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GOVERNOR ABBOTT RELEASES VIDEO RESOURCE FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND SPOUSES TRANSFERRING TO TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released a video resource for active-duty military and their spouses to increase awareness of the services offered by the State of Texas to military members and families who are about to transfer or have transferred into the state.

The Military Spouse video at https://youtu.be/XxThmP-TtgU provides information on employment, education, skills development and health services offered by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Division of Licensing and Regulation, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Texas is home to approximately 226,000 Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families, as well as 15 major military installations and the headquarters of Army Futures Command. These military installations add over $123 billion to the state’s economy and support, directly and indirectly, more than 633,000 jobs in communities across the state.

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the Office of the Governor advises the Governor and the Legislature on defense and military issues and ways to strengthen the position of Texas military installations in preparation for a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and other defense-related issues. The commission is composed of 13 members serving six-year staggered terms, typically representing an installation in their community.

CLOSING INFO

All area schools will be reopened today at the regular times, with the exception of Trinity ISD which will open at 10 AM. Huntsville ISD has informed us that: “Bus routes will also resume, but some rural routes could experience slight delays if road conditions require extra caution.”

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION HELD AT LIBRARY MONDAY EVENING

Huntsville’s City Manager Aron Kulhavy conducted a Strategic Planning Session at the Huntsville Public Library Community Room last night. Present were councilmembers, department heads and members of the public.

Mr. Kulhavy opened the meeting with these general topics categories to discuss . . . .

He also suggested a new topic to add to the basic topic list–”resiliency.” This has to do with being prepared to overcome emergency situations like the pandemic and the need to find grant funds to help.

The approximately three-hour meeting was very productive.  Councilmembers and others contributed dozens of ideas. They will meet tonight at 5 at the Library’s Community Room to focus on making a more formalized list of proposals.

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER STENY HOYER ATTEMPTS TO PASS A RESOLUTION ON 25TH AMENDMENT MONDAY

On Monday, Democrats in the House tried to pass a resolution requests Vice President Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to have President Trump removed from office.

House Majority Leader Democrat Steny Hoyer put forth a unanimous consent request on the House floor to pass the resolution . . . .

West Virginia Republican Alex Mooney made known his opposition. This blocked the resolution from moving ahead.

The House was scheduled to try to again pass the bill by way of roll call vote this morning. If the bill is passed, Democrats will would allow Vice President pence 24 hours to act. If he does not, they will likely move ahead with an impeachment vote later in the week.

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Monday, January 11th, yesterday, that DSHS, hospitals and clinics reported that there were 1,639 cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 183 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot by appointment only at Curative.com daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING

Walker County Commissioners’ Court will meet for a Special Session this morning at 9 in Room 104 of the courthouse. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited to allow for social distancing. The public is encouraged to participate via Zoom, or you may view the live meeting on YouTube. Links to both sites can be found on the Walker County homepage.

Commissioners will hear Citizen Input.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss possible action on an Emergency Disaster Response Agreement between Walker County and Garner Environmental Services. Mr. Davis will also discuss possible action on allowing the Salvation Army to have an office at 344 State Highway 75 North, Building 300.

Emergency Medical Services Director John Nabors will talk about and request guidance on an out of service ambulance.

County Treasurer Amy Klawinsky will address the court on possible action to extend an employee emergency paid leave provision from the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Ms. Klawinsky will also talk about consideration of acceptance and payment of an annual contract with Ford Audio-Video Systems.

Judge Danny Pierce will discuss possible action on the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool.

CLOSURES TODAY

Closures today include: Huntsville ISD, New Waverly ISD, Alpha Omega Academy, Willis ISD, Trinity ISD and Onalaska ISD.

All SHSU campuses will be closed. All offices there will be closed. Food services will be available for students. The SHSU Charter School will operate remotely.

Commissioners’ Court will meet tomorrow at 9 AM in Room 104 of the courthouse.

For other closings, check the KSAM & KHVL Facebook pages.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of last Friday, January 8, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,684 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 198 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

CITY COUNCIL MEETS TO DISCUSS STRATEGIC PLAN

The Huntsville City Council will hold a Special Session at 5 PM today and tomorrow in the Huntsville Public Library Community Room. Six-foot social distancing will be implemented and attendees are required to wear face masks.

Members of the City Council will attend and participate in a Strategic Planning Session to discuss the vision, mission, guiding principles and strategic priorities for 2021, including but not limited to the general topics of City Appearance, Communications, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Resource Development, Finance and Public Safety.