Work on the Chamber of Commerce building is moving forward as the City of Trinity and some of Trinity's inmates work together to get the Chamber open to serve the public.
On Monday, October 23, the City of Trinity and the prisoner work program came together to work on Chamber of Commerce Building.
The front porch was added to the building. The original porch was removed so that the building could be moved and much of the material needed to be replaced. Through a donation from the Trinity Economical Corporation the new materials were bought, and the building moved. The electricity is now connected and Monday the plumbing and water were installed.
The building still needs new roof and siding, and there are limited funds still available from the donation from Trinity Economical Corporation to complete the project. However, there are still expenses that the community could help with. Contact the Chamber of Commerce if you would like to donate to help with this project. The chamber of Commerce contributes much to the community and is an asset for a growing and active city like Trinity.
Pictured above is the 24-hour Trinity Exxon station that was robbed early Monday morning at by two assailants at gun-point. Pictured bottom right is Jonathan Miller, a clerk who was on duty during the robbery.
by Dr. Sharon Schuetz
At around 4:30 AM Monday, October 16, two men, approximately 20 -25 years-old, robbed the Exxon Station in Trinity at gun point after having successfully robbed Valero in Riverside a half-hour earlier. They reportedly managed to get away with $120 from Valero, and substantially more from Trinity's Exxon store.
Three employees were in the store at the time of the robbery. Clerk, Jonathan Miller, was next to the coke fountains, another employee was behind the counter, and the manager was in the office with the door open.
According to store employees the one that took the money was a black man wearing a hoody who carried a pistol into the manager's office. The other man stood at the door with a shotgun, holding the door open with his foot, while watching the parking lot.
Police Chief Steve Jones warns that if you ever find yourself faced with this type of situation it is best to cooperate with them because they are organized and dangerous. "These men are most likely from the Houston area and just made a trip through here," he explained. According to Jones, they had just robbed the Valero station in Riverside and he had put an alert out. The Trinity Police are working with the Walker County Sheriff's Department, gathering information and working the case together, including sharing video from both robberies. Jones encouraged citizens to report anything that is suspicious and they will gladly check out any leads.
Left: Trinity Café owners, Roland and Dolores Kane, with waitstaff Sarah Tullos, Teresa Bond, Nicole Domminy, and Sarah Womack. Above: Valero Corner Store Market manager, Jessica Crain, with employees Danielle Mooving, Rachel McDow, Chelsea White, and Brandy Wagner.
A Phoenix in Greek mythology is a bird that is lives many years, and according to most sources, dies in an eruption of flames. After death, it is supposedly reborn, rising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some texts say that the Phoenix could live over 1,400 years before rebirth. History implies that the Phoenix "symbolizes" renewal in general.
Whatever it represents in history, Trinity has two recent versions of the phoenix rising from the ashes, and they both rose this week. On April 28, 2016, social media lit up with reports of the Valero station catching fire. Police Chief, Steve Jones posted pictures and reported on the event. Although the fire department was practically next door, the blaze was difficult to put out because of the different layers in the ceiling, making the flames almost impossible to reach in time to save the store.
The building sat empty for months before they tore it down. Somehow seeing the empty lot where Valero once sat gave many of us a sad sense of loss. Rumors that they were rebuilding here and there flourished, but nothing came of it until recently.
According to the manager, Jessica Crain, Valero had no plans to rebuild in Trinity until they were overwhelmed with phone calls from Trinity citizens requesting that they replace the store. Thursday, the new Valero Market, located across from Higginbotham's, opened for business. It's not simply a Valero store, but it's a Corner Market store that boasts of offering a variety of choices in products customers would seek in a convenience store.
The Trinity Café is another phoenix that rose from the ashes this week. On March 24 of this year, it seemed that we had lost another important business to a fire that completely gutted the building. Roland and Dolores Kane moved what they could salvage down to the Trinity Meat Market and set up shop there until they could rebuild. They generously donated the unharmed meat from the freezer to Martin Senior Service Center where they have used it all these months to feed Trinity's seniors.
On Tuesday, the doors opened at the Trinity Café to the approval of the many customers who wanted to see the new and improved eatery. The Kanes plan to have a Grand Opening in about a month and want to encourage their loyal customers to keep watching for more information about it.
Whether Valero and the Trinity Café are phoenixes or just hard-working business who won't give up, Trinity is the one who benefits. All in all, it has been a good week for our city.
Trinity I.S.D. will hold a tax ratification election Saturday, Aug. 26, to seek voter approval for redistributing a portion of the tax rate designated to retire debt to maintenance and operations.
Voting will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Trinity ISD Administration Building.
Currently, the district's combined tax burden is $1.28 per $100 in value, with $1.04 going to maintenance and operations and 25 cents allocated to interest and sinking.
Maintenance and operations fund daily operations at the district.
Interest and sinking is the amount required to make TISD's bond payments, and retire debt incurred for capital improvements. "Presently, we are leaving over $200,000 a year on the table by not re-distributing our tax rate," said TISD Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman.
Redistributing those tax dollars allows Trinity ISD to obtain additional state funds.
If voters approve the redistribution, the M&O rate will be $1.17 and the I&S rate will be 12 cents, keeping the total tax rate of $1.29.
"Taxes will not increase as a result of this tax swap," Kaufman said.
The election is necessary because state law requires an election be held when any taxing entity exceeds its rollback tax rate. TISD's threshold is $1.04.
The Chamber of Commerce building has been at the same location since 1985. The community built it to house the Chamber, but the ground it sat on belonged to someone else. The owner gave them a ninety-nine-year lease that lasted until they sold the land to Bill Miller. Miller charged them ten dollars per year until he sold it to the L.L.C. Properties of Spring, TX.
In May of 2016 grass grew higher than normal on the side of the building and was hard to cut because of standing water after heavy spring rains and a water leak, leading the property manager, to assume that they had abandoned the building. Maclvey told them that they had to pay rent or evacuate the premises. Julia McMichael called and found out the rent would be two-hundred dollars. The property owners sent them a lease agreement which was signed and returned with a six-hundred dollar check for June, July, and August of 2016's rent. After this, they lost their airconditioning, utilities increased, and large business donors stopped supporting them, resulting in a deficit and an inability to pay rent for nine months. In May of this year, the Chamber of Commerce received an eviction notice.
Last week the Chamber of Commerce building found its final home. The city of Trinity signed a ninety-nine-year lease with them and helped move them to the lot behind McDonalds. The city council voted to give them $10,000 to help with expenses and do repairs. Julia McMichael attended the city council meeting where the council voted unanimously to donate the money and help with repairs.
Pediatrician Amol Deshpande, M.D. (far right) and Family Medicine physician Lawrence Quan, M.D. (far left) and their staff joined the Memorial team this month and is now accepting patients.
TRINITY, TEXAS (August 9, 2017)... CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Clinics opened its latest outpatient clinic Monday, August 7 in Trinity. The Memorial Clinics Trinity Family Medicine is located at 315 Prospect Drive in Trinity.
Pediatrician Amol Deshpande, M.D. and Family Medicine physician Lawrence Quan, M.D. and their staff joined the Memorial team this month after the outpatient clinic's former managing partner said it would no longer provide service and CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial officially signed a management service agreement with the Trinity Memorial Hospital District Board and its outpatient clinic. Certified Nurse Midwife Crystal Smith from Lufkin will also be joining the clinic.
"We look forward to working with the residents in Trinity to provide them with high quality health care, and we are excited about being a part of the Trinity community," said CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Market CEO Monte Bostwick.
CHI St. Luke's Health does not anticipate any job loss with the transition.
CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado.
The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.
In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit. CHI generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion and has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion.
With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area's only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial offers comprehensive, quality health care, including a free-standing emergency center and outpatient facilities and numerous health care services. To learn more, visit esHealthMemorial.org.
About CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial, part of a national nonprofit health system, provides more than a quarter of a million patient services and millions of dollars in local charity care and community support each year. With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area's only long-term acute care hospital – Memorial offers comprehensive, quality health care, including a free-standing emergency center and outpatient facilities and services. To learn more, visit CHIStLukesHealthMemorial.org.
About Memorial Clinics Memorial Clinics, a division of the CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial system, employs and partners with 40 primary care providers and specialists in 19 locations across East Texas. Memorial Clinics accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. Visit memorialclinics.com to learn more about our physicians and connect with the personalized patient portal.
About CHI St. Luke's Health CHI St. Luke's Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets. CHI St. Luke's Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI), eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke's Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke's is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center. Together, CHI St. Luke's Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. Learn more at CHIStLukesHealth.org. About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is one of the nation's largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 100 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at catholichealthinitiatives.com.