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City of La Porte Newsletter

LIFE. BY THE BAY. LA PORTE TO CELEBRATE ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY IN A BIG WAY In just a few short months, the City will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary in a big way and we hope that you will join us! Festivities will be kicking off on Thursday, May 11, 2017 and we’re going all through the weekend. A citizen committee helped shape the schedule for the celebration and there’s something planned for every member of the family. Mark your calendars because we know you won’t want to miss a minute of the fun! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Thursday, May 11: • Kids Rodeo at Lomax Arena from 3:30 pm to 9 pm. This event will feature mutton busting and calf scramble, along with vintage carnival games and face painting. This event is free. Friday, May 12: • Kick-off Concert at the San Jacinto Monument from 5 pm to 10 pm.

You won’t want to miss this concert headlined by Texas country music star Cody Johnson and La Porte’s own Jake Worthington. The show is free, but you must have a ticket to get on the bus from the remote parking sites. Tickets will be available for La Porte residents starting on February 1, 2017 and will open to the general public on March 1, 2017. • Kick-off Gala at Sylvan Beach Pavilion from 6 pm to 11 pm. For those that want a more upscale experience to start the anniversary celebration, join us at the Historic Sylvan Beach Pavilion for a night of dinner and dancing, featuring entertainment by one of our favorites, the Mambo Jazz Kings. Tickets are $50 per couple.

Saturday, May 13: • Anniversary 5K through Downtown La Porte starting at 7 am: We’ll start at LPHS and run through old La Porte, finishing back at the high school. Stay tuned for registration details and final route map. • Anniversary Parade down Broadway between Main Street and Fairmont starting at 10 am. We’re working on the lineup for this now, but we’re hoping to showcase a lot of businesses and dignitaries that we haven’t seen in our parades! • Airplane and Auto Show at La Porte Municipal Airport from 11 am to 3 pm. While the vintage planes, cars, and trucks are the focus, we’re also looking for up-and-coming bands to compete in the Battle of the Bands. This event is free. • Showcase Concert at Sylvan Beach Park from 6 pm to 10:30 pm. This will be a night of music you won’t want to miss. Our headliner will be Clay Walker and we’re still scheduling several other artists that will be performing, as well. We’ll have food trucks, beer garden, laser tag and other entertainment. Discounted, pre-sale tickets for La Porte residents ($10 per person) will start on February 1, 2017. Starting March 1, 2017 and extending to the day of the event, everyone can purchase tickets for $20 per person. Sunday, May 14: • Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch at Sylvan Beach Pavilion from 11 am to 3 pm. Treat mom to a very special brunch at Historic Sylvan Beach Pavilion. We’ll have a special gift for all moms, photo booth to capture this special day, a first-class menu, and live musical entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person. Check back at www.laporte125.com for more event details, maps, ticketing information, La Porte history, and vintage LP photos.


Let’s talk trash….errrr, garbage that is, as in garbage bags! It’s that time of our new fiscal year to think about getting the garbage bags packs ready for you, the La Porte residents! We have some exciting news to share. We are delivering this time around. Yes you heard that right, we are bringing the bags to you, and that’s not just trash talk!

Love

IS IN THE AIR This February, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, La Porte Municipal Court will once again host our “Love is in the Air” event providing no cost weddings and vow renewals for La Porte residents.

In the past you received a coupon voucher, had to keep track of it, and then come by to pick them up. City staff said there’s gotta be a better way. And, that’s how this new service program was born. So stay tuned as we work out all the details, and be on the lookout for our flyer in your utility billing.

R.O.C.K. Juvenile Community Service Program The R.O.C.K. Program will kick-off 2017 with one of our favorite speakers, Harris County gang specialist James Odom. James currently serves as the Gang Resource Coordinator for the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and has been working with some of Houston’s most active street gangs since 1996. James has a unique ability to connect with our participants and addresses all sorts of issues 2 Life. By the Bay

facing young people today. The program’s February focus will be on distracted and impaired driving. Participants will get the feel for impaired driving in a real hands-on simulation using our SIDNE cars. March will feature speaker Frankie Buggs, a youth behavior specialist who will address anger management, substance abuse, decision making and other relevant topics.


City of La Porte Planning & Development Department Your property is subject to flooding. Due to La Porte’s proximity to Galveston Bay and the vulnerability of low lying areas, flooding is always a concern to citizens. Flooding typically occurs between January and April. Here are some things you can do now to be prepared so you can protect yourself and your property. • Get a flood insurance policy. Basic homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from floods. Some areas of La Porte are at a lower risk of flooding according to FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and may be eligible for a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy. Ask your agent for details. Don’t delay – there is a 30-day waiting period before a policy takes effect.

evacuation seems likely. Shut off the electricity and all gas appliances before you evacuate. Make a household inventory. • Look over your structure for water entry points. These can be doors and dryer vents, and can be protected with temporary shields. Make sure your downspouts drain away from your house. • Check with the City’s Planning and Development Department to see if a permit is needed to make repairs or rebuild following a flood event. Permit information and copies of elevation certificates can be obtained at the City office located at 604 W. Fairmont.

Don’t be left high and dry. Start today so you can be ready for the next flooding event. Contact the City with any questions relating to flood damage and floodplain information. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

• Keep debris and trash out of the streams and ditches. It is illegal in La Porte to dump any type of debris into a stream or drainage ditches. Debris can become entangled in culverts and streambeds, and impeded drainage that can cause the flow of water to back up. Don’t dump in the storm drains; they drain to Galveston Bay. • Make an emergency supply kit for your home, and know the evacuation procedures. Keep a full tank of gas in your car if Life. By the Bay 3


The red carpet will be rolled FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE – HOLLYWOOD out welcoming couples to the Hollywood-themed Father LIGHTS!!! Daughter Dance.  Put on your best and get ready for a glitz and glamour night full of fun, door prizes, laughter and dancing starring father’s and their daughters. Light refreshments and candy bar will be provided and dads and daughters of all ages are welcome.   Professional photography will be provided by Heartsongs Photography for an additional fee. Facility: Norman L. Malone Senior Center Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 Time: 6:30 – 9pm Ages: All ages Fee: $10 per person Registration Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017 Maximum: 125

Mardi Gras on Main

Sunset Sip & Stroll

Join us for three full hours for the Mambo Jazz Kings, food trucks, stilt walkers, face painters, the King & Queen, and much more! While this is a free event to the public, the Craft Beer Garden (pay to get in!), market (free to browse but vendors will be selling their products), and food trucks will not be free! Entertainment, face painting, mega slides, band, dancing, and fun are all on the house!

Imagine a night out in a quaint little town where everyone feels like a local complete with music, art, wine, and a farmers market and you’ll find yourself at the Sunset Sip & Stroll Farmers Market in La Porte! Enjoy a glass of wine as your peruse local farmers crops for the month, watch local artist do live tandem paintings, browse artisans creations, and stroll through the eclectic shops on Main Street.

Facility: Main Street & Five Points Plaza Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Time: 4pm – 9pm Ages: All ages Fee: Free

Facility: Five Points Plaza Date: January 21, 2017 February 18, 2017 March 18, 2017 Time: 4-9pm Fee: FREE

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Servolution Help us start a service revolution by assisting us in a community wide service day. We’ll be assist residents and local businesses with beautification projects city-wide. Projects include, but not limited to: landscaping, painting, small building projects, interior and exterior clean up, etc. Submit your project or sign up as a volunteer by calling the Parks and Recreation Department (281) 470-7275. Facility: City Wide Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Time: 9am- 5pm Age: All Ages Fee: Free Registration Deadline: Projects - February 24, 2017; Volunteer Groups – February 27, 2017

Main Street Trade Days

Mimosas and Monet

Spring Break Camp

Enjoy a day out with a group of friends the first Saturday of each month in downtown La Porte browsing trade day vendor creations like antiques, collectibles, repurposed furniture, and artisan vendors. While you’re in downtown La Porte don’t forget to visit our local shops on Main Street and grab a bite to eat at a local eatery!

No painting experience needed, for Mimosas and Monet, with our step by step instruction by a different local artist each month held in conjunction with Main Street Trade Days. Grab your friends for day of fun! You are welcome to bring champagne or your favorite beverage of choice.

With the kids out of school they need a place to have some fun and play. Sign them up for our spring break camp. They will enjoy games, crafts, trips, and plenty of activities to keep them entertained during their days off.

Where: Main Street Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Time: 10am-2pm

Contingency Location – Original City Hall

Where: Main Street - Outdoor Venue between Pet Boutique and Tea Room; Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 Time: 10am-12pm Age: 21+ Fee: Various Registration deadline: February 27th @5pm Minimum: 10 Maximum: 25

Facility: Evelyn Kennedy Recreation Center Date:     Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, 2017 Time:     8:00am – 4pm Age:       6-12 Fee:       $80 Registration Deadline: March 6 at 5pm Minimum: 5 Maximum: 10

V.I.P.A.R. Program 2017 (Volunteers in Parks and Recreation) The City of La Porte is looking for the next generation of responsible candidates to assist with recreational programs, camps and events!  If you’re 13 or older and would like to get involved or need community service hours for school contact us today. The V.I.P.A.R. (Volunteer in Parks and Recreation) program enable youth to build a foundation of knowledge, positive attitude, and skills that are needed to be a responsible volunteer. Check in once a week at Charles Walker to gather assignments. Facility: Charles Walker Recreation Center Date:     January 6-December 15, 2017 Time:     3-8pm Age:       13-18 Fee:       Free Registration deadline: November 13 @ 5pm Minimum: 2 Maximum: 30 Life. By the Bay 5


New Year, New Faces, New Projects, New Development! New Faces!

United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Specialist and prior to arriving in La Porte, he worked at Third Coast Custom Homes. David began work in La Porte on May 23.

We’re pleased to welcome several new employees to the La Porte family. •

Ian Clowes is the new City Planner. Ian has held several planning positions for the City of Pearland and was most recently with Harris County. A native of Michigan, Ian is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and City Planning. Ian started in La Porte on October 31.

Michael Collier is the new Deputy Building Official. Michael holds certifications in every facet of code enforcement and building inspection and is a certified floodplain manager. Michael has over 15 years working in the inspections department for the City of Jasper and was a Rescue Chief for the Silsbee Fire Department prior to his service in Jasper. Michael began work on October 10.

Jenny Lynn is the new Marketing/PR Specialist. Jenny comes to La Porte from the Plano Chamber of Commerce and has a very strong background in event planning. She is a graduate of Texas A & M University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. Jenny started work on December 5.

Grady Parker is the new Senior Systems Administrator. Grady has extensive experience with server administration, network administration, as well as end user support. He is a graduate of both ITT Technical Institute and the University of Houston, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Grady began work on October 10.

Lorenzo Wingate is the new City Engineer. Lorenzo was most recently the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Missouri City and prior to that, he worked on a wide variety of civil engineering projects in both the public and private sectors. Lorenzo is a graduate of Lamar University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Lorenzo began work on November 21. Kennard Givens is the new CIP project Manager. Kennard will be coordinating most of the City’s capital improvement projects. He is a graduate of Prairie View A & M with a Bachelor’s in degree Engineering and has extensive knowledge and experience working in Public Works & Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Aviation and Capital Improvement Projects Divisions. Kennard began work on July 25. David McAdams is the new Public Improvement Inspector and he’ll be conducting site inspections for all of the public infrastructure projects. David is currently enlisted in the

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New Projects! With the new budget, several exciting projects were approved, in addition to many of the annual maintenance programs, like street resurfacing and utility infrastructure. •

City Receives Grant for New Playground Equipment: Lomax Park and Tom Brown Park will see new play equipment this year, thanks to a grant that funded half of the cost of the primary play structures.

New Pavilion and Restroom at Five Points: The existing former Parks and Wildlife Building will be demolished and a new, open-air pavilion with restroom facility will be constructed in its place. This pavilion will complement the amenities currently at Five Points and provide an ideal outdoor gathering place for the community.

Beautification along Wharton Weems at the Golf Course: The existing chain link fence will be removed and the overgrown vegetation will be removed. Masonry pillars with wrought iron gating will be installed in its place.

New Development! •

Several new restaurants have opened just within the last several months. New Orleans Seafood Kitchen on Main Street; Church’s Chicken on Fairmont; Malenee Donuts on S. Broadway; Pho Thanh Vietnamese restaurant at corner of Fairmont and S. Broadway

Several new restaurants are under construction now! La Monarca (ice cream shop on SH 146); Donald’s Donuts (next to la Monarca); Firehouse Subs (SH 146); new Whataburger on W. Main Street between 11th and 12th Streets; new El Toro at corner of W. Main and Sens Road

Additional development of other businesses is on the horizon, as well. Businesses currently under construction are La Porte Hair (Spencer Highway); Bayshore Financial (Spencer Highway); Port Crossing business park (SH 146); Fischer’s Hardware at the corner of Fairmont and S. Broadway; Stripes at corner of Spencer highway and Sens Road. Kobelco just recently completed construction of their new building at the corner of Fairmont and Sens Road.


Drug Free Zone Locations Perimeter measurements are starting at the edge of the property line out to a 1000 feet for each of the following locations.   Safety zones are separated into the following categories, playgrounds (each listed park has three separate stand-alone pieces or apparatuses), schools and day cares. PLAYGROUNDS Bay Oaks 254 Dwire Dr. Brook Glen Splash Park 3324 Somerton Central and San Jacinto Splash Park 618 San Jacinto/ 504 East G Creekmont 700 Willow Creek Fairmont Playground and Splash Park 3540 Farrington and 10216 1/2 Hillridge Glen Meadows 801 Valley Brook Little Cedar Bayou 600 Little Cedar Bayou Drive (This includes the bike/pedestrian path to/and the Nature trail 1700 S. Broadway) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Splash Park 322 North 4th st. Northwest Park 10210 North P Ohio Street Park 300 South Ohio st Pfeiffer Park 900 South Virginia Seabreeze Park 1300 Bayshore Spenwick Park 9225 Carlow Sylvan Beach Park 636 N. Bayshore Tom Brown Park 300 South Lobit Pecan Park 3600 Canada

DAYCARES LaPetite Academy 8414 Spencer Hwy High Achievers 9608 Spencer Hwy High Achievers 10001 Spencer Hwy Fairmont Kids Club  10401 Belfast La Porte (HCDE) Head Start Center 927 South 1st Funcare Children’s Center 10325 W. Fairmont Ms. Litha S Double D Love Child Care Center 410 E. Fairmont Ste G Beacon School and Child Care 402 Dwire Bayhore Baptist Church preschool/ Bayshore Learning Center 11315 Spencer 

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While many police activities can carry a negative stigma, LPPD officers remain on the lookout for opportunities to promote trust and provide service within their community. The gift card program is just one way for officers to let conscientious citizens know that they are doing the “Right Thing” – something which makes everyone smile.

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The gift cards, funded by a private La Porte donor will enable attentive motorists, passengers, and other safety-conscious citizens to enjoy a meal curtesy of La Porte PD. More importantly, officers and citizens will have an opportunity to interact in a positive scenario.

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To show appreciation for the vast majority of safe, conscientious, and courteous citizens within the community, La Porte Police Officers will, again, be handing out gift cards whenever they witness exceptionally positive driving habits or any other notable acts of safety or kindness displayed by community residents.

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The spirit of Christmas is something which exists in La Porte all year long. In example, the Police Department has received their second sizable donation from a private donor wishing to strengthen police community relations. Therefore, LPPD will be initiating a repeat performance of their “do the right thing” gift card program, seen earlier in 2016.

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SKYWARN TRAINING

Do you want to help the National Weather Service by serving as the first line of defense against severe weather? The La Porte Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will host a SKYWARN training class on Thursday, February 16th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the La Porte Police Department. SKYWARN is a group of trained volunteers that watch the skies during severe weather and relay reports back to their local Emergency Management Office and/or the National Weather Service. This information is critical to protecting our communities. To register for the class, contact La Porte OEM at 281-470-0010 or OEM@laportetx.gov.

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