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This week, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $1,848,750 in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery grants for the City of Huntsville to make flood, drainage, and street improvements.
With these funds, the City of Huntsville will excavate, clear, and grub existing drainage channels off West Greenbriar Drive and River Oaks Drive. These channels will receive erosion control measures, reinforced concrete box culverts, headwalls, wing walls and concrete aprons, and sodding at channel banks and bench areas.
Additionally, the city will remove existing pavement and storm structures and install new roadways and storm sewer inlets at the following locations:
- West Greenbriar Drive – from Freemont Drive to approximately 400 linear feet east along West Greenbriar Drive
- River Oaks Drive at Greenbriar Drive – approximately 200 linear feet southeast along River Oaks Drive
- River Oaks Drive at East Lake Drive – approximately 200 linear feet northwest along River Oaks Drive
Sam Houston State University, in collaboration with the state of Texas, established the Center for Assessment, Research, and Education Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) in early 2020 to focus on school safety.
Originally tasked with creating a statewide needs assessment on school safety, mental health and violence in schools, C.A.R.E.S is now going nationwide. Education leaders across the country are invited to participate in a new research study related to institutional responses to COVID-19.
This new project, which launched July 6, uses a crowdsourcing data collection method (IdeaScale) to examine decision-making processes and ideas for future responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators can join the community and start offering ideas here: https://shsu.ideascale.com/
Through their recent hard line actions, we now know how Chinese government leadership really sees their relationship with the formerly free Hong Kong, but how do they really see us.
FBI Director Christopher Wray this week, in remarks to the Hudson Institute, passed along what he has learned about them . . . .
Director Wray also said, “They’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors, including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, extensively private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers and a wide variety of other actors working on their behalf.”
It started Monday. Congressman Kevin Brady informed us that small businesses can once again apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Already, more than 4.8 million PPP applications have been approved for a total of more than $521 billion in relief loans.
The Paycheck Protection Program protects millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing funds for job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
To learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program, and to apply for a loan, click here.
To learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program’s success, click here.
To find a list of eligible local lenders, click here.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported as of Monday, July 6, at 4 PM, 440 active cases of coronavirus in the county, with 188 recovered, and still 3 deceased. Please note that 87 new community cases have been reported since the last report on July 2.
They report that at TDCJ facilities country wide there were 33 active cases reported among offenders, with 1,598 recovered and 28 deceased.
Among employees at Walker County units, they report 43 active cases and 163 recovered.
We continue to remind you that the next community testings are July 8, July 22 and July 23, 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. A valid I-D is required at the test site. Registration begins 24 hours prior.
SEVERAL CITIZENS ADDRESSED COMMISSIONERS ON REMOVAL OR RETENTION OF THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT AT THE COURTHOUSE
Around 15 people addressed Walker County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning in regard to the issue of keeping or removing the Confederate Monument from the courthouse lawn. A full spectrum of negative issues from it’s personal offense to current African Americans, to the horror of slavery in the South, to the mistreatment of blacks during the times of Jim Crow laws to the personal experience of one speaker who was threatened by a racist person near the site recently, were passed along.
A few were in favor of keeping the monument on site.
The local student who had originally started a petition to remove the monument, sixteen-year-old Kathleen Williams said the number of people signing the petition had risen to over 4,000.
Ms. Williams told the story of a black woman who was unjustly killed on the day Emancipation was announced in Huntsville . . . .
One of those in favor of letting the monument stay was Dale Morningstar . . . .
Whether the monument issue is seen as an agonizing reminder and unsympathetic insult to local African Americans or a political football hijacked by Black Lives Matter, many of those who have spoken during the last two commissioners’ sessions want an agenda item before commissioners to vote one way or the other regarding its removal.
The Huntsville City Council will meet in regular session at City Hall tonight at six.
The meeting will also be broadcast live on HuntsvilleTX.gov/Meetings or on Facebook.
Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes a contract for the rehabilitation of sanitary sewer manholes in the RC-04 Basin, a sub-basin of the Robinson Creek Watershed.
Also tonight, there will be a “First Reading” of an ordinance for the proposed dis-annexation of approximately 147.33 acres located on the east side of FM 1791, near the intersection of State Highway 30 and FM 1791, and known as “Area G.2” Also tonight, there will be a presentation on the preliminary budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021, including updates to major funds and how the new budget compares to 2019-20.
In the Citizen Participation category, Allan Rushing will talk about local police; Jason Copes will introduce the Community Peace Coalition and Jason January will speak to the council regarding not receiving his retirement insurance.
At Monday’s commissioners’ court session, Precinct #2 Commissioner Ronnie White spoke out for a well-provided for and respected local law enforcement . . . .
Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae thanked Commissioners White and Daugette, Judge Pierce and others for their supportive words at the meeting . . . .
Our 8th District Congressman Kevin Brady addressed constituents Monday over Zoom on several important issues.
One of them included a bill to work on police reform as well as support . . . .
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported as of 2 PM, Thursday, July 2, that among regular residents there were 355 active cases of Coronavirus in the county, with 186 recovered and 3 deceased. They reported last Thursday afternoon that there were 42 new community cases since the last report of July 1,
Also on Thursday afternoon, their report from TDCJ facilities in Walker County records 32 active cases, 1608 recovered cases and 28 deceased.
The next community testings are on July 8, July 22 and July 23, 9 AM to 6 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. Registration begins 48 hours prior.