5 things to know in Richmond this week, Sept. 11-15

It has been more than two weeks since Hurricane Harvey and the Brazos River flooding inundated the Richmond area, and things are slowly returning to normal. Check out the list below for information on school openings, debris pickup and more:

  1. School openings

Lamar Consolidated ISD students resumed classes Monday, Sept. 11, after being delayed due to Hurricane Harvey, according to a statement from the district.

Fort Bend ISD said the district will delay opening classes until at least Tuesday, Sept. 12. Teachers are expected to return to campus locations Sept. 11.

“This decision was not taken lightly,” a statement from the district said. “…We know that the success of our students is based on the emotional strength and preparedness of our teachers and staff, and it is important that they have a day to collaborate with their colleagues and administrators so they are prepared to support their students.”

Several FBISD schools experienced some damages during the hurricane and flooding events and repairs are already underway.

  1. City of Richmond Commissioner Meeting

The city of Richmond will hold a special called city commissioner meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall Annex off Morton Street. Items on the agenda include a public workshop on the proposed 2017-18 budget. 600 Morton St., Richmond.

  1. Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court Meeting

Fort Bend County Commissioners will meet 1 p.m. Tuesday. Items on the agenda include extending the emergency declaration for Fort Bend County through Oct. 10 and adjusting the proposed 2017 tax rate to $0.45300. Agendas can be found online and are usually posted at least 24 hours prior to a meeting. 601 Jackson St., Richmond.

  1. New city ordinance protects homeowners with property damage from Harvey

The city of Richmond approved an amendment to its building code last week to include an ordinance that would protect residents from contractor scams. Read more about the ordinance here. 

  1. All debris trucks deployed as of Saturday

At a recent Fort Bend County Commissioners meeting, County Judge Robert Hebert warned residents the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the Brazos River flooding will persist for weeks. Hebert said debris trucks are in full force as of Saturday, and residents with debris in front of their homes can expect trucks to return to their neighborhoods up to three times. Read more information on the Harvey aftermath the county is facing here.