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Left to right back row: Council Members Gregg Robinson, JJ Rivas, Allen Lee, Mario Gonzales, and Carmela Garcia. Left to right front row: Ana G. Ayarzagoita, Mariana Mayorga, Angelica Rodriguez, Carla Benavides, Mayor Ana Diaz, Shelby Loya, Andrea Marroquin, Jailene Salinas, and Jesus J. Armenta Jr. Not present from Furr High School: Lizbeth V. Hernandez and Chantha Mak. Not present Galena Park High School: Daniel Nieto, Angelica L. Torres, Juliana E. Martinez Strain, Victor Carpio, Bianca A. Ibarra, Adriana N. Cano, Gisselle Gonzalez, Samuel L. Villa, and Lidia Almeda. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — At the City Council meeting the city hosted and recognized the Top 10% scholars residing in the city from Galena Park High School and Furr High School. The diverse group of scholars will be pursuing careers ranging from criminal justice to engineering to education. They are a microcosm of what Jacinto City is all about, hard work, values, integrity, and perseverance. The students received a certificate of achievement, a Jacinto City lapel pin and embroidered city cap. Cake and refreshments were provided to students and citizens in attendance.

City Manager Lon Squyres reported a 75/25% Community Development Block Grant to fund the engineering study cost for water line replacement for the streets east of Kerby to Holland Avenue. The total projected cost if approved is 1.2 million with the city paying 25% or $30,000.

Squyres issued a plea for residents to help control mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods by keeping their grass mowed and removing water in any outside containers. Citizens allowing their lawns to exceed 9 inches in height is subject to a fine. There are reports that six pregnant women in Harris County have the Zika virus which deforms the baby’s brain.

Police Chief Joe Ayala said the police department has zero tolerance on anyone breaking the NO FIREWORKS law and violators will receive a high fine if convicted of using fireworks in the city.

The Chief reported a burglary of the CiCi’s Pizza on the East Freeway. He reported the police department was awarded a funding grant to purchase radar equipment for the patrol cars.

Misha Shruptrine Parks and Recreation spokeswoman announced a 4th of July bike parade. Participants should meet at the gym at 1022 Mercury Drive at 11 AM. The gym will be open from 9 AM till 4 PM, hotdogs and refreshments will be served. For more information call 713-673-4624.

Garret C. Berg, Port of Houston Assistant Manager and Community Relations spokesman invited citizens for a free 90 minute round-trip boat tour of the Port of Houston. The Sam Houston tour boat will hold 100 passengers in the air-conditioned lounge and standing on the rear deck. Reservations can be made at 713-670-2416 or at