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COUNTY EMS DIRECTOR ADDRESSES COMMISSIONERS ON UPDATING AED PADS IN COUNTY BUILDINGS

During this week’s Special Session of Commissioners’ Court, County EMS Director John Nabors addressed commissioners in regard to approving replacement of the AED pads for County owned AED’s located in County buildings. An AED pad is the part of the automated external defibrillator that is attached directly to the cardiac victim’s chest and through which the shock to the heart is delivered.

Its all in an effort to help out should a cardiac emergency arise in these buildings . . . .

The estimated cost is $1,000. Commissioners approved.

TEXAS GRAND RANCH RECOGNIZED AS CERTIFIED FIREWISE COMMUNITY

The New Waverly Fire Department, along with the Texas A&M Forest Service, have been working with developers and residents in Texas Grand Ranch in an effort to promote wildland fire safety in our newest addition to the community.

Monday evening, Wildland Firefighters from the New Waverly and Texas A&M Forest Service met with the residents of Texas Grand Ranch, officially recognizing the community’s efforts to become the first Firewise Certified Community in the New Waverly area. Residents took the opportunity to meet their firefighters and ask questions on how to make their property safer in the event of a wildfire.

HPD POLICE CHIEF LUNSFORD UPDATES COUNCILMEMBERS ON FIRE & POLICE STATION BOND PROJECTS

Regarding the planned bond project of constructing a new police and fire station in Huntsville, HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford updated councilmembers on the project at Tuesday night’s council session . . . .

Chief Lunsford added that the cost estimators will coordinate with contractors and others. He said they are within budget. He said once they get to 50% construction drawings, and they’re there now, they will send it out to the estimators one more time to confirm that they are still within the budget.

Chief Lunsford passed along the schedule . . . .

Chief Lunsford said they had been slowed down a little on the schedule because of our rainy weather’s effect on soil testing.

CARE CENTER OF HUNTSVILLE NEEDS YOUR FINANCIAL DONATION

The Care Center of Huntsville has a very important fundraising campaign underway, and you can help.

Spokesperson Caroline Bates fills us in on Baby Bottle Boomerang . . . .

The Care Center is located at 1215 15th Street. Their phone number is 294-0404. The Care Center offers free pregnancy testing, limited ultra sounds and STD testing. They have a 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-712-HELP.

COMMISSIONERS COURT DISCUSSES ISSUE OF UTILITIES REQUESTING ADDRESSES FOR THEIR INSTALLATIONS

During a Special Session of Commissioners’ Court Monday afternoon, Planning and Development Director Andy Isbell addressed commissioners in a workshop in regard to some utility providers that wanted to be provided street addresses for their utility installations in the County right-of-way.

He passed along that problems would arise if this was implemented . . . .

The court appeared to oppose issuing addresses.

Following the discussion, Mr. Isbell summed up . . . .

CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session at six this evening at City Hall.

Previous to the meeting, they will hold a workshop where they will discuss the Transportation Master Plan.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes a “Second Reading” adopting an ordinance to suspend the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program rates proposed by CenterPoint Energy; a “Second Reading” adopting an ordinance to deny the distribution cost recovery factor increase request of Entergy Texas; adoption of an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 and/or CIP Project budgets for police officer training; approval of Change Order No. 1 to the construction contract with Smith & Company for an Asphalt Mill & Overlay Project and adoption of an ordinance to amend the budget; entering into a contract for permit and plan review software; and approval of the TIRZ 2018 Annual Report.

On tonight’s “Statutory Agenda,” there will be three “First Readings”: consideration of an ordinance changing paid parking to two hour parking for University Avenue from 14th to 15th Streets and the south side of 15th from University Avenue to Bobby K. Marks Drive; consideration of adopting an ordinance eliminating two hour parking restrictions for a portion of 12th Street between Avenue M and Sam Houston Avenue; and consideration of an ordinance to establish and implement a cost recovery program for the City of Huntsville Fire Department. The council will also consider a resolution to set annexation public hearing dates.

Under the Requests for Citizen Participation, Timothy Charles Owl Davis will update the council on thoughts and concerns on the eradication of at-large positions.

Councilmembers will discuss Items of Community Interest.

During the council’s closed “Executive Session,” councilmembers will receive legal advice on the City of Huntsville Transfer Station facility. They will also discuss the purchase of real property located within the Woodlawn East Subdivision by the City of Huntsville.

TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM LOCAL POWER EQUIPMENT COMPANY

The Huntsville Item reports that between Friday night and early Saturday morning suspects allegedly stole around $10,000 in equipment from Lone Star Outdoor Power Equipment on Highway 75 South.

Two lawnmowers and a trailer were stolen. The suspects moved the trailer and one mower to the 3000 block of Old Houston Road.

Police are looking at video. The newspaper report says that HPD Lt. Jim Barnes said, “We are looking for two white men driving a blue GMC extended cab.”