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COUNCILMEMBERS MEET FOR SECOND NIGHT OF STRATEGIC PLANNING

Huntsville City Councilmembers, under the leadership of City Manager Aron Kulhavy, met for a second night last night at the Library Community Room to put some finishing touches on their strategic planning.

Mr. Kulhavy set the course for the evening . . . .

City Manager Kulhavy defined the SMART criteria as a reminder . . . .

The seven strategic initiatives discussed included city appearance, communications, economic development, infrastructure, resource development, finance and public safety.

There were so many areas of focus councilmembers discussed that we cannot cover all of them here. One topic of concern that ignited discussion among councilmembers was staff fire protection coverage in the city.

Local Fire Chief Greg Mathis does an excellent job with his department covering fire issues . However, it was passed along at the meeting that the fire department fell around 40 short of the National Fire Protection Association standards with under 20 full-time firefighters. How to deal with this shortage with grants and other ways was discussed extensively.

An exhaustive number of city issues were also discussed. City Manager Kulhavy will have what they discussed worked up into a presentable form for a February 4th consideration.

PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS–ALSO HAPPY ABOUT USMCA

The impeachment process for President Trump got underway yesterday in the Senate with the swearing-in of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The president reacted to press questions yesterday by recent accusations by Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas . . . .

In other issues in Washington, the president was very happy that the Senate handed him a passed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Thursday.

AT THIS TIME NO PLANS FOR U-S MILITARY TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ

We have a recent update on what’s going on regarding the United States’ relationship with Iraq since that air attack a while back killing Iranian terrorist Qasim Soleimani.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman addressed reporters at the Pentagon Thursday . . . .

Mr. Hoffman also said their hopes were good for U-S Security forces to remain in the that region.

GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS HANDS OVER WHAT HE SAYS ARE INCRIMINATING DOCUMENTS ABOUT GIULIANI AND THE PRESIDENT

An associate of President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, has recently given over a number of handwritten notes, documents and text messages to House of Representative investigators before the impeachment trial got underway in the Senate

He offered evidence involving Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine connected to a request for a criminal probe of Hunter Biden and that the president knew about Giuliani and Parnas’ activities. Parnas’ attorneys have said he is willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry of the Democrats. This is occurring among reports of a potential immunity deal to secure his testimony.

Washington reporters questioned presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Thursday after Parnas made accusations against Trump and Giuliani on a program hosted by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow . . . .

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT APPROVED AND SENT TO SENATE

On Wednesday, the House voted to transmit the Articles of Impeachment against the president to the Senate. The move initiates action for a trial in the Senate.

The resolution passed by a vote of 228 to 193 on Democratic and Republican party lines.

Also yesterday, House Clerk Cheryl Johnson and Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving walked a message over to the Senate informing them Speaker Pelosi had signed the Articles and appointed impeachment managers for the upcoming trial.

WALKER COUNTY WARRIOR BANQUET AHEAD

The Walker County Warrior banquet is coming back again soon. The banquet will be held next Thursday, January 23rd at the Walker County Fairgrounds. It all starts at 5:30.

For tickets, call Tom Fordyce at 936-661-2122, Sharon Fordyce at 936-661-0982 or Rusty Davis at 936-438-6534. Or, you can buy them at the HEARTS Veterans Museum.

There will be a Ribeye steak dinner and auctions.

General Seating is $50 per person. A reserved table for 8 is $350.

Spokesperson Tom Fordyce fills us in on the speakers . . . .

I told Tom that I heard football great Earl Campbell might attend . . . .

CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE DISCUSSES CURRENT DRUG CRISIS

As you may have heard, the opioid crisis in the United States has reached epic proportions over recent years.

Local, state and national health organizations have been focusing on the issue to stem the fatal results of addiction and overdose.

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on states’ efforts to fight this drug epidemic.

Committee Chair, Colorado Congresswoman Diana Degette, laid bare to the subcommittee the trends in the past and the serious crises at hand . . . .

There is, however, a fourth wave . . . .

DRAFT COPY OF WALKER COUNTY SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS AVAILABLE

The Walker County Department of Planning and Development is making available the draft copy of the revised Walker County Subdivision Regulations.  The draft is being circulated for public review and comment in order to improve readability, regulatory clarity and insure that the policy best addresses the needs of the community as a while.  They pass along that if anyone has comments related to the regulations as presented, they are strongly encouraged to relay those comments to the drafting committee and ultimately the Commissioners’ Court.

The public comment period will be left open until January 24, 2020.

If you have questions, contact the Walker County Planning and Development Department at 936-436-4939.

A copy of the regulations may be found online at: http://www.co.walker.tx.us

Your comments may be submitted via e-mail to publiccomments@co.walker.tx.us

 

COUNCILMEMBERS MET FOR A STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION TUESDAY

The Huntsville City Council met at the Library Community Room last night for meeting number one in strategic planning sessions.

City Manager Aron Kulhavy, councilmembers and department heads did a good job in creative idea-formulating discussions on improvements for the future in various areas of the City of Huntsville.

Mr. Kulhavy began the meeting with a basis of ideas to spring off of to stimulate discussion, beginning with a former citizen survey . . . .

He also had a bullet point list of items he had received from the mayor and various councilmembers. He also referred to what he called “supplemental reading” which he said are “the backup and the detailed items that some of the councilmembers gave to me in order to see their items on the Strategic Plan.”

Councilmembers zeroed in on seven areas of Strategic Initiatives: city appearance, communications, economic development, infrastructure, resource development, finance and public safety.

Councilmembers will meet for a second strategic planning session this Thursday at five in the Huntsville Public Library.

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