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OUR MICS UP? GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.

[1. CALL TO ORDER]

WE WILL GET STARTED. THE WAY I USUALLY GET STARTED IS THIS WAY. I CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER AND ASK THAT YOU PLEASE RISE INVOCATION.

PLEASE REMAIN STANDING AS WE WILL FOLLOW INVOCATION WITH A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE ITS OF AMERICA AND TO OUR TEXAS FLAG. COMMISSIONER CHESNEY.

>>COMMISSIONER CHESNEY: THANK YOU, JUDGE.

LET US PRAY. DEAR LORD, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE GIVEN US AND SO GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF YOUR SON'S BIRTH.

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO BE HERE IN THIS NEW YEAR.

WE THANK YOU FOR SO MANY THINGS AND ALL BLESSINGS YOU PUT IN OUR LIFE. LORD, WE BLESS THAT YOU WATCH OVER THE COURT AND ALL THAT IS HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT AND BE A PART OF THIS AND HELP US AND CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE.

LORD, WE PRAY FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE COVID.

WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAD COVID AND ANY OTHER ILLNESS AND AILMENT. WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL WATCH OVER THEM AND HELP THEM TO HEAL.

HELP YOU, AGAIN, FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN US AND CONTINUE TO BLESS US IN YOUR SON JESUS'S NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS. ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

HONOR THE TEXAS FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THEE, TEXAS, ONE STATE, UNDER GOD, ONE AND INDIVISIBLE.

>>JUDGE CANALES: FOR THE CL CLERK'S PURPOSES, THE TIME IS 8:39 A.M. AS WE BEGIN THIS MEETING.

AND I DO NOTE THAT WE ARE AT 901 NORTH LEOPARD IN THE NUECES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, THIRD-FLOOR NUECES COUNTY COURT ROOM.

THE DATE IS JANUARY 5 AND WE HAVE A NEW YEAR.

IT IS 2022. I DO CERTIFY FOR THE CLERK THAT ALL COMMISSIONERS ARE PRESENT AND THEREFORE A QUORUM IS

[D. SAFETY BRIEFING]

ESTABLISHED. I WILL TURN TO REBECCA FOR A SAFETY BRIEFING AND ASK THAT YOU GIVE HER YOUR FULL

ATTENTION. >> REBECCA: GOOD MORNING, JUDGE. EXCUSE ME.

OUR SAFETY BRIEFING JANUARY 5 IS ON NUECES COUNTY COURT ROOM.

REST ROOMS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE ATRIUM PAST THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE. A FIRE EXTINGUISHER LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE COURT ROOM AND FIVE ADDITIONAL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. BLEED CONTROL STATIONS ARE ON THE FLOOR. IN THE EVENT OF A CARDIAC EMERGENCY, AN AED IS NEXT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES.

PARTICIPATE TONIGHT RESPONSIBLE FOR DIALING 911 WOULD BE CO CONNIE. PERSON CERTIFIED IN CPR WILL BE DALE. ANYONE CAN RENDER AID.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EVACUATION SLOWLY DOWN THE ATRIUM STAIRS AND DOWN THE LAPAN STREET SIDE OF THE COURTHOUSE AND ASSEMBLE IN THE PARKING LOT ACROSS THE STREET AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY TOGETHER. SHOULD THERE BE A NEED TO SHELTER IN PLACE DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE SHELTER IN PLACE, THE COURT ROOM DOUBLE DOORS WILL BE SECURED AND REMAIN SECURED UNTIL DISCUSSION FROM THE NUECES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. OUR GUEST SANER FOR THE DAY WILL BE MICHAEL. OUR SAFETY TOPIC FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY IS COVID SYMPTOMS WARNING SIGNS FOR CHILDREN.

ALTHOUGH MANY PEDIATRIC COVID CASES ARE MILD ENOUGH TO BE CARED FOR AT HOME, DOCTORS SAY SOME WARNING SIGNS THAT A CHILD ISN'T IMPROVING AND SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DOCTOR.

AMY EDWARDS OF UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, RAINBOW BABIES AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL SAY SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR INCLUDE TROUBLE BREATHING, DEHYDRATION, PERSISTENT PAIN AND PRESSURE ON THE CHEST. AS SOON AS YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING THE CHILDREN TO DRINK OR BABY DIAPERS ARE DRYING UP AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO THE BATHROOM AS MUCH.

IF THEY LOOK LIKE HER HAVING HAVING A HARDER TIME BREATHING, GET THEM EVALUATED. EVEN IF YOU HAVE A HEALTHY CHILD, MRS. INVESTIGATE ALL THE POSSIBILITIES TO PROTECT

[E. PUBLIC COMMENT: This section provides the public the opportunity to address the Commissioners Court on any issues within its jurisdiction. The Commissioners Court may not take formal action on any requests made during the Public Comment period which are not on the Agenda, but can refer such requests to County staff for review if appropriate.]

CHILDREN. THIS CON CLOUDS OUR RISK SAFETY

MANAGER BRIEFING. >>JUDGE CANALES: THANK YOU, REBECCA. I WILL MOVE TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

I HAVE THE SIGN-IN SHEET. IF YOU CAME IN LATE JUST SO YOU KNOW, I WILL CIRCULATE THIS BACK AROUND.

IF YOU WERE ONLINE AND JOINING US VIRTUALLY, WELCOME.

THE WAY WE DESIGNATE SPEAKERS BY USING THE VIRTUAL ICON OF A HAND AND MISS MORGAN IN THE COURT ROOM WILL RECOGNIZE AND

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YOU CALL YOUR NAME BUT TO BEGIN, I WILL CALL SYLVIA BENITEZ AND WELCOME. AND IF SPEAKERS WOULD ALLOW TIME IN BETWEEN SO WE CAN SANITIZE THE PODIUM, WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. FOLLOWING SYLVIA SHAWN FLA

FLANAGAN. >> GOOD MORNING, JUDGE AND COMMISSIONERS. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU THIS MORNING. MY NAME IS SYLVIA BENITEZ AND I AM A RESIDENT OF NUECES COUNTY. I LIVE AT 258 OLEANDER, PART 2, IN DISTRICT 1. I'M HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE COURT IS CONSIDERING TALKS OF THE INDEPENDENT 3 DISTRICT COMMISSION IN NUECES COUNTY. I WANT THE COURT TO KNOW THAT I OPPOSE THE IDEA OF CREATING AN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION.

EXCUSE ME -- FOR THE FOLLOWING THREE REASONS.

ONE. WE ALREADY HAVE ELECTED INDIVIDUALS TO DO THIS. AND IT IS PART OF THIS COURT'S RESPONSIBILITY IT'S WHAT WE AS CITIZENS OF NUECES COUNTY ELECTED YOU TO DO TWO, WE DON'T NEED AN OUTSIDE INDEPENDENT GROUP NOT ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF NUECES COUNTY TO COME IN AND INJECT THE POTENTIAL BIAS INTO THE PRO PROCESS. THREE, AND FINALLY, AN INDEPENDENT GROUP, THEY COULD EVENTUALLY MAKE IT TO WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE ANY OVERSIGHT AND START ABUSING THE SYSTEM TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE IN FUTURE ELECTIONS AS WE HAVE SEEN IN OTHER STATES SUCH AS CALI CALIFORNIA.

I WANT TO COMMEND YOU ALL FOR THE RECENT REDISTRICTING PROCESS THAT TOOK PLACE. YOU ALL DID A GREAT JOB IN MAKING SURE THE PROCESS WAS FAIR AND TRANSPARENT AND GAVE THE PUBLIC THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE INPUT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS. THIS IS THE WAY THE PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. THE CITIZENS WORKING WITH THE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND VICE VERSA.

SO BASED ON THESE REASONS, I DO NOT SEE THE NEED TO COVER -- TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >>JUDGE CANALES: THANK YOU, MA'AM. AT THIS TIME, I WILL CALL SHAWN FLANAGAN. AND I ALWAYS LIKE TO REMIND THE COURT AND THOSE VISITING COURT THAT DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, WE DO NOT ENGAGE WITH THE SPEAKER, BUT WE ARE LISTENING.

PLEASE REST ASSURED. >> THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

I AM SEAN SHAWN FLANAGAN. 4218 HERNDON STREET.

I AM ONE OF COMMISSIONER MAREZ'S CONSTITUENTS.

I AM SPEAKING OF AN ISSUE THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY RAISED AT A PREVIOUS COURT SESSION OF REDISTRICTING COMMISSION.

I SHARE WITH MISS BENITEZ'S CONCERNS THAT THIS IS A BAD IDEA. THE PROCESS WAS DONE OPENLY.

IT WAS DONE WITH ACCOUN ACCOUNTABILITY.

AND IT WAS DONE CORRECTLY. Y'ALL GO TO ALL THE TROUBLE OF GETTING ELECTED TO THE SEAT YOU ARE HOLDING.

PART OF THE DEAL IS THAT YOU GOT TO DO EVERY TEN YEARS REDISTRICTING IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN OFFICE WHEN IT COMES ON UP. WE DO NOT NEED SOME INDEP INDEPENDENT, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, EXPERTS TO DO THE REDISTRICTING FOR -- TO DO THE JOB THAT THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. HERE IS THE PROBLEM.

INDEPENDENT SOUNDS LIKE A NICE WORD.

OPINION THE WORD ACTUALLY SHOULD BE NOT ACCOUNTABLE OUR UNACCOUNTABLE REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE.

BECAUSE WE HAVE THE PROCESS OF VOTING TO KEEP Y'ALL ACCOUNTABLE IF YOU DO SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T LIKE.

IF YOU APPOINT A COMMISSION LIKE REDISTRICT ASKING CAUSE GREAT HARM WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL.

SO I COMMEND YOU FOR DOING A GOOD JOB OF REDISTRICTING THIS SESSION. AND I ADAMANTLY OPPOSE AND I THINK PROBABLY THE MAJORITY OF THE POSITION IN THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU DO NOT SHIRK YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

DO YOU NOT HAND IT OFF TO ANYBODY ELSE.

YOU DO THE HARD TIME OF REDISTRICTING WHEN IT COMES UP SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

>>JUDGE CANALES: THANK YOU, SIR.

I AM HAVING TROUBLE READING THE LAST NAME, BUT SEEMS THAT MAYBE THE FIRST NAME IS GREGORY. GREGORY, WOULD YOU ANNOUNCE

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FOR ME -- I APOLOGIZE. OLD EYES.

>> GITUM JUJSZ JUDGE MR. CHITUM.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO APPROACH.