Local News Headlines–8/1/2016

The Bryan city council is holding a special meeting tomorrow with FEMA and the Small Business Administration to provide victims of severe weather in late May another opportunity to learn what federal services are available. Tomorrow’s special meeting starts at 5:30 at the Bryan Justice Center at 29th and Texas. Meantime, FEMA is closing its Bryan disaster assistance center a week earlier than originally scheduled. Wednesday is the last day of the center at Bryan High School’s blue campus.

Have you ever wondered where the nearest fire station is? Or who your city councilman is? Well you can find out all of that and more by using GIS. G-I-S, or geographic information systems, is a compilation of maps with detailed information about the area you live in. Bryan’s G-I-S Supervisor, Dale Kubenka says you can also use it to find out about future plans. Kubenka says new development data is edited daily. There are also tools in the system which allow you to measure your property, see flood plains and even find out which cemetery someone is buried. You can access the G-I-S system online.

Nearly a year and a half after state officials received a voluntary recall notice from Blue Bell, comes penalties after the ice cream maker shut down and renovated its plants after the discovery of listeria bacteria. Carrie Williams at the Department of State Health Services says Blue Bell will pay $175,000 within 30 days. Another $675,000 will not have to be paid if Blue Bell follows the terms of an enforcement agreement for 18 months. Blue Bell issued a statement saying in part that they are committed to the provisions outlined in the updated agreement, which follows a voluntary agreement in May of last year.