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Good Samaritan rescues fire victim

L – R: Jacinto City Police Officers: Officer Benavides, Lt. Longrigg and Lt. Walker assisting Mike Forbis to safety from his burning home, as firefighters gather in the shade of the garage. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM fire departments from Galena Park and Cloverleaf arrived to assist Jacinto City’s fire department at a house fire in the 10300 block of Lane Street. The fire filled the sky with dark smoke, seen from I-10 to Galena Park. Galena Park Fire Chief Paul Gregory said the three departments together had 18 to 20 firefighters on the scene.

Inside the dwelling had been Jerry Michael Forbis. However, he was rescued from his burning home by an unidentified lady who noticed the house fire while driving by, and stopped and
ran to his door and got him outside, where arriving police and firemen got him to safety.

Jacinto City Police seek persons of interest in burglary

Jacinto City police is seeking information and the identity of persons of interest in connection with the burglary of the Fuel Express (Market and Deli) on Holland.

Police answering a burglary alarm discovered the store front glass had been broken open and merchandise was taken. Video security cameras did record the persons of interest.

Police Chief Ayala said anyone who recognizes either of the persons in the photo or who has any information should call him confidentially at 713-672-2455.

ZIKA VIRUS CONCERNS IN JACINTO CITY

Keep Jacinto Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail in yellow shirt in 4 feet high weeds in a Jacinto City property. Jamail addressed City Council during a recent meeting about mosquito breeding places. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Thursday, July 10, 2017 at the City Council meeting former Mayor and Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail was on the agenda. He said, “I’m bringing citizens concerns about some dishonorable property owners. They’re taking advantage of the city’s law of issuing a 10 day warning letter, for public health violations of high grass before taking corrective actions.”

Jamail said, “Records prove 97 percent of the violations are on vacant lots and vacant rent houses from repeat conscienceless violators. Tall grass and weeds provide a breeding place for the deadly ZIKA virus type of mosquitoes which thrives in Harris County.”

There are six pregnant women in Harris County with the Zika virus, which deforms the baby’s brain.

“Where is the conscious of someone who has little regard for another’s life or health?” Jamail asks.

From the city’s first receipt of the initial complaint until corrective action is taken, it’s usually a month or more. This means 9 inch tall weeds can reach 4 feet in height before the mosquito laden weeds are cut. The problem is some of the repeat offenders know their property isn’t in compliance but will not do anything until they get the city’s warning letter which they know gives them a grace period.

Jamail suggested the current high grass law start being enforced by issuing a citation soon after the 10 days expires unless rain made it impossible to cut.

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Galena Park starts rehab on Churchill Center

EVELYN CHURCHILL COMMUNITY CENTER in Galena Manor is now closed for remediation work.

GALENA PARK – Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the meeting to order and the council approved the minutes of the previous meeting of July 5, 2017.

The Accounts Payable for July 18, 2017 on the agenda narrowly passed on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Chersky, Ponder and Mayor Moya voted to approve with Silva and Broussard voting no.

Commissioners unanimously approved the second reading of ordinance 2017-05 – an ordinance establishing city food consumption business city permits and related application, renewal process and penalties.

BID APPROVED FOR CHURCHILL CENTER WORK

Commissioners unanimously approved the bid from AAR Incorporated in the amount of $13,330.00 for the Phase 1 Evelyn Churchill Community Center for the partial mold remediation project.

Approved unanimously the lease agreement between the city of Galena Park and Bevenco for 5 fusion in car system cameras for a 4-year term in the amount of $6,325.00 per year.

The quarterly investment report ending June 30, 2017 was unanimously approved.

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GALENA PARK’S 2ND ANNUAL JULY 4TH FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

L – R: Commissioner Oscar Silva Jr. holding grandson Josiah Boudreaux, Commissioner Eric Broussard, Maria Rodriguez, Juan Huerta Jr., Robert Manzano Sr., Tony Manzano and Ralph Banda (Photo by Allan Jamail)

L – R: Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioner Barry Ponder with family and friends. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Galena Park, TX. – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 about three thousand citizens gather behind the city’s swimming pool to celebrate the second annual festival sponsored by the Committee For A Better Galena Park, citizens and businesses.

Mayor Esmeralda Moya and the city’s commissioners were present to greet the celebrators.

Citizens enjoyed bar-b-q and all types of grilled foods prepared by various individuals and businesses.

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Jacinto City’s bike parade July 4th Celebration

Back row L – R: Victoria Salinas, Sephora de Anda, Corporal Nieto, Recreation Director Ivan Rojas, Mia Alanis and Lieutenant Longrigg. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Jacinto City kids and parents came out to participate in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Annual Bike Parade.

Parks and Recreation Director Ivan Rojas provided a bicycle safety class before the boys and girls following a police escort kicked-off the parade around the city park on Mercury Drive.

After the parade everyone enjoyed hotdogs and refreshments provided by the staff of the recreation department.

JACINTO CITY RECOGNIZES HONOR STUDENTS

Left to right back row: Council Members Gregg Robinson, JJ Rivas, Allen Lee, Mario Gonzales, and Carmela Garcia. Left to right front row: Ana G. Ayarzagoita, Mariana Mayorga, Angelica Rodriguez, Carla Benavides, Mayor Ana Diaz, Shelby Loya, Andrea Marroquin, Jailene Salinas, and Jesus J. Armenta Jr. Not present from Furr High School: Lizbeth V. Hernandez and Chantha Mak. Not present Galena Park High School: Daniel Nieto, Angelica L. Torres, Juliana E. Martinez Strain, Victor Carpio, Bianca A. Ibarra, Adriana N. Cano, Gisselle Gonzalez, Samuel L. Villa, and Lidia Almeda. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — At the City Council meeting the city hosted and recognized the Top 10% scholars residing in the city from Galena Park High School and Furr High School. The diverse group of scholars will be pursuing careers ranging from criminal justice to engineering to education. They are a microcosm of what Jacinto City is all about, hard work, values, integrity, and perseverance. The students received a certificate of achievement, a Jacinto City lapel pin and embroidered city cap. Cake and refreshments were provided to students and citizens in attendance.

City Manager Lon Squyres reported a 75/25% Community Development Block Grant to fund the engineering study cost for water line replacement for the streets east of Kerby to Holland Avenue. The total projected cost if approved is 1.2 million with the city paying 25% or $30,000.

Squyres issued a plea for residents to help control mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods by keeping their grass mowed and removing water in any outside containers. Citizens allowing their lawns to exceed 9 inches in height is subject to a fine. There are reports that six pregnant women in Harris County have the Zika virus which deforms the baby’s brain.

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Bids authorized for Galena Manor remediation

Detecting mold laden wood and insulation requires special moister meters with inspectors wearing special protective clothing and respirators.

GALENA MANOR COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRESS

Galena Park Council Meeting Business

Galena Park, TX. — June 6, 2017 — Mayor Esmeralda Moya at 6 PM called the meeting to order. After a prayer and pledges to the flags the minutes of the May 16, 2017 meeting and the Accounts Payable through June 6 was unanimously approved.

Welcoming news for Galena Manor residents was when the Commissioners unanimously approved for the City Secretary to advertise for bids for Phase I of the mold remediation project for the closed Evelyn Churchill Community Building. The building has been the main topic for months at the council meetings sparking protests and heated confrontations between unhappy citizens and city officials.

Phase I work consists of mold remediation and drywall removal of the community building.

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Jacinto City honors student recognized as Presidential scholar

Standing: Norma Flores and son Salvador Flores Jr. holding his musical award presented by Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee Officers. Seated L – R: Keep Jacinto Clean officers provided cake and refreshments for the ceremony Secretary Linda Jamail, Vice President Irasema Salinas and President Teresa Arzapala.

Jacinto City, TX – May 25, 2017 — At the Jacinto City Council meeting Galena Park High School graduate and U. S. Presidential Scholar Salvador Flores, Jr. receives recognition award.

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee presented Salvador for his relentless effort to succeed in reaching his goal to receive a college scholarship.

Using a borrowed musical saxophone young Salvador began his music career in middle school by tirelessly practicing daily after middle school. He continued his practicing throughout high school and playing in the school band.

With limited funds Flores made a solo musical video and sent it to the National Young Arts Foundation where it would be reviewed and evaluated for possible entry in the U. S. Presidential Scholar’s Foundation.

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Jacinto City marks Public Works Month at Council

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee presents Kyle Reed Public Works Director a 21 Year Service Award at the Council Meeting of May 27, 2017. Standing L – R: Public Works employees Javier Gonzales, Alcario Banda,Ovidio Trevino, Public Works Director Kyle Reed (left with award) Council Woman Carmela Garcia, Candelario Aleman and Javier Duran. Seated L – R: Keep Jacinto Clean officers provided cake and refreshments for the ceremony Secretary Linda Jamail, Vice President Irasema Salinas and President Teresa Arzapala.

Kyle Reed Public Works Director receives 21 Year Service Award

Jacinto City, TX. — May 25, 2017 — At the council meeting National Public Works Week was recognized by the Mayor and City Council with a resolution praising the Jacinto City Public Works Department for the services provided to the citizen’s everyday lives. The resolution complimented the efficient operation of the city’s public works systems and programs such as water facilities, wastewater facilities, water transmission and distribution systems, sewer collections, streets and traffic systems, parks, public buildings, fleet management and storm water management.

Jamail said, “I call on all citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the services provided by our public works professionals and to recognize the contributions which public works officials and employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort and quality of life. Many times in the night when we’re home asleep in a warm bed our public works crews are out in the freezing rainy weather fixing water leaks so we can wake up with safe drinking water.”