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Galena Park opens Woodland Acres Police Substation

Officer James Boyett, Commissioner Barry Ponder, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioner Rodney Chersky and Officer Jason Adams. (Photo by Allan Jamail)By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, Tx. – Woodland Acres: Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018 – Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya with City Commissioners Rodney Chersky, Barry Ponder, Interim Police Chief Reese Martin, City Secretary Mayra Gonzales and Economic Development Coordinator Jorge Flores opened a first time ever police substation in the city.

Mayor Moya said, “Enhancing the safety and security of our residents is our top priority. For the last two years Woodland Acres citizens has expressed to me a concern about the long police response time to their subdivision. Today with the support of Commissioners Rodney Chersky and Barry Ponder we’ve taken action that will provide the immediate police presence on a citizen’s call for the police.”

Moya said, “The police officers stationed and working out of the substation will patrol this neighborhood cutting down on crimes such as home burglaries and other thefts. Because of the increase in property values the substation and manning it continuously seven days a week is made possible without a tax increase.”

Early voting started February 20th

Voters in East Harris County can now vote early for the Primary Election, at the following locations:

– Crosby Branch Library, 135 Hare Road

– North Channel Branch Library, 15741 Wallisvillle Road, North Channel

– Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street, Baytown

– Galena Park Library, 1500 Keene St.

– Downtown, Harris County Law Library, 1019 Congress Avenue

Early Voting Hours are:

– Feb. 20 – Feb. 23, 8 am – 4:30 pm

– Feb. 24, 7am – 7pm

– Feb. 25, 1pm – 6pm

– Feb. 26 – March 2, 7am – 7pm

The Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Polls will be open 7 am – 7pm. You may vote either Democratic or Republican ballot, but not both.

TxDOT holds meetings on I-10E improvements

The Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently holding public meetings in neighborhoods at four locations along the I-10 corridor.

These meetings are called “open house formats (no formal presentations)” and are meant to show the public areas under study, and to receive comments from persons interested in interacting with the planning process.

I-10 is under study because it carries a high volume of auto and commercial traffic, and this is expected to increase in the future due to activity and expansion in the petrochemical industry on the East side of Harris and Chambers County.

The study is known as a PEL (Planning and Environmental Linkages) study, required by the federal government. The purpose is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process, including the National Environmental Policy Act. The study encompasses I-10 East from I-69 near downtown Houston, to State Highway 99 (Grand Parkway) in Chambers County.

Public meetings were held last week, and this week, at Barbers Hill High School, Goose Creek Memorial High School, Channelview High School, and Mickey Leland College Prep Academy.

The format was to show large photos and maps of the highway, broken into sections, with drawings that indicated environmental concerns, and aerial photos displaying current road alignments and cross-sections. Forms were provided for public comments to be submitted.

For anyone missing the meeting but wanting to see the information, it is available at the TxDOT offices on Washington Avenue in Houston. It is also on the internet, at the following address: https:// The study would include the city areas of Houston; Jacinto City; Baytown; and Mont Belvieu.