City of Houston pension hearing, Humble ISD Portrait of a Graduate: 5 things Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita residents need to know this week

The city of Houston's pension reform plan will receive a hearing at the state legislature on Monday.

The city of Houston's pension reform plan will receive a hearing at the state legislature on Monday.

Humble ISD Portrait of a Graduate

After formulating a team of community stakeholders that included parents, teachers, students and administrators, the district is expected to pass its Portrait of a Graduate at its March 21 board of trustees meeting. The plan outlines the core competencies community stakeholders expect from students, such as communication, being a global citizen, critical thinking and leadership.

City of Houston pension hearing

State lawmakers will hold a hearing Monday to discuss the city of Houston’s pension reform plan. The city wass facing $8.1 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for city police officers, firefighters and municipal workers, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

In the pension reform deal, police officers, firefighters and municipal agreed to reduce benefits by 30 percent and the city agreed to take out pension obligation bonds to repay the $750 million it borrowed from the plans in the past, Turner said.

Top golfers commit to Shell Houston Open

The world’s No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson has committed to compete in the Shell Houston, an annual PGA Tour event held in Fall Creek, according to the Houston Golf Association. Johnson and world No. 6 Jordan Spieth joined the field March 13, according to the HGA.

Johnson and Spieth headline a field that includes major tournament winners Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera. Learn more about the tournament here:

Harris County proposes new solution to flooding

The Harris County commissioners voted to recommend a study of technology that could prevent future flooding by redirecting stormwater to underground aquifers.

Commissioners recommended conducting a joint study that will be funded by the county and the Harris County Flood Control District to investigate the feasibility of using new technology to pump stormwater into underground aquifers in Precinct 4.

City of Houston to invest in Northpark Drive

The city of Houston has agreed to commit $18 million toward the expansion of Northpark Drive in Kingwood, Mayor Sylvester Turner and council member Dave Martin said.

The $18 million was originally earmarked for the expansion of Kingwood Drive to six lanes between Hwy. 59 and Woodland Hills Drive on the city’s 2018 Capital Improvement Plan.

The funds will now be used to expand Northpark Drive from four to six lanes between Hwy. 59 and Woodlands Hills Drive next year, said Jessica Beemer, North Sector Manager for the office of Houston City Council Member Dave Martin.

Shifting city funding to Northpark Drive’s expansion could be approved by the city council before the end of the year.


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.