Brookview subdivision located in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation.

Commissioners will also consider the Preliminary Plan of Texas Grand Ranch, Section 7, located in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Huntsville.

Walker County Fair Info

Aaron Sandel from the Walker County Fair & Rodeo, which will be celebrating its 40th birthday, said they need their Walker County Fair sponsor packet sale items to include email addresses and phone numbers so they can put that in their system at the Fair for sale in their sponsorship material. They need it turned in by March 23rd, Friday, at 5 PM at Weisner of Huntsville or to Rusty Hoke at the Walker County Fair. They will then send an invoice by computer. You may also go to walkercountyfair.com and look under sponsorships for the sponsor packet.

Couple Found Dead In New Waverly Identified

In an update in the Huntsville Item today, it has been reported that the couple who died in an apparent carbon monoxide accident at a small cabin in the New Waverly area this week have been identified.

According to the story, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that the two people found in the cabin were identified as 47-year-old Steven Wesley Collins of Tulsa, Oklahoma and 50-year-old Teresa Lynn Potter of Sandy Springs, Oklahoma.

The couple had been hired to do handiwork. A generator had been found running inside the structure they were found in. An investigation remains underway.

AG Jeff Sessions Speaks On Crime And Immigration Issues-Sues California

Wednesday, U-S Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a meeting of law enforcement officials in Sacramento, California about a number of crime issues.

One major topic of his presentation concerned state officials obstructing federal immigration agents from doing their job. The Justice Department is suing the State of California . . . .

Annual TIRZ Report Approved By Council–Mayor Comments

At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, councilmembers considered approving the 2017 Annual Report for the Tax Increment Investment Zone #1.

The TIRZ agreement is in reference to a designated area of Ravenwood Village off I-45 that the City entered into an agreement on several years ago.

Mayor Andy Brauninger commented on the agreement with Finance Director Steve Ritter and Interim City Manager Aron Kulhavy. The mayor said he had attended the TIRZ annual meeting . . . .

The annual report was approved by the Council.

Mayor Brauninger confirmed that “the sales tax peaks conclude” in June of 2019.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats Testifies on National Security Threats

Tuesday, the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Armed Services panel on national security threats.

Swift technological development across the world has enhanced the threat of destabilizing peace. . . .

 

Director Coats listed among the threats cyberattack, weapons of mass destruction, terrorist actions and space-based weapons.

He believes the Russians will continue to attempt to interfere in our elections.

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