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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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