June 2013
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Welcome to the June 2013 edition of Commissioner's E-Corner! We are busy preparing for summer here in Precinct 4. In addition to updates on construction programs, this E-Corner includes tips to help keep you and your family safe while having fun.


Included in this month's edition is an important reminder to prepare for hurricane season in the event that a storm hits the Gulf Coast. Additionally, a new wastewater treatment facility is now underway in historic Old Town Spring. And you'll also find a review of fireworks safety since Fourth of July is just around the corner.


Remember, you can access past issues of Commissioner's E-Corner on the Precinct 4 websiteWhen visiting Precinct 4 online, you will find details on all of our current road projects, park activities and community center events, as well as Senior Adult Program activities through Fun4Seniors. 



Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hurricane Evacuation Map Although preparing for hurricane season should be part of our annual spring cleaning or pulling out our swim suits and getting ready for summer activities, it's all too often pushed to the back burner and forgotten. 
It's very easy to become complacent after several years without a major storm in our area and forget about the effects of Hurricane Ike, among others in Houston's history.
The entire country seems to be experiencing extreme and extraordinary weather patterns, so take the time now to collect a stock of canned goods, bottled water, and discuss an emergency plan with your family.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM) is well-equipped to assist you with creating an emergency plan for your family. You can also sign up to receive alerts from the OHSEM and find a list of emergency essentials on their website at www.hcoem.org. 
Old Town Spring Kicks Off New Water Treatment Plan
Old Town Spring Groundbreaking
Commissioner Cagle joined the Old Town Spring Improvement District, Quadvest, L.P. and Jones & Carter, Inc. for a recent groundbreaking ceremony to kick off a new wastewater project. 
Quadvest, L.P. began construction on the new system, which includes a new treatment plant, and will be available to all residents and property owners within Old Town Spring.
The new, low-pressure system will transfer wastewater from individual pump stations to a sewer line in the Harris County right-of-way, which will then flow to the new treatment plant.
The current wastewater service in the area, individual septic systems, limits the usage of many properties in Old Town Spring. The new wastewater system is expected to increase the usage potential for participating property owners.
Fireworks Safety
Without a spectacular display of fireworks, no Fourth of July celebration is truly complete. But there are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep your family, friends and neighbors safe while enjoying the show.
First and foremost, check to make sure there are no burn bans in effect and that fireworks are permissible in the area where you live. Please keep in mind that many municipalities and deed-restricted communities do not allow fireworks.
To see if there's a burn ban in Harris County, you can check the Fire Marshal's website.
If fireworks are allowed and you plan to have a display, you may want to notify your neighbors as a courtesy. 
  • Before the show, be sure to read the warning labels and product descriptions carefully.
  • Designate one member of your party to light each fuse and wear safety glasses.
  • Always have water ready when shooting fireworks.
  • Never attempt to relight a "dud" firework, but instead wait 20 minutes and then soak it in water before disposing of it.
  • Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks.
  • Soak spent fireworks in water before discarding them in an outdoor trash can.
If fireworks are not permitted where you live, you can still enjoy a wonderful show by visiting one of the numerous displays around the greater-Houston area.

Tomball Oath of Office
HCSO Major Honored
Tomball Officials Sworn In
Commissioner Cagle was honored to administer the Oath of Office at the City of Tomball council meeting in May. 

Commissioner commented on the excellent working relationship between the City of Tomball and Harris County as he swore in the returning Mayor Gretchen Fagan and returning Position 3 Council member Rick Brown.

HCSO Major Recognized

Commissioner Cagle joined the full court in honoring retiring Harris County Sheriff's Office (HSCO) Major Robert L. Van Pelt with a resolution on the occasion of the his retirement.


Van Pelt has been with the HCSO for 29 years, serving in a number of capacities including managing the law enforcement duties during Hurricane Katrina when the Astrodome became a temporary home to thousands of evacuees from Louisiana.


National Trails Day 2013
National Trails Day 2013
On June 1, Precinct 4 celebrated National Trails Day (NTD) with Bayou Land Conservancy and REI of Willowbrook to remove invasive plants, cut trails, and pick up trash. 
Over 100 volunteers joined Precinct 4 park staff to complete work at a newly-conveyed property in Precinct 4 known as the 100-Acre Wood Preserve.
National Trails Day is held the first Saturday in June each year and is a nation-wide celebration of trails featuring numerous events and projects.
Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host NTD events to celebrate the 200,000 miles of trails in America. These trails offer us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration and much more.
A huge thank you to Bayou Land Conservancy and REI of Willowbrook for their continued partnership to host NTD events with Precinct 4, and for all their hard work at the 100-Acre Wood Preserve!

Upcoming June Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:

PapermakingSat., June 15, 10 a.m. Enjoy making paper from recycled wood products, and perhaps create a unique Father's Day card in the process. This program for ages 5 and up requires registration by calling 281-446-8588.  


Invasives Beware. Sun., June 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join the JJP eradicators in recording the locations of invasive plant and animal species and removing those that threaten to crowd out native varieties at Jones Park. Participants ages 16 and older, or those accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend.


Junior AnglerSat., June 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning anglers ages 8 and older can learn the basics of fishing during a fun, interactive classroom workshop. Through various skill stations, youngsters have the opportunity to earn the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Junior Angler pin. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend with their child. Reservations are required and begin Wed., June 12. 


Jesse Jones Park Volunteers Meeting. Mon., June 24, 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV) at this month's meeting in the Nature Center to discover traditional fire-starting methods from a volunteer Karl Eisenring.


Snakes of Harris County. Sat., June 29, 10 a.m. All ages can benefit from learning to identify snakes that inhabit this area, including the three venomous species that pose a threat to humans. Learn the many ways that snakes help maintain the balance of nature and improve the quality of life. 


Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens: 

Lunch Bunch: Spring Creek and Harris County Precinct 4 Greenway Projects
. Wed., June 12, noon to 2 p.m. With just a few miles of connecting trails, the Spring Creek Greenway and adjoining Cypress Creek Greenway have the potential to connect over 300 miles of existing hard-surface and equestrian trails, as well as many Precinct 4 parks and natural spaces from Humble to Tomball. Join Mike Howlett, greenway project manager, for an overview of the largest forested urban corridor in the United States, and discover the multitude of flora, fauna, and recreational opportunities that abound here.


Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:
May Community Center: "Red, White and You" Patriotic Celebration. Fri., June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gather with friends, family and neighbors for a fun-filled, patriotic evening! Enjoy hot dogs and apple pie, plus all-American performances from several local entertainers. Advanced registration is required by Monday, June 24 by calling 281-324-3373.
Senior Adult Program: "Country Show" at the Pasadena OpryFri., June 28, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a memorable evening as talented musicians and entertainers perform country favorites. Reservations are required; for more information and to register, please call 281-893-3726. 

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Harris County Precinct 4
1001 Preston, Suite 950

Houston, Texas 77002

By phone:  713-755-6444

By fax:   713-755-8801

Email: commissionercagle@hcp4.net 

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