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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

September 25, 2017

 

Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday – September 25, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

Order of Business:

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call

  2. Pledge and Prayer

  3. Welcome Guests / Public Comment

  4. Consider Approval for August 28, 2017 Regular Scheduled Meeting and September 5, 2017 Special Called Meeting Minutes. - ACTION

  5. Consider Approval for August 2017 Financials. – ACTION

  6. Acknowledgement and Presentation of Proclamation to the Tenaha Citizens For Their Rescue Efforts To People Affected By The Devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

  7. Discuss and Consider Approval of 2017-2018 Tax Rate of .232800 per $100. – ACTION

  8. Discuss and Consider Approval To Purchase Welcome Signs for the City Entrances. - ACTION

  9. Review, Discuss and Consider Approval of 2017-2018 Budgets. - ACTION

  10. Discuss and Consider Approval to Schedule or Reschedule the November and December Regular Council Meeting

    1. Move the regular November Council meeting from the fourth Monday (11/27) to Monday, November 20th - ACTION

    2. Determine if a December regular meeting will be scheduled and set the date prior to the fourth Monday. – ACTION

  11. Discuss and Consider Approval To Establish A School Zone w/ Flashing Lights Set Up For Highway 59 and Surrounding Streets – ACTION

  12. Discuss and Consider Approval of Resolution 2017-09-25-1R Authorization to Join With a Coalition of Municipalities as Part of the Cities Advocating Reasonable Deregulation (CARD) to Review SWEPCO’s Request to Reconcile Fuel Costs in a Proceeding Pending Before the Public Utility Commission of Texas. - ACTION

  13. Discussion On Organizing the Tenaha 2017 Christmas Parade.

  14. Discussion Regarding Compensation for Council Members

  15. Discuss and Consider Approval To Purchase Speed Bumps To Place on N. Railroad. - ACTION

  16. Re-visit and discuss the Booker T. Washington Park status.

    1. Put in Place A Park Reservation Process/Form for the Public To Use - ACTION

  17. Closed Session

    1. Per Section 551.071 (Attorney Consultation) – Contemplated Litigation – ACTION may be required

    2. Per Section 551.074 (Personnel Matters) – Darren Gray Re-Evaluation of Job Description and Job Title

  18. Return to Open Session.

Council to make motion (if necessary) pertaining to outcome of closed session topics

  1. Department Head Reports

  2. Council Comments

  3. Adjourn

 

This notice was posted at 12:30 p.m. Friday – 9/22/2017 and sent to East Texas Press, Inc., The Light & Champion, Shelby County Today, and KDET.

 

Sheryl R. Clark - City Secretary

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Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting 9/25/17


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 25th day of September, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

  1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.

  2. Approve Officers Report.

  3. Public Comments on the Agenda

  4. Approve and adopt 2017-2018 budget.

  5. Approve and adopt 2017-2018 tax rate.

  6. Take action to disperse Child Safety Fee Funds.

  7. Proclamation declaring October 1-7 2017 as 4-H week.

  8. Take action on Janitorial Service

  9. Appoint Florencio Singson as local Health Authority for Shelby County.

  10. Adjourn.

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

Timpson City Council meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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Sabine Co. Crash


 

SABINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers
investigated a one vehicle fatality crash late last night 9-18-17 on SH 87 at approximately
11:25 p.m., about one mile south of Hemphill.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was
traveling north on SH 87. Investigators said the driver drove over into the
southbound lane of SH 87, overcorrected to the right, then back to the left where
the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
 
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Ashley Ener, 22, from Hemphill, TX. Ener
was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Sabine County Justice of the Peace.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.

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Weather Update


 

Wow! A Very unexpected rain...NOT what I would call light rain! when it is
raining at 5.10 inches per hour rain rate. 12 MPH wind. and over 1/2 inch
in the ole rain bucket. These sea breeze and cold mixes generated one of
those pop up storms.  When lots of humidity collides with a upper air Low,
this is what you get and if you are under the tallest clouds...lots of
water can be squeezed out. All this started way down in Houston.....
 
*Our Atlantic Storms*
*Jose* (In Yellow) is finally about to exit East away from the Atlantic
Coast of the US as a tropical storm on Wednesday of this week.
 
Tracking almost an identical path is Hurricane (*MARIA*). It is expected to
become a CAT 4 hurricane by the time it reaches Haiti on the 21st.
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING PHOTOS


 

 

 

 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, September 25, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting September 25, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday September 19, 2017
 
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary-Report – Update GLO procurement Grant funds.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update -- Sewer Plant Rehabilitation.
d. Water Department
Updates—Ongoing Water Projects.
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on adoption of proposed tax rate ( 0.337400 per $100 of value).
8. Discussion & Council Action on approval of City of Joaquin 2017-18 Budget.
9. Discussion & Council Action on establishment of reserve banking account.
10. Adjournment.
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meetings


 

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of September, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Discuss and possibly approve a monetary donation from Shelby Saving Bank and Farmers State Bank to purchase 10 sewing machines for the 4-H Textiles project. 
 
3. Adjourn.
 
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of September 2017 at 11:15 a.m. in the Community Room 2nd floor of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Public hearing on the budget for 2017-2018.
 
2. Adjourn.

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Missing Teenager UPDATED


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:

 

The Shelby County Sheriffs Office has received information that Monica Marie Carter is in Mexico.  Carter was carried across the border by 29 year-old Tommy Riley, JR and his father, Leo Riley.

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Monica Marie Carter.
 
Carter is described as a 16 year-old white female, 5’4” and approximately 200 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on both wrists. 
 
She was last seen at her residence located at 673 East Saddle Street, Lot #5 in Joaquin on Sept. 11 around midnight.
 
Anyone with information on Carter’s whereabouts is urged to contact Lt. Kevin Windham at the SCSO at (936) 598-5601. 
 
Leah Chase
SCSO Media Relations
 
 

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Air Show


 

 
The 12th Annual Jasper Air Show will be held on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st at Jasper County Bell Field Airport on Highway 190 West. Gates open both days at 9:00 a.m. for air show fans to see the aircraft, and the aerial portion of the show begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Returning to this year’s show is world renowned aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart and his highly modified plane known as “Prometheus”. Also returning is the World War II B-25 bomber known as “Devil Dog”, which was recently on national news for flying supply missions into the hurricane disaster zone. Other World War II aircraft include the Japanese Tora Tora Tora flight and a P-51 Mustang.
 
Aerobatic performers this year include Jeremy Holt in his Skybolt, Spanky Gallaway in his Extra, Randy Henderson in his Texas-T-Cart, Gene Soucy in his Sho Cat, Mike Mower in his Helio Courier, and Kyle Franklin in his Piper Cub.
 
Also returning to the show this year will be the ReMax Real Estate Skydiving Team, and the Beaumont Radio Control Club.
 
Visitors can choose from a huge variety of food booths along hangar row, and children will enjoy the many activities for them on the ground, including the Mooney Fun Jumps.
EAA Chapter 1356 will provide FREE Young Eagle flights to children ages 7-17 from 9:00 to 11:30 Saturday and from 9:00 to 12:30 on Sunday with waiver signed by guardian.
*Flights are available in the B-25 bomber for $395.00 per person. This money is used by the Commemorative Air Force to maintain and preserve the historic aircraft in their fleet. To reserve a seat or for information, contact KJAS at 409-384-2626.
 
**AVIATORS NOTE: Fly-ins welcome! Contact air boss on 122.800 for landing instructions and marshals will taxi you to parking. Purchase armbands at ticket booth on south end of hangar row. NOTAM Saturday 11:30, NOTAM Sunday 12:30 
 
Armbands available in advance at KJAS, located at 765 Hemphill Street in Jasper, or at the gate:
 
Age 18 and up - $20.00               Age 13 to 17 - $10.00
Age 4 to 12 - $5.00                Age 3 and under – FREE
 
For more information, visit www.jasperairshow.com

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Joaquin ISD Seeks Bus Drivers


 

Joaquin ISD is accepting applications for substitute bus drivers.  Please see our website, www.joaquinisd.net and click on the employment opportunities tab to start the application process that requires the creation of a username and password.  Then be sure to apply to the substitute bus driver position.  School bus drivers are required to have a CDL and S endorsement along with a 20 hour initial certification course.
 
Information can also be found on the Region VII ESC website.
 

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Crash in Angelina County


 

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a report of a three vehicle crash this morning 9-12-17 at approximately 9:12 a.m. on US 69 at FM 1818.  
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2013 Toyota passenger car traveling north on US 69 struck a 2012 Dodge pickup from behind that was turning left onto FM 1818. After the initial collision the Dodge truck struck a 2016 Honda SUV that was traveling south on US 69.
 
The driver of the Toyota was airlifted from the scene by helicopter and transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The identity of the driver is not available for release pending notification of their next of kin.
 
The driver of the Dodge pickup is identified as Randall Peck, 59, from Diboll.  Peck was not reported as being injured during the crash.  The driver of the 2016 Honda is identified as Amy Chance, 46, from Beaumont.  Chance was also not reported as being injured during the crash.  
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

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Crash in San Augustine Co


 

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers investigated Saturday a head-on two vehicle fatality crash on US 96
about four miles north of San Augustine.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 2008
Toyota passenger car was traveling north on US 96 in the southbound lane when
the vehicle crested a hill and struck a southbound 2007 Dodge truck.
The driver of the Toyota was pronounced deceased at the scene and identified as
Anita Reed, 53, from San Augustine.
 
The driver of the Dodge is identified as Manuel Garcia, 40, from Stowell, TX.
Garcia was transported from the scene to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in San
Augustine for treatment.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 

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911 Memorial Ceremony Video


 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

There will be a Center City council meeting tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the Center City Hall.

 

Click here to see the agenda:

 

 

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Jury Duty Cancelled for 273rd District Court


 

THE JURY THAT HAS BEEN SUMMONED FOR
 
"MONDAY", SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
 
FOR THE 273rd DISTRICT COURT
 
HONORABLE JUDGE CHARLES R. MITCHELL
 
PRESIDING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE SCHEDULED
 
CASES BEING RESOLVED OR PASSED.
 
ANYONE RECEIVING A SUMMONS FOR THAT DAY IS RELEASED
 
FROM JURY SERVICE UNTIL THEY RECEIVE A FUTURE
 
SUMMONS. 

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Commissioner's Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of September, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1.  Approve the minutes of the August 7, 2017 Budget Workshop, August 14, 2017 Regular meeting, the August 14, 2017 Budget Workshop, August 28, Special meeting, and August 31, 2017 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2.  Approve and pay the weekly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Report.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. Approve the 2018 Holidays for 2018.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve placing Courthouse Security monitor in the foyer.
 
7. Approve and set the Sheriffs’ and Constables Fees for 2018.
 
8. Discuss and possibly take action on Janitorial Services.
 
9. Steve Smelley with the Way Companies to present information to the Commissioners Court regarding Energy Sustainability of the County Buildings and request authorization to perform an Energy Audit of the County Buildings at no cost to the County and present an action plan of their findings to Commissioners Court.
 
10. Discuss and possibly approve the County Auditor to conduct audit of District Attorney Forfeiture / Seizure funds per code of criminal procedure 59.06(g).
 
11. Tonia Epperson to address the court regarding CR 4840.
 
12. Steve Justice to address the court regarding CR 3215.
 
13. Ajourn.
 

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Radio News 9-7-17


 

 

 

 

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Flags at Half Staff on 9-11


 

Monday, September 11th, 2017 is Patriot's Day when we remember those lost in the terrorist attack in 2001.  US Flags (and any flying with) are to be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on this day and be raised at sunset.  If lowering at sunrise is not possible please lower the night before.  If you
fly a flag that cannot be lowered you can still show respect for the day by tying a black ribbon or cord to the top of the staff.  Flag owners are also encouraged to inspect their flags and replace those that are no longer fit to fly.  If you do not have a replacement it is always better to take down
the damaged flag until a new one can be obtained.
 
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for N.E.W. Water Supply


 

The boil water notice has been lifted for the N.E.W. water supply.  

 

For the Official Notice Click Here:

 

 

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Tropical Storm Katia


 

--A tropical depression that formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday has
strengthened overnight to become Tropical Storm* Katia* by Wednesday
morning. With maximum wind speeds of 40 mph, it is currently located off
the East coast of Mexico.
 
Fortunately, the storm is moving very slowly and is predicted to remain
offshore on Friday morning,  the National ?Hurricane ?Center? said, but could hit Mexico by the weekend.
 
It will lead to heavy rain and flooding in eastern Mexico and the NHC said that a tropical storm watch could be issued for parts of the state of Veracruz later on Wednesday.
 

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Shelter Count From Nacogdoches


 

As of noon on September 5th, 2017 there were 77 at the Nacogdoches Civic Center and 25
evacuees at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center.
 
 

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VFW POST 8904 REMEMBERS SEPTEMBER 11, 2001


 

Those who we lost on September 11, 2001, will forever hold a cherished place
in our hearts and in the history of our nation. By a joint resolution
approved December 18, 2001, (Public Law 107-89), Congress authorized the
president to designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day" to
perpetuate the memory of those who perished in the attack on America and to
pursue peace and justice in the world and security at home.
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
invite the citizens of Shelby County to join them at their annual Patriot
Day Observance, Monday, September 11th, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial
located on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.  The
program will begin at 10:00 am and include prayer, Pledge of Allegiance,
remarks by Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, Shelby County Sheriff Willis
Blackwell, Center Chief of Police Jim Albers and Jessie Griffith of ACE EMS,
and a memorial wreath laying.  The program will be closed with the playing
of Taps.
 
If you cannot join us we urge all citizens to take a moment to remember the
over 3000 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance.  America's collective
consciousness demands that all citizens recall and be aware of the deaths of
their fellow countrymen. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunup
until sunset on Monday, September 11th, 2017.  More information contact Post
Quartermaster Larry Hume, at 598-2976.
 
 

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Well Safety


 

The Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends well owners consider disinfecting their wells if affected by severe flooding. Wells and plumbing systems should always be disinfected if the well or pump room has flooded.
 
It is also possible that bacteria and other organisms may be introduced into a well or plumbing system when repair or maintenance occurs. Wells and plumbing systems should always be disinfected following new construction or repair.
 
The WQA Modular Education Program trains all certified professionals on disinfection methods, and all members have access to the steps of well disinfection in the WQA Knowledge Base. Residents can contact a local water treatment professional for information and help on disinfecting wells or water treatment systems. Visit WQA’s website for a searchable database:  http://www.wqa.org/find-providers or Texas WQA at: https://twqa.org/.
 
 

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Sheriff's Office to Aid Hurricane Victims


 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is still accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. 
 
The donations will be carried to the Vidor area Saturday, Sept. 9. Items needed included cleaning supplies - bleach, clorox wipes, garbage bags, paper towels, brooms, fans, non-perishable food items, feminine products, diapers, baby wipes, juice boxes, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
 
At this time, we are not accepting any more clothes.  If you have any questions, please contact Leah Chase at (936)598-5601 or (936)572-0423.

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Hurricane Irma


 

 

 

 

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Football Scores


 

Shelbyville 23

Elkhart 40

 

 

Timpson 45
West Sabine 6
 
 
Joaquin 22
Tenaha 23
 
 
Hemphill 22
San Augustine 34
 
 
Center 21
Rusk 48
 
 
Carthage 49
Gladewater 7
 
 
Redwater 14
Elysian Fields 36
 
 
Overton 9
Union Grove 41
 
 

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Speed Limit Change on HWY 7 Approved


 

LUFKIN – The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved a speed limit change on SH 7 East in Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby counties.
 
The approval came after a speed study and reevaluation on a portion of roadway located on SH 7 East. Commissioners approved the recommendation for the speed limit to be lowered from 75 mph to 65 mph. The change will become effective and enforceable once the new signs are set.
 
The section of SH 7 East that will be changed includes .3 miles east of SL 224 in Nacogdoches to Martinsville. The change also includes just east of Martinsville and continues on SH 7 through San Augustine County and will end at the Center city limits in Shelby County.
 
The commission also approved construction projects totaling $963.7 million statewide, and included a $1.5 million construction project located in Houston County and Trinity County.
The project is designed to upgrade metal guard rail and safety treat fixed objects on FM 227 and FM 357. Work limits on FM 227 include from SH 21 to SH 7 and on FM 357 from SH 7 to the Trinity County line in Houston County and from SH 94 to FM 2262 in Trinity County.
 
L.C. Jordan & Son will serve as contractor for the project. As work begins on this project, motorists are urged to obey all signage, reduce speed and stay alert to moving equipment and workers near the roadway.
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a special called meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Thursday – September 7th, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

 

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Commissioner's Court Meeting - UPDATED


 
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 6th day of September, 2017 at 1:00 a.m. in the Community room 2nd floor at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
 
2. Texas A&M AGRILIFE Extension Agents  to address Commissioners’ Court about purchasing tables, chairs, sewing machines and trash cans so that they may host programs in the gym.
 
3. Adjourn.
 

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School Weather Schedules


 

San Augustine ISD will be closed, Friday, September 1, 2017 due to high water areas and impassable roads and highways; however, the High School Cafeteria will be open, Friday, September 1 from 8 - 10 a.m. for breakfast and a sack lunch for any student who would like to eat.
Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
 
There has been no reported change in schedule for Shelby County Schools.
 
 
 

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Boil Water Notice for N.E.W Water System


 

Due to a major break in a main line at Plant 1, there is now a boil water notice in effect for the N.E.W Water System.  This includes all customers on the Northwest side of San Augustine County, this includes: FM 711, Harmony Community, Fountain Town and customers on or near CR 203. For more information call 936-288-0489.
 
 
 

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Power Outages - UPDATE


 

As of 5 p.m. on 8-31-17, the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 20 outages after Hurricane Harvey swept through the area.
 
Crews began the day with just over 3,300 outages.  By 8 AM, power had been restored to half and less than 1,000 by noon.  Crews will continue to work until all power is restored.
 
We commend DETEC and contract crews for their diligent work and thank you all for your patience as they work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
 
If you are still experiencing an outage, please call 1-800-392-5986.

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Civil Rights Lawsuit involving 2 Center PD Officers


 

The Center Police have had a civil rights lawsuit filled against two of the officers, with allegations of the use of excessive force during the course of an arrest. 
 
 
 

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Harvey is Finally Leaving Us


 

 

 

 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative - Outage Update


 

As of 8:30 AM 8-31-17 , Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,301 outages.
 
 
 
Panola County: 1 meter out
 
Shelby County: 226
 
Nacogdoches County: 51
 
San Augustine County: 480
 
Sabine County: 774
 
Jasper County: 100
 
Newton County: 1,546
 
 
 
Overnight flash flood warnings and road closures greatly slowed work.  Today, as flood waters recede, crews are diligently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
 
 
 
DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.
 
Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.
 
 
 
* If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org<http://drivetexas.org>, for road closures and hazard information.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 

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Organizations Closed Today 8/31/17 - UPDATED


 

UPDATED:

 

Senior Citizen Center located off loop 500 in Center is closed today.
 
Harvest for Homes Food Pantry is cancelled. 
 
Shelby County Outreach Ministries is open today.
 
 
 

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School Weather Schedules


 

School Schedules 8-31-17

 

 

San Augustine ISD will be closed today.

 

 

Center ISD will have a late start Thursday 8/31/17. Classes will begin at 9:15 a.m.  All staff will report at 9 a.m. Buses will run 1 - 1.5 hours later than normal.

 

 
Timpson ISD will start at 9 a.m.
 
 
Shelbyville ISD will start at 9 a.m and will release early at 1 p.m.
 
 
Tenaha ISD has not reported a change in schedule.
 
 
Joaquin ISD has not reported a change in schedule.
 
 
 
 

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Flash Flood Warning


 

 
* Flash Flood Warning for...
Shelby County in eastern Texas...
San Augustine County in eastern Texas...
Sabine County in eastern Texas...
 
* Until 11:45 PM CDT
 
* At 7:51 PM CDT, local law enforcement reported moderate to heavy
rain continues to fall across the warned area. Widespread rainfall
amounts of three to in excess of ten inches has already fallen
across the warned area, with the higher totals across San
Augustine and Sabine Counties. Numerous roads are flooded and
closed, with flash flooding expected to continue through the
remainder of the evening.
 
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Center, Milam, San Augustine, Logansport, Hemphill, Tenaha,
Pineland, Joaquin, Browndell, Patroon, Bland Lake, Neuville,
Rosevine, Macune, Shelbyville, Huxley, Broaddus, Jericho, Stockman
and Bronson.
 
Additional rainfall amounts of a half inch to an inch, with isolated
higher amounts, are possible in the warned area through 11:45 PM.
 
 

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Emergency Blood Drive at Gaddy's Medical This Friday


 

Gaddy's Medical in Center will be hosting a blood drive for gulf coast reginal this Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

 

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San Augustine Disaster Declaration


 

Disaster Declaration was made for the County at 9:30 this morning.
 
Also the south part of the County has established s shelter in the First
?B?aptish Church in Broaddus and is in need of assistance...food clothes
bedding
 

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Rain Totals & Weather Update


 

County Commissioners and other County officials are currently out
assessing damage, taking pictures for the Disaster Declaration, and
assisting movement of people located in low lying areas and closed roads
areas to the Broaddus First Baptist Church Shelter that is on high ground. 
 
*The shelter is in need of food, water, clothing, bedding, and I am sure
that they will need what ever assistance you can provide to get thru this
emergency that has developed in the Southern section of our County. Call
 Mayor Shirley Parker, the Church, or the County Judge's office
(936-275-2762) to see how you can help.*
 
*RAIN TOTALS A/O Noon*
*North Co* - 1.37 today & 5.31 for storm. 3 roads blocked and out of service
*SA* - 3.54 today & 8.34 storm
*Goodwin* - 3.15 today & 11.85 storm
*Broaddus* - 5.61 today & 15.52 storm
*Bronson* 8.7 today & 13.56 storm
*Jasper* 6.59 & 25.73 storm
*Toledo Bend* 3.24 & 10.34 storm
 
And still raining moderate to heavy especially in Southern SA County. here
in SA pretty steady rain at 1 to 3.22 inches per hour.
 

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Panola Closing Early


 

Panola College announces evening classes at Shelby College Center and
Shelby Regional Training Center will be canceled tonight with both sites
closing at 5 pm today. We also stress that students should not put their
life in jeopardy driving to ANY Panola College campus. If water is covering
the road, turn around and do not drive through it.
 
 

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Power Outages


 

As of 12 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,323 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.
 
 
Shelby County: 30 meters out
 
Nacogdoches County: 575
 
San Augustine County: 372
 
Sabine County: 1,896
 
Jasper County: 3
 
Newton County: 350
 
 
 
DETEC crews and contractors are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  Due to rising flood waters and road closures, outage restoration work is extremely slowed.
 
 
 
DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.
 
Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.
 
 
 
* If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org<http://drivetexas.org>, for road closures and hazard information.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 

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Wreck on HWY 96 - UPDATE


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville ISD Early Release


Shelbyville ISD will release early today, Aug. 30 and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 31 at 1:00 pm as a precaution due to weather conditions. Classes will start at 9am tomorrow Aug. 31. 

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Weather Update


 

An outer band of heavy rain, wind, embedded T-storms, and dangerous
lightning is moving into San Augustine County. Bronson has caught 5.5+
inches of rain this morning with most of that coming with the next outer
band headed our way. The lights are beginning to flicker on occasion. Not
unexpected with saturated ground and winds steady at 10 with gusts to
22...trees falling will cause some interruptions in services.
 
 

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San Augustine ISD Cancelled - UPDATED


 

No school at San Augustine ISD today 8/30/17. 

 

San Augustine ISD will also be closed tommorrow 8/31/17.

 

Shelbyville ISD will be closing early today & tommorrow at 1:00 p.m.

 

Shelby County School are set to open tomorrow 8/31/17 but stay tuned as that is subject to change due to weather.

 

 

 

 

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Flood Warning


 

 
The Flood Warning continues for the ?Ayish ?Bayou near San Augustine. 
From Wednesday evening to late Saturday night...or until the warning is
cancelled.
 
* At 2:15 PM Tuesday the stage was 10.9 feet. * Minor flooding
is forecast.
 
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet. * Forecast...rise above flood
stage by tomorrow evening and continue to rise to near 13.8 feet by early
 
Friday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.
 
* Impact...at 14.0 feet...lowland flooding will slowly decrease during the
next few days.*
 
The Flood Warning also continues for the Attoyac Bayou near Chireno. 
Until further notice...or until the warning is cancelled.
 
* At 1:30 PM Tuesday the stage was 12.6 feet. 
 
* Minor flooding is forecast. * Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
 
*Forecast...rise above flood stage by after midnight
tomorrow and continue to rise to near 18.0 feet by early Saturday morning. 
 

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Shelby County Outreach Ministries is Closing Due to Weather


 

Due to the impending weather heading our way, Shelby County Outreach
Ministries, Inc. will close at 1:00 pm Wednesday and will be closed all day
on Thursday. Weather permitting, we will resume regular office hours on
Friday from 9 am to 2 pm.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your family. We
pray that everyone stays safe and may God Bless you.
 

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Weather Update


 

*It's not over until it's over. We are in the lesser severe outer bands,
yet we have sustained winds of 8-10 mph with the highest gust so far to 21
mph. We have put 1.26 inches in our gauges since mid night here in San
Augustine. The severe portion extends through our Jasper//Newton neighbors
just to our South. *
 
*BE AWARE THESE RAINBANDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT TODAY!!! The forecast is
that we will get 5+ inches of rain between now and 5 am tomorrow when it
should all be out of here except for the clouds.*
 
*We will have several periods of light rain and  less wind, but that will
just be lulls in the storm with heavier bands coming until Harvey moves
further inland and stops pulling Gulf moisture into the storm.*
 
 
*Currently just South of  Beaumont, Texas between there and Lake
Charles La.  It looks like landfall will NOT be until Noon today East of
Lake Charles (50mph winds)on a course toward Alexandria, La by mid night
tonight. Headed toward Jackson, Mississippi then toward Memphis, Tennessee
tomorrow.*
 
 
*We are and will continue to get the wrap around rain and winds. Just NOT
like the SE portion and Coastal areas of Texas//Louisiana.*
 
*So far: A/O 5:15am*
 
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*?North 1.51 inches *
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*SA 1.31 *
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*Goodwin 1.36 *
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*Broaddus 1.03 ? *
 

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KQBB Exclusive Interview: Frank Ball


 

 

 

 

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The Senior Nutrition Site will be Closed Due to Rain


 

The Senior Center in Center located at 3580 Loop 500 will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to rain.  They will reopen on Friday.  For more information contact them at 936-598-7768.

 

 

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Holiday Inn in Center is Taking Evacuees


 

 

 

We will be doing updates from the other hotels in the area aswell so stay tuned. 

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List of Confirmed Hotels that will take Evacuees


 

List of Hotels in Center that will take Evacuees:

 

Americas Best Value Inn 936-598-3384
 
Hampton Inn & Suites 936-598-4447
 
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 936-591-8101
 
Sleep Inn & Suites       936-590-9090
 
Super 8                        936-598-9420
 
 
 
 
 

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Shelby County Precinct 3 is Giving out Sand Bags


 

Shelby County Precinct 3 will be handing out sand bags there barn is located at 200 Childers off of highway 7 next to the bus barn at Joaquin ISD this is for precinct 3 residents. For more information contact them at: 936-269-3997.
 
 
 
 
 

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Football Schedules - UPDATED


 

In Rider Land
The Center Roughriders will take on the Rusk Eagles Friday in Rusk at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on KDET 930 am and KXXE 92.5 fm.
 
In Tiger Land
The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Joaquin Rams in Tenaha this Friday at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on KQBB 100.5 fm with the legendary Don Wall.
 
In the Bears Den
The Timpson Bears will take on the West Sabine Tigers in Shelbyville at 12 noon. this Saturday. 
 
In the Dragon's Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Elkhart Elks an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bulldogs will take on TK Gorman an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Be sure to tune in Tuesday Nights to the Don Wall Coaches show on KQBB 100.5 FM.
 

 

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No livestock auction in Center this Wednesday


 

The Center livestock auction will be closed this Wednesday 8/30/17.  For more information contact them at 936-598-4395.  
 
 
 
 

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Radio News 8-29-17 Local Harvey Relief Efforts


 

 

 

 

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Body Found in River


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Sunday, August 27, 2017 Shelby County Sheriff's Communications Division received a call at approximately 06:42 A.M. of a body floating in the Sabine River. The call was transferred from DeSoto Parish and they had lost contact with the caller. SCSO Communications was able to regain contact with the caller. Responding from SCSO was Sheriff Blackwell, Deputy Renfro and Investigator Birdwell along with Constable Pct. 3 Cheatwood. TPWD Game Warden Austin Cryer also responded.
 
Upon arrival of SCSO personnel, the victim had gotten in the current and was traveling downstream. The victim was originally located between the US 84 bridge and Lovick's Landing.  Upon getting the victim to shore, the victim was only known as being a black female and no identification was located on her person.
 
Desoto Parish Fire/Rescue along with two Desoto Parish Deputies arrived on scene via water to provide assistance. Shortly after DeSoto Parish Sheriff Arbuckle and three investigators arrived as well. One of the deputies thought he recognized the victim as someone from Logansport. Sheriff Arbuckle took a picture of the victim and sent it for identification. The victim was later identified as Sophia Young Davis, 48 of Keatchie, Louisiana. It is believed she had been staying in the Logansport area recently.
 
The inquest was performed by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Margie Anderson. Davis was taken from the scene by Watson and Sons Funeral Home personnel for transport to East Texas Forensics in Tyler for an autopsy.

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Mail Disruption Due to Storm


 

Tropical Storm Harvey has stalled over southeast Texas where extreme rainfall has caused catastrophic flooding across the Houston metro area. Days of drenching downpours are ahead, along with the potential for tornadoes and lingering coastal flooding. New mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been ordered southwest of downtown Houston.
 
Postal operations have been impacted in the region. Check “Service disruption alerts” or “Is my Post Office open” under “Residential customers” below for the latest information.
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott Visits Coastal Bend Region And Surveys Storm Damage Left By Hurricane Harvey


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott visited the Coastal Bend region where he received a briefing and gave an update on Hurricane Harvey.The Governor then toured the region speaking with Texans impacted by the storm and surveying the extensive damagein the areas affected by Harvey. During his visit,the Governor was inspired by the resilience andbravery of the communities in that region, and he reaffirmed Texas'commitment to doing everything possible to help people rebuild and recover. 
 
"A Texas-sized storm requires a Texas-sized response, and that is exactly what the state will provide," said Governor Abbott. "While we have suffered a great deal, the resiliency and bravery of Texan's spirits is something that can never be broken.As communitiesare comeing together in the aftermath of this storm,I will do everything in my power to make sure they have what they need to rebuild."
 
"While this is still a dangerous situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "FEMA was here before the storm hit, and we will be here as long as needed, actively coordinating the full resources of the federal government, to support Governor Abbott and the state."
 
Senator John Cornyn also joined the Governor on the ground today to survey the region and help facilitatecoordination of the federal, state, and local response tothe recovery effort in Texas.
 
While touring the damage in Rockport, Governor Abbott was approached by a local veteran whorecovered the American Flag that was flying at RockportCity Hall. She asked the Governor to deliver the flag to Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax, which he did. A picture of the exchange can be found below.
 
 

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National Forest recreation areas, trails closed for public safety


 

All recreation areas and trails in the Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Angelina and Sabine National Forests remain closed as a public safety precaution until the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey passes, according to Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.
 
Taylor emphasized that national forest campgrounds have older trees that are susceptible to falling when soils become saturated.
 
"With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the forest is not a safe place to be," he said. "The forecast calls for rain through the week which means the ground will be saturated and the threat of falling trees is real. We've had experiences with people trapped and even injured in recreation areas when trees have fallen onto campers and tents. Expected heavy rains can cause roads and culverts to wash out and we will not put the public in harm's way."
 
 Recreation areas and trails will remain closed until the storm has passed and Forest Service personnel have determined the roads and public areas are safe.
 

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Weather Update


 

Tropical Storm Harvey is now moving southeast and expected to move back out into the Gulf of Mexico tonight. A very slight strengthening is forecast before Harvey makes another landfall as a tropical storm near Houston.  
 
Timing and Overview:
 
The primary threat from Harvey will be heavy rain and associated flooding. The flooding threat is already ongoing across Deep East Texas and West Central Louisiana, and will spread northeast across the area late Tuesday through Thursday as Harvey moves northeast.
Secondary threats include isolated tornadoes (already ongoing) mainly south of Interstate 20. There is also a slight possibility that tropical storm force winds could affect portions of Deep East Texas and West Central Louisiana late Tuesday and into Wednesday. 
 
 
 
Four State Impacts:
 
Expected Accumulations:Additional rainfall amounts of three to six inches are expected south of Interstate 30 through 7am Sunday morning, with most of the rain falling between now and 7am Friday morning.
 
A swath of higher amounts between six and eight inches is expected from Deep East Texas northeast through Northwest Louisiana and into Southern Arkansas.Isolated higher amounts near 10 to 12 inches will be possible across Deep East Texas.Impacts: Flash flooding will be possible.A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7pm CDT Thursday for areas south of a line from Cherokee County, TX, to Winn Parish, LA.Saturated soils will mean that trees can topple with lighter wind speeds.Red River Impacts:A reasonable worse case scenario with Harvey is that the Red River could see a three to six foot rise, starting this weekend, but the rainfall would have to fall north of Shreveport near or upstream of Fulton to have this kind of rise in Shreveport. This is NOT the current forecast, but a possibility given the uncertainty with Harvey's track.
 
 

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Focused Care of Center is Taking Donations


 

Focused Care of Center will be accepting donations throughout this week for items that will be taken to areas affected by the Hurricane.
 
We are Honored to be able to take these items to people who so desperately need them. If you would like to bring blankets, Socks, non perishable food items, bottled water, diapers, infant formula or anything you feel would help please drop off your items at the front office. We ask that if you would like to donate money please do so in the form of a Walmart gift card. For more information please call Renee Bush at (936)598-2483.
 
 

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San Augustine Cancels School Today


 

San Augustine cancels classes again today.

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – August 28, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for July 2017 Financials – ACTION
5. Accept Carl Jernigan’s Resignation as Mayor – ACTION
6. Accept Jimmy Wagstaff’s Resignation as Marshal – ACTION
7. Discuss and Consider Appointing Darren Gray As The Interim Chief Administrator for the Marshal’s Department – ACTION
a. Discuss and Consider Approval of Required Bond for Darren Gray as Interim Chief Administrator - ACTION
8. Re-Visit and Discuss Dog and Cat Ordinance #2015-07-20-2
9. Discuss City Donation Policies
10. Discussion of  Overtime Approval
11. Discussion Regarding Transportation  Coverage Options While Handling City Business
12. Discuss Performance Bonds and Consider Approval of $25,000 Limit For Each Employee Handling Cash - ACTION 
13. Open Sealed Ballpark Mowing Bids and Award – ACTION
14. Discuss and Set Budget Workshop Date – ACTION
15. Convene to Closed Session Per Section 551.074 Personnel Matters:
a. Discuss Director of Public Works Wages, Job Description and License Requirements
16. Re-Convene to Open Session
a. Council to Make Motion Pertaining to the Outcome of Closed Session. - ACTION
17. Department Head Reports
18. Council Comments
19. Adjourn
 
 

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TxDOT UPDATE


 

LUFKIN – Clark Construction of Texas, Inc. is working with TxDOT to perform repair work to the sealcoat that was applied to SL 287 East in Lufkin late last week.
 
TxDOT has an annual sealcoat program for preventative maintenance to our roadways across the State.  Sealcoats are used to preserve the pavement structure and extend the service life of the roadway.
 
The torrential rainfall East Texas has been receiving the past several days has caused much of the rock to become loose.
 
Repair work is being scheduled as soon as the weather clears and the work can be performed safely.  Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area or take alternate routes. Alternate routes include the west side of SL 287 or BU 59/Timberland Drive.
Work schedules are subject to change in inclement weather. Reduce speed and obey all signage in the area.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Update


 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is currently and has been monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey for the past several days, as well as preparing for the storm's possible movement across the DETEC Service Area.
 
DETEC linemen are currently responding to outages and contractors are ready to respond if needed.
 
With the current rainfall levels increasing and the continued forecasted rain over the next few days, please understand that restoration efforts may be slowed considerably to ensure the safety of our lineman and contractors.
 
We encourage you to also prepare now for the possibility of weather-related problems. We urge everyone to make necessary preparations including:
 
* If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support, have an alternate power source available or identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
 
* Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
 
* Monitor local weather conditions.
 
* Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.
 
* Above all, we want to ask you to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Consider them all to be live and dangerous. Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.
 
Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986
 
 

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Joaquin Fire Department Taking Donations


 

The Joaquin Fire Department is also taking donations to help out the storm victims.  For more information call 936-269-3027.

 

 

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Food Safety Tips


 

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT APPROVES NEW GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEMORIAL


 
WASHINGTON (Aug. 21, 2017) — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing the VFW-supported Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act into law late Friday. The signing now clears the way for the GWOT Memorial Foundation to work with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission to secure federal approval for acreage on the National Mall, as well as coordinate a national competition for the memorial’s design. It also exempts the GWOT Memorial from a provision in the Commemorative Works Act of 1986 that requires Congress to wait 10 years after the official end of a military conflict before considering a war memorial in the nation’s capital. 
 
 “Sixteen years ago, no one would have thought it possible for America to fight a nonstop, multi-front war for so long with just an all-volunteer force,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman, who served in Vietnam as a UH-1 Huey helicopter crew chief and door gunner. “That we have — that they have — and continue to do so magnificently, is a testament not only to this generation’s patriotism but of their character, as well. The VFW is very proud to support this memorial, and we are extremely proud that VFW members are the driving force behind its creation.”
 
The GWOT Memorial Foundation founder and executive director, Andrew Brennan, is a life member of VFW Post 3945 in Pittsburgh. The legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a life member of VFW Post 2037 in Green Bay, Wis., and Rep. Seth Moulton, a member of VFW Post 2005 in Marblehead, Mass. Its companion bill in the Senate was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a life member of VFW Post 2265 in Red Oak, Iowa, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a strong veterans’ advocate who also co-chairs the Senate Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus. 
 
“This historic signing is dedicated to our 3 million brothers and sisters who have deployed in the Global War on Terror, especially to the ones we have lost, and those who face great obstacles since their return home,” said Brennan, a West Point graduate, who served in Afghanistan as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot. “I’m very proud of the VFW’s early support, and when the time comes, I look forward to a significant presence at the memorial’s groundbreaking and its grand opening, hopefully alongside our nation’s other war memorials.”
 

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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Hurricane Harvey Rescue and Recovery Efforts


 

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in the wake of flooded roadways that will prevent him from traveling out of Houston to Corpus Christi to survey storm damage from Hurricane Harvey:
"Due to continuing rain and flooding in Houston, I regret that roadways are blocked and I will be unable to travel out of the city to join Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cornyn, and other state and local officials down in Corpus Christi this afternoon. I will remain in Houston, working closely with federal, state, and local officials continue providing relief to those impacted by the storm.
 
"I am grateful for the leadership that our local and state officials have shown in the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While we have yet to see the full impact of the storm, there is no doubt that the thoughtful coordination of Texas elected officials and their counterparts at all levels have helped mitigate the devastation we have seen. And I'm thankful for the assurances from President Trump and Vice President Pence that full federal assistance stands at the ready once we begin the recovery and rebuilding process.
 
"My and Heidi's prayers remain with the millions of Texans who have been impacted by this historic storm, and we continue to urge all to heed the warnings from local officials and stay out of harm's way as rains continue to cause flash flood threats in Houston and surrounding areas.
 
"We are immensely thankful for our first responders, in Texas and from across the country, who continue to risk their own safety to help those in need of rescue. And for the thousands of private citizens who have pitched in to help, whether by offering a boat to rescue those stranded, giving needed supplies to local shelters, or donating to charities who are housing and feeding the displaced.
 
"We have a long road to recovery before us, but as always the Texas spirit of determination, generosity, and perseverance will guide us forward. We see the best of Texans in our times of need and today is no exception. I am so incredibly proud to call Texas and Houston home. We will come together, and we will recover and rebuild, as we always have."
 
Throughout the days and weeks ahead, Sen. Cruz will keep working with state and local officials throughout the state, to keep all Texans safe. If you need additional information or assistance during this emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact Sen. Cruz's office or utilize the federal and state resources listed below:
 
Texas Hurricane Resources:
 
·         To qualify for assistance, or register your sustained damage with FEMA: 1-800-621-3362.
 
·         Red Cross disaster assistance: 1-877-500-8645.
 
·         If you are in need of help or would like to volunteer, call 211
 
·         Para solicitar ayuda con un reclamo personal, llame a la línea telefónica de atención al                 consumidor del Departamento de Seguros de Texas al 1-800-252-3439.
 

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Governor Abbott Activates Entire Texas National Guard In Response To Hurricane Harvey Devastation


 

Austin - Governor Greg Abbott today announced he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsman to roughly 12,000. These National Guardsman will assist in the ongoing search and rescue effort for any Texans in immediate danger, and will be heavily involved in the extensive recovery effort in the aftermath of the storm.
 
 
 
It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm, said Governor Abbott. The Texas National Guard is working closely with FEMA and federal troops to respond urgently to the growing needs of Texans who have fallen victim to Hurricane Harvey, and the activation of the entire Guard will assist in the efforts already underway. I would like to thank FEMA Administrator Brock Long, as well as all our brave first responders for their hard work in helping those impacted by this terrible storm.
 
 
 
"While this is still a dangerous situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "FEMA was here before the storm hit, and we will be here as long as needed, actively coordinating the full resources of the federal government, to support Gov. Abbott and the state."
 
 
 
"The men and women of the Texas National Guard are working around the clock to support all relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey," said Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General. "We will not rest until we have made every effort to rescue all those in harm's way. We will remain here as long as we are needed. I want to thank Governor Abbott for his continued leadership and look forward to serving the great people of Texas."
 
 
 
The Texas Guard currently has approximately 3,000 personnel activated and mobilized for operations relating to Hurricane Harvey rescue and recovery. This new mobilization by Governor Abbott send those who are physically able, not currently deployed, preparing to deploy or in a combat preparation cycle to answer the call for help and assist their fellow Texans in need. All Texas Military Department personnel should report to their respective units for further instructions.
 

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