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The grill was a little empty, but the questions were still heated in Grilling Stafford – Episode 18.

Willy 98.7 Radio Personality Kenny Graves was MIA, but Navasota City Manager Brad Stafford answered hot topic questions from Navasota Examiner Publisher Ana Cosino. A heated topic for years has been the construction of a Walmart Supercenter in town. Stafford discusses Walmart and more in this week’s segment.

Highlights from Grilling Stafford – Episode 18

According to CMS.gov website, Golden Creek Nursing Home has 10 COVID-19 cases and Navasota Nursing has two cases. Has the city been in contact with the facility directors? Can you provide an update on those facilities? “Chief Katkoski talks to various folks at all the facilities on occasion and tries to see if we can work with them and if they need any assistance or anything. I can’t give many details because we don’t get a lot of details. All of that is privacy related because of HIPPA and other rules. But we try to make sure they understand we are here for assistance - and we do go on calls there and take proper precautions when we do.”

There was a tragedy with one of the goats from Rent-A-Ruminant being attacked by a dog and killed. Have you been in contact with Rent-A-Ruminant and what is or has been done to the dog’s owner? “I met with chief and lieutenant and I also met with Terry with Rent-A-Ruminant. Sometimes things happen with livestock. We’re in the city limits and animals can get loose. We had that unfortunate incident where some dogs got loose, and they injured the goat and the goat passed. Rent-A-Ruminant is understanding because they know those things happen, but citizens should keep their dogs pinned up and make sure their dogs are secured. That’s the responsibility of the dog owner. The goats were secured and actually the goats were in their pen. The dogs are in the pound – the doggy jail. The owner was issued citations. That case will go through municipal court – hopefully pretty soon – so that we can determine what happens from this point forward. I visit with the Rent-A-Ruminant folks on a daily basis. Chief and lieutenant and the rest of the police department have been working to get this matter resolved and taken care of.” Navasota Police De

Navasota Police Department received Guardian Angel donations from the “True Blue Foundation.” Will you describe what Guardian Angels are and also describe who the “True Blue Foundation” are. “Basically, they are a support group or booster club, cheerleading group, pep squad for law enforcement and fi rst responders. They have put together some funds and continue to do so. They have talked to our local law enforcement and other first responders about helping out with equipment and support. In the world we live in currently and cities across the world – especially in larger cities, police are under heavy attack, But, there are people out there that support law enforcement and other fi rst responders. They felt like it was important to be out there and let fi rst responders know they are here to support them. We appreciate those folks.”

We attended one of the Navasota Citizen’s class courses a few years back and saw the plans for our Super Walmart. Are there any plans to still have one here? Do you know approximately when and the location? “No (laughs). Yes, we did see those plans. We’ve seen those plans for probably 10 years. It’s our understanding that Walmart has changed direction. They’re actually not building new stores – well maybe very few new stores if at all. We don’t have much contact with them and they don’t talk to us much about new development. I don’t feel like they are going to build a new store here anytime soon.” To view the full video of

To view the full video of Grilling Stafford – Episode 18, or to watch archived episodes visit The Examiner website, www.navasotaexaminer.com. If you would like to submit a question for Grilling Stafford, email news@navasotaexaminer. com. New episodes of Grilling Stafford are released every Thursday.