“The Perspective”, SILENCE June 2021 and July 2021

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”*
– The Great Poet and Philanthropist Maya Angelou

As we continue the summer months and at best the early part of an already active hurricane season, lets remember the hearts of those who are less fortunate. In their heart, spirit, and soul, whether they are Family, Friends, Neighbors, Strangers alike, all of us are in need of compassion in times of trials.

We pay tribute to our First Responders (Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Military Personnel), as well our Educators, Public and Civil Workers, Environmental (Sanitation Workers), the Medical Community, Social Workers, Employees distributing of goods, services, products, and mail (seas, rails, roads, air), Municipal, Judicial, and Leaders (political, corporate, religious, and community), the United States of America, and the world.

May you continue to be safe. Until next time on “The Perspective”, we will explore “Loyalty”.

* Reference: www.gospelherald.com/articles/51427/20140530/maya-angelous-ten-best-quotes-on-god-prayer-love-and-forgiveness, accessed Friday, July2, 2021 at 10:38 am.

By: Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston
Board Member, Harris County Municipal District No.304

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein

Status – Harris County MUD 304 Administration Building Restoration

As you are aware, the past year we have had two events that prevented the use of our Administration Building, COVID-19 and Uri (Winter Storm 2021). In the May 2021 General Meeting of the Board of Directors, two Board Members were assigned to be on the Design Team to assist in the restoration process due to broken pipes. Although, we cannot control the medical community decisions on COVID, we can prepare for an eventual lifting of some restrictions. Therefore, we greatly appreciate your patience and ask for it a little while longer, as the Administration Building remains closed for repairs. We are striving as quickly as possible.

Any information as it becomes available, will be in the Board Meetings, on the District’s Website, and at (281) 587-9000.

The Park Remains Open

 Have a safe summer.

Welcome Harris County Constables Office Precinct 4

We would like to welcome Harris County Constables Office in our District effective as of May 1, 2021. Captain J. Garza officially introduced his team in the May 20, 2021 General Meeting of the Board of Directors. Over the past month, you may have noticed their signs being post throughout the communities, and may have had the opportunity to meet with them directly. As it is our primary goal as a Board to ensure all of our safety and well being, as well as our Deputies, our cooperation is invaluable. We are looking forward to our relationship with Precinct 4 and working with Deputy Hendrix and Deputy Brown. Again, Welcome!

HCMUD 304 Website Re-design is in Progress

We are currently in the process of re-designing our website for HCMUD 304, and it has been in the making for a few weeks. Therefore, the content has to be verified and approved by the sources, as well as the legal content that is required before we can post. This process has been under the coordination of Director Johnson-Preston and Attorney Diana Miller (legal and regulatory), as well as the Off Cinco web page designers. We are looking forward to sharing the new Harris County MUD 304 website with you soon. In the mean time, we will continue to post information to keep you updated on the “current live site”. Thank you for your patience.

By Director Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston

Mosquitos Update

Thank you to all of our District’s Residents who are taking personal responsibility to protect their family and loved ones concerning the mosquitos and the discomfort that everyone is experiencing in Harris County.  The Harris County Public Health Department was NOT scheduled to come out and “spray” in this area, they were scheduled to come out and examine to determine an outbreak, so that they can follow their procedures to take care of the problem – that CANNOT be done while it is raining. Again, thank you to all of our Residents for your cooperation with their process in the meantime. Please read the article post on the District’s website, and for more information visit the Harris County Public Health Department website at http://www.hcphtx.org/mc, you may also utilize their search bar.

Director Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston

Mosquitos

As some of you within our District have voiced concerns in reference to the problems with mosquitos, as we all have experienced an increase of the discomfort, we have information that may be helpful until further actions are capable. My conversation with the Harris County Public Health Department is they are aware and are addressing the issues. There is a process in which they have to do so, therefore, just briefly the three main steps are, 1. Evaluate Increased Population, 2. Inspection of the types, and 3. Check for infestation. However, please note that they are only able to follow up in this process when the rain is not a hindrance. We were scheduled last week in this area, but they could not due to the rain.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.hcphtx.org/mc. Also, please utilize the “search” bar.

Director Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston

May 2021 “Ethics” Part 2

The Perspective

Welcome back to “The Perspective”. As we continue speaking on the impact of Ethics, you will recall last month when it was featured, it was mentioned that Ethics is part of our everyday lives. Well, in the article below you will see how pertinent it is that actions based on ideals are very intricate in the outcome of community and being part of a team. The article was in response to the Association of Water Board Directors (AWBD), members to participate in their Journal. This account features Harris County MUD 304 Residents, and other entities who responded in unity to make a difference. I hope you enjoy the article. Until next month, stay safe.

THE PLIGHT OF PERSEVERENCE

A Tale of Strength and Hope: Harris County MUD 304

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
Coretta Scott King

Our journey in unity as a Community took on one of the most extraordinary series of events in our modern-day times. In as much as three and a half years, we were plagued with two acts of Mother Nature’s dominance over man, Harvey, and Uri, as well, the work of the balance or imbalance of humanities oversight into its most precious commodity, human health and well-being by a pandemic, COVID-19. These set of circumstances set the theme for the test of human mind and heart, as well, strength and hope in each other.

Relationship remains one of paramount importance in any set of circumstances, if we are going to have a successful outcome. We are a Community where our diversity shapes and molds us into who we are to be and are to respond. During Harvey, our District did not suffer as much as some of our fellow communities throughout the greater Houston-Harris County area, yet we looked after those who were in need. Ironically, and yet again the same for the Pandemic and Uri. However, the standard for helping and serving others was a bit more challenging with these latter.

As we examine our responsibilities to reach out, some of the ways this was accomplished, was volunteering, donations, distribution of masks, water and other supplies as needed, spending time to comfort each other, and doing welfare checks on our friends and neighbors. Our faith-based community was an exceptional contributor in providing much needed care to our Residents and the public, along with our educational entities. In some instances, being creative was necessary. It no doubt was tough without the use of communications during Uri, and as with all of us as a society, have the need for interaction as part of our social makeup.

During Uri, although the Board/s interaction was necessary to maintain the operational matters of the District, our first and far most concern was for that of the safety and well-being of our Families, Friends, and Neighbors, as well strangers alike, who crossed our paths.  Furthermore, our District’s Consultants, Advisors, Counsel, Security Personnel, Vendors, and their loved ones, in addition our District’s infrastructure.  Notwithstanding, to ensure our duties to our physical plants continue to stay within the guidelines and their functions. As a result, and on behalf of our Board and with our attorney for the District, a plan to implement an Emergency Contingency Plan is being introduced that I believe would be beneficial for our needs. Furthermore, its focus will involve the hands on of not only our Board, but also our Operator and Engineer, as well as other entities.

It is with great recognition and appreciation especially for our local authorities, city of Houston Mayor, Harris County Judge, state of Texas officials, public works and civil personnel, and our US Representatives’ approach in staying abreast to ever changing information to help us better serve.

In theory, the purpose relevant to sharing our plight was to underscore the decorum of Harris County MUD 304’s endurance, perseverance, patience, and compassion in extraordinary and difficult circumstances. We stuck together even when not always agreeing, and it paid off. Prayers works!

Many thanks to AWBD Leadership and staff for allowing us to share our journey with you and others.

By: Ann-Toinette Johnson-Preston
Board Member, Harris County Municipal District No.304

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein

The Perspective – April 2021

The Perspective

Hello Everyone,

My hope is that all of you are enjoying the break in weather these past few weeks. Spring truly is a beautiful time of the year. It is often a time when we regroup, refresh, and as well to clean out and get rid of the old and bring in some new.

Last month we ended on “Ethics”, and I would like to speak just briefly on it as we near the end of April. The definition of the word, “Ethics is based on well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtue.” * It provides a fundamental approach in how we look at the world and contribute to its success in helping others – we – all share in “ethics”.

We will see you next month as we continue this discussion in depth on “The Perspective”. Until then try to stay safe and blessed.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein

 

* Manuel Velasquez, Claire Andre, Thomas Shanks, S.J., and Michael J. Meyer, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, at Santa Clara University: the article appeared originally in Issues in Ethics //E V1 N1 (Fall 1987). Revised in 2010. www.scu.edu Accessed: April 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm (cst).