January 2018
Greetings!

Turn around, don’t drown! Be nice, don’t drive on ice! We’ve embarked on a new year in 2018, and already we must remember new slogans to keep us safe. I’m so proud of our Precinct 4 crews who worked 12-hours shifts to keep our Road & Bridge Department running 24 hours per day during the icy weather. Together, they worked to sand more than 300 miles of bridges spanning more than 2,700 miles of roadways so we can drive safely. 

The trucks you have seen sanding bridges are the same trucks that cleared trees before Hurricane Harvey, served as rescue vehicles for residents as the waters rose, and then hauled away storm debris in the storm’s aftermath. 
 
I’m also proud to announce that the more normal aspects of road construction are under way. Woodland Hills Drive now connects directly to Beltway 8, thanks to a partnership between Harris County Precinct 4 and Precinct 2. This major transportation project improves the lives of many Atascocita and Humble residents and proves just how much local government can accomplish when we combine resources.

We also strive to provide more programming at the popular Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Less than a year ago, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve opened and has become a top recreational destination in Precinct 4. I encourage everyone to participate in some of these programs and experience the preserve’s beauty firsthand. 

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 Segment of Woodland Hills Drive Opens

Residents in Humble and Atascocita have a new option for accessing Beltway 8.

Harris County Precinct 4 and Precinct 2 partnered to connect Woodland Hills Drive to Beltway 8. The roadway is expected to help relieve congestion along West Lake Houston Parkway and serve as a major thoroughfare from Beltway 8 to Atascocita.

Grant Benefits Mercer Botanic Gardens
 
Volunteers at Mercer Botanic Gardens have a new tool to help prepare for Mercer’s largest plant sale of the year.

In January, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust awarded The Mercer Society (TMS) the Metal to the Petal Utility Vehicle grant to replace a utility vehicle damaged during Hurricane Harvey. 

“The vehicle will help our volunteers transport plants from our greenhouses to March Mart and the Gift and Plant Shoppe,” said TMS President Maryanne Esser.

Every year, TMS hosts a garden-wide plant sale benefitting Precinct 4’s Mercer Botanic Gardens. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the gardens, many volunteers believed they would have to cancel the plant sale. 

A Look Back at 2017

From repairing roadways to improving traffic, Precinct 4 had a busy year in 2017. Here are just a few of our biggest accomplishments:

  • Widened Gosling Road from Spring Stuebner to Mossy Oaks to a five-lane concrete boulevard with drainage.
  • Added a second bridge over Spring Creek along Kuykendahl Road.
  • Expanded an 830-foot segment of Spring Stuebner at I-45 to a four-lane concrete boulevard with drainage. 
  • Made 13 traffic signal improvements. 
  • Answered 6,226 roadway repair requests.
  • Hauled 534,109 cubic yards of Hurricane Harvey-related debris.
Rainbow Trout Restocking

Special delivery! The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently delivered more than 1,000 rainbow trout to six Precinct 4 parks. Catch them while they last. Rainbow trout are only available during the winter in Texas. 

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve

Nature lovers can enjoy a variety of new activities at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve from campfire cooking to owl prowls throughout January. Canoe Marshall Lake with the experts or explore the park after dark with a guide. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Field Trips

What's in the water at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve? 
 
Recently, more than 120 Cypress Creek High School students found out during a trip to the preserve. Chemistry students tested the water quality at the preserve by measuring the amount of dissolved oxygen and turbidity in the water. 

Educators interested in promoting hands-on learning outside the classroom can schedule a field trip at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve by emailing kmp@hcp4.net. 

Precinct 4 Welcomes New Rangers

We’re excited to welcome new park rangers to the Precinct 4 team! 

Seven Precinct 4 park caretakers were promoted to park rangers and presented a silver badge for achieving a combination of education and experience totaling five years. Three park rangers who achieved a combination of experience and education equaling 10 years received Ranger II status and a gold badge.

Park rangers maintain the park grounds and offer security to visiting residents, but also serve as information sources.

Upcoming Events
Destinations Galore
Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites the community to the 2018 Destinations Galore Travel Show Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. Please call 281-893-3726 for directions or more information. 
Shake, Rattle, & Roll Concert
Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites everyone 50 years of age and better to enjoy the magical music of the '50s and '60s during the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Winter Concert Thursday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble.  Click here to register.
Homestead Heritage Day
H ow did 19th century Texas settlers survive without electricity? Find out during Homestead Heritage Day at Jones Park Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when authentically outfitted re-enactors demonstrate skills of the past. Click here for details.