Locals learn details of County bonds at picnic

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Picnic in the Park last Thursday with an invitation to Precinct 2 to speak. It was learned shortly that the Chamber has many concerns about infrastructure and taxes.

The picnic saw Don Cox and Bob Ward flip the best burgers in the greater unincorporated area, donated by Arlen’s Grocery. Community Resource Credit Union got everyone’s approval with rootbeer floats and Alliance Properties dished up the food.

Jeremy Phillips spoke for Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman at the picnic and conveyed the bare facts of the bond referendum to be on the Nov. 3, 2015 ballot. Harris County Commissioner’s Court passed four propositions on July 28. The first issue is $700 M for road improvements. About $60 M would be for subdivision street replacement and repair. A tax would be levied to pay for the bonds. The second proposition is for issuance of $60 M for parks in the county. The third proposition calls for $24M to veterinary public health adoption and care centers and the associated tax increase. The fourth and final proposition is for $64 M for the county flood control district and increase of taxes. During introductions the crowd learned that Phillips is a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran of the War on Terror in Afghanistan in leaving in less than a year in 2005.

Veterans News

Eastside Veterans host a Coushatta Bus Trip on Oct. 6 reserved for the first 50 people that sign up. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. that Tuesday. Cost is $10 per person and those that would go should contact Don Guillory at 713-819-5976. This year they are raffling off an AR 15, a Henry lever action 30-30 rifle and a small, concealable pistol with laser sight. Those interested can call Bob Ward at (832) 527-1550.

Pct. 2 projects

Phillips highlighted the massive undertaking done at both Highlands and Crosby parks. Two playground structures plus concrete barriers, sidewalks and park enhancement ran nearly $600,000 for Highlands and Crosby. The playground hyper-modern Jungle Jim kids’ play feature in Crosby Park cost $220,000 and the one in Highlands cost $353, 000. Some attendees of the picnic say one could fall on these structures and not get hurt.

Construction will begin in the Deer Park area in a couple of weeks for a similar play feature there.

Construction on the TxDOT bridge to connect with the county’s efforts in Barrett Station roadway work for viability will hold pre-construction meetings this week to finalize details of how the task will be completed. This would be adding new bridgework to widen the bayou overpass from US 90 south to FM 1942.