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Free Catalytic Converter Etching

posted Nov 2, 2021, 6:46 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


When: Saturday, November 13, from 9 am to 3 pm

Where: Alief Center for Advanced Careers, 12160 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77082


International Management District and Houston Police Department are inviting residents to bring their vehicles to have their catalytic converters etched FREE of charge. Having your VIN number permanently etched will help deter theft as well as helping catch the criminals who are ripping off the catalytic converters.


For more information, visit https://imdhouston.org/2021/10/free-catalytic-converter-etching-nov-13/ or call 713-308-3500.

October Westside PIP Meeting

posted Oct 18, 2021, 12:43 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


From: Tim Whitaker, HPD


Hello Neighbors, please share this information/email with your friends and neighbors. This month's Westside Divisional PIP Meeting will be via ZOOM, Thursday, October 21 at 6:30PM.. Please join Commander Hardy & some of his Westside Staff for informative information about crime in the Westside area. The Westside area is I-10 (Katy Frwy) south to I-69 (Southwest Frwy) and Gessner west to the City limits. Hope to "see" all of you at the meeting.


Officer Tim Whitaker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: WS Divisional PIP October Meeting

Time: Oct 21, 2021 18:30 Central Time (US and Canada)


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Energy Corridor Design and Streetscape Workshop

posted Sep 29, 2021, 4:11 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


From: Energy Corridor District

Subject: Energy Corridor Design and Streetscape Guidelines: Upcoming Public Workshop - Oct 13th


The Energy Corridor is developing Design and Streetscape Guidelines that will govern the public right of way in our area. We are hosting an in-person workshop to solicit feedback on the preliminary set of guidelines. The workshop will be on Wednesday, October 13th at NOON in Grisby Square. It is designed as an open house, with a series of stations demonstrating various aspects of the guidelines. People can come and go anytime between noon and 1:30pm. Please share and promote this workshop to members of the Memorial 16 Super Neighborhood group.

Anyone interested in attending can learn more and RSVP HERE.

This is our second and last workshop for the Design and Streetscape Guidelines project. During our previous workshop and survey, we had great participation from residents in and around the Energy Corridor. We hope similar levels as we present the guidelines over the next month.


Elizabeth Whitton
Transportation and Mobility Manager, Energy Corridor District

ewhitton@energycorridor.org

City of Houston Sidewalk Summit 2021

posted Sep 23, 2021, 11:06 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


From: Office of Council Member Sallie Alcorn, At-Large 5

Good morning all!

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate at our Sidewalk Summit on Tuesday evening. If you missed the summit or would like to share it with your friends and neighbors, a recording of the virtual event can be found here.

Additionally, for those who might be interested in further participation, I am including the below message from Interim Chief Resilience Officer Laura Patino:

Sidewalks are the “connective tissue” of a community, not only as a means of travel, but as a visible representation of community safety, accessibility, and investment. Like much of Houston, communities suffer from challenges like limited right-of-way; conflicts between infrastructure, trees, and greenspace; and limited access from housing to quality amenities and services— challenges that have been heightened by severe flooding over the past five years, most notably Hurricane Harvey. Providing safe and reliable sidewalks ensures that people have access to jobs and goods, which are essential to maintaining or creating a thriving economy.

The City is looking for your participation, help, and expertise to participate in the development and roll-out of the City-Wide Tool Kit. If you are interested in participating in the project, please visit https://bit.ly/sidewalkstoolkit to sign up.

Best regards,

Jordan McGinty Frazier

Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Sallie Alcorn, At-Large 5
(832) 393-3017

jordan.mcginty@houstontx.gov
T: @
salliealcorn/FB: @cmsalliealcorn

Brays to Barker (and Back!) Group Bike Ride

posted Sep 13, 2021, 9:45 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


From: Bryan Dotson

(You may remember Bryan from his presentation at the Super Neighborhood meeting about the Federal Lands Access Program FLAP opportunity and getting better trail access to Barker and Addicks reservoirs.)


It’s easier and safer to get from Brays Bayou to Barker Reservoir than you might think!

Gregg Nady and I will be leading a familiarization ride round-trip from McClendon Park to the George Bush Hike and Bike Trail at Briar Forest. We will be using low-traffic streets, trails, sidewalks, gravel and natural surfaces. Since we will be on gravel and natural surfaces at times, wider tire bicycles are necessary. Total distance will be 8-10 miles and the pace will be slow. We will stop frequently to discuss possibilities for future trail and bike route development.

Meeting Time: 8:30 am Saturday, September 18 (rainout moves to September 25)

Meeting Place: McClendon Park parking lot, 3770 Summit Valley Dr., Houston, Texas 77082

Duration: Back to McClendon Park before noon (likely earlier).

Bicycle: Gravel or fatter tire. We will probably ride the gravel on the top of the dam.

Communications: Text Bryan Dotson cellphone 281-961-6116. Send me a confirmation with your text number and I’ll confirm the ride the night before at 8:00 pm and again Saturday morning at 7:30 am (in case of marginal weather and/or mud conditions).

General Route: The general route will be a loop, roughly described below. Key street crossings will be the traffic light at Westheimer Parkway and FM 1093, traffic light at Highway 6 at Piping Rock, traffic light at Westheimer and Briargreen, and the trail underpass of Highway 6 between Archbishop Fiorenza and McClendon parks.

District G Informational Town Hall on Crime

posted Jul 2, 2021, 1:30 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


Council Member Travis is hosting an Informational Town Hall on Crime on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm at The Westin Memorial City. Please help us spread the word by including the Town Hall Flyer.pdf in upcoming communications to your organizations.


We are soliciting questions beforehand through our site: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/g/july-2021-town-hall.html. Hope to see y’all there!


Thank you and have a great day,


Rachel Maxcy

Director of External Affairs

Office of Council Member Greg Travis

City of Houston, District G

Phone: 832.393.3007

TIRZ17 Memorial Drive Progress

posted Jul 2, 2021, 1:09 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


The link below has some details about the Memorial Drive drainage and mobility improvements project taken from the TIRZ17 board book at their meeting last week...


Memorial Drive Drainage and Mobility Improvements Progress Report (PDF)


There is also more information about the project on their website at https://houstontirz17.org/projects about halfway down the page.

New 311 Service Request System

posted Jun 27, 2021, 4:01 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


[We only received this announcement last night.]


City of Houston 311 is pleased to announce the start of the Customer Request and Information System (CRIS).


After nine months of collaboration, design, development, and testing, we are happy to announce that the new Houston 311 system, 311 CRIS, will launch on Saturday, June 26th, 2021!


This cloud-based 311 application will fundamentally improve how we interact with our customers by delivering an advanced, self-service based platform that makes interaction easier, quicker, and more convenient for both citizens and agents. Some of the upgrades and new features of the new Houston 311 include:

  • A customer self-service portal with a virtual agent, allowing residents to create service requests on their own and reduce call wait times;

  • A way for City of Houston employees to reclassify a case instead of closing it and opening a new one;

  • A standardized, consistent service request number for all website, app, or Call Center requests;

  • A reduction in duplicate service requests, based on location.

From 3pm Saturday, June 26th through June 27th, customers must call 311 to create a service request. The 311 website and SeeClickFix app will not be available to create service requests, which will minimize the time required to complete data transfer into the new system. The Houston 311 Call Center will be fully functional, and 311 agents will be available 24/7 to create service requests over the phone.


Additionally, beginning Saturday, June 26th, the SeeClickFix app will no longer be supported by the City of Houston. A new City of Houston 311 app will be available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores after Houston 311 CRIS implementation is complete this weekend.


New Houston 311 Portal

City of Houston


You can email 311 with any questions or concerns about the upcoming change.


( If outside Houston, dial 713.837.0311 )


Thank you,


Charles W. Jackson

Assistant Director

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department

Today is Space City Weather Day

posted Jun 8, 2021, 7:48 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


If you haven't already discovered Space City Weather's brand of "no hype" weather forecasting, check it out at https://spacecityweather.com.


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proclaimed today, June 8, 2021, as Space City Weather Day in Houston, Texas.


Founded by Eric Berger in 2015, Space City Weather has provided Houston residents and business owners with quality weather forecasts to aid them in making informed decisions about protecting their families, property and businesses.


As a meteorologist and former contributor for the Houston Chronicle for 17 years where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage on Hurricane Ike, Eric Berger, alongside his managing editor, Matt Lanza, have utilized Space City Weather to keep Houston informed during some of the City's most turbulent times. During the wake of Hurricane Harry, their website traffic tripled, accumulating over four million site visits as they posted during the storm. Space City Weather reintegrated the site's flood scale during Hurricane Imelda, which sets a realistic expectation ahead of a rainfall event that could produce unprecedented flooding.


On June 8, 2021, Space City Weather will be recognized for its overall contributions to the community. The City of Houston commends and appreciates Space City Weather for it's worthwhile endeavors over the years and extends best wishes for future success.


Therefore, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim June 8, 2021, as


Space City Weather Day


in Houston, Texas.


In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Official Seal of the City of Houston to be affixed this 27th day of May, 2021.


Sylvester Turner

Mayor of the City of Houston

Job Fair at HCC Main Campus

posted Jun 1, 2021, 3:52 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


From: Houston SNA Advisory Council


Daikin is holding another job fair this coming Saturday, starting at 10am; see the attached flyer. Note this fair is more centrally located at the HCC main campus in Midtown.


The job fair is co-hosted by Harris County Commissioner Tom Ramsey and HCC Trustee Dr. Pretta Stallworth, with support from US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.


Regards,

Mike VanDusen

Secretary, Houston Super Neighborhood Alliance


Flyer (PDF)

Water Rate and Budget Survey

posted Apr 28, 2021, 8:06 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.


Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwvFSdAqbbUCpeP3-e2dqmmiJ1JGhKFm10_w7vYfPRHbc_5A/viewform


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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, 11:56 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, 8:07 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


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, 2:47 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


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?

posted Dec 21, 2020, 3:59 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


Mayor’s Social Media Announcement:

https://nextdoor.com/post/170315307?init_source=copy_link_share


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