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Cruz Hinojosa appointed new GP Councilman

CRUZ HINOJOSA is president of the local Lulac chapter, and now will be sworn in as the new Councilman for the City of Galena Park, replacing Lois Killough who resigned last week as a protest to the way Mayor Moya conducted meetings and tried to run the city. Hinojosa was a candidate for Mayor in the May 2014 election, as seen in this photo from the Candidates Forum.

CRUZ HINOJOSA is president of the local Lulac chapter, and now will be sworn in as the new Councilman for the City of Galena Park, replacing Lois Killough who resigned last week as a protest to the way Mayor Moya conducted meetings and tried to run the city. Hinojosa was a candidate for Mayor in the May 2014 election, as seen in this photo from the Candidates Forum.

GALENA PARK – At a special called Council Meeting last Monday, the City Commission or Council acted to fill the empty seat of Council Position #2, Fire and Police Commissioner.

This had been vacated on July 21 when Councilwoman Lois Killough resigned, blaming the Mayor for creating a circus atmosphere at council meetings, and refusing to run a legal council meeting as prescribed by law and training.

At Monday’s special meeting, each council person and the mayor nominated a candidate. Moya nominated Taggy Hall, Maricela Serna nominated Carol Thompson, and Danny Simms and Juan Flores nominated Cruz Hinojosa. Then a vote was called. Only the commissioners voted, and Hinojosa received all three votes. Therefore he will assume the open council seat until the next election, in May 2016.

Cruz Hinojosa was one of four candidates for Mayor in the election of May 2014. He said at the Candidates Forum that he had worked in city government for 23 years, in the water department of the City of Houston. He also was a Houston Police supervisor.

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GP/JC Rotary installs presidents – not 1, but 4

OUTGOING PRESIDENT Maria Rodriguez welcomes 3 of the 4 new presidents: Ernesto Paredes, Abby (Ibrahim Abou- Awdi), and Ramon Garza. Not able to attend was James Beesley, out of town.

OUTGOING PRESIDENT Maria Rodriguez welcomes 3 of the 4 new presidents: Ernesto Paredes, Abby (Ibrahim Abou- Awdi), and Ramon Garza. Not able to attend was James Beesley, out of town.

GALENA PARK – In a somewhat different procedure, the GP/JC Rotary Club installed not one but four new presidents for the coming year in a ceremony last Wednesday, July 15th. Installing officer was Derrill Painter, Rotary 5890 Assistant District Governor. Also on hand were ADG Bill Palko, and Governor-Elect Eric Liu.

The unusual 4-person presidency was occasioned by the last minute inability of the president-elect, Paula Henney, to take office for personal reasons. The board of the Rotary club decided to ask four past presidents, who were familiar with the training and responsibilities of the office, to each take 3 month terms for the coming year.

This arrangement promises to add variety and freshness to the coming year, according to outgoing president Maria Rodriguez.

A Clean Sweep for Galena Park streets

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GALENA PARK has invested in a new Street Sweeper, to clean the streets and parking lots of the community, and improve the air quality in the environment as well as the appearance of the city, according to City Manager Robert Pruett. The TYMCO 435 Regenerative Air Sweeper is a “state-of-the-art” machine made in Waco, Texas. It uses an air blower to dislodge debris, and brushes and a vacuum to remove litter such as leaves, dirt, sand and rocks. This system cuts down on the amount of water that must be sprayed to control dust in the air, according to TYMCO. The machine is now in service, as shown with operators Terry Bullock and Jay Jones, and under the supervision of Public Works Director David Binning. Galena Park is using a lease/purchase arrangement to buy the machine, which costs about $130,000. Pruett noted that it will pay for itself by replacing a lot of manual labor that was required previously for cleaning and sweeping.

Video of Killough resigning

GP COUNCILWOMAN RESIGNS; BLAMES MAYOR

GALENA PARK CITY COUNCILWOMAN LOIS KILLOUGH finishes her statement to the public on her resignation from the City Commission, or Council, and the reasons why she feels that she cannot continue to serve the public properly in the “circus” atmosphere created by Mayor Moya.

GALENA PARK CITY COUNCILWOMAN LOIS KILLOUGH finishes her statement to the public on her resignation from the City Commission, or Council, and the reasons why she feels that she cannot continue to serve the public properly in the “circus” atmosphere created by Mayor Moya.

“I refuse to be part of the Moya drama show.”

GALENA PARK – In a dramatic statement made at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Lois Killough read her resignation message, and at the end of the meeting quit as a member of the City Commission. She held Position #2, responsible for the police and fire departments.

Killough had been elected last May 2014, along with new council members Maricela Serna and Juan Flores, Jr. with the idea that they would bring fresh ideas and changes to the city government. Esmeralda Moya also campaigned for Mayor on these ideas, but with the promise that she would change department heads and “clean up” the way the city was run. Her confrontational style was obvious after she took office, when she immediately changed locks on City Hall doors and fired the City Administrator and demoted the Police Chief, at least temporarily. The new council members and one remaining, Danny Simms, were not able to work with Moya, nor concur with her decisions and methods, and council meetings and governing soon deteriorated into chaos, according to Killough.

Her statement, as printed here in the North Channel Star, refers to the “circus” atmosphere, and the lack of progress in improving the city.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF GALENA PARK

STATEMENT BY LOIS KILLOUGH:

July 21, 2015

I have lived and worked in the Galena Park and Northshore communities for 50 years. I have served on County Boards, PTA Boards, Retired Teacher Boards and many other community organizations. I led a staff of about 110 people and a student population of 1000 students. I hoped to be able to improve the city of Galena Park by serving on City Council.

All the new commissioners and the mayor were required to attend training. We were trained in how to legally run city council meetings and our charters were explained to us by legal experts.

I am not able to properly serve the people who elected me because of the actions of the mayor. She refuses to run a legal council business meeting.

During her campaign she violated many rules of the Ethics Commission. She has not filed appropriate campaign finance reports. She has threatened council members. She has illegally fired city workers.

In her hunger for power, her actions and the many frivolous lawsuits she has filed have cost the taxpayers $100,000 to date. She filed a lawsuit to freeze the city bank accounts. She refused to sign a contract that kept our sewer plant operating. She has lied to voters promising to lower their water bills. We purchase 90% of our water from the City of Houston. They can charge whatever they like and their fees will only go up. Shame on you, Mrs. Moya.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: 60 Years Rotary perfect attendance, Dr. Lambert honored

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DR. ALAN LAMBERT, M.D. receives a perfect attendance pin from Rotary Club president Maria Rodriguez, for his 60 years of faithful perfect attendance with the club.

GALENA PARK – The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club held their annual Officers and Board installation ceremonies last Wednesday, July 15th.

One of the important awards was given to club member Dr. Alan Lambert, retired medical doctor, and a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary.

Attendance is an important part of Rotary membership, but not many achieve the record that Dr. Lambert has.

Dr. Lambert is now 89 years old, and was a family doctor since 1953, practicing in Jacinto City until his retirement in 2014.

He also was affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, on the faculty and practiced family medicine there since 1976.

GP/JC Rotary was pleased to honor Dr. Lambert at their annual awards ceremony.

Sheldon ISD’s Giles retires, Kirchner appointed interim superintendent

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Sheldon ISD announced recently that Mr. John Kirchner will be serving as the Interim Superintendent for Sheldon ISD during the period of time that the District conducts a search for a new full-time superintendent.

Mr. Kirchner is the current Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and the school district has full confidence in his ability to guide the District through this transition period.

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Vickey M. Giles released the following letter:

June 24, 2015

Dear Sheldon ISD family and friends,

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you in this wonderful district. When I came to Sheldon ISD seventeen years ago, I did not imagine that the path I had put my feet on would lead from the Dean of Instruction position at C. E. King High School, to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, and finally to work as Superintendent of Schools in this great district. It is you – the people of this district – who make this a great place for our students! We have laughed together, cried together, worked together, played together, and celebrated our successes together as we have made this district stronger each year.

Now I will begin a new journey. I will be retiring as superintendent of Sheldon ISD on August 31, 2015. I am grateful for the eight years I have been privileged to serve as superintendent of Sheldon ISD. The board of trustees truly has a heart for the children of this district and they have supported our efforts to constantly learn how to better educate our students.

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$20 MILLION OF WASTE PITS SETTLEMENT WILL BE RETURNED TO RIVERFRONT AREAS

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office won a $29.2 million lawsuit against the companies that polluted the San Jacinto River with toxic waste from a paper mill in the 1950’s, and now the County Commissioners have voted to return some of that award to the area where the pollution has affected it most. $10 million of the County’s share will be spent on environmental improvements in the Highlands area, according to County Judge Ed Emmett.

In addition, this week State Rep. Wayne Smith announced that the state’s share, approximately another $10 million, will be designated for improvements along the San Jacinto River, and administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

In a statement issued by Jackie Young of the San Jacinto River Coalition, the following was said:

“Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Harris County Commissioners voted for the County’s portion of the settlement funds from the Waste Pits Litigation to be used within a 5 mile radius of the Waste Pits and within the San Jacinto River watershed. In November of 2014 two of the three companies Harris County filed suit against, settled for $29.2 million. Roughly $10 million went to Harris County and will now be used exclusively for projects related to the local environment, recreation, quality of life improvement, and potentially for pollution control services.”

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Galena Park Soccer winners

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The Galena Park Galaxy Soccer Team won second place in the recent recreation department, city-wide soccer tournament that was held in the park beside Baggett Center. Recreation Director Ernesto Paredes presents the winners with a plaque at the last Council Meeting. Present were coaches Francisco Macias and Rolando Grimaldo, and players Fernando Mendoza, Aramatzi Macias, Eric Zapata, Nathan Gallegos, Axxel Vazquez, Jesus Resendiz, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Nathan Macias. CONGRATULATIONS, GALAXY!