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    Green holds Town Hall Meeting in GP

    CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about his legislative program at the Town Hall Meeting in Galena Manor, and also about programs he sponsors in the community, such as Senior Citizens Forum, Immunization Day, Town Hall meetings, Job Fairs, Paying for College Workshop, and Service Academy workshops. At left is Galena Manor Civic Club president Mrs. Taggy Hall.

    CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about his legislative program at the Town Hall Meeting in Galena Manor, and also about programs he sponsors in the community, such as Senior Citizens Forum, Immunization Day, Town Hall meetings, Job Fairs, Paying for College Workshop, and Service Academy workshops. At left is Galena Manor Civic Club president Mrs. Taggy Hall.

    GALENA PARK – Congressman Gene Green met with several dozen of his constituents and residents of the area last Monday night, in a scheduled Town Hall session.

    The meeting was held in the Churchill Community Building, which Civic Club president Taggy Hall noted, “This is the first time a town hall meeting has been held at our community center.”

    Green’s talk was in two phases. First, he explained to the group what services he sponsors on a regular basis in his 29th District. Many of them are aimed at seniors, veterans, and college bound students.

    Secondly, he discussed some legislative issues that Congress is dealing with at present, and also commented
    on difficult world conditions, especially in the Middle East. Read more »

    Free inoculations for school-aged kids

    School Kids getting their shots at the inoculation clinic last year.

    School Kids getting their shots at the inoculation clinic last year.

    HOUSTON – Congressman Gene Green invites students and families to kick off the new school year with a discussion about children’s health and free immunizations.

    Services will be available for school-aged children in the 29th Congressional District at Oleson Elementary, J.R. Harris Elementary, and North Shore Ninth Grade Campus.

    “This event helps raise awareness about children’s health issues, and gets children started out on the right foot for the upcoming school year,” Green said. “We like to see healthy and happy kids.”

    Green said that last year, over 3000 kids received their free shots in the Galena Park school district alone.

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    Local resident reports on hazardous community problem

    An 18-wheeler truck with hazardous cargo parks within 30 feet of children’s swimming pool. The pool can be observed at the back right side. (Submitted Photo)

    An 18-wheeler truck with hazardous cargo parks within 30 feet of children’s swimming pool. The pool can be observed at the back right side. (Submitted Photo)

    Dear Editor North Channel Star:

    I would like to inform you of a safety and health concern that our entire neighborhood is fighting about with the City of Houston. They have almost completed the construction of a Stripe truck stop in our neighborhood. We as a neighborhood were not consulted or informed of this business until after construction had started. We have over 500 family homes in our neighborhood. I have contacted every one of them and nobody approves of this truck stop. There are many concerns including but not limited to increase in crime rate, increase in drug trafficking, prostitution, air pollution, noise pollution, flooding and mostly traffic safety.

    According to the Air Alliance Houston, our area has an increased cancer risk due to particulates from trucks and ships. Having a truck stop within 30 feet of where children play is no help. When it rains the people near the truck stop have water within a few inches of flooding their homes. The increased cemented area will increase this threat. Trucks will be parked within 20 feet of back yards with their motors running all night. This cannot be helpful to these working people trying to get a good night’s sleep, I do not believe that any air, noise pollution or flooding study was performed before the city approved this construction.

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    COMMUNITY PROFILE: Taggy Hall wants to win $25K for Precinct2gether

    MRS. ERONIA “TAGGY” HALL

    MRS. ERONIA “TAGGY” HALL

    GALENA PARK – Taggy Hall wants your vote, and she is not afraid to ask for it, at community meetings and chamber events. She is the president of the Galena Manor Civic Club, which meets monthly at the Churchill Community Center on Hunter Street in Galena Manor.

    But she is also a community activist, and she sees an opportunity to help the Precinct 2 organization for seniors, Precinct2gether.

    She is competing with four other women, in a contest to get the most votes and win a prize of $25,000 from TexanPlus, a local Medicare Advantage health plan organization that has teamed with the Astros baseball club to sponsor this competition. Whichever of the five women gets the most votes between now and Sept. 12 will win the prize, and her designated charity will get the money.

    Taggy wants you to vote at www.texanpluschampions.com/vote.html. You can vote once every day until the deadline.

    Eronia “Taggy” Hall considers teaching her life’s passion. So after retiring from the Houston Independent School District after 34 years of service, there was perhaps no better way to spend her golden years than teaching seniors. And that’s precisely what she did.

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    Galena Park: COUNCIL SAYS “NO” TO MAYOR’S REFORMS

    Mayor Moya confronts Councilman Simms regarding his insurance paid for by the city

    Mayor Moya confronts Councilman Simms regarding his insurance paid for by the city

    FIRINGS RESCINDED, MEETING CHAOTIC

    GALENA PARK – One day after being sworn in as the new mayor of Galena Park, Esmeralda Moya issued orders to make sweeping changes in the administration and the way City Hall was run. In a stunning move, she fired 3 top administrators and changed the locks on the municipal building.

    However, reaction came immediately from the City Administrator Robert Pruett, who stated that the city charter did not give the mayor authority to fire employees, except with the consent of city council.

    Moya had fired Pruett, City Attorney Jim DeFoyd, and demoted Police Chief Jonathan Rader.

    Monday’s Council meeting was called to try to resolve the actions of the mayor that Pruett deemed illegal, but an executive session scheduled for 4:00 p.m. was boycotted by Moya, who claimed the agenda was not correct. Immediately after, the meeting was reconvened in public session, with all parties present, including an outside attorney Jim Hightower, whom the council had hired to advise them on the legal interpretation of the city charter.

    Hightower, of the firm Olsen and Olsen, gave his opinion on the charter, and said that the mayor does not have “unilateral” authority to fire employees, nor to change locks in the building.

    After hearing this legal opinion, Councilman Simms took charge of the meeting. He moved and it was passed unanimously that he had the authority to sign checks, and that the mayor did not have the right to fire the employees unilaterally, and they voted to rescind the firings. Moya said she objected and vetoed the vote, but the councilmen voted to override her veto.

    As Moya struggled to control the meeting, she stated that she had acted on the firings because that was what the people wanted, and that was why she was elected.

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    Freeport St. construction on schedule

    CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM ALLGOOD CONSTRUCTION prepare to pour concrete in a third new lane of the rebuilt Freeport Drive. Also being installed are new storm sewers and drains, and curbs and sidewalks.

    CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM ALLGOOD CONSTRUCTION prepare to pour concrete in a third new lane of the rebuilt Freeport Drive. Also being installed are new storm sewers and drains, and curbs and sidewalks.

    NORTH CHANNEL – Construction is progressing on schedule, and on budget, according to Harris County Precinct 2 coordinator Jeremy Phillips.

    The $12.8 million dollar project started with an official groundbreaking last November 6th, as reported in the inaugural issue of the North Channel Star.

    In his opening remarks, at that time Pct. 2 commissioner Jack Morman noted the benefit to the community, and that the money to pay for the project was primarily from the federal government, as reimbursement for damage from Hurricane Ike. The new storm sewer system should alleviate flooding in a similar hurricane situation, he said.

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    Houston Port Authority achieves top ranking in Texas Comptroller program

    houston port authorityThe Port Authority scored a perfect 22 out of 22 items in securing the new platinum level award, Executive Director Roger Guenther noted during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Leadership Circle program in 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that strive to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.

    Guenther also reported Tuesday that May 2014 operating revenues exceeded $23 million, the highest ever reported in a single month in PHA’s history. The increase in revenues was supported by growth in bulk cargos, in particular, steel, and leveraged value of real estate assets, he said.

    In her remarks during the meeting, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria reported on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act or WRRDA, signed into law by President Obama. The bill sets target appropriations for the full use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund over time and contains provisions that would direct resources to “nationally significant ports” and “energy transfer ports.”

    “Of course, our port fills both of those roles quite admirably,” Longoria said. “And our local Congressional delegation once again came together in a bipartisan way to meet the Port Authority’s needs in this legislation.”

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    Over 190 DWI arrests made during Fourth of July holiday weekend

    DWI arrest scene.

    DWI arrest scene.

    HOUSTON — The combined efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in Harris County resulted in the arrest of 192 individuals suspected of driving drunk during the holiday weekend. Additionally, the HCSO’s Traffic Enforcement Division investigated three fatal car accidents during the same time period.

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    Shake-up at Galena Park City Hall in the works

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Channel 13 is reporting late on Wednesday, July 2 that the new Galena Park mayor Esmeralda Moya has made changes in the top levels of the city administration. Reportedly she has fired City Administrator Robert Pruett, City Attorney Jim DeFoyd, and demoted Police Chief Jonathan Rader. The station also reports that she has changed all the locks on the outside doors, and has not given anyone a key.

    When asked by channel 13 reporter Debra Wrigley why she acted, Moya replied that she had compaigned on the promise of making changes, and that is what she is doing.

    City Administrator Pruett told Wrigley that Moya does not have the authority to make the changes without council action, and he refuses to leave his post. Entry to the building is under the control of constable deputies at this time, and a council meeting is scheduled for next week to resolve some of the questions.

    The North Channel Star has queried Moya about her actions and future intentions. An answer is awaited and will be reported here and in print in the North Channel Star.

    Esmeralda Moya sworn in as new Galena Park Mayor

    Esmeralda Moya swearing in

    GALENA PARK – History was made in this city Tuesday night, as the first woman mayor was sworn into office.

    The ceremony took place in Council Chambers, with an overflow crowd on hand to see the event and to encourage Moya on her first day in office.

    Also sworn in was newly elected Councilman Juan Flores, Jr. who captured Position 4 in the run-off election held June 21st.

    Moya’s oath took place at the end of a council session that had a large agenda, including a number of hires and resignations to the city staff. After taking office, Moya’s first official duty was to declare the council meeting adjourned, which she did with a wry smile amidst applause from the audience.

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