KSAM News

KSAM News

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET FOR A SPECIAL SESSION

Walker County Commissioners will meet for a Special Session this afternoon at 1:30 at the Courthouse.

Justice of the Peace for Precinct #3 Judge Holt will talk about approval of a water filtration system for the Justice Court #3 Complex.

Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will talk about renewing an extended warranty and preventive maintenance contract for Walker County EMS.

County Auditor Patricia Allen will discuss possible action on a refund of $109,000 in sales tax to the State Comptroller as per a notification from the Comptroller requiring payments for a refund to a taxpayer based on a claim made for exemptions allowable to the taxpayer.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss possible action on a revision process for Walker County Subdivision Regulations.

He will also discuss possible revisions of the Schedule of Fees for the Department of Planning and Development.

Commissioner Daugette will receive a report on the completion of the South East Texas Affordable Housing Grant Project, and possibly take action on allocating the balance remaining in the Grant fund to the Walker County Senior Center.

Administrative Assistant to the Commissioners Sonja Tennant will discuss action of approving the Annual Road Report from all precincts.

County Judge Danny Pierce will talk about taking action on an agreement with the SHSU Small Business Development Center and presenting a check in the amount of $43,637 to the Center for the purpose of promoting economic development of minority owned businesses. It will be paid from unclaimed property capital credits.

PLANNING COMMITTEE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Coming up next month on October 7th at the Storm Shelter, there will be a Community Justice Planning Meeting.

We talked to Community Planning Coordinator Sherri Pegoda, Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis and County Judge Danny Pierce over the weekend on our Around Town program about the upcoming meeting.

Volunteers from the community come to the meeting to identify gaps in the criminal justice system. Later, it helps the County, and organizations apply for funds. They’re looking for more volunteers to help them out.

County Judge Danny Pierce contributed his view of the program . . . .

If you’re organization would be served by becoming a part of the planning committee, give Sherri Pegoda a call at 435-8740.

CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY AT SHSU

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was officially adopted. Today, we celebrate annually with Constitution Day and this year Sam Houston State University is hosting events on Sept. 16-17 in the Olson Auditorium (AB IV 220).

According to Associate Professor of History Thomas Cox, the events are sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, departments of History and Political Science, and The American Democracy Project with the goal of providing knowledge and discussion on both older issues with the constitution and laws, as well as new issues and happenings that arise daily.

The keynote speaker will be Jonathan White, associate professor at Christopher Newport University. The presentation, “Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties During the Civil War” will begin at 4 p.m. in Olson Auditorium today.

Presentations will continue on Sept. 17 in the LSC Theatre.

BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT MEET TONIGHT FOR TAX PROPOSAL HEARING

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District will hold a special meeting open to the public this afternoon at 5:30 PM in the 6th floor Conference Room at the First National Bank Building on 11th Street.

They will conduct a second hearing on a proposal to increase property tax 8 percent and announce the regular board meeting to vote on adopting a tax rate for the 2020 Budget.

WALKER COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET

Texas House Representative for District 18 Ernest Bailes will be today’s guest speaker at the Walker County Republican Women’s luncheon meeting.

Representative Bailes will provide a summary of the major bills passed during the 86th Legislative Session, which recently adjourned May 29, 2019

The event, which is open to the public, begins with a “Meet and Greet” at 11:00am, a brief business meeting and prepaid lunch.

The meeting will take place at the Walker Education Center, Gibbs Hall, lower level, located at 1409 19th Street.

REPRESENTATIVE LIZ CHENEY COMMENTS ON LAST WEEK’S DEMOCRATIC DEBATES

There has been response from the Republican side of the aisle in regard to last week’s Democratic Presidential Debates. We passed along sound bites from that debate during Friday’s news.

Republicans held a House Retreat News Conference Thursday and Friday in Baltimore. Wyoming Republican Conference Chair, Representative Liz Cheney, passed along her response to the debate at a press conference at the Retreat . . . .

DEMOCRATS HOLD ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE

The Democratic party’s issues for discussion at last night’s Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University included their disdain for Trump, environmental and gun issues and Medicare for All.

At least there was some broad difference in cost of healthcare among the candidates.

Candidate Joe Biden said, . . . .

The latter figure was Bernie Sanders lower end estimate.

Bernie Sanders claimed to have written the bill . . . .

From Texas, candidate Beto O’Rourke came out very strong on gun control . . . .

The influence of the Green New Deal came resounding through Elizabeth Warren’s rhetoric . . . .

And, could Andrew Yang possibly be buying votes with last night’s offer at the debate? . . . .

COMMUNITY JUSTICE PLANNING MEETING NEEDS MORE PARTICIPANTS

This year’s Community Justice Planning Meeting will be held at the Walker County Storm Shelter at nine in the morning, next month, October the 7th.

At this meeting they identify gaps in the criminal justice system within the County. Government agencies or non-profits that attend can identify their issues and may eventually qualify for funds to be used to close these gaps.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis recently identified more organizations he needed to hear from in these meetings . . . .

Mr. Davis further amplified on their immediate needs . . . .

For more information, give the Plan Coordinator Sherri Pegoda a call at 435-8740.

CONGRESSMAN BRADY: “AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE SHOULD BE CELEBRATED.”

Thursday, Congressman Kevin Brady, voted against anti-energy legislation in the House of Representatives. 

This week, the House of Representatives voted on three anti-energy bills, including:

  • H.R. 205, which passed the House 248-180, would permanently extend the drilling moratorium in the Houston region’s Eastern Gulf.

  • H.R. 1941, which passed the House 238-189, would block oil and gas lease sales in the Atlantic and Pacific planning areas in any future leasing program.

  • H.R. 1146, which passed the House 225-193, would repeal Section 200001 of Public Law 15-17, eliminating the authorization of an oil and gas development program in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).