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TEXAS GLO IS HOSTING PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR $4 BILLION IN MITIGATION FUNDS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY, 2015 & 2016 FLOODS

AUSTIN – The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will host three regional public hearings in Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley and Houston to seek input on the state’s action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist eligible communities with mitigation projects. These projects will address risks within the areas impacted Hurricane Harvey as well as the 2015 Floods and 2016 Floods.
Commissioner Bush Said, “Hurricane Harvey was a storm of historic proportions with more than $100 billion in property damage and immeasurable disruption to the lives of Texans.”  He said, “Many communities in Texas have faced repeated flooding including the 2015 and 2016 floods. With this action plan, the GLO will prioritize large-scale projects to maximize available infrastructure funding to improve the resiliency of Texas homes, businesses and infrastructure from future storms.”
The plan has been published for public comment on the GLO’s recovery website at recovery.texas.gov/public-notices/index.html. All public comments received prior to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, will be considered. The GLO will respond to comments in the final submission of the document to HUD for approval. The GLO will accept comments via U.S. Postal Service mail, fax or email:
Texas General Land Office
Community Development and Revitalization
P.O. Box 12873, Austin, TX 78711-2873
Fax: 512-475-5150
The GLO will livestream stream the Dallas and Houston meetings and will record the Rio Grande Valley public hearing. Videos from hearings will be made available on the GLO’s mitigation website at http://recovery.texas.gov/mitigation.
Public hearing details:
  
Dallas Public Hearing
Date: December 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Dallas County Community College District – Bill J Priest Institute
Address: 1402 Corinth Street Road, Dallas, TX 75215
 
Rio Grande Valley Public Hearing
Date: December 10, 2019
Meeting Start: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: North Academic Building G Lecture Hall G191 Mid Valley Campus of South Texas College
Address: 400 N Border Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596
Hearing to be recorded
 
Houston Public Hearing
Date: December 11, 2019
Meeting Start: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Texas Southern University EDU Auditorium
Address: 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004
Livestream link for hearing: https://tsu.bluejeans.com/735419623

CELEBRATORY CHRISTMAS EVENTS AHEAD THIS WEEKEND

A great holiday event is coming up this weekend. Mayor Andy Brauninger filled councilmembers in on it at the last council session . . . .

Councilmember Daiquiri BeeBe passed along another great event scheduled for this weekend . . . .

NANCY PELOSI ADDRESSED REPORTERS THURSDAY ON REASONS FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT–MINORITY LEADER MCCARTHY RESPONDED

Thursday, addressing reporters, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi resurrected several original contributors to the U-S Constitution from the past to back up why she thinks the President of the United States should be given his pink slip . . . .

“Au Contraire,” says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in response, addressing reporters Thursday during his weekly briefing . . . .”

KEVIN BRADY JOINS OTHER CONGRESSMEN IN SUPPORTING THE SWIFT PASSAGE OF THE UNITED STATES – MEXICO – CANADA AGREEMENT

On Thursday, our 8th District Congressman Kevin Brady joined Congressman Henry Cuellar and others to lead a bipartisan group of Texas representatives outside the U-S Capitol to emphasize the importance of trade and to call for the immediate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement . . . .

COUNTY JUDGE PIERCE COMMENTS ON FUTURE GROWTH

Our area of the great Lone Star State is ripe for growth.

We asked County Judge Danny Pierce, in regard to the future development of Walker County, “What do you think will be coming our way? Do you think the County will have the resources to handle it?” . . . .

Judge Pierce will be our guest on our “Around Town” program this weekend.

ORANGE KEYS AT SHSU SELECT 2019 “KEYS OF EXCELLENCE” AWARD WINNERS

The Orange Keys is one of Sam Houston State University’s most prestigious student organizations and has been so for the past 60 years. The organization embodies the campus motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” and celebrates faculty and staff members that do as well by holding the Keys of Excellence celebration.

Every year, each of the Orange Keys nominates one faculty or staff member and provides a letter of recommendation that details how the nominee has made an impact on SHSU. Out of all of the recommendations, six winners are chosen to receive one of the Keys of Excellence Awards.

Each Orange Key provided a speech for the winners and presented an honorary award to another faculty member on November 18.

This year’s recipients are Ronald Daigle, Tiffany Driver, Sherry Hirsch, Maria Holmes, Dwayne Pavelock and Laura Sullivan.

MASH CONTINUES TODAY–COME ON OUT

The 13th Annual Radio MASH is underway today through 4 PM.

Come on out today and join 101.7 KSAM, 104.9 and 94.1 The Hits, Margarita’s, and the Army National Guard in the Shenanigans Parking Lot on 11th Street in Huntsville, today and tonight. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food, and pet supplies for families in need.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBERS LOOK AT LOWERING FUTURE PROPOSED GAS RATE

At this week’s Huntsville City Council session, efforts  were being put forth in a First Reading to suspend the increased gas rates proposed on or about November 14th of this year by CenterPoint Energy Resources Corporation in the Beaumont/East Texas Service Division Area, and authorizing hiring of lawyers and rate experts.

City Attorney Leonard Schneider explained the possible rate increases for residential customers . . . .

Councilmembers will address this agenda item again at their next meeting.

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARINGS ON IMPEACHMENT

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a Judiciary Hearing on the Constitutional Framework to Impeach the president.

There are many views as to whether or not the president has committed impeachable crimes. As an example, we’ll pass along two with opposing viewpoints . . . .

First, a guy from Harvard, Law Professor Noah Feldman . . . .

And, guy number #2, George Washington University Law School Professor, Jonathan Turley . . .

PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY FROM FIRES

New Waverly Fire Department District Chief Jimmy Williams passed along a number important fire safety tips on our public affairs program over the weekend.

A very important one involves protecting your family. He informed us that,” Modern homes with the new construction are a lot safer, but some of the things we have inside of them, in fact almost all of the things we have inside of them are made from plastics, synthetics and petroleum products, and they burn very quickly and readily . . . .