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KSAM News

UPDATE ON ITC PLANT IN DEER PARK

KHOU 11 reports that elevated benzene levels early this morning resulted in a Shelter-in-Place for all company personnel South of Tidal Road between the Deer Park Intercontinental Terminals Company and north of Highway 225. This was only for personnel in that Deer Park plant.

The Houston Chronicle reports that otherwise fire crews had ended the chemical fire at the ITC plant in Deer Park Wednesday. The Harris County Fire Marshall’s office is sending investigators to the site. An EPA representative is on-site monitoring the situation.

PRESIDENT CONTINUES COMMENTS ON MEDIA ISSUES AT WEDNESDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT

President Trump joined Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to address the press in the Rose Garden Wednesday.

One of the questions, dealing with the President’s continual tug-of-war with the media, had to do with the president’s support of Congressman Nunez’s recent suit against Twitter. The reporter talked about making social media companies liable for the content that is on their platform. The reporter wondered if the president would support a law in regard to that . . . .

COUNCILMEMBERS VOTE TO CHANGE ORDINANCE ON JURY PARKING

A major topic for discussion at the regular session of the Huntsville City Council Tuesday night was an item on their “Statutory Agenda” which would adopt an ordinance amending the Huntsville Code of Ordinances that would strike the exemption for such vehicles owned by, driven by or in possession of jurors of any case in District or County Court.

Speaking for his office as 12th District Judge and various other County officials, Judge Donald Kraemer was opposed to the ordinance. Judge Kraemer passed along how serving on a jury is a noble, legally commanded and sacrificial service to the community, and he didn’t think the juror parking issue was that much of a major disruption to parking . . . .

It was brought up by councilmembers in argument that there were two places designated for jurors to park—behind the district attorney’s office or around the Annex building.

Following much discussion, councilmembers voted for the change in ordinance by a vote of 5 to 3.

UPDATE ON PETROCHEMICAL FIRE IN DEER PARK

According to a story from Click 2 Houston early this morning, the petrochemical blaze at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park is out. It was reportedly extinguished around three this morning.

Smoke and steam may still be visible from the area, however. Re-ignition does remain a possibility. Crews were expected to continue to spray tanks to cool them down. No serious injuries have been reported.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN TOWN FOR FLOODING AND STORM LOANS

Burl Kelton, a public information officer for the U-S Small Business Administration, stopped by our newsroom this week to inform us that the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance is in Walker County to help people that were affected by the flooding and storms in September-October of 2018 . . . .

You’re invited to come in and fill out an application. You need to be a taxpayer. These are long-term low interest direct federal loans. There is a number you can call for information available outside of Walker County at 800-659-2955, The local Disaster Loan Outreach Operations Center closes at 4:30 PM on Friday, March 22nd.

COMMISSIONERS TAKE ACTION ON ACCEPTANCE OF ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN SECTION #1 OF STERLING RIDGE SUBDIVISION

At this week’s special session of Walker County Commissioners’ court, commissioners discussed taking action on the acceptance of roads and associate infrastructure in Section 1 of the Sterling Ridge Subdivision into County maintenance.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell addressed the court on the matter . . . .

Commissioners approved. The County is responsible for road maintenance. The subdivision has City water and sewer. The County does not maintain sidewalks or street lamps there.

HUB/VENDOR SHOW TODAY

The City of Huntsville Purchasing Division, in association with TDCJ, Walker County, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville ISD, and the SHSU Small Business Development Center, would like to announce the 23rd Annual HUB/Vendor Show. The show will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Region 6 Education Service Center, 3332 Montgomery Road.

This year’s show will feature a training session from 10 to 11 a.m. with sessions on “How to do business in Texas School Districts” and “How to review a government solicitation”. Both sessions are open to the public.

TxDOT CLOSURES AHEAD

Beginning 8 PM Friday March 22 and ending 5 AM Monday March 25, the outside lane of IH-45 northbound will be closed near the Montgomery and Walker county line to south side of FM 1375 over pass, weather permitting. Also the FM 1375 northbound exit ramp will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 8PM to 5AM.  This closure is for motorist and worker safety while placing temporary detour pavement on IH 45 northbound. Drivers should reduce speed and maintain safe traveling distances between vehicles and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.