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NEW GOVERNMENT FOR GALENA PARK

Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard - Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. - Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky - Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard – Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. – Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky – Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Mayor Moya, New Commissioners sworn in; City Administrator resigns

GALENA PARK, May 17, 2016 – Tuesday Galena Park’s government changed, with the incumbent Mayor and four new Commissioners sworn into office. They immediately took action to remove four city department heads. City Commissioner’s Meeting was a spectacle never seen before in the city of 11,000 plus. The city once a largely white (Anglo) population now had a new majority Hispanic government. However it appeared from those supporting the newly elected officials into office it was a broad mixture of the city’s demographic makeup.

There were so many well-wishers on hand to witness the Oath of Office ceremony City Fire Chief Paul Gregory had to stop the citizens from entering the Council Chamber because it would be over capacity and unsafe. This resulted in the decision to improvise and move the event out to the front of city hall.

On the front steps of City Hall two outgoing Commissioner’s Maricela Serna and Cruz Hinojosa along with the Mayor approved the Resolution Canvassing the May 7th election returns as presented by City Secretary Mayra Gonzales.

After the Oath ceremony of the Mayor and four new Commissioners’s the regular business of the city was relocated back indoors.

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LOCAL RACES TIGHT IN MAY 24TH RUN-OFF ELECTION

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Voter Turnout a critical factor for victory

Harris County will hold a Run-off Election on Tuesday, May 24 for a number of offices where no candidate received a majority (50%+) of the votes in the March 1st Primary election.

These include on the Democratic ticket a number of statewide offices, and locally the Harris County Sheriff, with Jerome Moore running against Ed Gonzalez.

For Constable of Pct. 2, George Gaffney is running against incumbent Chris Diaz, and for Constable Pct. 3 Michel Pappillion is running against Sherman Eagleton.

For Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Place 1 Tanya Makany-Rivers is running against Eric Carter.

These are just a few of the races of local interest on the Democrat slate.

On the Republican side, the race of most interest locally is for State Representative District 128, where the incumbent Wayne Smith is facing a challenge from Briscoe Cain.

Voters are encouraged to vote in this election, because only a few votes could determine the outcome in a run-off where no major races are present.

Early Voting will start on Monday, May 16 and run through May 20. Hours are from 7 am to 7 pm. There are 44 locations in Harris County for Early Voting, and you can vote at any of them. In the North Channel area, you can vote at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center, the Northeast Multi-Service Center, Baggett Center in Galena Park (this is a new location), Crosby Branch Library, and the North Channel Branch Library. On election day, May 24, many of these same locations will be where you vote. You can check your voting location that day, by going to the website www.harris votes.com and entering your home address.

NORTH SHORE ROTARY Fish Fry storms into great success

WINNER OF THE NEW TOYOTA PICK-UP TRUCK at the North Shore Rotary “Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil” was Kimberly Gresham, second from right in this photo. Also congratulating her are Rotarians Shawn Silman, Derrill Painter who sold her the ticket, and Kim Gonzalez, who was chairman of the Fish Fry event this year. (Photo courtesy of Derrill Painter)

WINNER OF THE NEW TOYOTA PICK-UP TRUCK at the North Shore Rotary “Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil” was Kimberly Gresham, second from right in this photo. Also congratulating her are Rotarians Shawn Silman, Derrill Painter who sold her the ticket, and Kim Gonzalez, who was chairman of the Fish Fry event this year. (Photo courtesy of Derrill Painter)

The North Shore Rotary Club held their 41st annual benefit Fish Fry last Saturday, at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road.

After the large crowd enjoyed a beautiful sunny day for several hours, a gale wind and storm hit the pavilion and park grounds, thoroughly soaking everyone, even those in side and under the roof.

But by that time, the live auction, silent auction, and ticket draw had been completed, and everyone either had their prize or an auction item that they wanted. About 1200 tickets at $100 were sold for the raffle for a new vehicle, and that included a lunch of catfish or crawfish. Several thousand of these meals were prepared and sold during the afternoon.

Every year the club raises a large amount of money for community projects, and this year the total receipts approached $400,000, which included raffle tickets and about $170,000 in the live auction.

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Jacinto City Councilmen sworn in

Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, JP George Risner & Councilman Allen Lee (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, JP George Risner & Councilman Allen Lee (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. May 9, 2016 – Thursday’s Jacinto City Council Meeting had three of the five council members taking their Oath of Office which was administered by Justice of the Peace George Risner.

Jacinto City operates under a Home Rule Charter that calls for the mayor and five council positions to have staggered elections. The mayor and two council seats come up for election in odd numbered years and three council seats to be elected in even numbered years. The charter calls for a fulltime City Manager who conducts the day to day business of the city with the six elected officials serving part-time.

The Council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance setting the monthly salaries of the mayor and council. The Mayor’s salary is $350 with a $300 car allowance and the Council’s is $300 with a $225 car allowance. Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas was approved as Mayor Pro Tem to serve in the absence of the mayor.

The Council approved Fire Chief Rebecca Mier’s recommendations to amended both the Fire Department budget by $5,000 for a fire engine repair and to amended the EMS Department budget for $17,900 for ambulance repairs.

Chief of Police Joey Ayala got the Council to approve the Police Department’s Policy Manual to include a Body Camera Policy. Ayala said new body cameras would be obtained for all officers to wear from funds received through the Illegal Drug Forfeiture Law and possibly from a Federal Grant application being applied for and made available by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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North Channel community raises more than $136,000 for Relay for Life

A large group of survivors wearing symbolic purple shirts makes the turn during the Survivor’s Lap at the North Shore Ninth Grade Center.

A large group of survivors wearing symbolic purple shirts makes the turn during the Survivor’s Lap at the North Shore Ninth Grade Center.

The Relay for Life-Houston North Channel was a huge success last Friday, May 6 as more than $136,000 was raised to benefit cancer research. The North Channel community is joining together the fight against cancer.

According to North Channel Relay officials, the fundraising totals were still being tallied as of press time and were expected to significantly increase.

With more than 50 teams participating, the “May the Cure be with You” Star Wars themed event drew hundreds of walkers that participated in the event at the track of the North Shore High School Ninth Grade Campus.

The North Channel group also received an award from the American Cancer Society for raising more than $1 million toward cancer research for the past 13 years.

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ELECTION RESULTS: Sweeping changes in Galena Park; Tax vote passes in JC; School Bonds pass

Voters in Galena Park swept out all the incumbent councilpersons, affirming the changes they started two years ago with the election of Esmeralda Moya as Mayor. With a large turnout of 1063 voters, the unofficial results saw Moya returned to office, with 772 votes, against her challenger Dawn Fisher with 275 votes. This vote spread was also seen in the four council positions,as follows: POSITION 1: Chersky 714, Simms 309; POSITION 2: Silva 743, Hinojosa 281; POSITION 3: Broussard 723, Serna 250, Groba 60; POSITION 4: Ponder 734, Flores 304.

In other elections:

JACINTO CITY, passed the Proposition raising the Sales Tax by 1 cent, to 8.25 percent.

Galena Park ISD Community Approves $290m Bonds

Houston, Texas: The unofficial results of the Saturday, May 7, 2016 election indicate that voters of the Galena Park ISD community approved a bond package totaling $290 million. Specific proposed uses for the bond funds include:

– Rebuilding 6 Elementary Campuses

– Constructing North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center

– Renovating and Upgrading all Campuses and Facilities

– Acquiring Land for Future Facility Needs

The bond website will be transitioned into a bond construction website in order to provide our citizens information about the status of the bond projects.

Voters Approve 2016 Sheldon ISD Bond

On Saturday, May 7, Sheldon ISD voters approved the passing of the 2016 Sheldon ISD bond. The measure passed with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

“The Sheldon ISD voters made a collective decision to invest in their community and our schools, and for that we are extremely thankful,” said Superintendent King Davis.

Sheldon ISD is considered a fast-growth district, growing 7% this year and exceeding all projected enrollment numbers. The bond package, totaling $285 million, will include funds to address the district’s growth with projects like:

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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary awards $15,000 in scholarships

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On Wednesday, May 4th, 25 Galena Park High School students received a total of $15,000.00 in scholarships from the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club. These scholarships will assist the students in pursuit of their college and career goals upon graduation.

GALENA PARK Fire Department puts new pumper truck into service

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GALENA PARK FIRE CHIEF PAUL GREGORY, with firemen Gab Perez, Dean Bailey, and Ed Thraen, stand with the new Sutphen Pumper that went into service last month. This is the first new fire engine for the GPFD in 15 years, according to Gregory. It cost over $500,000, paid for by the Texas Forest Service and the City of Galena Park. Features include a 1000 gallon tank, foam, rescue equipment such as thermal imaging and the “jaws of life,” and other saws. The department has 6 full time and 22 part time firemen, and 6 volunteers, and is looking for more.

Election Results: Sweeping changes in Galena Park; Tax vote passes in JC; School Bonds pass

Voters in Galena Park swept out all the incumbent councilpersons, affirming the changes they started two years ago with the election of Esmeralda Moya as Mayor. With a large turnout of 1063 voters, the unofficial results saw Moya returned to office, with 772 votes, against her challenger Dawn Fisher with 275 votes. This vote spread was also seen in the four council positions,as follows: POSITION 1: Chersky 714, Simms 309; POSITION 2: Silva 743, Hinojosa 281; POSITION 3: Broussard 723, Serna 250, Groba 60; POSITION 4: Ponder 734, Flores 304.

In other elections:
JACINTO CITY, passed the Proposition raising the Sales Tax by 1 cent, to 8.25 percent.

GALENA PARK ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $290 million, FOR 561, and AGAINST 215. Therefore the bonds passed by 72% to 28%.The district currently intends to use the bond, to address aging facilities, student safety and 21st century education. Under the current proposed use, all 25 educational facilities and 9 support facilities would receive renovations and upgrades.

Specific proposed uses for the bond funds include:
— Rebuild 6 Elementary Campuses
— North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center
— Renovations and Upgrades to all other Campuses and Facilities
— Land Acquisition for Facility Opportunities

SHELDON ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $285 million, FOR  210, and AGAINST 88. Therefore the bonds passed by 70% to 30%. The Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees voted to call a school bond election that will include more schools, facility improvements and renovations, technology upgrades and land purchases.
The recommended package totals $285 million and will include funds for:
— A new high school (in place of the current C. E. King High School)
— A new elementary school
— Renovations to our current middle schools
— Technology upgrades throughout the district
— Land purchases for new SISD facilities

Sheldon ISD is considered a fast-growth district. This year alone, the district saw a 7% growth rate. At this rate, Sheldon ISD can expect to have a student enrollment of more than 11,000 by 2023. It is now approximately 8500 students.