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Posts published in “Day: November 8, 2011

Houston North Forest Chamber of Commerce hosts a “ Visions Gala Day”

By Julieta Paita

Members, sponsors and supporters of the Houston North Forest Chamber of Commerce gathered at Eden Event Center,7450 North Wayside, on Nov. 8 for a “Visions Gala Day”.

Vision for North Forest Chamber of Commerce is about “growing and growing with small business like Union Pacific,”said James Leonard, Chamber president. “We are investors in trying making our community to grow and grow.”

Judge Zinetta Birney, guest speaker, said education in North Forest is a priority.

“North Forest is one of our largestschool districts in the city of Texas, education in my opinion is a subject that must happen and distribute the top issue on my list of issues,” said Birney. “North Forest must find a way of providing service to this community, closure or merging to HISD is not the answer.”

North Forest Superintendent, EdnaForté, as well as some elected officials and Houston Community College-North Forest were among the list of recognized guests.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee reviewed some of the President’s Obama plans; the American Jobs Act and tax cuts to help American’s small business hire and grow. To know more about this act, you can go to

Houston North Forest Chamber of Commerce has its monthly meeting every 2nd Tuesday of each month. 713-670-7500. More pictures on page 8.

Colonial Hills meeting tackles water rates, quality problems

By Juliata Paita Northeast News

Colonial Hills Civic Club held a meeting the first day of November to discuss water and waste water rates as well as water quality.

Some of the most important problems discussed were the fact that residents of the neighborhood do not have water. Complaints were heard and a couple staff members from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) provided some solutions, and they also shared information about how the TCEQ works.

Residents of the area complained about water fees being too high, “higher than the rest of our other bills,” they said.

When dealing with rusty water, the first thing to do is to find out what’s causing the rusty water because in some cases, it comes from copper lines been too old, they said.

Residents explained that they have called the local water office to complain about the high rates and the quantity of the water but nothing has been done yet.

TCEQ representatives said it is best to contact the regional office here in Houston at 713-767-3500 for any problems related to water quality or water quantity. “When you are having issues such as running low water pressure, call the regional office,” they added. “For problems with customer service, that’s 512-239-4691.” They said if once you contact the regional office and they do not solve the problem, the next step is to call them and they will take action to solve the issue.

East Aldine puts dollars to work on water & sewer projects

EAST ALDINE– A ceremonial groundbreaking took place last Wednesday, Nov. 2 to commence construction of a trunk sewer line and water lines in the Service Zone 11, east of US59.

Present at the event were County Commissioner Jack Morman, representatives of the District, the engineers Montgomery and Barnes, and the contractor Reliance Construction.

This $7,348,500 project is being funded partially by the East Aldine District, with additional funds from Harris County and the state. At the present time, the District is preparing a grant request to receive additional funding from the Texas Water Development Board for construction costs in the Sherwood and Benton Place neighborhoods.

The groundbreaking took place at E. Little York and Epsom Drives, near the south end of the boundaries of Service Zone 11. When completed, households will be able to connect to City of Houston water and sewer lines, at a nominal cost. The majority of the work is being conducted in the Sherwood and Benton Place development, east of US59. District authorities said that the current election for a one cent Sale and Use Tax collection would generate additional funds to continue this work in adjacent areas of the East Aldine District.