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County approves $2.5 billion bond election

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a bond order for a $2.5 billion flood bond election scheduled for Aug. 25 – the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Houston.

The goals of the bond election are to assist with recovery after previous flooding events and to make the county more resilient for the future.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis applauded the unanimous decision.

“Today we demonstrated our commitment to making flood control a top priority across the county,” Ellis said. “We are taking positive steps toward ensuring that every community in our region is able to fully recover from Hurricane Harvey and be more resilient to future storms.”

Harris County officials also confirmed in court that flood bond funds can be used alongside other funding streams to provide meaningful relocation assistance for families in flood-prone areas.

The Harris County Flood Control District has also released a list of potential bond projects in economically disadvantaged communities, where there is a substantial need for flood damage reduction work and a potential to serve the greatest number of residents. Passage of the bond will provide the opportunity to accelerate the delivery of projects. It will also leave the county better positioned to leverage local funding to take advantage of federal funding opportunities.

Harvey’s devastating floods further exposed critical weaknesses in flood mitigation infrastructure caused by federal benefit cost/ratio requirements that unfairly weighted property values over other factors like population density and risks to safety, leaving lower-income communities especially vulnerable to chronic flooding. A report released earlier this year by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium underscored the need for equitable funding to protect all vulnerable communities, a concern also shared by Ellis.

Prior to the final passage of the bond order, Ellis introduced an equity amendment that passed unanimously to ensure Harris County Commissioners Court will allocate flood bonds in an equitable manner that prioritizes vulnerable regions and communities across the county.

“This is a historic opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and break what would otherwise be an intractable cycle of vulnerability for the many neighborhoods and communities that have gone without urgently needed improvements to flood infrastructure for too long,” Ellis said.

“I am grateful for all the work that members of the Flood Control District have done on this issue and remain committed to working with them, community members and my colleagues on Commissioners Court to ensure that every region receives the improvements they need and that vulnerable areas are a top priority.”

If approved by voters, the issuance of bonds would be spread over 15 years, and the expected flood control tax increase for most homeowners would be limited to 1.4 percent or less.

For more information, contact Harris County Flood Control District Bond Program hotline at 713-684-4107.

Public input sought
The Harris County Flood Control District will hold public meetings in each of the county’s 23 watersheds to describe some of the projects the county is proposing and to solicit public input on which projects should be included.

The public hearing on the Clear Creek Watershed, which most affects the South Belt community, will be held Tuesday, July 17, at El Franco Lee Community Center, 9500 Hall Road, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Flood Control officials also have created an interactive website detailing the status of more than 150 proposed and current projects throughout the county.
Some of these projects have been in the works for several years but have been stalled by a lack of money.

The initial list of potential projects and details about the upcoming community meetings can be viewed at www.hcfcd.org/bondprogram.

The meetings will conclude Wednesday, Aug. 1, allowing time for county officials to finalize the bond package for voters prior to the Aug. 25 election.

Fourth of July parade approaches

The annual South Belt Fourth of July parade is fast approaching, set to take place Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at Beverly Hills Intermediate, located at 11111 Beamer Road.

Now in its 31st year, this year’s event will be a salute to the heroes of Hurricane Harvey.

The parade will be led by a vehicle honoring the Pasadena Independent School District. PISD Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell will serve as grand marshal of the event. Powell is being recognized for all the hard work she did both during and after the hurricane, including the opening of the doors at Dobie High School so it could be used as a temporary shelter for those in need.

Event organizers are also accepting nominations for other local heroes to be recognized.

All residents, organizations and businesses are welcome to enter.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and floats, as prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Community and nonprofit groups may sign up for the parade at no charge, unless they wish to be eligible for a prize. A $50 fee is charged for commercial entries. Noncommercial entries may enter the contest for $25.

From Beverly Hills Intermediate, the parade route will then head north on Beamer to Fuqua, then east to Sabo/Hughes Road, before traveling south onto Beamer to the parade’s final destination of San Jacinto College South.

While the procession will begin at 10 a.m., participants are encouraged to arrive at least an hour early.

Entry forms are available on Page 4B; at the Leader office, 11555 Beamer; and on our website.

The forms are to be filled out and returned to the Leader office, faxed to 281-481-5730 or emailed to mynews@southbeltleader.com by July 2.

For convenience, entry forms may be dropped off through the mail slots located on each side of the front office doors.

Fireworks display
Later that evening, residents may view the annual fireworks show at El Franco Lee Park, located at 9400 Hall Road.

Funded by the annual South Belt Spectacular Cook-off, the display is scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m.

Home invasion suspect arrested

One of the four suspects wanted for the home invasion that took place in the 10700 block of Sagewillow on June 8 has been apprehended, according to the Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office.

Following the incident, in which four males – at least three of whom were armed – kicked in the door of the residence, surveillance footage was distributed to other area law enforcement agencies in hopes of identifying the suspects.

An officer from the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Police Department recognized the lone unmasked suspect in the video as being a student involved in other crimes. The suspect was identified as 17-year-old Jersey Village resident Jordan Landaverde, and Precinct 2 deputies subsequently filed a warrant for his arrest on a charge of felony burglary of a habitation.

On June 18, deputies from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s office responded to another home invasion call in the Spring area and were able to apprehend Landaverde.

In this case, Landaverde was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief. He was also taken into custody for the felony Precinct 2 warrant.

The investigation is ongoing, and Precinct 2 deputies hope Landaverde’s arrest will help identify the remaining three suspects in the Sagewillow case.

 

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