Proper maintenance vital to life of A/C units
Now that Mother Nature has remembered what Texas Augusts are supposed to be like, Texans are taking more advantage of their air conditioning systems.
Kyle Bunch, owner of Air Value Inc., a family owned and operated company, year-round maintenance of an A/C unit is vital to the life of the system. Improper care or ignoring your air conditioning unit can drastically drain the life of the unit and drain your pocketbook.
"Without maintaining what you have, you'll end up having to replace your coils, your motors and a lot of other parts," he said.
Bunch recommends receiving professional A/C maintenance twice a year.
"When we come out, we purge the drain line. If you don't maintain your drain, that's where your unit can start failing. It can rust the whole unit out," he said. "If you don't keep the outside coils clean, they can corrode."
The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from Aug. 18-25 along with 14 warrant arrests. The information was retrieved from P2C. All locations are posted as blocks. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Court decisions are not reflected in this report.
4:17 p.m. Driving while license invalid, 2400 Center St.
7:43 p.m. Assault causes bodily injury, 7400 Evie Ln.
10:58 a.m. Burglary of a motor vehicle, 700 Amherst Ln.
2:40 p.m. Driving while license invalid, 3400 Center St.
3:11 p.m. Possession of a substance in Penalty Group 3, 3600 Center St.
As DPISD students return to school Monday morning, parents and students are making adjustments to their morning routine to include planning routes for the early commute. DPPD's Sgt. John White reminds travelers to remember basic safety rules and traffic laws to help make the roads a safer place to be when the community's youngest citizens are making their way to the classroom.
Drivers should remember to obey school zone law and not let distractions take priority while driving. Deer Park does not have a law prohibiting use of cell phones in school zones, but White said drivers should avoid using them, especially around schools.
"It doesn't matter what the distraction is, radio, makeup, eating or talking to the kids in the car; pay close attention because your stopping distance is greatly affected by your decision [to be distracted]. It only takes a few extra feet to not strike a child that ran in front of you."
Deer Park ISD teachers found out Tuesday that their support system isn't limited to their campus walls.
The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce along with many businesses came together for the annual Salute to Education luncheon at the DPHS South Campus. Supporting businesses purchased lunch for each of the district's more than 140 new teachers.
Mayor Jerry Mouton said the Deer Park community would not be as strong as it is without its schools.
"When you look at the components of a community, when you get outside the brick and mortar, it's about the people. Teachers come into a time and era where the future is held in their hands," he said. "They transfer knowledge and skills to the generation of tomorrow. Teachers have the greatest impact of what tomorrow will be."
Deer Park City Council unanimously approved all items on their agenda Tuesday evening.
During the workshop, council discussed issues to a recently approved traffic signal improvements to the intersection of Center Street and Pasadena Boulevard.
Earlier this year, council authorized staff to move forward with establishing improved pedestrian street crossing access at the intersection of Center Street and Pasadena Boulevard. Klotz Associates Engineers was hired to assist with facilitating the project and it was anticipated the costs of the project would be well below the legal bid limit of $50,000. Klotz Associates Engineers had estimated the project to total $28,030.96. Twice over the past few months the city sought bid quotes for the work, and each time all quotes received were in excess of $50,000.
Public Works Director Bill Pedersen told council the bids more than $50,000 mean the city has to use a formal bid process for the project.
Two Deer Park Police officers were presented one of the highest honors that can be awarded to an officer.
Jason Huff and Clint Jackson were honored with the Medal of Valor or their actions in an incident involving a juvenile and woman who was threatening harm to those around her earlier this year.
DPPD Chief Greg Grigg presented the awards during Tuesday's city council meeting.
The chief described the situation to the mayor, council and audience.
On April 2 at 7:44 a.m., the department received a call that a female had cut herself and taken a 5-year-old boy into a truck in front of the residence.