Supporting the Harris County Flood Control District Bond / Upcoming Community Meetings / Buying Flood Insurance / HISD Summer Meal Program

SUPPORT 2018 HCFCD BOND PROGRAM


Drone footage from Kelsey Meyers shows flooding on Buffalo Bayou in Houston on Sunday, August 27, 2017.


Pictured above is a map of the proposed bond projects in House District 147.

The Harris County Commissioners Court has called a bond election for Saturday, August 25th, 2018. Early voting runs from August 8th – 10th, and August 13th – 21st. The $2.5 billion in bonds is for flood risk reduction projects throughout the county.

The list of proposed projects can be viewed by clicking here, and an interactive map can be found by clicking here. There are multiple projects proposed for House District 147 including storm repairs along Brays Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, and Clear Creek, as well as the storm water detention basin along Sims Bayou.

There are Community Engagement Meetings to discuss potential projects and receive community input on the emergency bond election coming up for the projects that affect District 147. Please see below for details.

WHAT:
Brays Bayou Community Engagement Meeting

WHEN:
Monday, July 9th, 6-8pm

WHERE:
Pershing Middle School
3838 Blue Bonnet Boulevard
Houston, TX 77025

 

WHAT:
Clear Creek Community Engagement Meeting

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 17th, 6-8pm

WHERE:
El Franco Lee Community Center
9500 Hall Road
Houston, TX 77089

 

WHAT:
Buffalo Bayou Community Engagement Meeting

WHEN:
Monday, July 30th, 6-8pm

WHERE:
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
12955Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

A full list of all Community Engagement Meetings can be found by clicking here. You may also call the Flood Control District Bond Program Hotline with any questions directly at 713-684-4107.

If you can’t make it to the meetings, you can still submit your comments. CLICK HERE for details on how to submit comments online, by mail, and by phone.

I SUPPORT THE BOND PROJECTS because they will help make the people of District 147 and Harris County less susceptible to flood damage. The combination of more than 150 potential projects will make a major difference in preventing flood damage.

Additionally, the individual cost of the bonds on individual taxpayers is very small.  According to the county’s Budget Management Department, “If passed, the bond issue would result in an overall tax rate increase of 2-3 cents per $100 assessed valuation – meaning that most homeowners would see an increase of no more than 1.4 percent in their property tax after all bonds were sold. (Homeowners with an over-65 or disabled exemption and a home assessed at $200,000 or less would pay no additional taxes.)”


CALL TO ACTION

Please call your U.S. Senators in Washington D.C. and tell them to wait until after the elections in November to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s replacement. Remind them in 2016, they waited until after the elections to confirm Justice Scalia’s replacement and they ought to do the same thing with Justice Kennedy’s replacement.

Click here for a video from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer talking about immigration and the Supreme Court vacancy. “Whoever fills that seat will impact the rights of its citizens for a generation,” he said.

Senator John Cornyn:
(202) 224-2934 in Washington D.C.
(713) 572-3337 in Houston
Fax: (202) 224-5220
Click here to email Sen. Cornyn.

Senator Ted Cruz:
(202) 224-5922 in Washington D.C.
(713) 718-3057 in Houston
Fax: (202) 228-0755 in Washington D.C.
Click here to email Sen. Cruz.


BUY FLOOD INSURANCE

Hurricane season is already upon us. Now is the time to buy flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you have not already.

HISD Summer Meal Program Running Through August 2nd

More than 190 schools in the Houston area are providing free meals for the summer for children ages 1-18 until August 2nd.

As per HISD, the children:

  • Do not need to be enrolled in summer school to participate
  • Do not require paperwork, registration, or proof of income to participate

Adults will be charged $2.25 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.

Serving Times
Specific serving times vary by campus.

Serving Locations
A map detailing when and where meals are being served is below. Parents are encouraged to call the site before they go to confirm serving times.

For more information, please click hereor contact HISD’s Nutrition Services department at 713-556-2979.


What To Watch

In October 2017, the Harris County Flood Control District released a video on how the Flood Control District defines a watershed, how watersheds work, and how to determine which watershed you live in. See below (or click here) to watch the short video.


Our song of the week is “Blame It on the Rain” by Milli Vanilli.

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