By Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM, President & CEO
Where did the summer go? It seems that school was just out and now it is time for school again. We hope you enjoyed some of Baytown’s recreational opportunities during the summer months. Pirate’s Bay was full all summer as were the splash pads and more. Our own Max Bowl is expanding to include bumper cars, sky trail, 2 story laser tag, arcade with 55 games, party rooms, etc. The building is completely remodeled with new restrooms, sports bar and grill with big screen tv’s, pool tables and shuffle board. They should be completed soon. Sounds like a good place for birthday parties!
Now, it’s time for football and after school activities. School is officially scheduled to start on Monday, August 28th with some 24,000 students expected to enroll. Our schools can also expect lots of new faces both in teachers and administrators. The new transportation center located next to Stallworth Stadium will be completed and will house some 262 buses. The Ross S. Sterling High School renovations are expected to be complete by school start time. These include a new cafeteria area and renovations to the kitchen, library, the culinary arts, the Career and Technology Education and Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. The Stuart Career Tech High will offer students the chance to earn college credit in technical areas before they graduate. The school will open with four academies. These include Construction and Manufacturing, Culinary Arts, Conservation and Ecology, and Automotive. Our school district offers so much for our students, and we should be informed on the offerings and telling everyone. Remember to watch for kids walking and don’t use your cell phones in school zones.,
We were honored to attend the naming of our courthouse in honor of Clinton F. Greenwood who lost his life at the courthouse in April. Our appreciation goes out to Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman, Constable Sherman Eagleton and to Judge Don Coffey for making this happen. It is a well-deserved honor, and we are proud to have known Pct.3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood.
We have discussed in previous articles the growth in our housing market. In addition to the single family housing boom, we are experiencing a number of new apartment complexes. The recently completed Ravella Apartments boasts 283 units and is located north of I-10 on Eastpoint. Boterra Bay located on Cedar Bayou-Lynchburg at North Main is currently under construction and will offer 384 units. Others planned include Southwinds on Kilgore Parkway and Trinity Oaks on Evergreen Road.
With all of this growth in our community, we need to be more informed and more diligent in our decisions as to who represents us on City Council. We will have three vacancies on Council for the upcoming election which will be in November. We currently have two retiring councilmen and one up for re-election. Councilman Terry Sain has announced his bid for the District 128 State Representative position and will run against St. Rep. Briscoe Cain for that position. Running in Councilman Sain’s position is Heather Betancourth. Councilman David McCartney has opted not to seek re-election and David Himsel and Jerry Doyle have filed to run in district 6. Councilman Bob Hoskins is running for re-election to District 5, and Thomas Parent has filed to run against him. Remember that once elected no matter what district a councilman represents, their decisions affect all of us. It is our responsibility to make ourselves informed and to get out and vote.