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Posts published in “Day: February 4, 2020

Concrete plant application withdrawn

The applicant, Nomadic Aggregates LLC was represented by Ailene Rivas, who stated that she was the company president, owner, and a native of the Aldine area.

Large crowd at meeting forces reversal

ALDINE – A large crowd of concerned residents of the Aldine area gathered last Thursday night at the Northeast Community Center, to hear details of another concrete batch plant application in their immediate area. The contentious meeting ended in a surprise, when the beleaguered company president stated that she was withdrawing the application. It seemed the residents had won.

The meeting was called by State Representative Armando Walle, and present were members of the TCEQ, or Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and representatives of the applicant company.

A large crowd filled the room at the Northeast Community Center, and spoke against the plant. Here Castlewood resident Steve Adame relates the problems he has had with the TCEQ and their review process.

The discussion and comments made by the public were contentious, and at times very derogatory toward the company representative, Ms. Aileen Rivas, who said she was a part owner of the company and its president. Some of the speakers from the public said she did not have very thorough answers to their questions and concerns, and they questioned whether she really was the president of this company. She said that she had a partner who had the technical answers, but she declined to name him.

The meeting ran over its scheduled time, and as one speaker after another voiced their opposition to the application and the possibility of another concrete plant in their residential area, the company representative looked more and more defeated. Finally the TCEQ facilitator, who was in charge of running the meeting, privately queried the company and the TCEQ, and they announced that the application had been withdrawn.

The audience reacted with applause and enthusiasm, but as explained to the Northeast News after the meeting, the company could reapply at a later time if they wanted to. There is apparently no limit on how often or when the application can be made.

It is apparent in this meeting, and a previous meeting held to oppose the Rocket Materials proposed plant on Pinafore Lane, the TCEQ has very limited power to regulate or even evaluate proposals. They can only judge air pollution, not water, noise or traffic concerns.

In her opening remarks, Rivas had said that the plant would have dust collectors, recycle wash water, wash down exiting trucks, sweep the street, and only have about 7 trucks per hour. However the permit was for 24 hour operation, 7 days a week.

Audience questions centered on pollution to the air and noise for neighbors, and damage to streets already evident at other similar plants.

Speakers included Codey Williams of the AirAlliance, who spoke about the danger to health of the small particulate matter released by this type of plant.

Opposition speakers included Rep. Carol Alvarado, and Mike Light of Commissioner Garcia’s office. Rep. Walle said, “I respectfully ask Nomadic Aggregates to withdraw their application and find another use for the land.”

Aldine FFA holds annual Show & Sale

Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Angel Allen, and purchased by First Construction Group for $16,500.

ALDINE – FFA agriculture students held their 61st Annual Livestock Show last Friday night at Campbell Center. Hundreds of people packed the stand, as 60 lots were auctioned off to high bidders.

Proceeds from the sale will go to scholarships, and the cost of raising the animals. An unofficial tally of the bids shows that over $175,000 was raised in the initial bidding, with later add-on increasing this figure. The Northeast News will have a photo report in an upcoming issue.

Bidders, family and fans packed the seats, including Superintendent LaTonya Goffney, Board President Paul Shanklin, Steve Mead, and many others.

Café with the Commissioner

Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia chats with an Aldine family at his Café last Saturday.

ALDINE – Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia held an informal meet the public event last Saturday, Jan. 25th at the Mi Tienda market on Little York Road.

Garcia listened and chatted with dozens of individuals and families about issues that concerned them in Precinct 2, including water and sewer availability, cleaning of ditches, removal of nuisances, dumping of trash on roads, and more.

Garcia conversed freely in Spanish and English, and says he plans more of these social events.

Mi Tienda employees welcomed the opportunity to meet and talk with Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

Free Infant Care Classes

Harris County Emergency Corps is offering free classes to women who are in their 2nd and 3rd trimester. The classes consist of 5 free classes, upon completing the classes there will be a baby shower. All expecting mothers will be eligible for a car seat, portable crib, diapers, and other baby care items. Classes start at 6 pm at 2800 Aldine Bender Rd.

• 02/05/2020 – Car Seat Safety

• 02/12/2020 – Safe Sleep

• 02/19/2020 – Infant CPR & Water Safety

• 02/26/2020 – Infant Emergency and Medication Safety

• 03/04/2020 – What to expect when you are home!

• 03/11/2020 – Baby Shower

For any questions or more information please text or email Amy at acorbett@hcec.com or 832.655.0235.