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DISTRICT F NEWS 
NOVEMBER 2012
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AL HOANG

Houston Council Member
District F

 

City Hall Annex
900 Bagby, First Floor

Houston, TX 77002
Tel: 832-393-3002
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Houston Help & Information

3-1-1 or 713-837-0311

 

Animal Control (BARC)

713-229-7300

 

Dept. of Neighborhoods 

832-393-1038

 

HPD (non-emergency)

713-884-3131

 

832-393-0955

 

Parks Department 

832-395-7000

 

Permitting Center

832-394-9000

 

Public Works & Engineering 

832-395-2511

 

Solid Waste Management 

713-956-6589

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The adoption fee for a dog or cat is $75.00. This fee includes the cost of surgical sterilization (spay/neuter) of the animal, vaccinations, and other necessary medical services while the animal has been in the care of BARC. The fee also includes the first year’s city license.

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Dear Residents and Friends of District F,

 

We are just days away from Election Day. I certainly encourage those who have not already voted to cast their vote on Tuesday. Voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to the presidential, federal, state and local races, there are several important city charter amendments and bond propositions at the bottom of the ballot that should not be overlooked. I have included more information on those amendments and propositions in the section below. 

 

Bellaire Blvd. Reconstruction Update

Work continues to progress on schedule. The contractor, Total Contracting Limited, has installed a large portion of the storm sewer as well as some waterlines. They are currently working at the east end of the project just past Waldo Street installing 96-inch storm sewer pipe. On the west end of the project near Beltway 8, workers are installing 66-inch storm sewer pipe. During November, the contractor will schedule nighttime installation of storm sewer lines and manholes across the intersection of Bellaire Blvd. and Beltway 8. 

 

To sign up to receive regular updates or construction notices, please visit www.BellaireConstructionProject.com.

 

Free Flu Vaccines Nov. 5, 7 & 8

With flu season here, now is the time to get your flu shot. We are pleased to partner with the Houston Health Department once again to bring hundreds of free flu shots to the following community centers:

 

Alief Community Center, 11903 Bellaire Blvd. 

Monday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m – 12 p.m. 

 

Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

 

Vietnamese Community Center, 7100 Clarewood Dr.

Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  

These flu shots are offered free to all residents on a firstcomefirstserve basis. No appointments are needed. I hope residents, especially low-income and elderly people, take advantage of this service. For more information, please contact my office at 832-393-3002.

 

Veterans Day Parade

On Sunday, Nov.11, the city will show support for our Armed Forces as we celebrate the annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration and Parade. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the third annual AT&T Veterans Job Fair and the second annual Walgreens Veterans Health Fair. A moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m., followed by the 11th hour ceremony in memory of the WWI signing of the Armistice. The parade will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Bagby St. and Lamar in downtown. Please stop by and show your support for all those who have served and are serving in our military today.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bring your family and friends out to the 63rd Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade in downtown Houston on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. This is one of the largest parades in the country and you won’t want to miss the floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, dance groups, and Santa Claus! The parade starts at 9 a.m. on the Texas street side of Minute Made Park. General admission to the parade is free and open to the public.

 

Don’t Forget: “Fall Back” Sunday

Finally, this Sunday, Nov. 5, marks the end of Daylight Savings time, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you head to bed Saturday night. 

 

 

Respectfully,

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Al Hoang  

Houston Council Member
District F

 

ELECTION DAY TUESDAY, NOV. 6

City Charter Amendments, Bond Propositions on Ballot

 

Please be sure to cast your vote on all of the decisions that need to be made. Below is information about these matters. 

 

Propositions A – E

These propositions comprise a city public improvement bond package totaling $410 million. This will not require a tax increase and it is the smallest request in more than 30 years. 

 

Traditionally, the city goes to the voters with a bond proposal every five to six years. The last three referendums occurred in 1997, 2001 and 2006 and ranged from $545 million to $776 million. The city is asking for a new authorization to allow for continued maintenance and improvements at public facilities for the next five years. The needs include :  roof and foundation repairs, new police and fire stations and improvements to parks, libraries, health, solid waste and recycling facilities. The specific funding categories are:

 

A. $144 million for public safety improvements

B. $166 for park facility improvements (This includes $100 million that will be matched by an equal amount of private funds.)

C. $63 million for public health, sanitation and essential generalgovernment improvements not covered by the other categories

D. $28 million for library improvements

E. $15 million of housing bonds that will be used to demolish blighted properties to make way for new affordable housing

 

Proposed City Charter Amendments

Proposition 1 will remove language in the charter that is either out-of-date or superseded by state or federal law. These sections of the charter reflect a bygone era when less favorable treatment of the disabled was allowed, the city was responsible for operating and funding the public schools and had the power to set the price for certain goods, such as a gallon of milk.

Proposition 2 will modernize the process for recall, initiative and referendum by repealing out-dated sections that do not recognize the city’s current election practices or the existence of single-member city council districts.

 

More information on the city ballot initiatives is available at www.houstontx.gov/2012bondreferendum.

 

METRO, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Houston Community College (HCC) also have important propositions on the ballot. 

NEW HEAVY TRASH PICK-UP DAYS 

 

Heavy Trash

Effective Nov. 1, 2012 (yesterday), the monthly heavy trash pick-up day for residents with city of Houston collection service changed.

 

Tree waste and junk waste collection will still occur in alternating months. Odd numbered months will still be for tree waste collection. Junk waste will still be collected in even numbered months.

Please note that collection day schedules for other solid waste services such as garbage, yard trimmings and recycling WILL NOT change. 

 

The change in service date will provide for the following: 

  • Less confusion with neighborhood collections schedules.
  • A single service day for major community areas.
  • Easier to read/interpret service maps for customers and 311 operators.
  • Easier management of routes.
  • Budget savings in fuel and maintenance.New Heavy Trash Collection
  • Greater availability for department support for community-based beautification projects.

For more information, log on to Solid Waste Management’s website at www.HoustonSolidWaste.org. There, you will be able to use the online address search tool (simply enter you address) to display your new collection day.

CITY OF HOUSTON OWNED REAL PROPERTY FOR SALE
 

StAgnes The city of Houston is accepting sealed bids for the sale of the properties listed below. Bids will be accepted in the office of the City Secretary, 900 Bagby, City Hall Annex, Public Level, Room P101, Houston 77002. The deadline for submitting bids is 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Bid forms, plats and specifications may be obtained at 900 Bagby, 2nd Floor or by calling 832-393-8093 or visiting www.houstontx.gov/realbids.

 

PARCEL SY11-044:  5.9857 acres of land situated in the William Hardin Survey, Abstract No. 24, Harris County, Texas. The vacant parcel is located at 2001 Dairy Ashford, Houston 77077, just south of Fire Station 75.

 

PARCEL SY10-028:  2.8766 acres of land situated in the S.W. Upshaw Survey, Abstract No. 821, Harris County, Texas. The parcel is improved with a building and parking lot. Parcel is located at 1822 Rankin Road, Houston 77073.

 

PARCEL SY11-056:  15,000 square feet of land situated in the Luke Moore Survey, Abstract No. 51, Harris County, Texas, and being all of Lots 2, 3 and 4, Block P of Leeland Park Addition. The parcel is improved with a building. Parcel is located at 3611 Drew Street, Houston 77004.

 

Bid forms, plats and specifications may be obtained in the General Services Department 900 Bagby, second floor, Houston 77002 or by calling 832-393-8093, emailing roslyn.gilmore@houstontx.gov or visiting www.houstontx.gov/realbids.
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING FOR INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS
 
The city of Houston, in partnership with Data Shredding Services of Texas, Inc., is offering free on-site document shredding services to individual Houston residents once a month at different locations throughout the city. The following location will host shredding services in this month: 
Saturday, Nov. 17 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
HPD Midwest Station | 7277 Regency Square  | Houston, TX 77036

The Houston Police Department (HPD) will also be on hand to provide residents with information on identity theft prevention. Data Shredding Services of Texas will provide shredding equipment to safely and ethically destroy sensitive documents. 

 

For more information contact Cecilia Ortiz in the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office at cecilia.ortiz@houstontx.gov or call 832-393-0955. For a complete list of locations hosting shredding services in the coming months, visit the Department of Neighborhoods website at www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods