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Brookview Subdivision Requests To Be Zoned As Neighborhood Conservation District

At the Huntsville City Council’s regular session Monday night, councilmembers looked at considering the adoption of an ordinance to change the Development District Classification of Sections 1 and 2 of Brookview Subdivision in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation during a Public Hearing.

Brookview Homeowners Association president and Planning Commission member, Debra Durda, explained to councilmembers how the interest in changing the zoning actually began . . . .

City Planning Director Janet Ridley also addressed the council on the matter . . . .

This was a “First Reading” for the council. It will be considered again in an upcoming council session.

Commissioners Consider H-GAC Solid Waste Grant Application

During their Special Session Monday, Walker County Commissioners considered taking action on an H-GAC Solid Waste Grant application. Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell addressed the court on the matter . . . .

Mr. Isbell presented three project categories:

A Household Hazardous Waste one-day event hosted by Precinct #3 with a project purchase amount of $44,852 and a grant funding request of the same amount with Precinct #3 covering any additional costs.

A Community Collection event which would be a one-day solid waste and tire community collection event with two sites in operation on the same Saturday. Precinct #3 and #4 would each operate a site. The project purchase amount would be $12,405. The grant funding request would be the same amount. Precinct #3 and #4 would cover any additional costs.

An Environmental Enforcement Project which would include the purchase of a new truck for the Environmental Criminal Investigator Program. Also, two seats for drone flight training—this includes the drone. The project purchase amount for the vehicle would be $44,824 and the drone package for two at $2,534 each for a total of $49,892.00.  Walker County would be covering 10% of the purchase price. The drone package would not be funded by the County.

The recommended order of priority was Community Collection Event first, Environmental Enforcement number two and Household Hazardous Waste Day third.

Commissioners approved of taking action on the Waste Grant application.

Houston Man Killed In Bicycle Accident

The Huntsville Item reports that 44-year-old Scott Paulson from Houston died at the scene of an accident which happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of FM 980 and Front Street in the northeast part of Walker County.

Paulson was riding his bicycle in Riverside at the time of the accident. He was hit from behind by a pickup truck around 1:45 in the afternoon. The driver was reported to have been distracted during the time of the accident. An investigation is currently underway.

City Council Meets

The Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session at six this evening.

Before the meeting, they will have two work sessions: one at 5 PM to discuss the possible outsourcing of Transfer Station operations and at 5:45 PM to receive a communications update in relation to the City Council Strategic Plan.

There will be a Public Hearing to hear comments on adopting an ordinance to change the Development District Classification of Sections 1 and 2 of the Brookview Subdivision located in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes: approval of the Mayor’s nomination of Fire Chief Greg Mathis to an open position of the Walker County Public Safety Communications Center Executive Board; awarding of a construction contract for the construction of 2016 Bond Proposition #3—a new 2.5- million-gallon elevated storage tank at the Fire Station No. 1 site and modifications to the existing 2-million-gallon elevated storage tank; and authorizing the purchase of tires from American Tire Distributors as a primary vendor and Southern Tire Mart as a secondary vendor.

On tonight’s “Statutory Agenda,” council members will look at authorizing application for a SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response, grant not to exceed $458,475, including matching funds not to exceed $314, 957. They will also have several “First Readings”: adopting an ordinance to suspend the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program rates proposed by CenterPoint Energy; adopting an ordinance to change the Development District Classification of Sections 1 and 2 of the Brookview Subdivision located in the 1000 block of Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation; and authorizing the award of the construction contract for 2016 Bond Proposition #3.

Councilmembers will hear a Citizen Participation request from Sarah Countryman on animal advocacy.

Councilmembers will meet in closed “Executive Session.”

They will reconvene from the session and possibly take action on authorizing executing documents to purchase property in the 200 block of Highway 75 North for an amount not to exceed $1.069 million. They will also have a “First Reading” authorizing executing documents to purchase property ID #13951 . They will also consider rescinding the offer of $2.25 million to the Walker County Hospital District for property in Walker County.

Governor Abbott Visits National Guard in Weslaco

Governor Greg Abbott recently visited the National Guard Armory in Weslaco, Texas, where he received a border security briefing and met with Texas National Guard troops deployed as part of the Trump Administration’s call to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, 762 Texas National Guard troops have been deployed and are currently stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border. An additional 300 troops are expected to be deployed each week until the total amount of troops stationed at the border reaches 1,400. Texas National Guard troops will assist Customs and Border Patrol in surveillance and support roles.

Murder Victim Identified

The Huntsville Item reports that DNA testing has identified the body of a murder victim who was found in a burning vehicle in March in northern Walker County. He is 40-year-old Juan Carlos Gomez Cedillos from Houston.

Firefighters discovered Cedillos’ body on the morning of March 31st in a burning vehicle in the 100 block of FM 2989 on the east side of I-45 in Walker County. They reported their discovery to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who has information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 435-2422 or Crime Stoppers at 294-9494.

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