April 2017

Every spring, I look forward to attending the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Forum. Barbara Thomason and her staff pull together a world-class group of speakers to talk about what the coming year might bring. She let your Commissioner sneak in with the stars to kick off the event with an update on transportation projects in Precinct 4, which you can find on our Capital Improvements Projects page. Community Impact Newspaper also provides a great summary of the event here.

I’m also pleased to announce that Commissioners Court, with the support of Sheriff Gonzalez, continues to move in the direction of hiring a full-time jail administrator. Although we are still working out the details, our goal is to ensure the sheriff can focus on putting more boots on the ground rather than in the jail. 

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 though our community centers, parks department, and Senior Adult Program.

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Featured Articles
Commissioners Discuss New Flood Control Project

When it comes to flood control, Harris County historically has focused on maintaining and expanding the county’s drainage infrastructure. Now, another option may be on the table. 

Last month, Commissioners Court agreed to fund a joint study with the Harris County Flood Control District to research the practicality of using new technology to pump storm-water into underground aquifers in Precinct 4.

Make Flood Safety a Priority

Spring and summer bring the potential for flooding in Houston. Learn what you can do to prepare. 

For the past two years, the Houston area has suffered historic flooding resulting in deaths and property damage, especially areas in northwest Harris County and Precinct 4. During severe thunderstorms and flood events, residents are encouraged to check in often with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. 

Commissioners Work to Improve Efficiency at Jail 

Harris County commissioners are discussing hiring a full-time jail administrator to manage the Harris County Jail System, one of the largest in the country.

Commissioners hope to reduce the jail’s operating cost of $250 million by cutting down on staff overtime and reducing the number of prisoners sent to private prisons. 

Smart Playground at Burroughs Park

Children glued to their smart phones in public parks isn’t a new phenomenon, especially after Pokemon Go took over Houston last summer.

However, a new generation of smart playgrounds may give parents more options when it comes to balancing children’s technology use with active play.  Interested parents can check out Precinct 4’s first smart playground for children ages 5 to 12 at Burroughs Park.

Tomball Tollway Phase II Begins

Construction on a 1.7-mile segment of the Tomball Tollway began in March 2017 and will take approximately 34 months to complete.

The Harris County portion of the Tomball Tollway will extend just north of Spring Cypress Road to Spring Creek at the Harris/Montgomery county line. The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority will continue the extension of the tollway into Montgomery County ending north of Woodtrace Boulevard.

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Volunteers Needed at Jones Park 

Jones Park is hosting a trail cleanup event April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to help restore trails damaged during last year’s floods.

“Volunteers will help us finish this project a little faster,” said Jones Park Director Darlene Conley. “Restoring these trails requires a lot of man-hours digging sand from the trails and removing debris. Even after a year, we haven’t had a chance to clear some of our back trails.” 

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Free Shakespeare Festival at Burroughs Park
Attend a free Shakespeare festival featuring crafts, entertainers, face painting, games, and food trucks Saturday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burroughs Park. Performances of Shakespeare’s All's Well That Ends Well take place rain or shine Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. 

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Results are in!

Precinct 4 residents who responded to last month's poll are most looking forward to Precinct 4's Shakespeare Festival. We're excited to see you too! Make sure you check back in for our next poll. 
Upcoming Events
SAP Luncheon
Here’s the Scoop Luncheon
Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites everyone 50 years of age and better to the Here’s the Scoop Luncheon featuring live, musical entertainment Friday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Copperfield Church, located at 8350 Highway 6 North, Houston. Click here to sign up.
Heritage Festival
Enjoy a fun-filled day of educational, family friendly activities Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spring Creek Park, 15012 Brown Road, Tomball.  Rain or Shine.
Mercer Summer Camp
Botanical Time Tunnel at Mercer
Mercer Botanic Gardens invites children 6 to 12 to learn about plants through the ages during its Botanical Time Tunnel Summer Camp, held Tuesday,  June 20 through Friday, June 23 for children 6 to 8 and Tuesday, June 27 through Friday, June 30 for children 9 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon Fee: $30. Register at 713-274-4160.