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Posts published in “Day: April 9, 2020


COVID-19 Virus causes Galena Park, Galena Park ISD to reset local elections; Jacinto City to follow

HARRIS COUNTY – Following the proclamation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, allowing the rescheduling of voting, several local elections scheduled for May 2nd have been postponed and moved to November 3rd, the official uniform election day for other offices.

The governor issued his directive to keep people from congregating at the polls, and to minimize the possibility that the COVID-19 virus would be spread to voters.

Galena Park took their action in a virtual board meeting Monday night, held by computer from each Commissioner’s home. The city had previously planned on holding the election as a “drive-up” at Baggett Community Center and City Hall. This would have allowed voters to cast ballots from their car, to avoid close proximity with others. However, the city decided it would be safer to have the election in November, in the normal manner, according to City Attorney Robert Collins. Voters will choose between 3 candidates for Mayor, and several Commissioner seats.

Galena Park ISD also voted to move their Trustee election to November. The vote was by remote means to keep everyone safe from the virus.

Jacinto City has not officially moved their election to November as of press time. The May 2nd election was to take place at the Town Center. However, City Manager Lon Squyres said that the agenda for the April 9th City Council meeting included a discussion and vote on moving the election to November, and it is expected to pass.

Another entity in the area that has scheduled an election is the Barbers Hill ISD. They plan to ask voters to approve a $277 million dollar bond issue for new schools and related expenditures. They have indicated they will continue to have the election on May 2nd, and voters will cast their ballot at the high school, perhaps in a “drive-up” mode. They also are encouraging everyone to use mail-in ballots if possible.

Galena Park ISD issues statement on unprecedented action

Congresswoman and Jacinto City host COVID-19 testing

L to R: Dr. Joseph Varon, Mayor Ana Diaz (white shirt) Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (at podium), Constable Chris Diaz and not pictured, Constance Jones (Texas Coalition Black Democrats). Wearing protective masks and keeping a safe distance apart from each other as each one gave their advice as to how to prevent the spread of the virus. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY – Monday, April 6, 2020 — Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the City of Jacinto City hosted the United Memorial Medical Center’s COVID-19 virus testing. The testing of 190 people was conducted at the Jacinto City Town Center which was aimed at testing First Responders and seniors over 60 years of age.

North Channel Star writer Allan Jamail asked about the cost for the tests and both UMMC President Syed Mohuiddin and Congresswoman Lee said the testing is free.

City Manager Lon Squyres upon learning of the availability to be able to bring testing to the city activated all city departments to work with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) to accomplish the testing. He said, “I’m so glad for this opportunity to make our first responders comfortable when going home to their families after serving on the front lines in our communities.” First responders tested were from Jacinto City, Galena Park, Houston and several constable precincts.

Lon Squyres, City Manager (in foreground) making sure everyone that will be tested keeps a safe distance apart while waiting in line at the Jacinto City Town Center. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Mayor Ana Diaz and city officials were at the site to oversee the one day event. Mayor Diaz said, “We’re so appreciative of Congresswoman Lee for her bringing UMMC here for testing of our Police and Fire Department personnel, area seniors and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.”