Vol. 2, Issue 31 – 09.09.21
FROM THE DESK OF COUNCIL MEMBER TIFFANY D. THOMAS
Dear Friends:

Summer is officially over. I hope each of you was able to step away from the “zoom” meetings and enjoy a face-to-face vacation with your loved ones. I was able to get away during break week, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Thank you for reaching out to our office to resolve constituent service issues and facilitate resolutions with third-party entities on your behalf. Along with my staff, I take great pride in responding to your needs and, more importantly, providing a suitable resolution in a timely matter. My office receives a tremendous amount of calls and emails for constituent services, and lately, some of the rings and notes have been aggressive.

We are better than that.

Each of us is under a peculiar amount of pressure and shared frustration. I have advised my staff not to respond to aggressive or derogatory communications to protect their work environment. I am in the process of hiring an additional full-time staff member to assist with our growing caseload and obligations, which should elevate your customer service experience in the District F office.Special thanks to the residents who share photos, videos, and 311 SR#s with their messages to help us document and expedite issues. Thank you for taking the extra step.

Governor Abbott suspended the disaster rules for the open meetings act; therefore, residents can now return in person to city council chambers for committee and public session meetings – but you must wear a mask in city buildings. The hybrid option will remain available for those who wish to continue to participate virtually.

Last week, I met with Houston Public Works Transportation Division to review several major infrastructure projects coming to District F.  We will benefit from over $5M in significant rehab investment from Alief to Briar Meadow. In the next few weeks, I will include a detailed summary of projects, costs, and tentative timelines so you and your neighbors can prepare for construction.

The Westside HPD Command Station has a new commander, Reece Hardy. He comes to us from Traffic Division and is eager to work in and with the community. I encourage you to get to know him and the men and women at Westside that work with us diligently on various public safety issues.

Next month is National Night Out (NNO) in Texas, and I want to encourage neighborhoods to participate by hosting a gathering to meet their neighbors. We are all in this together, and getting to know each other helps with public safety, shared resources, collaboration, and community engagement. There is a survey below to select if your subdivision is planning NNO. Let us help you promote.

I want to amplify the new solid waste app, HTXCollects, to allow you to track your trash. Details are below, and you can download from the Apple and Android store. Ideally, this will help inform residents exactly when SWD is arriving and if they will be late.

Lastly, as we head into the weekend, please be kind to one another, and if you see something in our community we need to address, feel free to send a photo, video, and your 311 (if you have it), and we will get right on it. Remember, it will take all of us working together to resolve ongoing issues.

Sincere gratitude,

Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas
Houston City Council District F

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

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MAYOR TURNER ANNOUNCES NEW CITY OF HOUSTON POLICY – UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TO HAVE BIMONTHLY COVID-19 TESTING

The announcement follows the recent deaths of two City employees from complications linked to the virus. The requirement becomes effective October 8. Employees must report testing results to the City of Houston Office of Human Resources on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Learn more here.

CONSTITUENT UPDATES
NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM
CALL FOR APPLICATIONSGrants support neighborhood improvement and beautification projects

Application Deadline – November 5, 2021

The FY 2022 Neighborhood Matching Grant Program application period is open! The program supports neighborhood improvement and beautification projects by providing dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursements ranging from $500 to $5,000. The application deadline is November 5, 2021, 5 p.m. The program is administered by the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in partnership with participating Houston City Council offices.

For the program guidelines and application form, go to www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods and click on “Neighborhood Matching Grants.”

LEARN MORE

CHROMIUM-6 UPDATEChromium-6 Data for Southwest Houston The City of Houston/Houston Public Works (HPW) tested its drinking water for chromium-6 in 2013 – 2014 as part of EPA’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation (UCMR 3). HPW has conducted additional testing between 2017 and the present at the groundwater well locations in Southwest Houston where chromium-6 was detected during UCMR 3, as well as at representative locations in the drinking water distribution system that receive water from those groundwater wells.

Please view the updated Chromium-6 summary table from that includes data from our latest (August 2021) water sampling event here.

Introducing the Solid Waste Management new mobile app HTX Collects and website tool. It offers a variety of collection reminder options and valuable information on how to properly dispose of waste. You can even challenge your knowledge in our “Chase the Waste” game to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a certified Recycling Ranger. Visit our website at HoustonRecycles.org for more information. The HTX Collects app can be found and downloaded in both the iOS App and Google Play stores by searching for “Houston Trash and Recycling”. Look for the badge icon like the logo above. Once downloaded simply enter your street number and street name to find your address and get your personalized collection schedule.

All Houston Solid Waste Management customers are encouraged to use the following collection reminder tools:

  • Phone Call Reminders: Select the time you would like to receive a reminder call the day before your collection day.
  • Email Reminders: Select the day and time you would like to receive your collection reminder.
  • Calendar Downloads: Download your service calendars to Google, iCal, or Outlook, or save and/or print a PDF.
  • App Reminders: set up customized push notifications. (Note: the HTX Collects app is available in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Korean and Simplified Chinese.)

HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR DISPLACED INDIVIDUALS OF HURRICANE IDAHouston Public Library offers a variety of virtual programs for children and teens. Virtual programs include STEM @ Your Library, Toddler Storytime, Preschool Storytime, and Baby Storytime. Starting on September 15th, select locations will begin offering Outdoor Family Storytime. For more information, click here.

In addition to virtual and in-person intergenerational programs, Houston Public Library offers library services at 39 convenient locations across the City of Houston. Services at neighborhood and regional libraries include computer and internet/wi-fi access, access to print materials, printers/copiers, mobile printing, and other technology services. Location hours will be expanding next week. For more information on locations and hours, click here.

Computer and internet access, including wi-fi, is available at locations. Customers can access Homework Help resources by clicking here. Resources include Brainfuse Live Homework Help, a 24/7 service with access to live tutors.  Any customers with an ID can apply online or in person to receive a Computer Use Only card which gives access to our online resources, including Brainfuse. Through October 1st, any customer without an ID that identifies as a Hurricane Ida evacuee can request a guest pass to use a computer and receive in-house access to our online resources.

Our friendly HPL team members are available to answer any questions about the above mentioned programs, services and resources through ASK HPL accessible via phone at 823.393.1313 or via email at hplemail.reference@houstontx.gov.

 

Complete sidewalks encourage us to ride our bikes, take a walk and stay off our neighbors grass! Check out the before and after photos of a recent sidewalk repair project completed by HPW on Dunfield Lane.

Do your sidewalks meet ADA guidelines? If not, buzz: districtf@houstontx.gov and lets us know.

WE NEED YOUR INPUT
THE SIDEWALK SUMMIT ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 

Council Members Alcorn and  Robinson’s will host the Sidewalk Summit event.

The Sidewalk Summit will bring together decision makers and stakeholders for a candid discussion of current sidewalk regulations, municipal policies, and critical investments being made in Houston. In addition, there will be a discussion on new ideas for addressing the city’s sidewalk challenges and improving the overall pedestrian experience.

The virtual event takes place on Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00 PM. To register for the event, please click here.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

The Office of Council Member Thomas is excited about the upcoming National Night Out! On October 5th thousands of Texans will be in celebration and community building with neighbors and HPD. Our office invites you all to participate if you have not before.

Can’t make it happen on October 5th? No problem. We encourage you all to have your event throughout the month of October. Complete the form below and express your interest. We’ll let you know if we can make your event!

Click HERE to sign up!

HOT TEAM UPDATE
Our hot spot team has put in a lot of effort keeping our district clean. Here is progress from the week of August 31- September 2. 
Total Work Orders Completed: 21
Hot Spot of the Week:  13126 Leader
Total Man Hours Worked: 72
Tree Waste: 220 lbs.
Mattresses: 0
Furniture Waste: 6 pieces
Tires: 7
Trash Debris: 200 lbs.
Shopping Carts: 2
Bandit Signs: 217
Landscaping: 0 sq. ft.
UPCOMING EVENTS
For a list of City of Houston COVID Vaccination Locations CLICK HERE
Houston Health Department To Provide Up To $150 In Gift Cards For COVID-19 Vaccinations.
CLICK FOR DETAILS
We are excited about our upcoming District F Youth-led Conference that will focus on environmental justice in Houston. Candid discussions about food deserts, water contamination, flooding, air pollution, and community upkeep will be led by elected officials, community leaders, professors, and scientific experts. Tickets and swag bags are FREE!

Share with youth in your community and register here!

Parade applications are here.
GET INVOLVED
Click on your association/organization to get meeting dates and website information.Don’t see your organization listed?
Send us your information to districtf@houstontx.gov

Alief Community Association
Ashton Village HOA
Ashford Park Owners Association
Bellaire West Community Improvement Association
Bellaire Villa HOA
Braewood Glen HOA
Brays Forest Improvement Corp
Brays Village
Brays Village East
Briarmeadow HOA
Brookfield East
Catalina Square Improvement Corporation
Crown Colony West
Huntington Village Community Association
Imperial Point Community Improvement Association
Keegans Glen HOA
Kirkwood Country
Kirkwood Village HOA Inc
Leamont HOA
Leawood West
Meadowvillage HOA
Parkglen West CIA
Parkridge
Piney Point Civic Club
Royal Oaks Home Association
Shadowlake HOA
Tanglewilde Property Owners’ Association
Westhollow Villa HOA
Westmont Civic Club
Westpark Village Maintenance Fund, Inc.
Wildflower Green HOA
Woodlake Forest Community Association
Eldridge/West Oaks SN 17
SN 20
Alief SN 25
Genesis Community  Management/One Orleans Place Condominium Complex

Midwest PIP Meeting
Officer Alex.Chan@HoustonPolice.Org
832.394.2780
7277 Regency Square 77036
3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Westside PIP Meetings
Officer Tim Whitaker
832.394.5712
Timothy.Whitaker@HoustonPolice.Org

Westchase – Business
3599 Westcenter Drive
2nd Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

West Houston Security Group – Business
Location Varies (Call)
3rd Thursday (Every Other Month),
11:00 a.m.

Westside Apartment – Business
9700 Club Creek
3rd Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

Westside – Civic
3203 South Dairy Ashford
3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m.