Houston, TX. — August 20, 2018 — At Congressman Gene Green’s monthly safety meeting Houston Patrolman Officer Kenneth Miles gave the July Crime Report for the Houston North Channel and IH 10 East corridor area.
Songwood subdivision area, according to Officer Miles, had 3 home burglaries, 1 burglary of a business, 12 vehicles stolen, 20 vehicles broken into, 2 robberies, 10 thefts, 8 aggravated assaults, 1 sexual assault and 1 arson case. Miles said the IH 10 East Freeway corridor (feeders) had 9 home burglaries, 10 burglaries of a business, 17 vehicles stolen, 30 vehicles broken into, 16 robberies, 34 thefts and 18 aggravated assaults.
New Walk/Bike Trail Planned
Melody Galland and Maria Pilar Aponte, P. E. engineers with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), gave an update on the plans for the FM 526 (Maxey Road) pedestrian-bicycle sidewalk plans which will connect Woodforest Boulevard south to IH 10.
$453 million in economic impact for the Greater Houston Area
HOUSTON — August 22, 2018 — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, today officially broke ground on what will be the largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant ever built.
The Houston area project is estimated to cost $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. Once in operation, the plant will produce 1 billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of PO and 2.2 billion pounds (1 million metric tons) of TBA annually. Startup of the plant is planned for 2021.
“Today’s groundbreaking is an historic moment for our company,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “This plant will be the largest of its kind, built to meet the rising global demand for urethanes used by billions of consumers each day and clean-burning oxyfuels that will help improve air quality around the world. The construction of this project will provide jobs for our neighbors, support local businesses and strengthen our communities with increased tax revenues across the Greater Houston region. As one of the cornerstones of our global growth strategy, the new plant will strengthen our ties in Houston and generate long-term value for our shareholders.”
HARRIS COUNTY – Voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 Billion dollar bond proposal, that will result in 237 projects to mitigate future flood dangers in the county.
With 98% of the votes counted, District Clerk Stan Stanart reported that the bond issue passed with 85% approval, or about 129,000 votes. Opposing the proposal were 15% of the voters who turned out, about 21,000. Votes were almost evenly split between Absentee, Early, and Election Day votes.
Election Day was August 25th, the one year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey onto the Texas coast.
The bond issue includes 237 projects, $1.2 Billion for channel improvements, $12.5 Million for floodplain mapping, and $1.25 Million for an early warning system.
NORTH SHORE – Sitting anonymously along the feeder road at I-10 near Beltway 8, a three story building that was once a hospital now houses over 200 children that are unaccompanied immigrants. In most cases, these young people were apprehended at the Mexican border, and detained by U.S. authorities until their disposition. This could be sending them back to their own country, or finding adult sponsors in the U.S.
On Monday, August 20 Congressman Gene Green, accompanied by State Senator Sylvia Garcia and State Representative Ana Hernandez, made an inspection tour of the facility. Green told this newspaper that he had a difficult time getting access, even though the federal government is paying for the program that supervises the children. In an earlier foray, Garcia and Hernandez had been refused admission, and blocked by armed guards from entry, as reported in this newspaper. Green said that the Southwest Key Program group, that runs the shelter, required two weeks notice and vetted those who wanted to go on the tour.
All three legislators wanted to see the facility and talked with the children, because the building is in their district, and they are ultimately responsible for its financing.
Green explained to this newspaper that the program is administered by the U. S. HHS, or Housing and Human Services administration, and Southwest Key and other groups contract with the government to care for the children until their situation can be resolved.