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Posts published in “Day: April 24, 2018

HC Flood Control District begins $84 million Hurricane repair program

Surveyors for the Harris County Flood Control District are fanning out across Harris County’s 22 watersheds this week, part of a major push to repair more than $84 million in bayou and drainage channel damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

On March 27, Harris County Commissioners Court approved a total of $12.5 million in initial contracts with 15 engineering firms that will design those repairs. That design process kicked off this month with topographic surveys and geotechnical field work at hundreds of damage sites around the county. Local dollars will be leveraged to secure federal grant funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to design and construct the repairs.

More than 1,200 individual damage sites were verified and prioritized after Hurricane Harvey. This included sinkholes, bank erosion, failed concrete, collapsed outfall pipes and other damage. These damaged sites were then grouped for project design by the selected engineering firms.

During this phase, Harris County residents may see workers out along the bayous and channels with survey and geotechnical boring equipment. Field data collected during this phase will help the Flood Control District fully evaluate the type of damages and repairs needed. Later, after project construction contracts are awarded in a competitive bidding process, residents will see heavy construction equipment such as trucks and backhoes. Construction is expected to begin on some project sites later this year, and to be completed in 2019.

The Flood Control District has requested more than $84 million in construction funding from the NRCS and FEMA for making these repairs.

Earth Day in Aldine

These are a few of the volunteers, families, and environmentalists who gathered in Crowley Park in Aldine, last Saturday to “plant and pluck” in observance of Earth Day, which was on Sunday. Organized events included tree planting, weeding and feeding, and trash pick-up along Greens Bayou that runs beside the park. Other events included food trucks, vendors, and games for the kids. The Earth Day Event was organized by the Greens Bayou Organization, and the East Aldine District, and sponsored by local businesses. MORE ON PAGE 8.

(Photos by East Aldine/vSanches)

Dedication ceremony held for new center named in honor of Superintendent Bamberg

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with State Rep. Armando Walle joined Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg and her husband Dave at a dedication ceremony on Sunday, April 15, to formally dedicated the Dr. Wanda Bamberg Professional Development and Resource Center. Also pictured are members of the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees in front of the portrait of Dr. Bamberg that will hang in the facility.

On Sunday, April 15, a dedication ceremony was held to honor Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg. The ceremony took place at the facility named in her honor, the Dr. Wanda Bamberg Professional Development and Resource Center, located at 9999 Veterans Memorial.

Dr. Bamberg is retiring after devoting 36 years to the students and staff of Aldine ISD. She began her career in Aldine ISD in 1982 as a seventh- and eighth-grade reading teacher at Hoffman Middle School. She spent five years in the classroom before joining the administrative team as a program director of middle school language arts, director of curriculum and instruction, executive director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and in 2007 she was named Superintendent of Schools, a post she has held for the last 11 years.

Current and former Board members, administrators, principals and staff attended the dedication ceremony. Joining current Board members were former Trustees A.W. Jones, Rick Ogden, Marine Jones, Alton Smith, Sarah Hill, the wife of former Trustee Emmett Hill and Cathy Griggs, the wife of former Trustee Merlin Griggs. Former superintendents M.B. “Sonny” Donaldson and Nadine Kujawa also attended. Dr. Bamberg’s husband Dave and son Josh were part of the proceedings as were family members from Alabama.

Prior to the dedication ceremony, a reception was held in the foyer of the facility. U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackon Lee presented Dr. Bamberg with a Congressional proclamation for her 41 years (she taught in Alabama for five years before moving to Houston) in education and her 36 years of dedicated service to Aldine ISD. Congresswoman Lee also presented Dr. Bamberg with a United States flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol.