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UPDATE ON WALKER COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT

Walker County Appraisal District reports that they have been closed to all of the public since Monday, March 23, 2020 and, in accordance with the order issued by Governor Abbot, will remain closed until further notice due to continued concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

They report that the CAD Appraisal Staff will continue to work to meet the statutory demands for 2020 Appraisals.

CAD Collections staff will continue to work processing tax payments. The payments can still be placed in a drop box on-site or mailed to Walker CAD at 1819 Sycamore Ave., Huntsville TX 77340. Payments can also be made online via www.walkercountyappraisal.com or by calling Certified Payments @ 1-866-539-2020 and referencing Jurisdiction code 9222417.

Until further Notice Walker CAD Staff will be available via phone @ 936-295-0402 or via email @ wcad@sbcglobal.net

The staff and CAD Directors would like to thank all Walker County property owners for their understanding during this time.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported to us at 2:20 PM Monday that Walker County had 15 positive cases of coronavirus reported. Of those 15, the quarantine period is over for 3, and they have been released.

The Office of Emergency management is actively working on getting test kits for Walker County.

A list of essential services and a form to request your business be listed as an essential service can be obtained at www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices

As of 8 PM yesterday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 7,276 coronavirus cases, with 140 fatalities.

Fox News this morning reported 368,449 coronavirus cases in the United States, with total deaths at 10,994.

TDCJ COVID-19 UPDATE

In their April 6th COVID-19 Update, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) reports they are constantly receiving updated information regarding testing and results of offenders, agency and contract employees as well as medical partners. They reported on Monday that there have been four new cases confirmed including three employee/contractors and one offender.

In all there have been 28 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors and 19 offenders in custody who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Offenders in medical restriction and medical isolation are locked down and have been issued cotton masks. TDCJ staff and employees on prison units are all provided with and required to wear cotton masks as are parole officers in the field. As TDCJ learns of new positive tests, contact investigations are being conducted to determine which individuals may have been exposed to the virus.

The agency says they are taking appropriate action to mitigate the potential exposure to others including following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.

NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR LARRY KUDLOW COMMENTS ON POSSIBILITIES OF MORE PUBLIC FUNDING IN FUTURE

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On Monday, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow answered reporters questions outside the White House.

A reporter asked him about the possibility of a second round of payroll checks for Americans in the future. He also talked about the assistance going out to 175 million people . . . .

TRINITY ISD MEETS

Trinity Independent School Board Trustees will meet for a Special Board meeting at six tonight at the Administration Building.

They will consider a resolution regarding a temporary adjustment to policy to determining class rank, local honors, valedictorian and salutatorian determinations based on the most recent final grading period before the district began remote instruction.

Trustees will look at approving a resolution for delegation of authority to the superintendent during the COVID-19 emergency.

They will also consider approving administrator contracts.

UPDATE ON BEARKAT REC SPORTS CENTER

As most Bearkats at Sam Houston State University continue to adjust to college life away from campus, Rec Sports remains here to help the SHSU community remotely. While the Recreational Sports Center is closed indefinitely due to statewide orders, administrative offices remain in operation with limited hours Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 936-294-1985 or at recsports@shsu.edu.

Rec Sports staff have worked diligently to begin offering online programming including fitness classes, nutrition education, interactive outdoor programming and even intramural sports.

HUNTSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY APRIL 7TH

A regular meeting of the Huntsville City Council will be held Tuesday evening at six by teleconferencing for the purpose of considering agenda items. All agenda items are subject to action. The Chambers at City Hall will be closed.

The Governor of Texas has issued an Executive Order with guidelines for the temporary suspension of certain portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act in order to avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. This allows cities to have council meetings via teleconference and to conduct executive sessions via teleconference. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of the virus by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with a section of the Texas Government Code.

Telephonic capabilities will be utilized to allow individuals to address the City Council. Members of the public are entitled to participate remotely via Toll-Free Dial-in Number:1-866-899-4679; Access code:456-309-357, or watch the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: HuntsvilleTX.gov/Meetings. An electronic copy of the agenda can be found at: www.HuntsvilleTX.gov/AgendaCenter and posted outside on the bulletin board in front of City Hall. 

At tonight’s City Council session, the council will consider approval of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 audit from Patillo, Brown & and Hill.

Included on tonight’s “Consent Agenda,” will be an agreement with Schaumburg & Polk for professional engineering services for Fiscal Year 2018-19 Waterline Replacement Projects, the adoption of an ordinance to amend the budget for 2019-2020 and/or the CIP Project budgets and authorizing a draft to enter into an agreement with the Community Organization for Missionary Endeavor, the COME Center, to waive construction-related permit fees.

On the “Statutory Agenda,” there will be a second reading of an ordinance on regulating the operation of Personal Mobility Devices such as scooters.

Also tonight, the council will consider amending Chapter 42 on “Taxation” to temporarily modify the Hotel Occupancy Tax reporting and payment schedule.

The council will consider possible action regarding the coronavirus and to authorize the Mayor to extend any Declaration of Disaster past the period determined by the Council on March 17th.

Also, to address an agenda item at tonight’s meeting a form must be filled out by five this afternoon. The link is on our website under News and the heading “Agenda Address Form.”

CORONAVIRUS UPATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported Friday that Walker County has 10 positive cases of coronavirus reported. Of those 10, the quarantine period is over for 3, and they have been released from quarantine.

The Office of Emergency Management is actively working on getting test kits for Walker County.

Harris County is testing for coronavirus for the entire region. Access their online screening tool to help with testing at www.readyharris.org and click on the “coronavirus testing” button. You will answer some screening questions and be given an identifier number. They will prioritize tests based on symptoms. You must have symptoms to be considered for testing. If you do not have access to the internet, call 832-927-7575.

As always, if you are sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, you can go to any hospital. They are testing individuals but are strictly following guidelines for testing.
Huntsville Memorial Hospital has installed an outside triage; it is not a testing site. The purpose is to limit those entering the hospital.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 6,812 coronavirus cases in the state, with 127 deaths reported.

The Center for Disease Control reported Sunday afternoon that 304,826 cases of coronavirus were reported in the United States, with 7,616 deaths.

TDCJ COVID-19 UPDATE

KBTX TV reports that as of Sunday evening that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported there were “new positive tests in 14 offenders and 5 staff or employees.”

Their report also says that there are about 3,700 asymptomatic, that is offenders showing no symptoms, in medical restriction and a total of 51 offenders in medical isolation with positive or pending COVID-19 tests.

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