EPA community representative Janetta Coats, and representatives from Texas Health and Human Services and the TCEQ are present for two days this week in Highlands to interview local residents, gather information and ideas about the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. Coats will include the information in the EPA Community Involvement Plan.
HOUSTON – Council Member Dave Martin informed the public that all gates on the Lake Houston Spillway Dam are open due to the current inclement weather threat to our area. The gates will remain open until a lake level of 41.5 feet is achieved or the weather threat to our area is lifted.
As a reminder to residents the City of Houston, post-Harvey, has successfully implemented the prerelease strategy during rain events on Easter, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Anytime there is a rain event that is forecast to produce a minimum of three inches of rain in the San Jacinto Watershed, the Coastal Water Authority (CWA), under the direction of the City of Houston will open the Lake Houston Spillway Gates.
The gates will remain open during weather threats until the level of Lake Houston reaches 41.5 feet, which is one foot below normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet, or the inclement weather threat for the area is lifted. This pre-release strategy will be implemented each time a rainfall of more than three inches is predicted for the San Jacinto Watershed.
The City of Houston and the CWA monitor each incoming weather system around the clock for changes in forecast so that the pre-release strategy can be implemented in a timely manner. Residents may monitor the level of Lake Houston by visiting cwa.onerain.com
HIGHLANDS – Janetta Coats of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that she will be in Highlands on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 1pm to 5pm, and Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1pm to 7pm, conducting one-on-one interviews with residents that have been affected by the waste pits, or have an opinion for the official CIP record. Interviews will take place at the Highlands Community Center, and last about one hour each. Everyone is welcome to participate, by calling Coats at 1-800-533- 3508 to schedule an interview. A Round Table Discussion will take place from 5pm to 6pm on Wednesday.
Coats issued the following statement on the CIP interview process:
We appreciate your willingness to participate in the interview process to update the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Community Involvement Plan (CIP). The community interviews are conducted to gather information for the CIP. The interviews are a way to meet with community members and learn about their site-related needs, concerns, and expectations, as well as how the community gets information and prefers to received information from EPA.
The CIP is a required activity under the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to ensure the public appropriate opportunities for involvement is a wide variety to ensure public involvement. We will interview a broad range of people in order to gain the greatest variety of perspectives about the site, including PRPs, if needed.
In general the objective for the community interviews will include:
BARRETT STATION – A local pickup was mangled and Lifeflight helicopters had to standby as Crosby Volunteer Fire Dept. attempted to rescue a pickup driver in critical condition after a roadway crash with a truck from a sand mining operation.
The accident occurred just before 7:00 a.m. last Thursday on Crosby-Lynchburg Rd. near Floy.
The driver of the tractor trailer truck said he was pulling onto Crosby-Lynchburg when the pickup smashed into the rear of the trailer.
A man driving the car was trapped for a half hour before Crosby VFD could free him with the jaws of life.
Harris County Sheriff’s Traffic Investigators continue to look into the circumstances.
On August 21, The P&Z Commission approved the request for installation of eight; “No Parking,” and one No U-Turn sign and “No Standing Signs” which will be permanent placement signs on Market Street, Carnegie Street, and Gentry Street.
The meaning of “Stand” or “standing” means to halt an occupied or unoccupied vehicle, other than temporarily while receiving or discharging passengers.
“Carnegie Street can hold six lanes of traffic comfortably,” said Matthew Johnson – Traffic Engineer for the City of Baytown. He also said, “The identified safety concern was that drivers were queuing up in the eastbound lanes of Market Street starting from the high school parking lot driveway. This situation is an unsafe condition due to the queue terminating near the end of a blind curve on a bridge. I am pleased that the plan is moving forward.”
Police Chief Dougherty said, “I am in favor of anything that the city may implement that will improve our quality of life and make our streets safer for our motoring and pedestrian public.”
HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club is all set to hold their 12th annual 3-Hole Washer Board Charity Tournament, on Saturday, September 12th.
The event is open to the public, as well as all Rotarians. It will be held at Charlie’s Ice House, 906 N. Main Street. 2 person teams must register by 1:30 that day, and the cost to play is $50. Awards include trophies and cash prizes, and competition is fierce.
Rotary is also looking for sponsors, individuals or companies. Sponsorships vary from $100 to $500.
Monies raised by the tournament go to the Rotary International Foundation, to be used for fighting polio, and half of the money is returned for a community project.
Texas GATORFEST, the Lone Star State’s most unique festival, would like to invite you to participate in the Annual Texas GATORFEST Barbecue Cook-Off to kick off this year’s festival. The family oriented festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in Texas. It has established a reputation for being “good old fashioned Texas fun” and providing visitors with a variety of entertainment. The celebration of the alligator and its wetlands habitat has something for everyone!
The cook off will be held the weekend before Texas GATORFEST 2018 – September 7 & 8th, on the festival grounds in historic Fort Anahuac Park.
George Dearborne and Branded live Friday, Sep. 7 at the Texas Gatorfest BBQ Cook-off Street Dance.
Participants and visitors alike will enjoy the entertainment throughout the day on the Gator Pit stage located within the cook-off area.
PORTER – It may be poor revenge to steal away with the season opener, against shutting down someone’s season. But it looked sweet when the Crosby Cougars defeated the New Caney Eagles at Texan Stadium 28-14 last Friday.
So, Jaiden Howard has returned with a penchant for converting third downs personally as quarterback. His attack would net a TD on the first drive. He would go seven of thirteen for 114 yards with two touchdowns and an interception passing last Friday. He would dash 130 yards in the game.