Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Avoid Distractions and Stay Safe on the Road

October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This month is about raising awareness and finding solutions to prevent injuries and fatalities on our roadways. It’s a time to have meaningful conversations about safe driving behaviors and the dangers of distracted driving.

Distracted driving is anything that keeps your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and your mind off the important task of driving. It takes many forms and isn’t just about texting or talking. A lot of things can keep you from driving safely besides your phone – eating, having a conversation with a passenger, attending to children, putting on makeup, or changing radio stations.

Distracted driving can have dire consequences. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • One in five crashes on our state’s roads is caused by a distracted driver.
  • In 2019, there were 100,000 crashes and more than 370 fatalities across the state caused by distracted driving.
  • In 2019, there were 22 distracted driving fatalities in Harris County.

Crash statistics and death rates are not just numbers. Deputy Lillibridge, with our Vehicular Crimes Division, reminds us there’s a person and a grieving family behind each statistic. Lives can be lost forever because one text couldn’t wait.

TxDOT and our Vehicular Crimes Division encourage drivers to:

  • Always give driving your full attention. It’s against the law in Texas to read, write or send a text while driving.
  • Make any adjustments to your GPS, seats, mirrors, radio, and air condition before getting on the road.
  • Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.

For more safe driving tips, click here.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Did you know the leading cause of death for teenagers in our country is car crashes? Learning to drive can be an overwhelming time for teenagers and their caregivers. Parents who are preparing to hand car keys to their teen are encouraged to take steps to help their loved one become a safe and capable driver before they get behind the wheel.

Our partners at AAA Texas are hosting several free virtual teen driver workshops through the remainder of the year to help teens and their parents navigate this important milestone. The interactive workshop will help participants understand teen driving habits, the common risks associated with teen drivers, any driver restrictions or requirements, and what to look for in a driving school.

Education and awareness are key to preventing these tragedies. Let’s all do our part and commit to driving safely to end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways.

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – We Stand With Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

Earlier this week, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) and other community partners to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to advocate for every person’s right to feel safe in their relationships, homes, and communities.

According to HAWC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. It’s often a hidden threat in our community, lurking behind closed doors.

At a time when public health officials are urging us to stay at home as much as possible, domestic violence victims are finding their home to be a trap. We are seeing that isolation – while helping with the spread of coronavirus – is exacerbating any abuse that might have been taking place previously.

In response to the pandemic’s devastating consequences for people living with abusive partners and family members, HAWC and its partners launched the Safe at Home campaign. At the heart of the campaign is the notion that everyone deserves to live a life free from violence.

Our deputies are entrusted by our community to protect them. At the Sheriff’s Office, we take very seriously our duty to help those who are being hurt by someone who is supposed to love them. One of our most important responsibilities is investigating cases of abuse, which is why we have a dedicated Domestic Violence Unit and a Crime Victim Assistance Unit.

Earlier this year, our agency launched a new unit to tackle a key component of domestic violence – stalking. The goal of our Behavioral Threat Management Unit is to prevent volatile situations from escalating into harm or violence. Our agency strives to be proactive and work toward preventing these types of tragedies from occurring in our county.

And while the work of these units is always important, it is especially critical during a crisis. Our deputies know first-hand that crises foster unprecedented stress and uncertainty.

Our domestic violence related calls for service have gradually increased countywide since the end of February and are up compared to last year. There have been 87 homicides since January – 23 of those homicides were family violence related and 11 of the 23 homicides were committed by an intimate partner.

During this challenging time, many victims may feel compelled to cling to their homes and family, but no one should feel obligated to remain in an abusive relationship of any form. Domestic violence victims deserve our utmost compassion and support.

This type of violence was a public crisis long before COVID-19 and is believed to be an underreported crime. Let’s raise our collective voices against this serious, heartbreaking issue. As a community, we can keep an eye out for potential victims and pay attention to whether a situation seems dangerous for a neighbor, friend, or family member. When you suspect something is happening, trust your instincts and say something. Now more than ever, it’s really important to build community around a survivor.

We cannot do this alone. As an agency, we participate in a coordinated response against domestic violence that includes training for our deputies, encouraging residents to report incidents, and working closely with domestic violence partner agencies that provide essential crisis tools and resources to empower survivors. Our partners connect survivors to shelter assistance, legal consultations, employment opportunities, and more.

Below are some resources for residents who are either in a domestic violence situation or want to report a domestic violence situation:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call or text 911.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233 or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
  • Houston Area’s Women Center’s 24/7 Hotlines:
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Victims Unit: 713-274-9369

I encourage victims to come to us for assistance or to reach out to one of the many organizations in our region whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence for all.

We stand together with domestic violence victims and survivors. We are a community. And we are here to support you.

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Message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Know Your Neighbor, Build a Strong Community

This week, we take a moment to celebrate our communities, the feelings of connectivity fostered by them, and what it means to be a good neighbor.

While we can’t partake in our usual National Night Out festivities this year due to the current pandemic, we can carry on the true meaning of this annual tradition – community.

We will miss coming together with you for the block parties, cookouts, and other fun activities that this evening is known to bring to our front yards, but we recognize at the heart of National Night Out is neighbors building bonds with each other and with our deputies patrolling and protecting their community.

You and your neighbors are the collective backbone of a thriving community. Our deputies are also a part of your community. We are actively present in your neighborhoods every day, keeping your families, neighbors, and businesses safe. We patrol your streets, provide you with important public safety information, and share helpful crime prevention resources and tips. We are here for you.

But public safety is a shared responsibility. You play a critical role in keeping your neighborhood safe and we rely on you to be the extra eyes and ears on your block. You know your home the best.

Now more than ever, staying connected and building a strong support system – even from afar – is vital. Get to know your neighbors by introducing yourself, joining your homeowner association, and signing up for Nextdoor, a social app that allows you to make online connections with residents in your community to exchange helpful information relevant or unique to your neighborhood. Follow our agency on Nextdoor to become more aware of how we are supporting and serving you on a daily basis.

Thank you for being a good neighbor. I look forward to the day we can come together in person again. In the meantime, stay healthy and well. Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidelines set by the CDC and Harris County Public Health, the local public health authority.

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Project Guardian

Hello All,

We are presenting Project Guardian, a project that bridges the gap between Law Enforcement Officers and our community with Autism. This is a free, voluntary, and confidential database offered, managed, and maintained by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for Harris County residents. Interested family members will be able to enroll their loved one with autism into the program by providing information on the person via an online application on the HCSO public website. This information is available to deputies through dispatch should they receive a call for service to the person’s residence. As part of the program, once they register, I will be sending them a sticker that they could place on the house window so it can also alert the deputy that someone in the home is part of the project.

The families wanting to register their loved ones can do so by two ways:

  • They can visit our HCSO CIT Website at www.harriscountycit.org. Then on the top, right they will see “Project Guardian” – once they click on it will give them an overview of the program. Then at the bottom, it will say “Sign Up for Project Guardian.”
  • They can all also visit the HCSO webpage and at the bottom under “General Information and Services.”

We are very excited to be able to launch this. We are currently working on a social media video as well.

Jose R. Gomez, Sergeant
Patrol Bureau
Special Projects
Mental Health Administrative – Training Detail
C. O. R. E.
Project Guardian
Crisis Intervention Response Team

Houston Food Bank Distribution

Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020 and every Friday after until further notice, Klein Collins High School at 20811 Ella Boulevard will be a Houston Food Bank distribution location, the scheduled time is from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

The plan is to have all vehicles enter the location from Ella south bound from FM2920.

There will be officers working the location to assist in moving vehicles through the distribution as quickly as the vehicles are loaded. We anticipate heavy traffic congestion in the area, with participation forming four to five hours ahead of start time.

COVID-19 Update – Please Bag All Trash

Currently trash & recycle services will continue as normal.

Please refrain from generating additional heavy trash, such as cleaning garages, closets, extra yard work, etc. Due to extra volumes, trash is extremely heavy and our routes are running later than normal. Please be patient as we are doing our best to get all trash collected.

In response to the continuing effects of the Coronavirus and in observance of our employee’s safety, we are asking that all waste be placed in plastic bags and tied off to avoid any need for direct contact with the garbage.

Please continue to place your recycling loose in your container. Please break down all boxes and reduce in size as much as possible. If you exceed the capacity of the container, please bag and place with trash. However, if anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of any transmissible illness, please place recyclables in plastic bags and dispose of with your regular garbage.

Please do not call the office. Go to website www.best-trash.com for updates or contact customerservice@besttrashtexas.com.

Disinfecting Wipes are Being Flushed Down Toilets and Causing Major Pipe Problems

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/us/wipes-flush-toilet-pipes-wellness-trnd/index.html

(CNN) Disinfecting wipes are helping people combat the spreading of germs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But some experts say the wipes, arguably the supply that’s been used to clean surfaces in homes the most, are harming sewers.

Why? Because people are flushing wipes down toilets, rather than dumping them in the trash.

Now, public agencies around the nation are urging people to solely throw their wipes in the trash, warning that not doing so could cause blockages and damage to sewer systems.

Wipes cause sewage issues

Facilities across California have already reported issues with their sewer collection systems, the state’s Water Resources Control Board said.

Many cities in California use centralized sewage collection systems that rely on gravity and water flow to move along waste, according to regulators. Toilet paper dissolves in those systems, where as wipes and paper towels don’t break down so easily.

“Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” the state’s Water Resources Control Board said in a news release.

Other state agencies across the country — including the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, the Lawrence Department of Public Works in Massachusetts and the Charleston Water System in South Carolina — have issued similar warnings.

Not even ‘flushable’ wipes are safe, some officials say

A shortage in toilet paper due to panic buying could mean that people have turned to using flushable wipes. But some water professionals caution that “flushable wipes,” and disinfecting wipes in general, aren’t really flushable.

Wipes can cause damage to sewer systems and equipment even if they are labeled “flushable” or “septic-safe,” according to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Many wipes are made of synthetic materials. These materials, when combined with other personal hygiene products that are flushed and grease that is poured down drains, create what waste workers refer to as “fatbergs” in sewers.

“When a product is labeled ‘flushable’ it generally means that it will clear your toilet bowl,” the department states on its website. “It does not mean it will definitely clear your pipes or break down in the sewer system or at a wastewater treatment plant.”

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, a global trade association that includes major manufacturers of flushable wipes, argues that flushable wipes don’t pose a danger to sewage systems.

The organization released guidelines in 2018 that detail what criteria wipes should meet to be labeled as “flushable.” If the wipes pass the test, they’re safe to go down septic systems.

Other organizations have more stringent flushability standards. According to the International Water Services Flushability Group, an organization that represents water professionals, wipes have to meet three main criteria to be considered flushable. They must:

  • Break into small pieces quickly.
  • Not be buoyant.
  • Only contain ingredients that will readily degrade in natural environments.

But because people often flush all kind of wipes, it’s hard to determine whether “flushable wipes” are indeed safe.

Given the concerns of many wastewater treatment plants at the moment, it’s probably wise to heed this advice: Save your pipes. Don’t flush wipes.

Directors Election

The next election for Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 150 will be held on November 3, 2020.

Early Voting

  • For voting locations, sample ballot, and further information, visit http://www.harrrisvotes.com.
  • Early voting period: October 13, 2020 through October 30, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at any voting location in Harris County.

Election Day

  • For voting locations, sample ballot, and further information, visit http://www.harrrisvotes.com.
  • November 3, 2020, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at any voting location in Harris County.

Director candidacy filing requirements and deadlines are as follows:

To run for election to the District’s Board of Directors, a person must file an application for a place on the ballot. The application must be filed with the District’s Attorney (Marks Richardson PC) by mail, fax or in person. An application may be downloaded/printed from the website of the Texas Secretary of State at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-21f.pdf

  • First day to file for place on November 3, 2020 general election ballot is January 15, 2020.
  • Last day to file for place on November 3, 2020 general election ballot is by 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2020.
  • A person may run for election to the District’s Board of Directors as a write-in candidate and to do so must file a declaration of write-in candidacy. The declaration must be filed with the District’s Attorney (Marks Richardson PC) by mail, fax or in person. A declaration form may be downloaded/printed from the website of the Texas Secretary of State at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-11f.pdf
  • Deadline to file write in candidacy declaration for November 3, 2020 general election is by 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 2020.

To be qualified to serve as a Director, a person must be: (1) at least 18 years old; (2) a resident citizen of the State of Texas; and (3) either: (a) own land subject to taxation in the District; or (b) be a qualified voter within the District.
(Texas Water Code, Section 54.102)

Water Sample Requests on Doors

Please be aware that any company’s soliciting resident’s business by placing information and containers on doors and asking the resident to provide a water sample are not affiliated in any way with Camden Park HOA, Northcliffe Manor, nor your MUD 150 Water District. If you have any questions please feel free to forward your concerns under the contact us tab or contact WWWMS the district Operator’s office at (281) 895-8547.

Thank you,
From your MUD 150 Board of Directors

Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 150

Welcome to the official website of Harris County MUD No. 150! This site is provided as a service to our residents to provide quick access to information regarding our services and operations.

If, after reviewing the material provided here, you have additional questions, feel free to contact us here.

Through  HCMUD No. 150’s website you can easily find links to the following services: