LABOR MARKET BOOMING
In December the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 3.5%, up a 10th of a percentage point from 3.4% in November 2019. Texas added 29,800 jobs over the month. In 2019, Texas set a record for the lowest unemployment rate since series tracking began in 1976.
KINGWOOD B.O.P.A. EVENT
On Saturday, Nov. 16, Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin and the Solid Waste Management Department hosted the Kingwood Batteries, Oil, Paint and Anti-Freeze (B.O.P.A.) Collection Event at the Kingwood Metro Park and Ride. Approximately 17,919 pounds of recyclable materials were collected from residents over the course of the event. Volunteers from Keep Kingwood Green aided in the effort, which ended up yielding 1,585 pounds of batteries, 1,600 pounds of used motor oil, 11,281 pounds of latex paint, 352 pounds of antifreeze, and 3,101 pounds of scrap metal.
FLOOD GATES UPDATE
In August of 2019, Phase I of the Lake Houston Spillway Dam Improvement Project (Flood Gates) started with the award of a Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA in the amount of $47,170,953 (federal share $35,378,214.75; non-federal share $11,792,738.25). The first phase of this project is currently underway and includes the City of Houston working with the Harris County Flood Control District to procure a consultant that will provide for the design, permitting, environmental, hydraulic and hydrologic analysis. The first phase is expected to be completed by the fall, but extensions may be necessary depending on results of environmental analysis and impact studies. The City of Houston will front all costs for the project and submit reimbursement requests to the Texas Division of Emergency Management on a monthly basis. Once Phase I of the project is complete, the City of Houston will renew the cost benefit analysis and submit to FEMA for their review. Upon their review, the additional funds provided to the state of Texas for this project will be made available for reimbursement to the city for completion of Phase II construction. The two phases of the Lake Houston Spillway Dam Improvement Project are expected to be completed within 36 months, with the possibility of extension if needed. As updates for this project become available, the District E Office will notify residents utilizing the office newsletter and social media platforms.