GALENA PARK – On September 21, 1935 the city was chartered. Originally named Clinton in 1833, it was changed in 1928 at the request of the post office, who had another city in Texas with that name.
The city marked its 80th birthday on Monday, with a noon ceremony at City Hall. Councilman Juan Flores acted as master of ceremonies, and city officials, students from Galena Park high school and the public joined in the celebration.
Other birthday events during the past week included a soccer tournament, a one mile walk-a-thon, historic displays and senior luncheons at Baggett Center and Galena Manor, and LyondellBasell’s Global Care Day.
JACINTO CITY – Capital Bank proudly but quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday, September 10th with an Open House reception for its customers, employees, and shareholders.
The bank history dates back to April 10, 1965 when it first opened on Palestine Street with 285 accounts. A year later it needed a new building, which was built at the corner of Palestine and Mercury, and eventually became Jacinto City’s City Hall. In 1976 the bank moved to its present building on I-10, with a large drive-thru the next year.
The current president of the bank is Linden Goehring, an 11 year veteran of Capital Bank after many years with South Trust and Bayshore Bank.
In 1979 the FDIC moved to recapitalize the original bank, and asked Jeff Austin Jr. of Jacksonville to be chairman of the board of directors. In 1985 the bank name was changed to Capital Bank. At that time the president was Earl Votaw.
President Goehring pointed out to the North Channel Star that the bank is one of Houston’s oldest independent banks. It now has over $300 million in total assets, and has six full service locations in surrounding cities. Customers also can access over 1200 ATM’s throughout the state of Texas.
Goehring said that his goal is to add value to the relationship with each of the groups he serves: customers, employees, and shareholders.
At a Jacinto City Council meeting on September 10, the city was advised of a plan for a new trail system, that has been developed by the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition.
The purpose of the presentation was to advise council, and get their approval to proceed with planning and grant applications to pay for the trails. Council voted affirmatively for the trails.
The walking/hiking trails would start at Hermann Brown Park, north of I-10, and proceed south under I-10 and follow a path along the side of Hunting Bayou on the east side of Jacinto City.
It would pass close to Tinseltown, Market Street, have a side loop around Mercury, Main, Holland, and end near 19th Street. It would incorporate or supplement the FFA barn, the GP ballfields, and the new sidewalk system along Holland Avenue.
An additional feature would be a canoe/kayak trail, starting at Market Street and continuing 3 miles south, passing Pyburn Elementary, and ending near the fresh water canal on Federal Street.
CHANNELVIEW – LyondellBasell Channelview Complex volunteers partnered with the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and the Houston Parks Board on various projects benefitting Thomas Bell Foster Park. Some of the projects included planting trees and shrubs at the park, making improvements to a canoe launch and performing maintenance on hiking trails within the park.
“We’re honored to be selected for a third year as a LyondellBasell Global Care Day partner. The selection of our Thomas Bell Foster Park project is significant because it validates the work we are doing there for the community,” said Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition Executive Director Jill Boullion. “These improvements have enabled us to have our Kayaking for Kids program at the park, which teaches students sustainable environmental practices and a recreational skill.”
The Company’s 16th annual Global Care Day encourages LyondellBasell employees around the world to collectively participate in community service projects on the same day.