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Galena Park hires new staff, amends budget to buy 3 properties

Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya (center) with Veterans at the March 21, 2017 council meeting said the city will install bronze plaques for each branch of the Armed Forces on the benches in front of city hall and have the city’s Veteran’s names on a wall.

Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the council meeting to order after Interim Police Chief Reese Martin explained to the citizens the meeting rules that no one is allowed to speak out in a manner which would disrupt the business of the council.

Commissioner Rodney Chersky led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag followed by the unanimous approval of the previous council meeting minutes.

The Financial Accounts Payable report through March 21, 2017 received two no votes by Commissioners Eric Broussard and Oscar Silva, Jr., but it was approved by votes of Mayor Moya, Commissioners Rodney Chersky and Barry Ponder.

Commissioners Broussard and Silva Jr. voted against amending the city’s budget so the city could spend over $270,000 to purchase three pieces of property. Again it was the same three officials, Mayor Moya, Commissioners

Chersky and Ponder who voted together to approve purchasing the property. No explanation was given for the city’s future use of the properties.

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Mayor’s statement on re-opening the Churchill Building

Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya submitted this statement to the North Channel Star concerning the Evelyn Churchill Community Building:

“As we all know, the Evelyn Churchill Community Building was closed by order of the Fire Marshal due to dangerous conditions disclosed by Commissioner Eric Broussard at a City Council meeting.

The City learned upon inspection by the Fire Marshal and Building Inspector that no building permit had been sought for what was supposed to only be ‘work to bring the building up to minimum building codes.’ As we learned, walls were taken out, many never mentioned “improvements” were made and it now appears that mold remediation work was improperly done. The building has since been tested by experts and two types of mold and asbestos were found inside the building.

For a second opinion on what must now be done in order to address these issues, additional experts were retained and they recently inspected and tested the building further. I have requested that they provide a complete report on the condition of the building and what must be done so it can once again be utilized by the community, and to advise the City as to the costs for any required remediation and finishing the build back. Only then will we know when the building might be re-opened.

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Judge Stephens holds his first Teen Court

Students from North Shore HS, Crosby HS, C. E. King HS, and a Home School Group participated in a mock trial in Judge Joe Stephens first Teen Court last Tuesday night, March 21 in the Wallisville Court House.

Also attending were JP Carter and staff. After the Teen Court proceedings, pizza, dessert and soft drinks were provided as the students shared their experiences.

This first trial was a Mock Trial. Real trials will commence later, and take place about one per month during the school year.

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee founder appoints new leadership

L – R: Allan Jamail Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee founder, Secretary Linda Jamail, new President Teresa Arzapala with gavel & Vice-President Irasema Salinas. (Photo by Chief of Police Joe Ayala)

In 1973, then city councilman Allan Jamail created a citizens committee named Keep Jacinto City Clean (KJCC) to help the city locate and report unhealthy public nuisances. Now 44 years later Jamail says it’s time to pass the baton onto a younger generation.

Jamail says through the years thousands of health violations have been reported to the city by the KJCC committee (KJCCC). When Jamail became the city’s police chief in the late 70’s he revised the name to, Keep Jacinto City Clean, Say Nope To Dope. As mayor in the late 80’s Jamail said the committee reported violations directly to him, which he gave to the city administration for enforcement action.

“I’ve kept the committee active reporting health violations plus added volunteer services for the residents of the Jacinto City Health Care Center” Jamail said.

City Manager Lon Squyres said, “KJCCC helps identify unhealthy conditions, allowing the city to take early corrective action. It is a great example of citizen’s volunteering to assist local government.”

Teresa Arzapala the new president and Irasema Salinas Vice President were introduced to the mayor and council at the March 23rd city council meeting, Linda Jamail serves as secretary.

President Arzapala said, “Our committee will carry on the founder’s exceptional work and we’ll strive to become a role model for other cities by keeping the city clean and beautiful. I am only one, but one is more than enough to make a difference in the city.”