September 21, 2020 – Jacinto City’s newest budget has provided for acquiring three drone planes to improve city services and to make it safer for emergency personnel.
City Manager Lon Squyres said the city’s police, fire and emergency management departments each has one. The drones have speakers, night lights as well as infra red night vision cameras, costing about $4,500 each.
Lt. Mark Longrigg one of the police department’s drone operators said, “These drones are and will be used for many purposes, such as assisting us in locating lost children, elderly and etc. Ariel surveillance to locate suspects, suspect vehicles, etc. We’ll use them to access locations that might be inaccessible to patrol vehicles and personnel.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restrictions on where drones can and cannot fly, rules regarding air space use and they cannot be flown over 400 feet high.
NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – The approach of fall like weather did herald the return of Friday night lights to local football fields, although many locals feared COVID 19 would forestall this season.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Galena Park I.S.D. Athletic Facilities will be at limited capacity for the 2020- 2021 season. North Shore Mustang and Galena Park Yellow Jacket fans can watch all home games live, on the new GPISD Athletics YouTube Channel. Although you will not be able to cheer on your team in person, we hope you will root on the Mustangs or Yellow Jackets from afar for each home game.
Galena Park plays Baytown Lee in a non-conference game Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
October 2 the Yellow Jackets stay home to take on Caney Creek of Conroe in a non-conference game.
Friday, Oct. 9 the Yellow Jackets travel to Missouri City, Texas to play Fort Bend Marshall in a conference game.
Baytown Sterling comes to town Oct. 16 at 7:00 for a conference game.
HIGHLANDS – Concerns for the Coronavirus have put a temporary end to public meetings regarding the remediation of the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River.
But twice this month, Jackie Young Medcalf, the director of the San Jacinto River Coalition and THEA, held ZOOM meetings on July 1 and 15, to inform the public on the status of the remediation project for the pits.
The concentration of meetings was due to the release by the EPA of the 30% RD, or Remedial Design documents. There were over 30,000 pages of data and narrative, covering the Northern and Southern impoundment areas, and the Sand Separation area.
In addition to the report, EPA confirmed that the toxic material was deeper than first thought, and that remediation would take longer than announced.
The time line has stretched from a 2 year project, to now what is expected to take 7 years to complete, according to the engineering consultant, GHD Corp. On top of that, Jackie announced in the July 15 Zoom meeting that EPA had just granted a 160 day extension to the start of the project, moving it well into the year 2028. This will likely conflict with TxDOT’s plans to replace the I-10 bridge with a higher, wider highway.
Jackie said that in examining the RD documents, she was concerned about omissions and inconsistencies. She said that there was not enough “due diligence” exhibited in the work process, nor transparency. In the health and safety section of the RD, she said it was too generic and did not address the specific problems of this site, such as barge traffic and weather extremes such as hurricanes and floods.