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Posts published in January 2019

Crosby Firefighters recognized for heroics

2018 Firefighter of the Year, Anthony Guzzo receives the Firefighter of the Year Award from Chief Alan Kulak.

CROSBY – At the 2019 Crosby Volunteer Fire Awards, a series of heroics were recognized. Additional photos can be found in the print edition.

2018 Officer of the Year, Russell White presented by Chief Alan Kulak.

According to Randy Foster of ESD 80, next week an inspection will be performed on a new Tanker 83; the department finally got a check for their services from FEMA for work during Hurricane Harvey; the project was closed out last November. Foster noted the accomplishment of lowered response times this past year.

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Major wreck hits near Middle School

CROSBY – Two unrelated accidents occurred back to back beginning at about 6:48 a.m. and another at about 8:00 a.m. in the 14,700 block of Main Street, about one block north of the Crosby Middle School on Tuesday, January 29.

The first was a roll-over accident that required Life Flight helicopter when a black sedan was involved in a collision with a black minivan. The sedan landed upside down on the side of the road.

The second accident, at the same location just after the first had been cleared by First Responders, also had one adult taken to the hospital by HCESD#5, the ambulance service for Crosby.

Crosby ISD had no word of anyone associated with the school being involved with either crash.

Harris County Sheriff’s Traffic Investigators were still reviewing the case at press time and their determination of what exactly happened has not been concluded.

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Beach City Residents continue concern about disposal site in their Neighborhood

PROPOSED DISPOSAL SITE is near a residential area to the north, and McCollum Park is adjacent. The 3.5 acre disposal site is outlined above.

City Passes Ordinance to prohibit toxic landfill

On January 15, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a “Public Notice” regarding the proposed dredging in the San Jacinto River. The notice described the disposal site as a tract in Beach City, even though the developer, Holtmar Land LLC, had promised the city they would amend the request from the USACE and find another site not in Beach City.

Concerned that the notice did not reflect a new site, Beach City passed an ordinance prohibiting the dumping of toxic waste at the site proposed along McCollum Park Road, with a $2000 per day penalty if violated.

Further action was taken by Mayor Jackey Lasater, who wrote the following letter to the Corps of Engineers and shared it with the residents of Beach City in a newsletter:

“I will share with you my letter to USACE and I urge those that have not written a letter yet to please do so asap. We must continue to prepare for the worst case scenario until the permit is actually amended in our favor.

1-21-2019

Re: file #SWG-2015- 00855

Dear Mr. Bader,

My name is Jackey Lasater and I am writing in response to the above referenced permit request. As Mayor of Beach City, I urge you to consider the numerous issues that I/we have in the proposed placement of contaminated dredge material from the ‘area of concern’ located in proximity of the Federal Superfund site in the San Jacinto River near Highlands Texas.

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HIGHLANDS: Ruben Lopez Firefighter of the Year

Ruben Lopez, Jr. second from left, receives his Firefighter of the Year Award. Pictured from left, Assistant Chief Mike Carsner, Lopez, Fire Chief Harvey Little, and ESD #14 board president Jim Strouhal.

HIGHLANDS– Recognition and thanks for service was the theme for the annual Highlands Volunteer Fire Department awards banquet, held last Saturday evening at Monument Inn.

ESD#14 president Jim Strouhal presented the Firefighter of the Year award to Ruben Lopez, Jr.

This award is given in memory of Cecil Kelly, who volunteered with the Highlands VFD for over 42 years before retiring in 1996. The recipient chosen by vote of the membership is a firefighter who performed above and beyond the call of duty.

A large crowd of firemen and families, friends, community supporters, and board members attended the dinner. Fire Chief Harvey Little emceed the ceremony, introducing awards, guests, and honorees.

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Eagleton working Best Practices

Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton stands behind new Assistant Chief B. Jorey Herrscher, Captain Issac Villarreal, Captain Henry Elkin, legendary Sergeant Terry Ganey, Major Rick Larkin, Chief Deputy Kirk Bonsal having come from the District Attorney’s Office, Major David Jones, out front is Harris County Sheriff’s Office Director Jacqueline D. Fortune of the Community Engagement Division at the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Stonebridge at Newport Clubhouse. Over a century and a half of law enforcement experience at one table.

NEWPORT – Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton introduced his executive staff and plans to bring better than better law enforcement to locals last Thursday, January 17 at Stonebridge in Newport.

First, he always thanks those that voted for him. The achievement of putting 15 more deputies in the Precinct without increasing costs. He seems most proud to have achieved the Best Practices standard he set for Precinct 3 even before taking office and shared the credit with the officers that help make it a reality. His precinct made over 5,000 high water rescues during hurricane Harvey. The Precinct accrued over $5,000,000 worth of high water equipment at no cost to the local tax roles.

Eagleton explained how his units are being proactive, not reactive to interdict crime. He initiated an Environmental Patrol concerned with those that make messes like dumping trash or creating poisonous situations.

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Chili Feast set for Feb. 2

These Lady Rotarians remind you to buy your ticket while there are still a few available, to the Rotary Chili Feast, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Catholic Church social hall. Pictured Denise Smith, Sheila McDonald, Betty Brewer, Rose Smith, and Patricia Scott. You can contact any of these ladies or other Rotarians and local businesses. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door on Saturday. First Prize in the raffle is a new car from Turner Chevrolet.

Crosby pile-up injures 4 kids

Sandwiched between a speeding car and a waiting car four children were injured inside in last Saturday’s wreck on FM 2100. Speeding and lack of seatbelt restraint faulted.

CROSBY – A four vehicle accident at about 8:45 p.m. last Saturday, January 19, at the east access to US 90 on FM 2100 injured a dozen people, five of them were children.

According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales, “Four children were injured in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The only one wearing a seatbelt was in the front of the vehicle. One went by Life Flight, looks like he will survive. Was seated in the back left, remarkable he survived. By state law, children must be restrained appropriately at all times when traveling in a car. These types of accidents stress the importance of that.”

Witnesses say seven victims were taken to the hospital by three HCESD#5 Ambulances, the EMS service for Crosby, and one child went by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The rest of the injured declined transport.

Harris County Sheriff’s Traffic Investigators say the cause of the accident was that one woman failed to control speed collided with a car filled with unrestrained by seatbelt children in the back seat. Investigators say that 42-year-old woman was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro in the 13549 block of F.M. 2100.

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Covestro and Mont Belvieu dedicate solar powered charging station at City Park

Covestro representatives and City Officials unveil charging station.

Residents of Mont Belvieu can now take a break in shade at its city park while harnessing energy from the sun to charge up their portable devices.

Thanks to a generous donation from Covestro, a new solar-powered charging station using state-of-the-art technology was unveiled Monday, January 21 with leaders from the city and the company.

“We encourage diverse thinking and creative problem solving that embodies Covestro’s new vision ‘to make the world a brighter place,’ which includes incorporating sustainability in every element of our strategy,” said Rod Herrick, Covestro Vice President and Site Manager. “This solar-powered charging station helps make the world we live in brighter by reducing our environmental impact and is a testament to our dedication to this effort.”

The picnic table-style installation seats four comfortably is located between the park’s playgrounds and splash pad and features a table with bench seats with a solar panel shade over the top.

The solar station is a fully engineered true off-grid solar powered charging station. It is equip with a power design that delivers dependable year round charging power even with days of cloudy weather.

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Cedar Bayou Apache Lane flooding project presented to the public

HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 2 Infrastructure Director Jeremy Phillips, left, talks with residents of the area, while Harris County Engineer Reid Mrsnya, right, presents details of the drainage proposals to the audience.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – On January 16 the Harris County Flood Control District held a meeting at the San Jacinto Community Center in Highlands, to inform the public about partnering with the Harris County Precinct 2 Engineering Department to address flooding issues in residential neighborhoods in unincorporated regions of Harris County with focus on stormwater drainage improvements and to receive input from the public.

Reid Mrsnya, Public Engineer with Harris County, points out that his group is working to find solutions for flooding issues on Apache Lane nearest to Cedar Bayou.

Voters approved $2.5 billion in bonds to finance flood damage reduction projects within the county. The county is moving forward with planning and construction of projects with bond funding, making effort to make transparent those projects to residents.

This meeting is listed on the Harris County Flood Control District website and information can be obtained and comments made at www.hcfcd.org/E12, the district’s website.

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Judge Lucia Bates starts term with open house reception

Open House guests in Baytown at the office of newly elected Justice of Peace Lucia Bates. Seen are Pct. chair Hunter, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Judge Bates, Former Constable Ken Jones, Former JP Tony Polumbo, and former Mayor Pete Alfaro. Congrats Judge Bates!

BAYTOWN – A meet and greet for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Position 2 Lucia Bates brought in some local legends to wish her well last Saturday.

Mike Parrott, Tony Polumbo, Ken Jones, Pete Alfaro and Jason Rabelais came out to hear the new J.P. talk of working with young girls from her position — as her partner Joe Stephens, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Position 1, works with boys. She was later joined by Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton. Among other ideas expressed was that although misdemeanors bring youth into contact with the Justices the experience need not necessarily be punitive but an opportunity to grow and develop.

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