December 2017
Greetings!

What's your goal for the New Year? For many of us affected by Hurricane Harvey, simply recovering all that was lost during the storm may be a lofty enough goal.

As a commissioner, my goals for 2018 are simple in concept and yet monumental in scope. My colleagues and I dedicate ourselves to improving our flood control system to make sure the county can withstand the next big storm. This will take more than a year to accomplish, yet I plan to make 2018 a year of progress for our flood control system.

Your local commissioners court already approved additional floodplain regulations for new construction, and we work closely with the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) on innovative flood mitigation projects throughout the region. 

On a lighter note, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you had a chance to enjoy the recent snow, a much more fun form of precipitation! Precinct 4 transformed into a true winter wonderland, and our staff enjoyed capturing the beauty of it. Check out some of their photos on Facebook and Flickr .

Please note that the Public Storm Debris Drop-Off site, located at 13928 Humble Road in Tomball, closes Dec. 20 and reopens Jan. 3. This site takes the place of the old Spring Maintenance Facility dumpsters, which will remain closed until further notice.

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
Honoring Harvey's Heroes

We’re proud of our Hurricane Harvey heroes! Recently, we had the chance to show them off during the Tomball Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday parade. This year’s theme, “Texas Strong: Honoring Harvey’s Heroes,” recognized public officials, emergency responders, county employees, and countless other volunteers who worked through Hurricane Harvey.

Drainage Reuse Initiative Moves Forward
 
Harris County Precinct 4 is exploring a new flood control initiative that will allow the county to save and reuse excess water in times of drought.

Commissioners Court and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) launched phase one of the Drainage Reuse Initiative earlier in the year to illustrate the pros and cons of the technology. Phase two of the study, set to begin early next year, will focus on locating two pilot locations to begin testing the technology.

Most Devastating Hurricane Season on Record Ends

Local officials are breathing a sigh of relief as the most destructive hurricane season on record ends.

Three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, carved a path of destruction across southeast Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Central Texas Coast as a Category 4 storm late Friday, Aug. 25 and meandered northeast to Harris County, where it stalled. 

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Residents traveling along Gosling Road to the Grand Parkway may soon have a faster commute. All lanes along Gosling Road are now open except for one-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while construction on drainage projects continues.  

Last year, Harris County Precinct 4 began an $8.68-million project to widen Gosling Road from two to five lanes with drainage between Spring Stuebner Road and the Grand Parkway and expand the area between the Grand Parkway and Mossy Oaks to four lanes. 

Jersey Meadows Detention Basin Receives Award

A Jersey Village detention basin that blends natural flood control with recreation is serving as a model for sustainable development across the county.
 
The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), in partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 and the City of Jersey Village, completed the Jersey Meadows Stormwater Detention Basin in 2014 with a goal of reducing flood risk to residents along White Oak Bayou in northwest Harris County.

TMS Opens Gift Shoppe in Old Town Spring

Want to support Mercer Botanic Gardens and find the perfect gift for the gardener in your family? Check out The Mercer Society Gift Shoppe at 400 Main Street in Old Town Spring. 

Filled with botanic treasures, holiday gifts, and an assortment of plants, The Mercer Society Gift and Plant Shoppe is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December.

Poll Results

The majority of participants in the November 2017 poll responded that they most look forward to reconnecting with family and friends!

Others responded that they looked forward to holiday food, shopping, and time off from work.
Upcoming Events
Watercolor Basics
Discover your artistic potential by mastering the basics of watercolor painting Monday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Big Stone Lodge. Volunteer instructor Stephanie Clark will discuss the essential techniques and tools needed to begin your artistic journey. Contact Big Stone Lodge at 281-350-1029 to sign up.
Campfire Cooking
Meet at the fire ring at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Saturday Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. to learn about cooking over an open fire from a staff naturalist. Enjoy some tasty samples cooked in a cast-iron Dutch oven. Family fun for all ages. The preserve is located at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive.
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
Seniors ages 50 years and better can discover an immersive Christmas experience at beautiful the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. Carolers, a faux-snowball play area, a handcrafted model train, thousands of lights, and more make this an unforgettable experience. For more information or to register,   click here.