PALESTINE, Texas (June 30, 2016) – The City of Palestine received notification on Wednesday,June 29, the flooding on April 30 is part of a federal disaster area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared that Anderson County, along with Cherokee, Smith and Wood counties, are eligibile for individual assistance. The four counties, along with with Cass, Harrison, Jones, Upshur and Van Zandt counties, are also eligible for public assistance.
FEMA declared that due to major rains and flooding from April 17 to April 30, individuals, homes and businesses affected by the Palestine flood are now eligible for federal assistance. FEMA is now accepting disaster assistance applications.
Individuals and businesses can apply for FEMA relief through the website disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The site will direct applicants on the needed steps to receive individual assistance.
“Each individual has to register,” Scott Parkhurst, Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Palestine, said. “You can apply and then later check your status.”
To help with the application process, the Palestine Public Library, 2000 S. Loop 256 inside the Palestine Mall, has opened its computer room for those who need to apply. The computers will be available during regular business hours. For more information, call the library at 903-729-4141.
Only one person per household can apply for assistance. During the application process, individuals should have his or her Social Security number, housing information, insurance and damage information, financial information and contact information. For assistance during the application process, call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
In addition to individuals, the City of Palestine is eligible for disaster relief for damage to its infrastructure on April 30. Parkhurst said the city will continue to work with the Texas Department of Emergency Management for submittal to FEMA.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 29, 2016) – The City of Palestine has announced the Fourth of July holiday schedule for city facilities.
The following city offices and facilities will close Monday, July 4 and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5:
• City Hall, which includes Customer Service, Municipal Court, Finance, Development Services, Public Works, Utilities, City Manager’s Office, Police Administration, City Secretary, Human Resources, Streets, Emergency Management Office and Warehouse Services.
• Palestine Economic Development and Main Street Offices
• Palestine Parks and Recreation Offices
• Palestine Civic Center Offices
• Palestine Visitor Center
• Palestine Public Library will close Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. All library materials (books, CDs, and DVDs) can be returned 24/7 in the book drop located on the curb outside of the Mall’s main entrance.
The following city offices and facilities will be open:
• The Palestine Mall Concourse and Mall shops will remain open on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The following is scheduled from Public Works:
• City garbage/recycling services will run as scheduled
• The compost site on Spring Street will be closed on Saturday, July 2.
• To report after-hours and holiday water/sewer/road issues that require immediate attention, please contact City Hall at 903-729-2254.
Residents are asked to dial 911 for emergency issues.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 20, 2016) – The Palestine Public Library is collecting surveys this summer, and the input from them can be felt for years to come.
The library’s Long-Range Planning Committee is in the process of creating a five-year plan for future growth. The plan, required by the Texas Library and Archives Commission, will include the results of the survey.
Library Director Theresa Holden said the survey is important to determine what directions the library will take in the future.
“This is the information we need,” Holden said. “We want to hear what people want from their library.”
Patrons can take the survey both online and at the Library, 2000 S. Loop 256, Suite 42. Paper versions are available in English and Spanish.
Online versions of the survey can be found online at here.
. Surveys in Espanol can be found at here
Holden said the library would accept surveys until the end of July. Following the survey, a group comprised of library staff, library board members, Friends of the Library board members and citizens of Palestine will review the answers. Those answers will guide the long-range report.
The report will be ready in the fall, Holden said.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 17, 2016) – The Palestine Police Department recently unveiled four new police cruisers for patrol use.
While the Ford Taurus Police Interceptors might look the same on the outside, inside the cruiser is a different story as the Police Department is upgrading its in-car camera system.
Starting with its four new cruisers, the department will use a WatchGuard 4RE HD system. The system, according to Assistant Chief Jeffrey Powell, will provide updated capabilities to the officers on patrol.
“Through evaluation of other products on the market, as well as the WatchGuard 4RE system, Palestine PD is moving forward and transitioning to a new product, which we believe will help support our officer’s efforts in the field,” Powell said. “ In addition to systems placed in the four cruisers, Lt. Gabriel Green, Dispatch Supervisor Mendi Chambers, and Sgt. Jeremy Jenkins put information together and submitted a grant request for six additional camera systems for the 2016-17 grant period. We should begin ordering those by October 1.”
The system gives officers the flexibility to wirelessly upload events from the cruiser to the server and has improved picture quality, as well as the ability to classify recording events by type/officer. Powell said the system would be the standard for all Palestine Police cruisers. The current camera system, made by Panasonic, will be phased out.
The cruisers continue the current light and color scheme used for patrol cars.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 8, 2016) – After a delay for recent rains to subside, the City of Palestine will resume mosquito spraying on Friday, June 10.
The city designated six areas for spraying. The areas selected for spraying include:
• The west side of the Palestine city limits, including areas damaged by the April 30 flood;
• Downtown Palestine and neighboring homes;
• Fort Houston subdivision and areas of the Willow Creek Business Plaza;
• Areas around Palestine Regional Medical Center;
• Homes and subdivisions near Whispering Pines and Timber Crest Apartments;
• Streets near Palestine Junior and Senior high schools.
Due to rainy weather in April and May, the scheduled spraying sessions had to be delayed. Clear weather two days before, and five days after spraying are required for maximum effect.
The City of Palestine contracts its mosquito spraying needs to Vector Disease Control International. Residents can make mosquito complaints to the City of Palestine Development Services Department, Health Division, at 903-731-8492.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 2, 2016) - Around noon CDT, Palestine Police, along with the Palestine Fire Department and the City of Palestine Public Works Department, reports of flash flooding from heavy rains in the city. The following reported roads were affected.
- Bassett Road
- Crockett Road and Spring Street
- Spring Street at W. Oak Street
- Timber Drive
- Crawford Street
- Neches Street
- Old Elkhart Road
- Pecan and Murchison streets
- Van Fleet Street between Jackson and Fulton.
- Lacy Street
- South Jackson Street
- Sugar Lane
- Cottage Street by W. Oak Street
- Spring Street by Union Pacific Railroad
- North Cedar Street by Shelton Gin
- Moody Street
According to Palestine Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Parkhurst, one home sustained minor flooding on Moody Street. Police asked the residents if they wanted to evacuate the home and refused. Flooding on Timber Drive, where major flash flooding was reported on April 30, reached the curb of the street before receding.
The City of Palestine Parks and Recreation Department is closing the playground and splash park at Reagan Park until further notice due to flash flooding damage. The department will reassess the damage on Monday, June 6 and determine if the ground is dry enough to make repairs.
By 1:45 p.m., the rain let up, and the flash floods receded. City personnel will be monitoring these areas closely for flooding during the next few days.
PALESTINE, Texas (June 1, 2016)
- The Results Companies will hold hiring events starting Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event continues Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Willow Creek Business Plaza, 100 Willow Creek Parkway, Suite B, in Palestine.
The Results Companies plan to hire approximately 500 employees for its connect center in Palestine. The company is currently seeking applicants for Customer Service, Site Operations Management, Recruitment, HR, and Training positions. Results is accepting online applications at TheResultsCompanies.com/jobs.