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Jacinto City Council receives ‘Flood Prevention Bond Project Proposal’

Early voting has begun on 2.5 Billion Bond Election

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City – On Thursday, July 26, 2018, City Manager Lon Squyres presented to City Council the flood prevention project he’s been promoting for the city with the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) should the 2.5 billion Bond Election pass.

By implementing the HCFCD list of proposed projects for Hunting Bayou upstream of Jacinto City Squyres said it stands to reason that if those improvements are made it will cause an increase of water to flow downstream more than ever before, causing even more flooding in Jacinto City. Flood control projects are required by law to show zero negative impact to upstream or downstream areas.

Squyres said, “I suggested that we look at the downstream area of Hunting Bayou for potential projects. I walked the banks of Hunting Bayou and I saw troubled areas that do not move flood water effectively. In particular, as the bayou reaches the southern border of Jacinto City, it takes an eastern turn then flows just south of Pyburn Elementary. From that point it winds and snakes back and forth making about a dozen changes in direction. At one point, the bayou forms an oxbow causing a complete reversal of the direction of the water flow. The area containing this snaking of the bayou is heavily wooded, there have never been any bayou channel improvements to my knowledge, and it’s not part of any regular maintenance program like most other bayous in Harris County. Because of this, flood debris tends to pile up in the area, farther restricting the flow of storm water. I proposed the possibility of a new diversion canal to be cut in order to allow the flow of both Turkey Run Gulley and Hunting Bayou to bypass the troubled area which would improve drainage for the Jacinto City area. The bayou’s original path would remain in place to allow areas on the bayou’s East side to drain.”

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has announced funding for four projects: Brays Bayou, Clear Creek, Hunting Bayou and White Oak Bayou. All four projects have significant local funding match requirements. If the bonds are approved, these projects could start immediately.

Chamber Luncheon hears Ana Hernandez


The North Channel Chamber held their monthly luncheon last Friday, at the Jacinto City Town Center.

Featured speaker was State Legislator Ana Hernandez, who represents District 143. She is also a practicing attorney with the firm Soto and Hernandez.

Ms. Hernandez presentation was first about her life story, and then about issues she is concerned about that she will take to the next session of the State Legislature that starts in January 2019.

She said that she was born in Mexico, and raised in Pasadena. Her parents were undocumented, giving her a special interest in this issue. She was educated at the University of Houston, and the UT School of Law.

Ms. Hernandez was first elected in December 2005, and represents parts of Houston, Channelview, Galena Park and Jacinto City.

Jacinto City Police nab Donut Store robbers


JACINTO CITY – The Jacinto City Police Department was able to chase and arrest five juveniles that had participated in a crime spree last week.

Chief Joe Ayala told the North Channel Star that a robbery of the Shipley Donut store at I-10 and Uvalde occurred at 4:00 am on Wednesday Morning, August 2nd, and officers from his department were alerted to the fleeing robbers by police radio. Although the store was not open at the time, the robbers forced their way in because some personnel were working.

According to Ayala, a car with the perpetrators left Uvalde and headed west on I-10, where it was observed by officers from Jacinto City. The car exited onto Mercury Drive, and soon turned right on Rumar Lane. At this point, two units of the Jacinto City department were in pursuit. The chase wound through some local streets, and headed back east. Eventually, with the two police units close behind, the car with the robbers crashed over an embankment and stopped in the vicinity of Jacinto Port.

The car was disabled and the youthful robbers scattered and ran, but they were soon apprehended by the police.

Construction to begin on four new San Jacinto College learning facilities

North Campus Cosmetology and Culinary Center Rendering

2015 bond referendum projects well underway

PASADENA, Texas – Following voter approval of a $425 million bond referendum in November 2015, progress on infrastructure updates and new facilities on each of the San Jacinto College campuses has begun, with four more buildings set for groundbreaking this fall.

“We are pleased with the progress being made to date on the 2015 bond referendum projects, said Bryan Jones, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Much of the work has been focused on infrastructure and campus security, so residents and taxpayers in the District will begin to see structures taking shape on each of the campuses in the near future.”


On the Central Campus, the new 145,000 square foot Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is taking shape on the edge of the campus along Fairmont Parkway. When it opens in 2019 it will be the premier petrochemical training facility for industry, designed by industry. The Center will house programs in process technology, instrumentation, electrical technology, nondestructive testing and craft trades. The Center will include adequate space to teach credit students and incumbent workers to meet the needs of the growing workforce and economy along the Texas Gulf Coast. An 8,000-square-foot exterior glycol process unit will be available to every program that trains in the building.

“From the beginning stages of planning, industry has had a seat at the table for the vision, the design and the curriculum of the Center,” said Jim Griffin, associate vice chancellor / senior vice president for the College’s petrochemical training division. “This facility will ensure that San Jacinto College produces graduates with the right skill sets to meet the workforce needs.”

The total cost of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is $60 million.

Set to break ground this fall on the Central Campus is a new welcome center. The centralized location will provide students with 43,000-square-feet of easy access to student and career resources. The new building will provide a spacious, technologically-advanced facility for enrollment services, advising, financial aid, tutoring and other related services. The total cost for this building is $16.6 million. The building is expected to open summer 2019.