October 2017
Greetings!

This past month has been extremely difficult for most people. As many of us return to our routines, I encourage you to take a break and enjoy your community again. You deserve it. 

Our Senior Adult Program and community centers offer a full line-up of events at locations across the precinct. Many of our Road & Bridge crews have returned to the important task of maintaining your roadways and helping keep your communities beautiful. Even our parks and Trails As Parks program continue to approach pre-Harvey levels of programming. 

I also want everyone to know that our hardworking crews have completed the first pass of debris removal in our affected neighborhoods. Help came in the form of your very own Road & Bridge Department, private contractors hired by Harris County from all over the country, TxDOT, local municipal utility districts, homeowners associations, and your neighbors using the self-help debris drop-off station, located at 13928 Humble Road in Tomball.

Together, we were able to remove more debris in two days than we were able to remove in three weeks after the Tax Day Floods. And, we were able to achieve the first pass 20 days ahead of an already aggressive schedule. Congratulations, to your teams working together. You may help us identify debris that still needs to be picked up by calling the debris removal hotline at 713-274-3880. I want to thank you all for remaining so patient during this enormous undertaking. Stay updated on all the happenings around Precinct 4 on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As a reminder, you can access past issues of Commissioner's E-Corner  on the  Precinct 4 website.   Visit Precinct 4 online to learn more about our road projects and upcoming events available through our community centers, parks department, and Senior Adult Program.
Harris Co. Precinct 4 logo - R. Jack Cagle, Commissioner
 
Featured Articles
Debris Removal Hotline Still Active

Precinct 4 continues to make progress on debris removal for the nearly 11,000 homes that flooded across the precinct. 

With the first of three passes complete, debris removal crews are now beginning their second pass in Precinct 4’s flood-affected areas. Although crews required three weeks to clean up after the Tax Day Floods last year, Precinct 4 and its partners are now removing the same amount of debris in two days. To date, crews have removed nearly 500,000 cubic yards of debris from Precinct 4 neighborhoods. 

Fighting Back Against Bandit Signs
 
Many have noticed the ubiquitous “We buy houses” or “Roof repair” signs taped to poles in county right-of-ways and intersections.

Not only can these signs be unattractive, but they are also illegal.

Find out how you can help your community get rid of bandit signs.

Partnership Improves Safety at Precinct 4 Parks  

Residents can now enjoy safer parks and greenway trails thanks to a new partnership with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

In August, Precinct 4’s Parks Department and deputies with the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office met with game wardens to share information, pledge resources, and get to know each other over a hot pot of coffee. 

Mangum-Howell Center Available for Weekend Reservations

Looking for a place to host your private event? Rooms at Precinct 4’s Mangum-Howell Center and Doss Activity Building at Doss Park are now available for weekend reservations on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Free Performances at Mangum-Howell Center

The community is invited to enjoy free theatrical performances presented by Cypress Creek F.A.C.E. at Precinct 4’s Mangum-Howell Center this winter. Check out the event schedule by clicking here.

Fun4Seniors Donates to Community Partners

We’re thankful for our community partners! Recently, Fun4Seniors donated $1,000 to Precinct 4 partner sites including St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, Copperfield Church, and Champion Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village. These partnerships allow Precinct 4 to offer luncheons and bus trips to residents in more areas across the precinct 

In October, Fun4Seniors voted to make another $1,000 donation to Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, another partner location. The money will help the center rebuild after Harvey.
Become a Hurricane Harvey Hero

More than one month after Harvey struck the Gulf Coast, the Harris County Animal Shelter at Veterinary Public Health (VPH) still needs to find homes for 1,000 displaced animals.

Because of the high number of pets lost during the storm, VPH temporarily increased the stray hold window for animals from 72 hours to 30 days to allow ample time for an owner to reclaim their pet. Now that the stray hold period is up, VPH is urging the community to adopt or foster unclaimed animals.

Upcoming Events
Howling Good Time Costume Dance
Everyone 50 years of age and better is invited to a costume dance featuring the River Road Boys Wednesday, Oct. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Costume contest prizes will be awarded for spookiest, funniest, best couple, and best overall costumes. Learn more and register here .
Creepy Critters Walk
Precinct 4 invites the community to a Creepy Critters Nighttime Walk Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Experts will lead discussions on bats, bugs, owls, and mammals. Sign up online . All ages are welcome. Meet near the park's restrooms.
Tribute to Veterans Dinner and Concert
Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites veterans and their spouses to Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s Tribute to Veterans Dinner and Concert Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Register online .