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RADIOGRAM: Volume 35 Number 157 Thursday August 13, 2020

                        Volume 35 Number 157 Thursday August 13, 2020 New Tax Rate: The Liberty City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday August 11th, Two items on the agenda concerned a resolution for a slightly lower proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2020/2021. A date is set for a public hearing on that proposed lower tax rate. The date for the Public hearing on the tax rate has been scheduled for Tuesday August 25th, at 6:00PM. Here is the hard facts. The current property tax rate is .5851 or said more clearly, 58 ½ cents property tax per each $100 of assessed tax value. That’s the existing rate and then Tuesday night the Liberty City Council proposed the property tax rate be lowered slightly to .5813 or more clearly to 58 and 1/10th cents per $100 of property value.  Even with the lower tax rate, the city expects to see a 3% increase in overall revenue. City Chief financial officer Naomi Harrington said the city will still have a 3 percent increase in overall revenue even with the slight decrease in the tax rate. She said that increase in revenue comes mostly because of an overall increase in appraised values of property in the city. During the discussion for setting the date for the public hearing, Mayor Pickett pointed out that the chambers would be set up to provide proper social distancing and that all those who choose to attend would be required to wear a face mask. On tomorrow’s newscast, we will report another matter that was bought up at Tuesday’s council meeting.  This concerns a grant authorizing the expenditure of funds for some very impressive capital improvements with the funds to come from the Cambridge Fund of which we have often reported. ************************************************************************

Dayton and Hardin ISD Bus Plans: Lets take a look at transportation policies for both the Dayton and Hardin buses.  Dayton ISD. The Assistant Superintendent for Student Services is Travis Young and he passed along the Dayton School district bus plans and protocols. Mr, Young emphasizes that the goal, is obvious, to transport kids safely to school and get them home at days end. Travis Young pointed out some measures to insure student and driver safety. Riders and drivers are required to wear a mask. All buses have hand sanitizers for use when loading and unloading. Drivers will open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus. Each time a route is completed buses will be cleaned and sanitized focusing on high-touch surfaces. This is important, discipline on Dayton school buses will be strictly enforced and Covid protocols will be observed. The Hardin ISD Director of Transportation is Robert Peek. He says Hardin drivers and riders must wear a mask when on board. Students who do not have masks will be given one to wear.  When the bus returns from each run, drivers will wipe down the buses each evening.  In addition, disinfectant misters will fog the buses both after the morning run and the afternoon run. Face to face instruction begins in the Hardin ISD on September 1st. That start date gives the HARDIN Transportation Department more time to insure they have the best plans for the safety of students and drivers in place. ************************************************************************ Covid 19:  The Liberty County number of citizens confirmed positive for Covid 19 continues to climb.  As of Wednesday morning 33 new cases are reported. Since the state began keeping records in mid March Liberty County has now 946 residents on record as being confirmed Covid 19 cases during the life span of the pandemic. In that same period, since mid-march,  a total of 34 Liberty County residents have died from the effects of this terrible virus. Of the new cases, 14 are from North County and 19 are from the south end of Liberty County.  Among those 33 just diagnosed with Covid, 15 are male and 19 female.  Of those 946 confirmed cases overall in Liberty County 391 are considered still actively being treated. The good news is that 521 of the reported cases are listed as recovered. So again there re 33 new cases of Covid as of yesterday.

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Meet The Panthers: Mark your calendar’s and hold your breath there could be a small sign as a little bit of normalcy returning during these oh such trying times.  Felicia Davis, the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Liberty School district, is sending out an invitation too Meet the Panthers.  And every Liberty Panther fan is invited and encouraged to attend. The event is scheduled for Monday August 24th, between 6:00 and 6:30PM at the Liberty High School parking lot. This will be a drive-by event to give every Panther fan a chance to wave and say hello to all fall Panthers athletic team members. Liberty Panther Football players and their Coaches and Cheerleaders. The Liberty High Prancers will also be there, along with the LHS Marching Band, plus the Volleyball and Cross Country teams. The Volleyball team has already started their season, and their first home game is Friday August 28th. So everyone within the Liberty school district is urged, one and all, to meet and greet all of the High School Panther fall teams,  by joining in on the fun To Meet the Panthers-  that’s  on Monday, August 24th, at the Liberty High School student parking lot. It’s a drive-by event so please join in. These LHS kids will love to see you there.    ***********************************************************************

OBITS:  Nancy Marlene Sadler, 52, of Dayton, passed away at her home on Monday, August 10, 2020.  All arrangements for Mrs. Sadler are under the trusted care of Allison Funeral Service. Frankie Doyle Taylor, 68, of Old River-Winfree, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at his home. Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 10 am, on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Fellowship of the Nations, 13305 Woodforest Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77015. A celebration of Frankie’s life will follow at 11am at the church

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Lake Release:  1500 CFS     Liberty Bridge 6.78 ASL

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