November 2017
Greetings!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! With the Christmas Holidays right around the corner, we have an exciting line-up of events coming your way. Precinct 4’s Holiday Wonderland kicks off the season with real snow, activities, and a visit from Santa. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program offers a variety of festive trips to locations such as Houston Zoo Lights and an after-Christmas shopping spree for anyone 50 and older. Jones Park celebrates the season with an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Redbud Hill Homestead. 
 
Your Precinct 4 staff works hard to provide holiday cheer and events to enhance everyone's quality of life, but we keep our eyes and hands on serving our neighbors who need us most. Debris removal crews have almost completed their third and final pass. Since Harvey, your crews have removed about one million cubic yards of debris countywide so far.

The Public Storm Debris Drop-Off Site, located at 13928 Humble Road in Tomball, accepts debris daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during the Thanksgiving holiday starting Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Monday, Nov. 27 . Stay tuned for additional storm debris announcements. Anyone with questions can call the debris removal hotline at 713-274-3880. Read on below to find out more about some of the improvements happening around the county.

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
New Funding Source to Benefit Historical Marker Program

The Harris County Historical Commission (HCHC) may soon get a boost from a new nonprofit that will help fund the agency’s historical marker program and educational displays.

Once approved, the Friends of the Harris County Historical Commission will be able to accept monetary and physical donations benefitting the historical commission. Donors may also be eligible for tax deductions or credits for their contributions. Currently, contributions are limited because the historical commission is a Harris County agency.

HCFCD Estimates $74 Million in Priority Repairs After Harvey
 
Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has released a preliminary list of $74 million in priority repairs for Harris County’s bayous, creeks, and drainage infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

According to HCFCD, priority repairs pose an immediate and severe threat to residential or commercial areas, or to public infrastructure such as utilities or schools. Repairs such as sinkholes and slope failures, failed outfall pipes, and concrete voids are also prioritized according to severity.

Harris County Cypresswood Annex Services Relocated

Receive a jury summons? Need to register your car or attend court, but don’t know where to go? Most Harris County buildings survived Hurricane Harvey-related flooding, but a few were severely affected.
 
All Harris County offices at the Cypresswood annex, including the Harris County Clerk’s Office, the Harris County Tax Assessor, the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Harris County Sherriff’s Office District 1 station, and the Justice Court Precinct 4 Place 1, have been relocated to new locations due to flooding.

Catfish Restocking

Catch them while they last! The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently stocked Hart Lake at Pundt Park with 280 channel catfish.

Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to visit. Come prepared with the proper bait to maximize your success! 

Mangum-Howell Center Giving

Looking for ways to give back? The Mangum-Howell Center’s Doss Advisory Council is sponsoring a holiday food and toy drive.

A collection barrel will be placed in the Center lobby from Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Tuesday, Dec. 12. 

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Two new mobility projects are underway in northern Harris County. Spring Stuebner at I-45 will be expanded from two to four lanes, while Huffmeister Road will be extended from West Road to State Highway 6.

Mercer Reopens West Side Arboretum

Mercer Botanic Gardens is proud to announce the reopening of the West Side picnic and playground area. Visitors are invited to stroll the trails under the dense pine canopy of the arboretum or enjoy a picnic in the park. 

Dart Baseball at Mangum-Howell Center

If the Astros winning the world series is giving you baseball fever, you don’t have to wait until next season to get your fix! Dart baseball is going on year-round at Mangum-Howell Center every Monday and Friday at 10 a.m.

Old-Fashioned Christmas at Jones Park

Experience traditions of earlier times as the Redbud Hill Homestead comes to life with 19th-century holiday customs during an Old-Fashioned Christmas Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Call 281-446-8588 to register.
Let Us Know What You Think
What are you most looking forward to during the holidays?
No one judges you when you sit down with your third piece of pie.
Reconnecting with family and friends.
Shopping. Everyone knows I give the best presents!
Time off from work.
Upcoming Events
Holiday Wonderland
Kick off the holiday season with fun for the entire family at Burroughs Park Saturday, Nov. 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy snow, crafts, a petting zoo, holiday movies, and more. And no holiday celebration would be complete without a visit from the big guy in red, so don’t forget a camera to get a “selfie with Santa!” from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Tea Time with Terry
Anyone 50 and better is invited to Tea Time with Terry Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Led by Sage-ing International’s Terry Seufert, this gathering is an opportunity create a sense of community for participants in the second half of their life. Enjoy tea, light snacks, and engaging conversation. Call Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029 to register.
Magical Winter Lights
Enjoy a larger-than-life festival and light show Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. with six themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Mystical Forest, Lone Star State, Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystery of the East, and Landmarks of the World. Dinner is available for purchase at Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. $13 prepaid, non-refundable fee. Register online .