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HUNTSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY NIGHT

At the regular session last night of the Huntsville City Council, City Attorney Leonard Schneider announced, and the council approved, an agreement that will be beneficial to Entergy residential customers . . . .

Another issue discussed at last night’s Huntsville City Council session, was in regard to parking issues on Boettcher Drive in Huntsville.

Police Chief Kevin Lunsford addressed councilmembers . . . .

 

Chief Lunsford said 90 days of “no parking” was instituted, and he said, “I have received nothing but compliments.” This was a “First Reading” on establishing “No Parking” in the area. The council will be taking up the matter at their next session.

CITY CHARTER AMENDMENTS TO BE ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Coming up on November 6th, among the several things you can vote on, are City Charter amendments. Huntsville’s City Secretary Lee Woodward tells us more . . . .

To read the Charter amendments up for a vote, go to the City of Huntsville website, click on Government, click on Elections then click on your precinct to read an official ballot.

DRIVERS ESCAPE INJURY AFTER SERIES OF COLLISIONS SNARLS I-45 MONDAY AFTERNOON

New Waverly firefighter and paramedic Jimmy Williams reports that for a while Monday afternoon, I-45 more resembled a demolition derby than a freeway, after the first of at least 6 different collisions brought traffic to a halt for most of the afternoon. The first accident occurred around 1 pm, as rain began to fall, and although by all accounts it was a minor incident, drivers traveling too fast for the conditions led to a number of secondary accidents, with the most serious almost claiming the life of a truck driver.

A driver of an 18 wheeler hauling tires could not stop in time and the cab of his truck was nearly sliced in two when he struck the rear of an 18 wheeler car hauler. The rear deck of the car hauler came into the cab near the center of the windshield missing the driver by only a foot or two. While there were no persons transported as a result of injuries from any of the accidents, one driver did suffer a medical emergency while stuck in traffic.

While the freeway re-opened to traffic before 5pm, most of the damage was already done as the gridlock stretched for miles, reaching all the way back into the city of Huntsville.

ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR LARRY KUDLOW COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE SECONDARY EFFECT OF NEW TRADE AGREEMENT

Outside the White House Tuesday, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow talked with reporters on economic matters.

He felt President Trump’s new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement could now affect another economic issue the U-S is presently faced with . . . .

CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Huntsville City Council meets tonight at six at City Hall.

During “Proclamations and Presentations,” Sexual Assault Awareness month and Fire Prevention Week will be discussed.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes authorization of renewal of the annual software maintenance with Tyler Technologies for Finance and Public Safety.

The rest of tonight’s agenda includes a “First Reading” and discussion to adopt an ordinance amending the traffic schedule to ratify No Parking signs on Boettcher Drive between Sam Houston Avenue and Old Houston Road.

Also tonight, there will be a “First Reading” on adopting an ordinance approving a recommended settlement with Entergy Texas.

Also tonight, the mayor, councilmembers and City staff will discuss “Items of Community Interest.”

“NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” TONIGHT

The Huntsville Police Department will host their annual National Night Out caravan and neighborhood parties tonight. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

HPD Community Services Officer, Ryann Kaaa-Bauer, explains . . . .

National Night Out in New Waverly is tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 at the lot next to Prosperity Bank.

 

PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT AT HUNTSVILLE ISD

The Board of Trustees of the Huntsville Independent School District will have a public hearing at 6:30 tonight at the Hawkins Administration Building.

At the Public Hearing will be a presentation of the Targeted Intervention Plans for Huntsville High School, Huntsville Intermediate School, Huntsville Elementary School, Stewart Elementary School and Texas Online Preparatory Elementary. An opportunity will be provided to address the Board of Trustees regarding Targeted Improvement Plans for Huntsville ISD as indicated in the proper notice given. If a citizen would like to address the Board regarding the Targeted Improvement Plans, a Public Hearing Comment Card should be completed prior to the start of the Public Hearing as well as signing in.

COMMISSIONERS DISCUSS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REGARDING ANNEX INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT

In commissioners’ court Monday afternoon, one of the agenda item’s discussed to take action on was a Settlement Agreement regarding the Walker County Annex.

In court, County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford explained that, “Over a year ago the construction of the new sewer lines replacing the whole citywide storm water [system], somehow accidentally when they were coming back in and filling up the old drain, one of [the Annex’s] roof-type drains got clogged with cement.”

Huntsville experienced heavy rain which went down the drain, stopped at the clog and came back up. The water then next “leaked on the inside of the roof.” Williford said, “It really flooded the auditor’s whole half of the building.” The drain was dug up, and they discovered the plugged-up section.

Mr. Williford further explained . . . .

Commissioners approved the agreement.