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    GALENA PARK MEDIATION OFF, LAWSUITS RESET

    ESMERALDA MOYA, NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR OF GALENA PARK, WILL BE INSTALLED INTO OFFICE ON JULY 1 AT 6:00 PM AT CITY HALL.GALENA PARK – City leaders have returned to their contentious ways, as word came from Mayor Moya’s attorney, that they will not agree to mediate the differences between parties, but wish to reset the lawsuit that Moya filed against City Manager Robert Pruett and City Council (Commission) members. In her suit, Moya is asking the court to affirm her authority to run the city, specifically to authorize payments, preside over meetings, appoint charter committee members, and other issues. She has asked for a jury trial. The charter election set for May contains many of the issues she seeks resolved.

    In a second suit, filed by a private citizen, Barry Ponder, he is suing Council members, the city manager, even the Mayor for denying his request for a special charter election. He also charges Councilman Simms with receiving illegal insurance benefits, and Pruett with racism.

    In another lawsuit filed by Ponder, he asked for a temporary injunction to enjoin the May 9th charter election. A TRO or Temporary Restraining Order was denied by a judge, and a new hearing on this has been delayed as of this week. It is set to be rescheduled in “a few weeks.”

    Ship Channel Collision and spill close waterway

    Congresspersons, Environmentalists express concern

    Rep. Babin talking with U.S. Coast Guard Cap. Brian Penoyer.

    Rep. Babin talking with U.S. Coast Guard Cap. Brian Penoyer.

    HOUSTON – After the collision of two large cargo vessels on Monday, in foggy conditions, and the subsequent spill of thousands of barrels of a highly flammable toxic chemical known as MTBE, authorities and environmentalists have become concerned over the economic and environmental effects of the accident.

    The Coast Guard closed the Houston Ship Channel to all ship traffic after the accident, affecting incoming and outbound cargo ships. Although the leak has been stopped, the investigation and clean-up are expected to take several days, according to Capt. Brian Penoyer of the Coast Guard.

    After a helicopter tour of the site, by two Congressmen, they issued statements of concern and looked for answers to avoid the problems in the future.

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held a news conference after her tour, saying the $850 billion in business conducted at the port is at stake, and she thinks the answer is for the U.S. government to widen and deepen the channel.

    U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) personally surveyed the damage and response today to the Houston Ship Channel collision, which occurred Monday within Babin’s Congressional District. Babin was provided with an aerial survey and briefing by U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer, who is overseeing the response. Babin offered his steadfast support and commitment to Capt. Penoyer and all those involved in cleaning up and reopening the channel.

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    Chamber hears of Youth-Reach intervention work

    CURT WILLIAMS, Director of Youth-Reach.

    CURT WILLIAMS, Director of Youth-Reach.

    NORTH CHANNEL – The Chamber of Commerce luncheon featured a presentation by Curt Williams, the director of Youth-Reach. Founded in 1984, this little known institution has worked with over 2,200 boys who were “troubled and delinquent.”

    Youth-Reach was started by Williams, after experiencing in his own youth addiction and pain, many problems of the boys that he eventually decided to help. In 1984 he changed, committing his life to Christ.

    In the early years, Williams ministered to boys on the streets of Montrose, but later he was given a home in east Houston, and he began to serve boys with hope of improving their lives.

    The original campus, on a side street off Old Beaumont Highway, has grown to 26 acres, as well as a second campus in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Houston campus serves boys from 12 to 17 years of age, and the Alabama location from 18 to 21. This second campus is now 81 acres large. Boys learn life skills, responsibility, and a high school education.

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    CHANNELVIEW HS: “Shattered Dreams” program shows realities of drinking, driving

    Channelview High School recently held its Shattered Dreams program designed to prevent teen drinking and driving. The event was hosted by Ben Taub Hospital's Trauma Services Department, a part of the Harris Health System. As part of the program, a simulated crash took place near the school on the first day of the two-day event. Channelview EMS and Fire, Harris County Constable Precinct 3 deputies, along with other local emergency personnel participated in the event as “first responders” to the staged accident scene, where students were portrayed as fatal accident victims.

    Channelview High School recently held its Shattered Dreams program designed to prevent teen drinking and driving. The event was hosted by Ben Taub Hospital’s Trauma Services Department, a part of the Harris Health System. As part of the program, a simulated crash took place near the school on the first day of the two-day event. Channelview EMS and Fire, Harris County Constable Precinct 3 deputies, along with other local emergency personnel participated in the event as “first responders” to the staged accident scene, where students were portrayed as fatal accident victims.

    Students filed out into the parking lot of Channelview High School and saw one of the worst automobile accident scenes they had ever witnessed.

    It was only a simulation. It definitely got the students’ attention. It was all too real.

    This is Shattered Dreams.

    Shattered Dreams is an educational program designed to prevent teen drinking and driving. The event was hosted by Ben Taub Hospital’s Trauma Services Department, a part of the Harris Health System. The event was coordinated on the CHS campus by teacher Karen Hebert.

    As part of the program, a simulated crash took place near the south side of the school on Crockett Street on the first day of the two-day event. Channelview EMS and Fire, Harris County Constable Precinct 3 deputies, along with other local emergency personnel participated in the event as “first responders” to the staged accident scene, where students were portrayed as fatal accident victims.

    “Our students have often heard about the dangers of drinking and driving, but his program enables the reality of it to hit home in a very realistic and dramatic way,” Hebert said. “When they saw some of their friend and fellow classmates bloodied and their parents crying, it shows how life can be changed because of poor choices such as getting behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.”

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    Galena Park Council accepts Charter Amendments for vote in May Election

    CITY COUNCIL met twice in the last week, to consider 22 Charter Amendments, and to conduct the City’s business in an orderly manner. Note the portrait of Mayor Moya now hangs on the wall with others.

    CITY COUNCIL met twice in the last week, to consider 22 Charter Amendments, and to conduct the City’s business in an orderly manner. Note the portrait of Mayor Moya now hangs on the wall with others.

    GALENA PARK – After months of contentious meetings, since Mayor Moya took office in July, the City Council held two orderly meetings in the last week to conduct the city’s business.

    Last Thursday’s meeting was a special called meeting, to receive and discuss a report from the Charter Review Committee on recommendations for Amendments to the City Charter. This Tuesday’s meeting was only normal business.

    The committee presented 22 amendments, of which the council decided to approve and forward 18 for inclusion on the ballot in the May 9th general municipal election. No office holders are up for re-election this term, so this will be the only item on the ballot.

    The 22 Amendments follow, briefly stated. All were approved except as noted:

    1. Change the Commission’s name to City Council.

    2. Establish a Department of Community Development to oversee development, planning, and building code enforcement.

    3. Establish a Fire Department, with a Fire Chief and Fire Marshal and prescribe duties.

    4. Establish a Police Department with a Police Chief, and prescribe duties.

    5. Provide for conflict resolution between charter provisions.

    6. Change the term of office for Mayor and Council to 3 years instead of 2, stagger terms, and have term limits.

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    COMMUNITY PROFILE: North Shore Rotarian picked to lead city’s District 5890

    Bill Palko

    Bill Palko

    A member of the North Shore Rotary Club has been chosen District Governor Nominee, to lead the area’s District 5890 for a year, starting in July 2017. The announcement was made last week by the current District Governor Lisa Faith Massey.

    Bill Palko has been a Rotarian since 2005, and will be the second club member to hold this important position. Previously, John Painter was the District Governor from 1999 to 2000.

    Rotary District 5890 encompasses the greater Houston area, with over 63 clubs and 3500 members. The District Governor is responsible for organizing and supervising these clubs and members for his year in office.

    Bill Palko is a native Houstonian. Upon graduation from High School Bill joined the US Army where he served on active duty from 1973-1977. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bill earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from San Jacinto Junior College North Campus. He then earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Houston Central Campus.

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    JACINTO CITY CANCELS ELECTION

    Jacinto City had scheduled a municipal election for May 9, to elect a Mayor and two council persons. However, according to City Secretary Joyce Raines, no candidates filed to oppose the incumbents, as as per Texas law the election has been cancelled, and the current office holders will be declared elected, as follows:

    Mayor: Ana Diaz

    Council Member Position No. 4, Carmela Garcia

    Council Member Position No. 5, Mario Gonzales.

    City Council will vote on an Ordinance to this effect, on March 12 and 26th.

    Galena Park appoints Paredes P&R Director

    paredes directorErnesto Paredes was appointed the new Galena Park director of Parks and Recreation, by City Council at their meeting last Tuesday.

    Paredes is past president of the GP/JC Rotary Club, and retired from the Galena Park ISD and the US Army. He is well known in the area, having worked for GPISD for the last 15 years.

    Trail Rides, BBQ cook-off signal start of Rodeo

    The Northeastern Trail Ride, under the direction of Trail Boss Anthony Bruno, rode through Crosby and North Shore on the way to Memorial Park and the Houston Rodeo

    The Northeastern Trail Ride, under the direction of Trail Boss Anthony Bruno, rode through Crosby and North Shore on the way to Memorial Park and the Houston Rodeo

    A signature tradition that dates back to January of 1952, trail rides continue to be a distinguished part of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo nowadays.

    Last Friday and after a week of riding, more than a dozen trail rides from all around Texas arrived at Memorial Park in Houston for the Rodeo.

    The Northeastern Trail Ride started in Beaumont, Texas about a week ago, under the direction of Anthony Bruno, trail boss, and Keith Mack, assistant Trail Boss.

    Wednesday night they camped at the Rockin’ C Arena in Crosby, Texas and then took old U.S. 90 to their campsite at Triangle 7 Arena on Parker Road in North Forest.

    Along the way, they stopped at several schools to show children the horses and wagons, and share stories about Western Life. Read more »

    Rancor continues in Galena Park; Council walks out

    WALKING OUT –– Galena Park commissioners Juan Flores, right, Lois Killough, city attorney Jim DeFoyd, and city administrator Robert Pruett stand and prepare to leave the special called council meeting, after arguments about how the meeting was being run by Mayor Moya brought the proceedings to an unproductive halt. Monday’s special meeting had been called to resolve the problem created when the Mayor’s special counsel, attorney Edgardo Colon, had issued a letter to Galena Park’s bank ordering the checking accounts to be frozen.

    WALKING OUT –– Galena Park commissioners Juan Flores, right, Lois Killough, city attorney Jim DeFoyd, and city administrator Robert Pruett stand and prepare to leave the special called council meeting, after arguments about how the meeting was being run by Mayor Moya brought the proceedings to an unproductive halt. Monday’s special meeting had been called to resolve the problem created when the Mayor’s special counsel, attorney Edgardo Colon, had issued a letter to Galena Park’s bank ordering the checking accounts to be frozen. (Photo courtesy of KPRC)

    Mayor attempts to freeze bank checks

    GALENA PARK – A special called city council meeting dissolved into near chaos on Monday afternoon, when members of the city commission or council, and the Mayor were unable to resolve a dispute over authority to sign checks for city obligations.

    This is the latest disagreement that Mayor Moya has had with council members and the city administrator Robert Pruett.

    The mayor has claimed, since taking office in January, that the council and administrator have been conducting city business in a way that violates the city charter. She has presented copies of the charter at council meetings, highlighting instances of non-compliance.

    Mayor Moya also claims her signature was illegally removed from the accounts, but city officials say she refused to put her name on the document.

    The bank, Comerica, requires checks to have two authorized signatures to be honored and paid. In order for the city to continue paying its bills, Council voted a resolution in July to allow the mayor-pro tem, Danny Simms, to sign the checks in lieu of the mayor. This arrangement was approved by the city attorney, Jim DeFoyd, and accepted by the bank. The city secretary must also sign, or as a backup the city administrator.

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