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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.

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