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GALENA PARK: New Faces, New Attitude at City Hall

GALENA PARK CITY COUNCIL MEETING last Tuesday night. L to R, Attorney John Hightower, Councilmen Rodney Chersky and Oscar Silva Jr., Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Councilmen Eric Broussard and Barry Ponder, and City Secretary Mayra Gonzales.
GALENA PARK CITY COUNCIL MEETING last Tuesday night. L to R, Attorney John Hightower, Councilmen Rodney Chersky and Oscar Silva Jr., Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Councilmen Eric Broussard and Barry Ponder, and City Secretary Mayra Gonzales.

GALENA PARK – The new city council held its second regular meeting since taking office on May 17, and they had a full agenda.

But unlike the rancor and uncertainty that characterized last term’s governing sessions, this meeting was conducted in an orderly and efficient manner.

Important business that was conducted included amending a city ordinance to eliminate the position of City Administrator; hiring a law firm to collect unpaid back taxes; approving the replacement of all 349 street lights in the city with new, more efficient LED bulbs; opening bids to demolish old units at the wastewater treatment plant; affirming a contract with LJA Engineering for waterline rehabilitation; and elimination of the city’s Reserve Police Force.

Other business included the hiring of various positions to fill vacancies in city personnel. Commissioner Ponder raised the question of whether police position candidates had been properly interviewed, and voted “No” when the issue went to vote.

The audience participated in an orderly fashion, pointing out to Council various problems within the city that needed maintenance.

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