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At Commissioners’ Court Tuesday morning, commissioners looked at allowing the Salvation Army to have an office at 344 South Highway 75 North in Building 300.
Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis addressed the court on the matter . . . .
Mr, Davis added that, “If the court’s agreeable, then we’ll bring back an Interlocal Agreement with the Salvation Army to the court to see and approve.”
Commissioners approved the office request.
At Commissioners’ Court Tuesday morning, EMS Director John Nabors passed along the story of how a bull and one of their ambulances had an accidental confrontation on the road in which both the bull and the ambulance lost. A number of efforts had been made to repair that vehicle that had presented various issues.
Mr. Nabors discussed with the court about what the best course to follow was to get the ambulance back up and in service in a cost-saving way. Commissioner Bill Daugette who, among commissioners, made some recommendations on how to move forward, summarized the status of the ambulance issue for us . . . .
SHSU Political Science Professor Mike Yawn has informed us that the LEAP Center—LEAP stands for Law, Engagement And Politics–is doing a nine-day trip of civil rights and other educational sites across five states. The Civil Rights component of this is primarily a recognition of the inauguration of Kamala Harris being the first female and first person of color as VP. They left yesterday (Tuesday), with this itinerary:
- Jan 12: Marshall and Caddo Lake (boat tour of Caddo Lake)
- Jan 13: Vicksburg and Jackson, MS (Civil War Battlefield, Jackson Museum of Civil Rights, Medgar Evers home; State Capitol)
- Jan 14: New Orleans (Homer Plessy grave, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, WWII Museum, Louis Armstrong Park)
- Jan 15: Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL (Ohr-Okeefe Museum, Walter Anderson Museum)
- Jan 16: Montgomery, AL (MLK Church, State Capitol, MLK Home, Rosa Parks bus stop)
- Jan 17: Birmingham, AL (Jail site where MLK wrote his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail. The Vulcan, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Arts)
- Jan 18 (MLK Day): Memphis, TN (Lorraine Motel, where MLK was assassinated)
- Jan 19: Little Rock (Little Rock Central High, MacArthur Museum, State Capitol)
- Jan 20: Trip Home (Watch Inauguration, and either Melrose Plantation or Hot Springs Natl Park)
Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released a video resource for active-duty military and their spouses to increase awareness of the services offered by the State of Texas to military members and families who are about to transfer or have transferred into the state.
The Military Spouse video at https://youtu.be/XxThmP-TtgU provides information on employment, education, skills development and health services offered by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Texas is home to approximately 226,000 Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families, as well as 15 major military installations and the headquarters of Army Futures Command. These military installations add over $123 billion to the state’s economy and support, directly and indirectly, more than 633,000 jobs in communities across the state.
The Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the Office of the Governor advises the Governor and the Legislature on defense and military issues and ways to strengthen the position of Texas military installations in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and other defense-related issues. The commission is composed of 13 members serving six-year staggered terms, typically representing an installation in their community.
All area schools will be reopened today at the regular times, with the exception of Trinity ISD which will open at 10 AM. Huntsville ISD has informed us that: “Bus routes will also resume, but some rural routes could experience slight delays if road conditions require extra caution.”
Huntsville’s City Manager Aron Kulhavy conducted a Strategic Planning Session at the Huntsville Public Library Community Room last night. Present were councilmembers, department heads and members of the public.
Mr. Kulhavy opened the meeting with these general topics categories to discuss . . . .
He also suggested a new topic to add to the basic topic list–”resiliency.” This has to do with being prepared to overcome emergency situations like the pandemic and the need to find grant funds to help.
The approximately three-hour meeting was very productive. Councilmembers and others contributed dozens of ideas. They will meet tonight at 5 at the Library’s Community Room to focus on making a more formalized list of proposals.
On Monday, Democrats in the House tried to pass a resolution requests Vice President Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to have President Trump removed from office.
House Majority Leader Democrat Steny Hoyer put forth a unanimous consent request on the House floor to pass the resolution . . . .
West Virginia Republican Alex Mooney made known his opposition. This blocked the resolution from moving ahead.
The House was scheduled to try to again pass the bill by way of roll call vote this morning. If the bill is passed, Democrats will would allow Vice President pence 24 hours to act. If he does not, they will likely move ahead with an impeachment vote later in the week.
Walker County Commissioners’ Court will meet for a Special Session this morning at 9 in Room 104 of the courthouse. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited to allow for social distancing. The public is encouraged to participate via Zoom, or you may view the live meeting on YouTube. Links to both sites can be found on the Walker County homepage.
Commissioners will hear Citizen Input.
Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss possible action on an Emergency Disaster Response Agreement between Walker County and Garner Environmental Services. Mr. Davis will also discuss possible action on allowing the Salvation Army to have an office at 344 State Highway 75 North, Building 300.
Emergency Medical Services Director John Nabors will talk about and request guidance on an out of service ambulance.
County Treasurer Amy Klawinsky will address the court on possible action to extend an employee emergency paid leave provision from the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Ms. Klawinsky will also talk about consideration of acceptance and payment of an annual contract with Ford Audio-Video Systems.
Judge Danny Pierce will discuss possible action on the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool.
Closures today include: Huntsville ISD, New Waverly ISD, Alpha Omega Academy, Willis ISD, Trinity ISD and Onalaska ISD.
All SHSU campuses will be closed. All offices there will be closed. Food services will be available for students. The SHSU Charter School will operate remotely.
Commissioners’ Court will meet tomorrow at 9 AM in Room 104 of the courthouse.
For other closings, check the KSAM & KHVL Facebook pages.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of last Friday, January 8, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,684 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 198 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.