Jason Derulo headlines Rock the Ranch, city of Houston pension reform: 4 things Lake Houston area residents need to know this week

Jason Derulo will headline Rock the Ranch this weekend.

Jason Derulo will headline Rock the Ranch this weekend.

Humble ISD elections

Four positions on the Humble ISD school board were up for grabs May 6. The three incumbent candidates—Robert Sitton for Position 1, Angela Conrad in Position 3 and Charles Cunningham in Position 4— will return to the school board, according to unofficial early voting results from Harris County. They will be joined by Position 5 candidates Martina Dixon.

‘Rock the Ranch’

This weekend, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida and Lecrae headline the two-day music festival at the Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheater. Noon. $79 (general admission), $89 (VIP), $129 (two-day general admission). 21360 Valley Ranch Parkway, New Caney. www.rocktheranchtx.com

Pension reform takes shape

The city of Houston will begin budget workshops on Tuesday, where a major topic will be pension reform. The workshops conclude May 23.

The Texas House and Senate versions of the city of Houston’s pension reform legislation—Senate Bill 2190 and House Bill 43—are still moving through the legislative process. SB 2190 passed the Senate last week, while HB 43 is awaiting a vote by the full body.
Should pension reform fail, it could result in a $300 million budget shortfall, Houston Council Member Dave Martin.

Kingwood TIRZ board to update Northpark Drive

The Kingwood Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10 will provide an update to the status of projects within the Kingwood Mobility Study, including the expansion of Northpark Drive. The discussions will include an update of the city of Houston’s decision to shift $18 million in funds earmarked for Kingwood Drive's expansion to Northpark Drive.


Houston City Council passed a tax rate Oct. 21 of $0.56184 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2020-21, a 1.07% reduction from the previous year’s tax rate of $0.56792 per $100 valuation. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston approves lower tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21 amid calls for further reductions

The rate may still result in an increase for some taxpayers with the average homestead property value rising about 4%.

The Harris County Flood Control District hosted a virtual public meeting on Oct. 20 to outline the findings from its $700,000 Kingwood Drainage Analysis. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Study: Kingwood Diversion Ditch, Taylor Gully projects could remove 449 structures from flow paths of 100-year storm

All nine projects would cost roughly $148.35 million for construction, detention and land acquisition.

Target has built out its new store at 2075 Westheimer Road, Houston. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Target to open fourth Inner Loop location and more Houston-area business, community news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Baylor College of Medicine is seeking volunteers for a COVID-19 study looking to determine the prevalence of the viral disease in the Houston area. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)
Baylor College of Medicine recruiting participants for COVID-19 prevalence study

The study will collect samples from 70,000 individuals nationwide.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Houston hydrologist explains climate change’s role in intensified flooding, importance of planning for future storms

“We’re looking at more intense and more frequent storms, and so, as a region, we’re going to need to think about that when we’re planning. We need to plan for that worst-case climate change [scenario].”

Some Harris County residents could be eligible for free workforce training. (Courtesy Lone Star College System)
Harris County partners with Lone Star College to offer free workforce training this fall

Furloughed, unemployed and underemployed Harris County residents could be eligible for one of 17 training programs.

University of St. Thomas President Richard Ludwick cuts the ribbon for the new microcampus Oct. 20. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas celebrates grand opening of microcampus in Conroe

The center is named after St. Maximilian Kolbe, who is often referred to as the patron saint of innovation.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Greater Houston region faces glut of industrial, commercial space and multifamily housing

While the Greater Houston area has seen a glut of office space for the last six years, Patrick Jankowski said the industrial buildup has happened more in the past year and a half.

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project proposes rerouting I-45 through the East End and Fifth Ward and expanding it through the Northside. (Nathan Colbert/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston-Galveston Area Council seeking feedback on I-45 project plans

Regional leaders are accepting feedback on which projects to fund alongside the I-45 overhaul.

New Caney ISD welcomed 600 students who were previously learning remotely to campus after fall break. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
About 600 New Caney ISD students switch to on-campus instruction at end of 9 weeks

As New Caney ISD returns to school after fall break, about 600 students have switched from remote learning to on campus, according to Executive Director of Instruction Kristi Shofner.

Mickey Deison speaks at a city event. (Courtesy Larry Foerster)
Community remembers legacy of Mickey Deison, former Conroe mayor and Montgomery County judge

“He did what was needed to be done, not for any self-glory,” Larry Foerster said.

Montgomery County's COVID-19 recoveries sit at 8,403, according to the county health department. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See Montgomery County's weekly COVID-19 case count for Oct. 13-19

The county has made progress on its backlog of cases initially reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services by health care providers.