Deborah Rose-Miller (left), new chair of the Atascocita BizCom, and Jenna Armstrong, Lake Houston Chamber president, welcome Mike Lykes, chief of staff for Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Jeremy Phillips, Commissioner Garcia’s director of infrastructure. Lykes and Phillips detailed the completion of Timber Forest’s four lanes from Beltway 8 to Madera Run. Photo by Tom Broad

Speakers at Atascocita BizCom on March 7 all sang the same tune, “Rain, rain, go away. You can return when our projects are done!”

Rain has delayed the completion of the new 20-acre Atascocita Park, the construction of the new four-lane Timber Forest Drive, and the new hike-and-bike trail behind the H-E-B, according to Jeremy Phillips, director of infrastructure for Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

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Phillips estimates the Timber Forest project now will be completed by the end of the year and “…should give Atascocita motorists an alternative to and relieve congestion on West Lake Houston Parkway,” he said.

The hike-and-bike trail should open the second quarter of this year, Phillips predicted, and he’s anticipating that Atascocita Park’s trails, pond and small dog park will be ready by the end of the year.

Rain also hindered $125 million worth of Humble ISD construction projects financed by a bond approved last year.

Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown listed a multitude of rain-delayed projects, including security upgrades for all schools, turfing for all football fields, and turfing Turner Stadium’s baseball and softball fields. The proposed transportation center on Mill’s Branch Road is in its design stage. An architect is being selected for the 10-12 classrooms and third gym being built at Atascocita High School, projects that should take two years to complete. A third gym, Brown says, also is scheduled for Summer Creek High School.

A third gym, new library and cafeteria are planned for Humble High, according to Brown, and, because of its complexity, will take three years.

The approved bond money will fund multi-purpose rooms and gyms for all elementary schools without them, Brown said. More information about the bond money construction schedule can be found at humbleisd.net/bonds2018.

Memorial Hermann has completed their projects – $115 million worth since the health care system purchased the Northeast campus from the City of Humble’s Northeast Hospital Authority last year, according to Noel Cardenas, vice president of operations.

In addition to a new physician office building and the new patient tower, Northeast repurposed the “old” patient tower into offices and has added two new conference centers available to public organizations. They accommodate 120 and 80 attendees each.

With Memorial Hermann’s Convenient Care Center open in Kingwood and the ob/gyn physicians relocated to the Town Center office, Cardenas assured residents that the portable offices soon will be gone, opening additional parking spaces.

A major construction project is underway at Rosewood Funeral Home’s Humble location. Responding to customer preference, Jess Fields, Jr., Rosewood’s vice president of marketing, said the family funeral home and cemetery is developing a Cremation Garden to be dedicated in late spring.

On a somber note, Atascocita High School Principal Bill Daniels had thoughtful words for parents and those who care about kids.

“There is a virtual village out there and our kids are the commodities, to be used and then disposed of,” Daniels said. “We’re dealing with ‘cyber bullying’ but we’re not dealing with ‘cyber friending.’”

Daniels described apps that mask sites kids are visiting, sites that approach kids for alcohol, drugs and even human trafficking.

“We tell our kids never to talk to strangers – ‘stranger danger,’ yet our kids are being approached by strangers online,” Daniels said. “It’s time in Texas to teach our kids how to assess people and places they meet on social media and make sound decisions on who to have social media relations with.”

The next Atascocita BizCom is June 13. There is no cost, but registration is required. To register, visit lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.