Another new day in Manvel, Texas and we have survived an 800 year storm and are rebuilding along with our surrounding cities and towns. We are feeling the devastation because it has touched every one of us in different ways. The statistics are astounding. Harvey was a monster.
Thank you to our city employees and the first responders that serve our community. Our police and fire departments, public works staff, city management, IT assistance, finance information officer, Emergency Operations Center staff and on-call employees working from home and calling in. So many were not with their own families because they were taking care of us, they were taking care of Manvel.
After three days when our City Hall took on water, Dave Ferguson and his staff at Manvel Emergency Medical Services graciously offered us a space to recreate our Emergency Operations Center and set up cots for our three additional overnight stays.
The community of Lakeland organized a meal group that cooked and delivered some of the most amazing dishes that any of us had ever had. Local restaurants that were still operable also contributed to help us stay nourished. These were incredible acts of kindness that I believe define us as the community/family we are.
Congratulations to both of our Manvel teams. The Mavericks have won their Pearland and North Shore games and will be celebrating homecoming this week with a parade on Wednesday and they will face Willowridge on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Shadowcreek has also won their first two games against Marshall and Kincaid and the Sharks look forward to their third win against Midland Christian on Friday.
The dedication for Pomona Elementary was held this week. The very next day Houston Trees donated 13 live oak trees to be planted on the west side of the school. The teachers and children listened to the horticulturist give directions and then they planted them all. What a terrific marker for them when they return in years to come. Great shade for years of enjoyment!
What is going on at the City?
Council is also considering annexation of a few areas to shore up our borders. With a deadline of Dec. 1, the Legislature passed a bill essentially ending annexation for cities without a majority vote of residents.
Council was proud to appoint approximately 25 citizens to the Parks Board, the Branding Task Force Board and the Events Task Force Board. Thank you to all these citizens for coming forward to serve. We are looking forward to the work that they will be doing in the near future.
The City of Manvel website lists schedules for debris removal. We have partnered with the County and completed the agreements to negotiate their help. Very soon we will see their trucks in our area collecting debris.
The County is also our source for well water test kits. They have been short on them but have promised we will receive them as soon as they do. We will post when they are in.
Reminder: Beginning in October, our regular Council meetings will be the first and third Mondays of the month.
FOR ALL CITIZENS AFFECTED BY HARVEY
Congressman Pete Olson, State Representative Ed Thompson and the City of Manvel are hosting a Disaster Recovery and Assistance Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 30, at Church of the Harvest, 7505 Wilson Dr., Manvel, Texas 77578 off of Hwy. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams will be available throughout the event to help with their FEMA applications or individual questions.
Mayor Debra Davison