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.


Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count falls below 7K, 7 new deaths reported Jan. 20-22

Active cases in the county fell by several hundred this week, while COVID-19 hospitalizations among residents reached a new high.

DECA Beer Co. plans to open its family-friendly taproom in February. (Courtesy DECA Beer Co.)
Porter brewery DECA Beer Co. aims for early February opening

Some brew styles on tap will include stouts, Indian pale ales, berliner weisses and brown ales.

DDS Dentures   Implant Solutions in Humble rebranded in early January to Affordable Dentures & Implants. (Courtesy Affordable Care)
DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions in Humble rebrands to Affordable Dentures & Implants

The Humble location is one of six other Texas locations that were rebranded Jan. 1.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
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One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

Humble ISD has 439 active COVID-19 cases while New Caney ISD has 87 active cases as of Jan. 21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Caney, Humble ISDs see leveling out of active COVID-19 cases

New Caney and Porter High Schools continue to have the highest cases per campus in New Caney ISD.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

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New Caney ISD's board of trustees approved rezoning middle school attendance zones ahead of Keefer Crossing Middle School's opening. (Rendering courtesy New Caney ISD)
New Caney ISD deals with superintendent fallout, rezones middle schools

“These decisions aren't something that they just do overnight. This takes a considerable amount of time for them to do,” Board President Chad Turner said. “It's also something that we also have had additional workshops and have asked a lot of difficult questions of our administration to see what options we have, and at the end of the day, this is the best option for the kids.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
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