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Jacinto City Council takes Oath of Office

L – R: Councilman Jimmy Rivas, wife Shelly Rivas, wife Mary Robinson, Councilman Gregg Robinson, wife Vickie Lee, Councilman Allen Lee and Justice of the Peace Judge George Risner. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

New Swimming Pool Grand Opening on Saturday, May 2

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – On May 10, 2018 at the city council meeting, Justice of the Peace Judge George Risner gave the Oath of Office to Councilmen Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, and Allen Lee, all of them unopposed in the city election.

The city’s government is composed of a mayor and five council members serving a two-year term in staggered elections. Three of the five council members were on the ballot this year with the mayor, and two council member positions are up for election in May of 2019.

The monthly salary and benefits for mayor and city council was unanimously approved with council members receiving $350 in salary and $225 for auto expense. The mayor’s monthly salary is $400 with $300 auto expense. Councilman Allen Lee was approved as Mayor Pro Tem to act in the mayor’s absence.

Kyle Reed, Public Works Director said the city’s 2017 Consumer Confidence Report met the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe water regulations. The city’s main source of drinking water is purchased from the city of Houston, coming from Lake Houston. The lake water is pumped to a water purification plant that treats and tests it to insure it meets the EPA guidelines before it’s distributed to Jacinto City’s consumers.

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Galena Park Commissioners sworn in

L-R: Commissioner Barry Ponder and wife Cheryl Ponder, Ruben Balderas, Commissioner Veronica Garcia, Sergio Moya, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioner Rodney Chersky and wife Samantha Chersky, Commissioner Zenaida Granados, Ofelia Castillo and Judge George Risner.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM, Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the Galena Park Commission meeting to order. After a prayer and pledge to the flag the Commissioners unanimously approved the reading of the Minutes of the April 17th and May 1st meetings and the Accounts Payable through May 15th.

On a unanimous vote of approval the Commission approved Resolution R052018 accepting the results of the May 5th General Election.

Re-elected for a new two year term is, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioners Rodney Chersky and Barry Ponder. Newly elected Commissioners to begin their first term to serve are Zenaida Granados and Veronica Garcia.

Jamal Humphries, a candidate who lost in his race against Rodney Chersky, made a public comment. Humphries said, “I’m not crying about the results of the election nor are these sour grapes but, I want to point out the fact there were four voters who voted in the election that wasn’t on the Harris County’s approved voters list. I don’t know how this could have happened, but I’m concerned about it and will be monitoring future elections for irregularities”.

There was a standing room only attendance so the Mayor adjourned the meeting and invited everyone to come out front of city hall to witness the swearing-in and oath of office to the Commission by Justice of the Peace George Risner.

After the swearing-in ceremony Mayor Moya said, “On this day, we gather because we have chosen progress over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

“The City of Galena Park is a community where citizens work hand in hand. We the people of Galena Park are the keepers of this legacy. We the people of Galena Park have the responsibility to protect it and to demand a greater effort, greater cooperation and understanding from each other. We must inherit these values to our children and the children of our children who will continue with the work we have started today.”

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Rotary Club recognizes Officers of the Year

L-R: Bryan Clements, GP/JC Rotary Club President, Pct 2 Deputy Constable Cpl. Mark McGinnis, GP Sgt. Mike Knox, GP Chief Rick Gonzales, JC Patrolman Ali Kamali and JC Chief Joe Ayala (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club recognized Law Officers of the Year from police departments of Galena Park, Jacinto City and the Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.

Galena Park Interim Police Chief Rick Gonzales, since taking office in February, chose Sergeant Mike Knox, a 30 year veteran of the department, as the Officer of the Year. Gonzales said, “Sgt. Knox is my Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the department this year. Our department wouldn’t be the same without him; I quickly learned I could depend on him to take care of any assignment given.”

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala named Patrolman Ali Kamali as his officer of the year, calling him a true public servant. “His recognition comes due to his outstanding service to the community, he has a big heart and makes it a habit to check on the concerns of our elderly and at times he goes out of his way taking expenses out of his own pocket to make it better for someone in need,” Ayala said.

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North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil Saturday

THIS TOYOTA TRUCK is one of 20 prizes in the Raffle to be held Saturday at the 43rd Annual North Shore Rotary Fish Fry. The event will take place Saturday, May 19 from 11am to 3pm at the Rotary Pavilion behind the Courthouse on Wallisville Road. Tickets for the Raffle are $100, and for the Fish Fry dinner, only $12 Presale, $15 at the gate. All Rotarians are selling tickets, and many businesses including Pineforest Jewelry, as seen above. Live and Silent Auctions with lots of unique items will also be held. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED.

Grand Texas Theme Park opens June 30

The BIG RIVERS WATERPARK, and the GATOR BAYOU ADVENTURE PARK are two of the seven activity areas that will open in June. ABOVE: The RV Resort and SpeedSportz Racing Park are now open.

Tickets now on sale

NEW CANEY – The new theme park is set to open two more sections, on June 29th. When all seven activity areas are open, the theme park will be comparable to Astroworld, according to publicity sources.

Big Rivers Waterpark, and Gator Bayou Adventure Park are the next two sections scheduled to open in June.

Currently daily passes for future attendance are selling for $29.99, and an annual pass is available for $59.95. Tickets are on sale at bigriverswaterpark.com/admission/#prices, or at the RV resort.

Big Rivers area will include a lazy river, a wave pool, waterslides, and a large interactive play structure. Gator Bayou will include Wild Isle, an Alligator Exhibit, and Big Al’s Fishing hole. It will also have zip lines, nature trails, a seven story free fall tower, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

The theme park is located on 630 acres at US59 and Highway 292.

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Mayor Moya posts strong victory in Galena Park Election

Incumbent Mayor Esmeralda Moya, and her slate of candidates, in unofficial results, received a strong majority of the votes in Saturday’s municipal election. In the Mayor’s race there were four candidates, but none showed a strong following compared with Moya, who received 747 votes out of a total of 1221, for a percentage of 61%. The next closest was Juan Flores, with 267 votes.

Elected for Commissioner Position 1 was Zenaida Granados with 740 votes. Elected for Commissioner Position 2 was Rodney Chersky with 746 votes. Elected for Commissioner Position 3 was Veronica Garcia with 713 votes. Elected for Commissioner Position 4 was Barry Ponder with 747 votes.

Of the losing candidates, it was noteworthy that former Mayor Bobby Barrett only received 163 votes for a 3rd of 4 candidates for the position. Incumbent Commissioner Rodney Chersky moved from Position 1 to Position 2, and incumbent Commissioner Broussard was defeated for Position 3. Incumbent Commissioner Position 4 Ponder had 747 total votes, the same as the Mayor. For Position 4, Maria Rodriguez had the highest vote total of any of the losing candidates, with 441 total.

Election Data shows that Early Voting was decisive in determining the results, with about 80% of the vote tally coming in the Early Voting in person or by mail. The complete Unofficial Election Results are as follows:

EPA announces San Jacinto River Waste Pits cleanup agreement

SCOTT PRUITT, EPA ADMINISTRATOR

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Environmental activists and residents of the areas around the San Jacinto River Waste Pits praised the announcement Monday that the PRP (Potential Responsible Parties) had come to an agreement with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to start the engineering design work required to implement the ROD (Record Of Decision) that called for the removal of all of the toxic waste from the site.

The EPA press release announcement read as follows:

DALLAS – (April 9, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an agreement has been reached with International Paper Company and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation to perform a remedial design for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site selected remedy. The selected cleanup action addresses the potential dangers posed by dioxin contamination at the site in Harris County, Texas.

“This agreement marks the next step in my commitment to the people of Harris County to expedite the remediation of the San Jacinto Waste Pits site,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will ensure that the remedial design removes all the contamination as quickly and safely as possible and permanently protects the health and safety of the surrounding communities and the San Jacinto River.”

The EPA’s cleanup plan, with support from state partners and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, includes installing engineering controls before excavating approximately 212,000 cubic yards of dioxin contaminated material for disposal. The estimated cost for the remedy is $115 million, representing a reasonable value for the cost incurred.

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Galena Park/Jacinto City CIP displays Emergency equipment & planning

Pictured to the right, David Wade Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Harris County), – Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council Philip Cutler, Chris Collier, Mayor Esmeralda Moya & Austen McMillian. Mayor Moya said, “I fully support the Galena Park-Jacinto City Community-Partnership (CIP) which if there’s a disaster it will protect and save citizens lives. It’s all about the citizens.” In the background is a portable emergency hospital and in a time of need it can be quickly erected in less than an hour with 16 hospital beds to treat victims and to provide doctors and medical personnel with everything needed to stabilize victims until they can be transferred to a hospital. (Photo by Allan Jamail.)

By Allan Jamail

GALENA PARK – Unbeknownst to most Harris County residents, representatives from cities and county governments meet monthly with industries to plan for an emergency disaster event on how to better protect the citizenry.

The Galena Park-Jacinto City Community-Industry Partnership (CIP) met with Diane Sheridan CIP facilitator and heard reports on local plant conditions and how the plants would collectively respond to an emergency. The attendees learned the industry and community capacity for managing major industrial fires, explosions and toxic releases, and then toured and learned how the emergency equipment can be used.

Allan Jamail, writer for the North Channel Star and former Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) of Jacinto City, said he’s proud of the improvements made to protect the communities since he served in the 1980’s. “Today with the advance technology of emergency equipment and the coordination of governments and industry planning it will mitigate or lessen the severity of the impact on communities should a disaster occur in Harris County,” Jamail said.

The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) announced the release of a new CAER Online member alert notification system. This new system will provide a simpler, more intuitive website for EHCMA member companies to post informational and alert messages to the membership and general public. Community members can visit this website to view posted messages online from EHCMA member and nonmember facilities or local offices of emergency management.

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Channelview FFA auction highlights successful show

The annual Channelview FFA Auction was held on Saturday, April 7 at Allen Hall Fairgrounds. The ceremonies opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Channelview FFA Officers. One of the highlights of the auction was the bidding of the Madisyn Beach’s Grand Champion Steer, left, Channelview Glass secured the steer with a winning bid of $5,500. (Photos by Mark Kramer, Channelview ISD)

The 55th annual Channelview FFA Livestock Show celebrated another successful year as the auction highlighted the conclusion of the event at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds on April 7.

Many livestock, horticulture and craft exhibits were featured during the week. Auction highlights included the bidding of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion steers. Madisyn Beach’s Grand Champion Steer earned $5,500 with a winning bid by Channelview Glass. Colton Taylor’s Reserve Champion Steer was purchased for $8,000 by Yates Remodeling.

Other major winners and their buyers included:

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Domecoming: Public parties in the Astrodome

25,000 Fans gathered for the Dome tour.

HOUSTON – Fans of the Astrodome brought their memories to a large party Monday night, inside the famed Dome.

The Astrodome Conservancy held the party, and at least 25,000 fans showed up, to hear music, eat some food truck grub, and mostly just stare at the cavernous space and relive their memories of the last time they saw a game or event there.

It was the 53rd Anniversary of this so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is about to gain a new life as an indoor park and event space for the County.

Commissioner’s Court in February approved a $105 million plan to renovate the Dome, and work will start in the fall, so this is the last time the Dome would be available to see it the way it was when it opened in 1965.

Some new, some old fans gazed up at the space.

Phoebe Tudor, chair of the Astrodome Conservancy, said that this event was so popular that the 25,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours. Tickets were free, too.

Fans remembered when the Dome was the home of the Astros, from 1965 to 1999, and the Oilers from 1968 to 1996. In 2009 building inspectors ruled the building unsafe, and it has been closed since then.

The revitalization plan calls for an underground parking garage, with 9 acres of park space above at street level.

The new Dome will be available for festivals, conferences, and commercial space, according to County Judge Ed Emmett. It will also be a passive and recreational park, under an air-conditioned dome, another first for the city and the country. Emmett also envisions that the space can be used as an adjunct to NRG center, for boat shows, auto shows, and the Rodeo. Construction will start in October, and last for 17 months.

Other districts, community help CISD band’s bus crash victims

A fundraiser sponsored by the Channelview Band Boosters for those affected by a major charter bus crash involving Channelview Falcon Band members and chaperones was one of many activities held recently to support the group.

By Mark Kramer, Channelview ISD Public Relations

After the Channelview High School Falcon Marching Band was involved in a major bus accident while returning home from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. on March 13, they are receiving some help from many friends.

Goose Creek CISD, La Porte ISD, Pasadena ISD, Sheldon ISD and Texas City ISD are all lending equipment to the Channelview Band until they are able to replace the instruments that were destroyed in the crash. The instruments will quickly be put to good use as Falcon Band members are scheduled to participate in the University Interscholastic League Wind Ensemble contest April 25-27.

In addition, North Shore Senior High School Band Director Shane Gorforth and Crosby High School Band Director Kevin Knight are working together with the Channelview Band to prepare them for the UIL Wind Ensemble event. Falcon Band Director Aaron suffered major injuries in the bus accident and is recovering at an area rehabilitation facility.

“We are very appreciative of everyone’s willingness to help out,” said Jennifer Tunink, Channelview ISD’s fine arts director. “The outpouring of support from so many districts, businesses and the community has truly been a blessing to all of us.”

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