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KSAM News

CONGRESSMAN BRADY ADDRESSES HOUSE PRIOR TO ECONOMIC PACKAGE VOTE

On Friday, before the historical vote on the $2 trillion Economic Aid Package put together in response to the coronavirus pandemic, our 8th District Congressman Kevin Brady addressed members of the House . . . .

Congressman Brady also had a Live Facebook event Sunday night about the economic relief package.

Economic aid package checks should reach qualified individual’s accounts “within three weeks.”

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETS

Walker County Commissioners will meet for a Special Session this morning at nine in Room 301 at the courthouse.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss and take action on the Walker County Disaster Declaration Extension issued on March 23, 2020. Mr. Davis will also take action amending a Commissioners’ Court order dated April 14, 1997, establishing the Emergency Management Department, amending the penalties to align with state law. He will also talk about taking action on paying overtime for the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will address the court on taking action to amend the item list in procurement card policies for unauthorized use of a credit card.

There will be a presentation and acceptance of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss and possibly take action on a proposed name change for Crooks Lane in Precinct #2.

WALKER COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPDATE

The office of the Walker County Emergency Management reports that County Stakeholders continue to meet daily to discuss current conditions, unmet needs and operational procedures for every sector.

They are continually monitoring conditions locally, regionally, statewide and at the national level.

They report that the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) coronavirus webpages are reliable sources of information. DSHS is monitoring the Texas situation seven days a week.

They are working closely with emergency response agencies, local health departments and the CDC.

As reported yesterday at 11 AM:

Texas total testing – 21,424
Texas COVID-19 cases – 1,396
Deaths – 18

Walker County has three confirmed cases.

The U-S now leads the world in confirmed cases of coronavirus after surpassing China’s total. Close to 86,000 people have been infected, and nearly 1,200 have died in the United States.

In Polk County, they will go into “Shelter-in-Place” tonight through April 3rd.

Walker County ordered test kits several weeks ago and are waiting for the state to fill that request so we can test here. Information will be provided as they receive it.

Turning to an article in the Huntsville Item, Walker County Judge Danny Pierce was quoted as saying, “We have issued curfew orders, and we hope that our residents will adhere to those orders.” He said, “If everyone will adhere to the 10 person occupancy rule then I don’t see a reason for a ‘stay at home’ or ‘shelter-in-place’ order at this time.”

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY ADDRESSES PRESS ON PHASE #3 ECONOMIC PACKAGE TO BE VOTED ON IN HOUSE TODAY

During a press conference on the coronavirus and the congress’s legislative agenda on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy passed along some of the beneifits to the American people in the $2 trillion Care Act that hopefully wiil be passed by the House today . . . .

According to a House floor schedule sent out Thursday, the House will convene at 8 AM our time followed by two hours of debate before a vote.

GOOD SHEPHERD MISSION WILL HAVE FREE FOOD MONDAY FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT

For those who are in need of food, food is being made available at the Good Shepherd Mission at 1005 MLK Drive. This will all take place on Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 11:30 AM

The Mission’s executive director, Reverend Dave Smith, contacted us  in order to pass along information to the public . . . .

Reverend Smith also said, “There is also an app through the Houston Food Bank . . . if you have a smartphone. It will automatically bring up the website, so that you can put information in there so everybody can keep track of what’s going on.” He said, “ It doesn’t ask for any personal information.”

Besides the free food distribution available, Reverend Smith had another announcement to get out to the public . . . .

TxDOT UPDATE

Beginning 8 PM Friday, March 27, 2020 until 5AM Monday, March 30, 2020 east frontage road between FM 1374 and FM 1375 will be closed, weather permitting.  The closure is to replace a double box culvert under the existing east frontage road. FM 1374 cross street will remain open during this closure. IH-45 East Frontage Road through traffic must detour to SH 75.  Drivers should reduce speed and maintain safe traveling distances between vehicles and be prepared for delays during this closure. Detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to guide traffic through the detour.

The IH-45 lane closures are part of the reconstruction of IH-45 that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concreted median barrier in southern Walker County. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.

During this 4.5-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.

DPS LIMITS PUBLIC ACCESS TO BUILDINGS DUE TO COVID-19–BUSINESS OPERATIONS STILL REMAIN OPEN

In response to COVID-19, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is limiting public access to department facilities to protect the public and their employees, promote social distancing and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Despite limited physical access to their buildings, DPS remains open for business and continues to provide essential services to Texans as their employees conduct operations remotely. They say the public should experience minimal impact from this temporary change.

 

The department encourages the public to contact them by phone or email, and utilize their online services when available. Resources for how to contact the department and the latest information surrounding their COVID-19 response can be found on our website at www.dps.texas.gov.