The Thomas Telegraph Vol. 6, Issue 10 – May 31, 2024
District F:

Two weeks ago, I promised to update you on a series of infrastructure projects and their status. Please accept this as a status update for informational purposes. The timeframe can change depending on procurement, the contractor, city council votes, and the weather. As a standard practice, all official construction notices are shared in the newsletter, on social media, and with the HOA/Civic Club / Property Management company for broad awareness.

Fortunately, our neighborhoods made it out with minimum damages from the derecho storm last week. Unfortunately, we expect severe weather on Friday as we approach an active hurricane season. Please prepare accordingly. Solid Waste is working to clear debris post-storm. Please follow updates by downloading HTXCollects, following them on Facebook, X, or by checking the website and searching your route by your address.

With that, June is public safety month, which means the 3rd Annual Summer of Safety returns with various community activations. Join me, the Houston Parks Department, and Houston WAVES for two no-cost swim safety training events at the Alief Neighborhood Center on June 15 and July 13. Details are below in English and Spanish. The event is open for adults and children – we have limited space, so please register so we can plan accordingly.

As an aside, the Alief Neighborhood Center pool is scheduled to open to the public in June, in the 3rd phase of pool openings.

Speaking of safety, we learned in 2021, post-Winter Storm Uri, that we needed to craft a disaster plan for District F if the Administration did not deploy resources on the west side. In partnership with the Houston Tool Bank, West Houston Assistance Ministries, Church Without Walls – Eldridge, and Piney Point Elementary, we have designed a plan to address food/water distribution and recovery services such as tools and power generation. Please see the list of items purchased through council district service funds available to the district after a federally declared disaster. More information will follow very soon in preparation for an active season.

In closing, the city budget is scheduled for a vote in the next few weeks. The city council has yet to discuss revenue sources, significantly the 25% budget decrease in the Planning Department, decrease in the summer job program, reducing 500 positions to 352 for teens and young adults, and a series of other cuts in an open manner. The budget does increase our deficit closer to $228M instead of $160M. Please help me represent you by following the budget hearings and providing feedback.

Total Work Orders: 26
Hotspot of the Week: 8621 Brookwulf
Total Man Hours Worked: 43
Tree Waste: 400 lbs.
Mattresses: 4
Furniture Waste: 18 piece
Tires: 7
Trash Debris: 450 lbs.
Shopping Carts: 3
Bandit Signs: 97
Landscaping: none
System: 0 pending illegal dump site and 0 pending missed yard waste, with 2 pending landscaping locations as of 5.30.2024
Summer of Safety Swim Event June 15th and July 13th
I had the opportunity to spend time in Washington D.C. representing Houston for the Local Solutions to ending Homelessness, National League of Cities.

Routinely, there are 600k people who are experiencing homelessness in the U.S. League of Cities invited elected leaders across the nation for a deeper dive.

I was thrilled to represent Houston.

The City of Houston (City) announced that it was entering into Stage One of the City’s Drought Contingency Plan with an effective date of December 14, 2023.

The City of Houston Code of Ordinances Section 47-251 details that a Stage 1 water shortage ends when the director finds that the abnormal conditions leading to the declaration either no longer exist, have been mitigated, or have been escalated, and the director files a written declaration to that effect with the city secretary.

Due to the sustained increased rainfall and replenishment of storage, the severe conditions leading to the implementation of Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan have been mitigated. Notice of Rescinding from Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan – Effective May 29, 2024. CLICK HERE