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Freeport St. construction on schedule

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM ALLGOOD CONSTRUCTION prepare to pour concrete in a third new lane of the rebuilt Freeport Drive. Also being installed are new storm sewers and drains, and curbs and sidewalks.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FROM ALLGOOD CONSTRUCTION prepare to pour concrete in a third new lane of the rebuilt Freeport Drive. Also being installed are new storm sewers and drains, and curbs and sidewalks.

NORTH CHANNEL – Construction is progressing on schedule, and on budget, according to Harris County Precinct 2 coordinator Jeremy Phillips.

The $12.8 million dollar project started with an official groundbreaking last November 6th, as reported in the inaugural issue of the North Channel Star.

In his opening remarks, at that time Pct. 2 commissioner Jack Morman noted the benefit to the community, and that the money to pay for the project was primarily from the federal government, as reimbursement for damage from Hurricane Ike. The new storm sewer system should alleviate flooding in a similar hurricane situation, he said.

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Houston Port Authority achieves top ranking in Texas Comptroller program

houston port authorityThe Port Authority scored a perfect 22 out of 22 items in securing the new platinum level award, Executive Director Roger Guenther noted during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Leadership Circle program in 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that strive to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.

Guenther also reported Tuesday that May 2014 operating revenues exceeded $23 million, the highest ever reported in a single month in PHA’s history. The increase in revenues was supported by growth in bulk cargos, in particular, steel, and leveraged value of real estate assets, he said.

In her remarks during the meeting, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria reported on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act or WRRDA, signed into law by President Obama. The bill sets target appropriations for the full use of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund over time and contains provisions that would direct resources to “nationally significant ports” and “energy transfer ports.”

“Of course, our port fills both of those roles quite admirably,” Longoria said. “And our local Congressional delegation once again came together in a bipartisan way to meet the Port Authority’s needs in this legislation.”

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Over 190 DWI arrests made during Fourth of July holiday weekend

DWI arrest scene.

DWI arrest scene.

HOUSTON — The combined efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in Harris County resulted in the arrest of 192 individuals suspected of driving drunk during the holiday weekend. Additionally, the HCSO’s Traffic Enforcement Division investigated three fatal car accidents during the same time period.

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