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County will test additional wells


Harris County has announced that they will test additional private water wells in Highlands and Channelview. The project is named Phase II Drinking Water Well Sampling Project, and is a joint collaboration between Pct. 2, Pollution Control, and Public Health departments of the county. It is being paid for by funds from the settlement obtained from the PRP (Potential Responsible Parties) in the Waste Pits lawsuit. Private wells in the 77530 and 77562 zip codes are eligible, if they meet other criteria listed below. (SEE MAP TO THE RIGHT FOR PURPLE AREAS). If you are qualified, you must call 713-274-0911 before March 10 to register. Calls will be returned with an acknowledgement.

Testing will be performed at no cost to homeowners, and results will be provided to each.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Property Owner must sign a consent form;
  • Property must be located in areas shown on the map;
  • Drinking water on property must be provided from a single family, privately owned residential well, with no other water source;
  • Properties that were previously sampled in Phase I are not eligible for resampling.

Galena Park replaces police chief

Galena Park’s police chief, Edward Mata, was replaced by Mayor Esmeralda Moya and City Commissioner Rodney Chersky this week, according to media sources.

The Mayor was reportedly unhappy with Mata because he let an audience member, former City Commissioner Maricela Serna, speak out several words of disagreement during the last Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, February 21. He warned her not to speak during the meeting, but did not remove her from the room, which is what the Mayor thought should have been done.

The city reportedly appointed a new “interim” police chief from the department’s roster. Mata had been chief since last June 2016, and also served on the force as an officer, prior to 2014.

United Community Credit Union mourns Joe Harwell death

March 1, 2017 – It is with great sadness that United Community Credit Union mourns the loss of President / CEO, Joe Harden Harwell. Known in the financial industry as a successful businessman and a passionate community supporter, Harwell leaves behind a legacy of leadership. The United Community staff describes him as a generous and inspiring mentor who considered everyone an extension of family.

Before succumbing to his battle with cancer, Harwell faithfully served United Community for over 20 years. He was also President of the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation Board, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the East Houston Regional and Bayshore Medical Centers. Prior to joining United Community in 1995, he served as CEO of several other financial institutions, and was a US Navy Veteran. Harwell was a dedicated leader and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Jie Harwell, as well as a host of family and friends.

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NEW AREA BUSINESS: Frost Bank holds Ribbon Cutting

Photos courtesy of Katy Anderson, Blance Beltran.

Frost Bank’s new branch on I-10 East held a ribbon cutting last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and finished the week with a Chuck-Wagon Lunch on Friday, and a Touch-A-Truck event for youth on Saturday.

The photo above shows the official ribbon cutting, with Andrew Harrell holding the scissors, and others including Chamber president Adam Lund, executive director Margie Buentello, ambassadors from the Chamber, and Youth-Reach’s director Curt Williams at right. The bank made this organization the recipient of a generous check to show their their support for community groups.

The Grand Opening continues through April, with visitors eligible for prize drawings.