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Water Rate and Budget Survey

posted Apr 28, 2021, 6:06 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Here's more information on water rates provided by Kathleen Shelton at District G: 

The video recording of the April 27 Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee meeting is available at https://houstontx.swagit.com/play/04272021-1820

The presentation is available at https://www.houstontx.gov/council/committees/bfa.html

From Council Member Alcorn in at-Large 5: 


Houston City Council and city departments are currently analyzing how to spend the city’s $5 billion operating budget. Of this $5 billion, roughly half is the tax-supported (property and sales tax) general fund. The other half represents enterprise funds - city operations supported by fees and charges (water, sewer, streets, drainage, airports). The city has a separate capital budget which will be adopted this summer. 

This fiscal year, Houston City Council will face a tough budget process due to current economic conditions caused by COVID-19. While the operating budget is the most significant legislative measure passed by council, there is very little public engagement in the process. By completing this survey, you are helping me understand how you want your tax dollars prioritized for spending. The survey focuses on tax-supported general fund spending. 


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Kathleen Osborne Shelton
Chief of Staff
Council Member Greg Travis
Houston City Council, District G
832-393-3007 (main)
832-393-3272 (direct)
kathleen.shelton@houstontx.gov

Citywide Solar Co-op Launched

posted Apr 22, 2021, 9:56 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

For immediate release  
Date: 04/21/2021 

Houston Launches Citywide Solar Co-op to Celebrate First Anniversary of the Houston Climate Action 

On the one-year anniversary since the release of the Houston Climate Action Plan, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) today announced the launch of Houston’s citywide solar co-op that will help Houston residents go solar – advancing a major goal of the Houston Climate Action Plan (CAP). 


“As we celebrate Earth Day, I’m proud to welcome this community-driven initiative for local rooftop solar and thank Solar United Neighbors for being such a strong supporter of the Houston Climate Action Plan,” said Mayor Turner. “I encourage Houstonians to take full advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the benefits of residential solar and how they can take part. Bulk buy programs like this will help our city meet our energy transition goals and grow local investment in renewable and resilient energy.” 

Released on Earth Day 2020, the Houston Climate Action Plan is a science-based, community-driven strategy for Houston to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead a global energy transition. In October 2020, Houston City Council officially adopted the CAP and committed to annual GHG reporting and updating the CAP at least every five years. The City’s 2020 GHG inventory is planned to be released later this summer. 

An update on the implementation of Resilient Houston and the Houston Climate Action Plan is available here: Rice | Kinder Institute Resilience and Climate Progress in Houston

Growing Houston’s investment in renewable and resilient energy is a major goal of the Houston Climate Action Plan. The City of Houston is the nation’s largest municipal user of renewable energy in the US and met the CAP goal of powering municipal operations with renewable energy five years ahead of schedule. The Houston region is one of the fastest growing regions for solar in the country. According to Environment Texas, Houston’s installed solar capacity has quadrupled from 2018 to 2020. Similarly, the Houston Permitting Center saw a 63% increase in solar installation permits from 2019 to 2020. SUN’s citywide solar co-op will directly support the CAP target of generating 5 million MWh from local solar projects per year by 2050. 

“The co-op will enable homeowners and business owners in and around the city of Houston to join the growing community of people taking control of their energy bills and improving grid resilience by harnessing solar power,” said Hanna Mitchell, Texas program director for SUN. “Together, we’re building a movement to transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer, and shares its benefits more broadly.” 

SUN’s city-wide solar co-op is open to homeowners and business owners in and around Houston. Co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations following SUN’s facilitation of a competitive process to select an installer. Joining does not obligate members to purchase solar. Members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate. 

Since 2018, SUN has hosted six small scale solar co-ops in areas around Houston including Spring Branch, Lake Olympia, East Houston, Central Houston, the Woodlands, and West Houston. With the City’s support, this will be the first time a solar co-op will be available to all Houstonians, city-wide. SUN is collaborating with local non-profits including South Union CDC, Houston Sierra Club, TX Interfaith Power and Light, and the Houston Renewable Energy Group to spread word about the solar co-op. 

According to SUN’s estimates, solar co-ops in Texas provide 569 kW of solar power, $1.64 million in local economic investment, and more than 18.4 million lbs. of lifetime carbon offsets. 

Individuals interested in learning more about the citywide co-op can register or attend one of the upcoming information sessions at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/Houston

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. CT 
RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fLTApbdRTJyyFc6BVORzjg 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CT 
RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n5l-4jaoS7uZwPuC0HgSFQ 

About Solar United Neighbors 
Solar United Neighbors is a nonprofit organization that works in Texas and nationwide to represent the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. Solar co-ops are part of the organization’s mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment, and advocate for fair solar policies. 

Contact: 

Mary Benton
Director of Communications
Office: 832.393.0830
Mobile: 713.208.6229
Mary.Benton@houstontx.gov

Ada Ortega
Press Secretary
Office: 832-393-0800
Mobile: 832-547-3240
Ada.Ortega@houstontx.gov

Restart of Memorial Super Neighborhood meetings

posted Mar 8, 2021, 6:07 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Mar 8, 2021, 6:45 AM ]

Dear Neighbors, 

Mark your calendars: 

What: Monthly meeting of the Memorial Super Neighborhood 
When: Monday, March 22 starting at 6:30pm 
Where: Zoom virtual meeting, details to be announced 

The monthly meetings of the Memorial Super Neighborhood will be resuming starting with our March meeting on the 22nd. We will be starting promptly at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held remotely using Zoom. The final agenda and Zoom meeting invite details will be sent out by email a few days before the meeting. Memorial Super Neighborhood meetings are open to the public and all members of the community are encouraged to join. The minutes from our last regular meeting are available here

If your organization's Memorial Super Neighborhood delegates have changed since our last meeting, please complete the Delegate Authorization Letter and return a signed copy by email to contact@memorialsn.org. To verify your organization's currently assigned delegates, refer to the membership page on our web site. 

We have two new vacancies on our board: Treasurer and Recording Secretary. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Randy Jones




Renter's Help

posted Feb 26, 2021, 12:47 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Mar 8, 2021, 6:15 AM ]

Visit https://houstonharrishelp.org/ or call 832-402-7568 for more information. 

Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 

The City of Houston and Harris County are working together to provide $159 million in rent and utilities assistance to families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be distributed by two agencies with established experience in helping people in need: BakerRipley and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. To make the process as smooth as possible, a group of community agencies will serve as navigators, helping families complete their applications. 

About The Program 

The Houston-Harris Rental Assistance Program is available to renters within Harris County or the City of Houston who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who are experiencing housing instability, and whose household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Family Income. 

Any rental property within the City of Houston or Harris County may participate. Landlords interested in registering their property will need to enroll their property and agree to the terms of the program. 

Registration will be available soon. Please refer to the For Renters and For Landlords pages to check your eligibility and start preparing application materials. 

Thank you,
Rene Ruiz
Customer Service Representative III
Mayor’s Assistance Office
City Hall Annex 900 Bagby Ground Level
Houston, Texas 77002
T. 832.393.0939
C. 713.865.3397
Rene.Ruiz@Houstontx.gov


Free WiFi in Houston parks? Let us know what you think. Take our survey by December 23

posted Dec 21, 2020, 1:59 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Mayor’s Social Media Announcement: 

Announcement 

Free WiFi in Houston City Parks? Take our survey. The City of Houston Mayor's Office, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Houston Information and Technology Services (HITS), other city departments and organizations are working together to improve #DigitalConnectivity inside city parks as part of #Houston's Resilience Plan and 50/50 Parks Partners Initiative. Let us hear your thoughts on whether #FreeWiFi should be provided in some city parks. Take the survey at http://bit.ly/houstonwifi by December 23rd. 

Background and Purpose: 

The City of Houston continues to strive to be a leader in technology and solutions to meet the needs of its citizens and strengthen its national reputation as a green space leader. In response to the Covid pandemic and continued natural disaster emergencies, there is more need than ever for a Digital Connectivity Master Plan for Houston's parks to provide reliable, consistent digital connectivity services, such as free WiFi.  This effort also supports the City of Houston's Resilience Plan, 50/50 Parks Partners Initiative, and complements Comcast’s initiative to equip nine City of Houston Community Centers with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” before the end of 2020. 

The City's Mayor's Office, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Houston Information and Technology Services (HITS), and other city departments and organizations are working together and they want to hear from the Citizens of Houston.  This survey provides a way to find out more about how the new service will be used as well as an opportunity to gather general feedback from Houston park visitors.  The information received will feed into the overall plan.  The deadline to take the survey is December 23rd.  bit.ly/houstonwifi 

Evangelina Vigil 
DON PIO 
T.  832-393-0832
C. 281-904-3015
evangelina.vigil@houstontx.gov

http://bit.ly/houstonwifi

Buffalo Bayou Community Plan

posted Nov 19, 2020, 2:43 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Linked below you will find the final Houston Stronger Alternative Review and Community Plan as prepared in response to the USACE Buffalo Bayou & Tributaries Resiliency Study and Interim Report. 

Remember, final comments and alternative recommendations are due tomorrow, November 20.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mfv_i4YNl1Z-UX1IIf-l0XynEWhTn7mD/view?usp=sharing


Action Needed to Protect Houston's Historic Waterway

posted Nov 13, 2020, 8:25 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Passing along this announcement from Jessica McFall of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Buffalo Bayou Park and Other Green Spaces Will Be Severely Impacted by US Army Corps of Engineers Study Recommendations 


Photo by Dean Digamon 


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report which proposes various projects aimed at reducing flooding along the Buffalo Bayou Watershed.  After strong community reaction, the Corps has extended the comment period to November 20, 2020. 

 

 

While BBP supports the USACE’s overall goal of relieving flooding, it has grave concerns as stated in a letter the organization sent to the Corps. 

 

 

CONCERNS:

  • Widening the channel to 230 ft. and deepening it by 12 ft. will make it impossible to retain natural features and riparian vegetation all along Buffalo Bayou and will devastate Buffalo Bayou Park, the beautiful 160-acre green space recently restored by BBP, Harris County Flood Control District, City of Houston and the Kinder Foundation with $75 million of improvements.  
  • Radically increasing the flow of water during floods will worsen damage in Buffalo Bayou Park.
  • Channel modifications and replacement of infrastructure will severely impact Buffalo Bayou’s extensive wildlife, including the more than 250,000 Mexican Free-tail Bats living near the Waugh Drive and Congress Avenue bridges.
  • Buffalo Bayou’s role as a recreational amenity and a unique visitor experience will be forever changed. 
  • USACE does not propose to enlarge the bayou in downtown where downtown parks, the City Hall and Harris County complexes, and Theater District all flooded during Harvey.
  • Finally, USACE’s own analysis shows that the project’s costs will be far greater than its benefits in reducing flooding. This means Buffalo Bayou will be devastated for a project that does not make economic sense.

 

If you care about protecting Buffalo Bayou Park and other green spaces that BBP has transformed, send your comments to the Corps TODAY(Note deadline: November 20, 2020)


For your convenience, feel free to copy the note below and send it to the Corps at BBTRS@usace.army.mil or click the button below. Personalize as needed.

We also encourage you to contact our Houston U.S. Congressional Representatives who oversee the USACE with districts along the affected parts of Buffalo Bayou: Lizzie FletcherDan Crenshaw and Sheila Jackson Lee.

 

 

 

TO:        US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
RE:         Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report.  Numerous recommendations in the report will cause considerable harm to Buffalo Bayou Park, the award-winning 160-acre green space near downtown.  I believe the study recommends outdated solutions rather than forward-thinking nature-based solutions.  Widening and deepening the channel will cause irreparable harm to the bayou’s natural features, as well as to the vast wildlife living along the waterway. 

I’d also like to point out that in addition to causing increased flooding in Buffalo Bayou Park, flooding will be exacerbated in parks and sites downstream, including the City Hall and Harris County complexes and Theater District; all of which experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey.  This issue is not addressed in the Corp’s report.

I understand that the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) is recommending a tunnel option which Buffalo Bayou Partnership supports.

I urge the Corps to adopt a natural channel design that will result in a healthy functioning riparian corridor.  By doing so, you will be protecting Buffalo Bayou so that Houstonians from all walks of life can enjoy its natural beauty, wildlife, and recreational and cultural offerings for generations to come.


...

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource


Our mailing address is:

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

1019 Commerce Street

Suite 200

Houston, TX 77002

Jim Murphy comments on USACE interim report

posted Nov 6, 2020, 1:04 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Nov 6, 2020, 1:04 PM ]

In response to numerous requests from the communities within the study area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the comment period for the BBTRS until November 20th, 2020. 


We also just received this from Jim Murphy's office: 

Representative Murphy asked me to pass this letter on to you directly. It includes his comments to the USACE Galveston District regarding the interim study. Feel free to share. 


Also, it marks a great opportunity to (re)introduce myself. I'm very glad to be back working hard for West Houston. If I can do anything for you or your neighbors, please ask! 

Benjamin Williams 
Chief of Staff 
Office of State Representative Jim Murphy 
(512) 463-0514 
Capitol 4N.3

CitizensNet Newsletter: Surveys & Feedback

posted Nov 6, 2020, 12:53 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


Make your community what you want it to be. Share the survey with your neighbors, family, and friends. 

Why share the survey? 

We all deserve a comfortable place to live. 

This is your opportunity to tell Harris County and the City of Houston on how to responsibly develop improvements for economic, environmental, and social balance in the most valuable space of all, your home and community. 

Make your community what you want it to be. Share the survey with your neighbors, family, and friends. 

About the Study 

Home is more than a word. It’s where your life happens. 

The Harris County Housing Survey is commissioned by Harris County and the City of Houston. 

The survey, conducted by The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will provide a picture of real estate needs in the Houston area. 

Why is the survey important? 

Severe weather and a growing population present new social needs for the five million residents who call Harris County home. 

The results of the Harris County Housing Survey will inform decisions that impact safe and affordable homes and apartments in your community. 

Harris County received $10 billion to implement the results of the survey, and your responses show your local government how to spend those funds on real estate in your neighborhood like determining where homes need to be built or repaired, types of dwelling options that are needed, and maintaining affordable costs for hardworking Houstonians. 

This is your opportunity to tell Harris County and the City of Houston on how to responsibly develop improvements for economic, environmental, and social balance in the most valuable space of all, your home and community. 

We are asking all area residents ages 18+ to please take the survey at MyHomeIsHere.org 

Community organizations can also schedule a My Home Is Here field researcher to join your organization’s next virtual meeting to engage, inform and activate your community in just 20 minutes. Contact Tiffany Nelson at 713.966.6937, ext. 902 or email pm@thefordmomentum.com. 

 

CitizensNet City of Houston

CitizensNet was created to share important city issues of interest to you and your neighbors.

Subscribe to CitizensNet or manage your preferences here:

houstontx.gov/citizensnet/

Thank you for your interest in the City of Houston!



USACE interim report comment period extended

posted Nov 4, 2020, 8:20 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

The USACE Buffalo Bayou and Tributary interim study comment period has been extended. See letter to Lizzie Fletcher below... 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/15TB5TJ8ZlTmVKLYqnv5jjH6HZkiZVFdd/view?usp=sharing

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