Drainage, firefighters, Hwy. 146 construction: 10 Bay Area stories to follow in 2019

Clear Creek was one of several tributaries that flooded in the Bay Area during Hurricane Harvey. The creek will soon be improved.

Clear Creek was one of several tributaries that flooded in the Bay Area during Hurricane Harvey. The creek will soon be improved.

There is plenty of news happening in the Bay Area, and stories will unfold throughout the year. Here are a few stories worth keeping an eye on.

Bay Area continues fight against flooding

A year and a half since Hurricane Harvey, officials from Harris County, League City, Clear Lake and other Bay Area communities are doing everything they can to address flooding and drainage issues from local and regional perspectives.

Proposition B to be implemented

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Dec. 18 announced in a press release implementation of Proposition B would begin after a court dissolved a temporary restraining order on the charter amendment.

Hwy. 146 construction begins in March

After a 180-day delay due to right of way acquisitions and relocations, construction is set to begin in March and will take five years and four phases to complete.

CCISD pushing for school safety legislation

Clear Creek ISD officials have met with state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and state Rep. Greg Bonnen, R- Friendswood, who are supportive of CCISD’s push for legislation that would improve school safety.

Houston Spaceport Phase 1 infrastructure development begins in February

Contractors will break ground on building infrastructure, which includes four main roads, in February.

League City officials poised to sign agreement for Epicenter

City officials and the developer are preparing to sign a development agreement that would see construction of Epicenter and a new sportsplex begin. Officials have set a target date of Jan. 31.

Army Corps will consult international, local experts to refine Texas coastal barrier plan

The Army Corps and the Texas General Land Office will soon bring in international officials that have successfully implemented storm-surge barriers in other countries to assess the Texas coastal barrier plan.

UTMB leases former Bay Area Regional Medical Center

The former Bay Area Regional Medical Center will open as UTMB Health Clear Lake Campus by early March.

Concerned parents await results of Clear Creek ISD special-education audit

A consultant surveyed district parents about the district’s special-education services and got a 28 percent response rate. The consultant will use the survey when putting together its recommendations by March.

League City Fire Department continues recruitment efforts, awaits new station

As a result of a recruitment campaign, 60 League City residents applied to become League City firefighters as of mid-December.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.