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$20 MILLION OF WASTE PITS SETTLEMENT WILL BE RETURNED TO RIVERFRONT AREAS

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office won a $29.2 million lawsuit against the companies that polluted the San Jacinto River with toxic waste from a paper mill in the 1950’s, and now the County Commissioners have voted to return some of that award to the area where the pollution has affected it most. $10 million of the County’s share will be spent on environmental improvements in the Highlands area, according to County Judge Ed Emmett.

In addition, this week State Rep. Wayne Smith announced that the state’s share, approximately another $10 million, will be designated for improvements along the San Jacinto River, and administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

In a statement issued by Jackie Young of the San Jacinto River Coalition, the following was said:

“Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Harris County Commissioners voted for the County’s portion of the settlement funds from the Waste Pits Litigation to be used within a 5 mile radius of the Waste Pits and within the San Jacinto River watershed. In November of 2014 two of the three companies Harris County filed suit against, settled for $29.2 million. Roughly $10 million went to Harris County and will now be used exclusively for projects related to the local environment, recreation, quality of life improvement, and potentially for pollution control services.”

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Galena Park Soccer winners

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The Galena Park Galaxy Soccer Team won second place in the recent recreation department, city-wide soccer tournament that was held in the park beside Baggett Center. Recreation Director Ernesto Paredes presents the winners with a plaque at the last Council Meeting. Present were coaches Francisco Macias and Rolando Grimaldo, and players Fernando Mendoza, Aramatzi Macias, Eric Zapata, Nathan Gallegos, Axxel Vazquez, Jesus Resendiz, Alejandro Grimaldo, and Nathan Macias. CONGRATULATIONS, GALAXY!

Jacinto City Council hears Jamail of Keep City Clean committee

Front right: Mayor Ana Diaz / Back left to right: City Manager Lon Squyres, Councilwoman Carmela Garcia, Councilmen Greg Robinson & Allen Lee. The wording on the signs; English: We Pick Up Trash, Junk, Limbs and Other Items on Saturdays. Spanish: Recogemos basura, chatarra, ramas de arboles y otros artículos los sábados. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Front right: Mayor Ana Diaz / Back left to right: City Manager Lon Squyres, Councilwoman Carmela Garcia, Councilmen Greg Robinson & Allen Lee. The wording on the signs; English: We Pick Up Trash, Junk, Limbs and Other Items on Saturdays. Spanish: Recogemos basura, chatarra, ramas de arboles y otros artículos los sábados. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — The Mayor and Council at the regular Council Meeting on June
11, 2015, displayed new signs for heavy trash pickup with the hope it will encourage citizens to clean up their property.

Mayor Ana Diaz only eight months into her first term as Mayor in May of 2013 made it her goal to return the city’s health conditions back to the former days of better kept homes and yards. She said she was concerned with the unusual large amount of public nuisances throughout the city.

Since then Mayor Diaz recently asked for the city to have signs made to display throughout the city informing the citizens that each Saturday they could put on the curbside large items like furniture, building materials, building rubbish, old vessels capable of holding water, refrigerators, ovens and most anything else except tires. Tires will only be picked up twice each year and the city will put the dates of the free Tire Roundup in the city’s quarterly newsletter.

The city picks up trash, kitchen garbage, tree limbs and brush twice each week. Tree limbs and brush is picked up without extra charges but only if they’re tied and bundled small enough for easily lifting to place in the waste trash truck.

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