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Posts published in September 2019

Walle presents Legislative update to Green Forest Civic Club

State Representative Armando Walle talked to the Green Forest Civic Club and other interested members of the public, about the accomplishments of the 86th Legislative session, that ended in June.

By Gilbert Hoffman

The Green Forest Civic Club hosted a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday night, at which State Representative Armando Walle updated the audience on the accomplishments of the 86th Legislative session that just ended in June.

The meeting held at the offices of the East Aldine District was attended by Civic Club members and a large group of the public and interested citizens, including the Melrose, Castlewood and Colonial Hills Civic Clubs.

Walle recounted how he first served in the Legislature in 2009, and that this was his 6th term. That seniority has allowed him to be appointed to some important committee assignments, including Higher Education, Appropriations, and Redistricting. He also was on the conference committee that determined final edits to the state’s two-year budget, which this session amounted to $250 Billion dollars. He noted that this is the 10th largest budget in the world, ahead of most counties and states.

Highlights of the session and the budget include passing of HB3, a School Finance Bill that included $12 Billion for comprehensive school programs. These now include Full-Day Pre-K funding for eligible four-year-olds, an increase of $6.5 Billion for public schools, including a $2 Billion amount for educator pay increases, a 20% increase in per-student base funding.

Retired teachers also got a pay raise amounting to about $2000. The landmark HB3 (House Bill 3) was authored by Representative Dan Huberty, and co-authored by Walle and others.

Walle said that other highlights of the session included property tax relief that will take effect in 2020, and increase the next year.

To deal with the problem of flooding and flood relief, the Legislature set $2.1 Billion for Hurricane Harvey victim’s recovery, and another $1.8 Billion in flood mitigation to reduce future floods. He noted ongoing flood control projects for Halls Bayou and Greens Bayou.

Walle was able to get funds to improve parks in his district, including $1 Million for rebuilding Melrose Park, and $1 Million each for Squatty Lyons and Keith-Wiess parks.

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Haverstock Hills fire ruled arson; suspect wanted

London

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Crime Stoppers need the public’s assistance in providing any information regarding the location of James London, 23. London has been charged with arson for his involvement in the fire at the Haverstock Hills Apartments that occurred on Aug. 23.

After talking to witnesses and conducting a scene examination, investigators determined London started a fire after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to felony charges or an arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at www.crimestoppers.org. All tipsters remain anonymous.

Community Engagement Meeting for the Halls Bayou Tributary and Stormwater Detention

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a Community Engagement Meeting for the Halls Bayou Tributary P118-21-00 and Related Stormwater Detention Project. The purpose of this meeting is to inform residents about the status of the project and share project information.

The Halls Bayou Tributary P118-21-00 and Related Stormwater Detention Project focuses on several components to improve the conveyance of stormwater and to reduce flooding risks in this area including:

— Excavation of unnamed Stormwater Detention Basins, HCFCD Units P518-11-00 and P518-21-00; and

— Related channel conveyance improvements to Tributary P118-21-00.

This project will be funded with bonds approved by Harris County voters on August 25, 2018. Community engagement is an important component of the Bond Program, and we invite your participation as the program is implemented.

The Community Engagement Meeting will be held on:

Wed., Sep. 11, 2019
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
BakerRipley East Aldine Campus
3000 Aldine Mail Route Road, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77039

ALDINE: Public Meeting on Concrete Materials plant

Aldine residents are invited to a public meeting to learn about an application request from Rocket Materials, LLC to construct a concrete batch plant at Pinafore Lane near Aldine Bender and Hardy Toll Road in Aldine.

This will be a good opportunity to voice your comment in a public forum and obtain information from appropriate state agency.

Monday, Sep. 9, 2019
6:30 p.m.
BakerRipley East Aldine Campus
3000 Aldine Mail Rt.

This public meeting is in conjunction with State Representative Armando Walle, East Aldine District, BakerRipley and Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.