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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.