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Sheldon FD breaks ground for new Station #2

SHELDON FIRE CHIEF SIDNEY WEBB presents a commemorative groundbreaking shovel to Paul Reed, son of Paul V. Reed, one of the founders of the modern fire department, and in whose honor the new training facility is named. The shovel has a picture of the new building printed on the blade.

SHELDON – Monday morning of this week, fire department officials, ESD board members, and the family of the major founder gathered on a construction site on the Old Beaumont Highway, just east of Sheldon Road and west of the Sheldon ISD agriculture barns.

Construction has started on a new fire station for the Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue, and will include a new station, offices for ESD#60 officials, and a training facility.

The building will be 15,000 square feet in size, and include 3 truck bays, 2 vehicles deep, so that a total of six vehicles can be accommodated. At first it is planned to house four pieces of equipment: a fire engine, a tanker, a brush truck, and a rescue squad. The project cost for the facility is about $10 million dollars, which is being furnished by ESD#60.

Fire Chief Sheldon Webb acting as emcee of the dedication ceremonies, and groundbreaking. He gave a short history of the department, tracing its origins to the Beaumont Fire Department started in 1955 by J. W. Perryman, and the Sheldon Fire Department, started by Paul V. Reed in 1965. In 1996 the two departments were merged. The new facility is named in recognition of Paul V. Reed, and members of his family, including his son Paul Reed, were on hand for the ceremony.

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Jacinto City’s Council receives financial condition

JACINTO CITY – On Thursday, March 23, 2017 the audit firm of Belt Harris Pechacek, LLP. presented a positive financial report for years 2015/2016, ending with a general fund balance of $9,058,423. Expenses for that period were $9,049,402.00 compared to the 2016/2017 projected expenses of $11,395,383.00. City manager Lon Squyres said the nearly $2 million dollar increase in expenses is largely due to the new police station, modification of the fire station and repairing the swimming pool.

The council approved the second and final reading of the ordinance declaring unopposed candidates in the May 6, 2017 city election; therefore cancelling the election.

The council approved the first reading granting Magellan Pipeline Co. a permit to install one 24 inch pipeline for transporting crude liquid along or under city streets.

Police Chief Joey Ayala presented the mayor and council with a list of 27 locations of unhealthy conditions and possible ordinance violations of junk vehicles, vehicles with expired license or inspection stickers, high grass or weeds, and debris or trash clutter in yard.

Other public notices were the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8th, pet vaccination clinic on April 22nd, all pets must be registered and have a current rabies vaccination and city tags worn on a collar at all times. The need to eliminate anything in yards such as tires or pots holding water where disease carrying mosquitoes can breed and obtaining building permits before doing any remodeling or new construction work on homes, fencing, roofs, electrical and or plumbing work.

Allan Jamail, founder of the Keep Jacinto City Clean (KJCC), introduced Teresa Arzapala as the new president and Irasema Salinas as vice president and asked the city to cut the wild trees growing in with the landscape shrubbery along Market Street.

See the accompanying revenue and expense pie charts for a visual financial analysis of the city.

Channelview soccer advances to Regional Semifinals

The Channelview Falcons force the ball upfield during their quarterfinal playoff game with C.E. King on Tuesday. The Falcons scored three goals in the second half to fuel their 3-2 victory, earning them a spot in the Regional Semifinals.

After a 3-2 victory over C.E. King on Tuesday, the Channelview Falcon Boys Soccer Team advanced to the Regional Semifinal round and will face CyRidge at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Deer Park ISD’s Abshier Stadium.

In the Falcons quarterfinal match-up, they scored three second half goals to defeat C.E. King. Previously, Channelview defeated Alief Hastings in the Area Round and Deer Park in the Bi-District round.

With the win, Channelview now has an 20-1-5 mark overall and is enjoying its best season in the history of the program. The Falcons are led by Head Coach Carlos Galuppo and assistant coaches Clyde Messiah and Stephen O’Sullivan.