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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 08:00 - 17:00

 

Volume 27, No. 236 Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Dayton Council: Monday night, Dayton City Council again discussed withdrawing from the Liberty County Hospital District. We’ve reported some Dayton council members have been vocal in their dissatisfaction with the district over a lack of a medical facility in that city. While council discussed the steps necessary to withdraw from the hospital district and possibly create one of their own, they decided to instruct the city manager to let the hospital district board know they wanted a firm commitment that at least an urgent care clinic would be built in Dayton. In other action, council met in executive session to discuss a Korean-based oilfield pipe manufacturer’s interest in locating a production facility in Dayton.

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New Fire Truck: Liberty City Council met in special session Tuesday to approve the purchase of a new pumper truck for the city fire department. We have reported council members approved using $80,000 of a recent SRMPA refund as down payment on the badly needed truck. Tuesday, they approved a plan offered by Houston Community Bank to finance the rest of the $365,000 total cost of the fire truck.

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School Safety: The Texas School Safety Center reported this week that of the 1,025 public school districts required by law to submit safety audits, 38 districts did not do so and another 40 reported but did not meet full compliance. The Texas Education Code requires Texas public schools to conduct safety audits once every three years. The intent of requiring those audits and emergency procedure practice sessions is to ensure Texas schools and local law enforcement are prepared to act in the face of a security threat. Among the 78 school districts that did not submit a report or fully comply with guidelines are Anahuac, Beaumont, Evadale, Kirbyville and West Sabine.

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Kirkham Honored: Former Liberty County Judge Lloyd “Tookie” Kirkham has been honored with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Road Hand Award. That recognition is a joint effort between TxDot and the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association. It recognizes individuals who have shown leadership by volunteering their time, energy, support and vision toward accomplishing important transportation programs or projects in their community, region or the entire state.

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*Lake Release: 1,000 CFS – Liberty Bridge: 6.25 ASL*

 

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