The East Aldine Management District voted last Tuesday night to enter into a contract with HEB Grocery Company, LP, to purchase 7.53 acres of land in the new Town Center for a Joe V’s supermarket.
HEB plans to build a store of about 55,000 square feet, offering a complete line of food, and with three additional in-store vendors. Joe V’s is known for its fresh produce, quality meats, and low prices.
HEB agreed to pay East Aldine Management District a sum of $1,312,027.20 for the land. The contract calls for the firm to start construction within three years, but officials expect the store to open earlier.
On a night when flooding was actually a concern at the Northeast Community Center, last Wednesday, Matt Zee, Director of Operations of the Harris County Flood Control District, and County Commissioner Jack Cagle gave keynote addresses to welcome the public to an open meeting related to asking for a bond to fund a plan to fix flooding, and to discuss public concerns and hear suggestions.
Precinct 2 County Commissioner Jack Morman hosted the event, with staff and county departments offering reading material, drinking water and cookies.
“This is my second meeting in my district and my fourth overall on this subject,” said Morman, Pct. 2 commissioner for the Aldine area.
According to Cagle, Commissioner for the northern most portion of the county, the $2.5 billion dollar bond is the first comprehensive plan to address flooding through all of the county’s flood plains and watersheds from top to bottom.
Cagle said, “The number one reason I am excited about this bond is that for the first time, we are taking an integrated approach. We have a lot of neighborhoods wondering, ‘What is happening for me in my section?’ Which is important. There is this very important concept that I have been taught, that water flows downhill. These projects are about dealing with water up the hill, to detain it and manage it, as best can be done. We are working with these projects in the middle of the hill, where we can spread it out so it doesn’t flood homes and move fairly efficiently through. And trying to do projects at the bottom of the hill because if water doesn’t clear there, it is like a plug at the bottom of a bathtub. At the bottom of the hill we want to take out the plug, and at the top we want an umbrella. So, this countywide approach is to try to make sure that we are taking care of the water at the top, middle and bottom of the hill.
“Most of the time, Commissioner Morman’s area, where we are, is the bottom of the hill. So, where would you like to deal with the water, up in the north or where you are? Or all along the path? That is the best thing about this bond, is that it is an integrated approach.
Houston, TX. – Monday, June 11, 2018 — Congressman Gene Green brought governmental agency representatives together to give the preparedness advice to citizens, since we are now in the hurricane season, from June 1 through November 30th.
Misty Gunn, Harris County’s Emergency Operations Center Manager said this is the time citizens should make an Emergency Essentials Kit. The contents needed for the kit can be found at WWW.READYHARRIS.ORG.
“In addition to your kits contents, if you’re evacuating from high water, put inside a water proof container or plastic bag, your prescription drugs, a printed list of all relatives, doctors and insurance agents phone numbers, cell phone and cell phone charger, credit cards and checkbook, important family documents (birth certificates, insurance/ bank account information, etc.),” Guinn said.
Harris County Flood Control Precinct 2 Coordinator Jeremy Ratcliff, and Communications Officers Robert Lazaro, said Commissioners Court plans to call a bond election for August 25, 2018, for the Harris County Flood Control District. Voters will be asked to vote on what could be $2.5 billion in bonds for flood risk reduction projects throughout the county. To learn more about the flood bonds visit WWW.HCFCD.ORG/ BOND-PROGRAM.