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The District Journal – Official Newsletter of Houston City Council District J

Shopping Carts Update

shopping cartPhase II of the shopping cart pilot program has begun. This year the project will be undertaken in both Districts J and I (East side). Carts will be picked up on a biweekly basis for 6 months. This temporary cart retrieval program will be funded by those respective Districts' Council District Service Funds.

You may remember that I sponsored an amendment to the FY2017 Budget that called for the implementation of a citywide Solid Waste Department Shopping Cart Clean-Up Program. Toward that end, the City Council Shopping Cart task force has been meeting regularly for the past several months. The Task Force has undertaken discussion of how the City might best address shopping cart blight.

Representatives from retailers and vendors such as Kroger, HEB, Wal-Mart, Target, and Fiesta have participated in these meetings. The Houston Apartment Association, the Super Neighborhood Alliance, the Coalition for the Homeless and various City Departments have also participated. Discussions have centered on proposed ordinances or private sector efforts to establish an ongoing program that will remove shopping carts from public roadways, areas and waterways. The Task Force's work isongoing.

As we implement Phase II of the pilot program, please forward to your District J office the locations of stray carts. That information will be provided to the Solid Waste Department as wayward carts can be retrieved from public rights-of-way.

Thank You,
-Council Member Mike Laster, District J

Lansdale Splash Pad

lansdale splash

Please join us for the ribbon-cutting celebration of the Splash Pad at Lansdale Park on Saturday, March 11th at 11am.

District J CIP Meeting

Please plan to attend the District J CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Sharpstown Community Center (6600 Harbor Town Dr.)

Department representatives will be available to answer your questions starting at 6pm. The formal presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

"The Station" Skate Park

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Mark your calendar for the grand opening of "The Station" Skate Park at Burnett Bayland Park on Saturday, March 18th at 10am!

Westpark Storm Sewer Work

On Wednesday, Feb. 14th, City Council approved a joint agreement with TxDOT to clean out the storm sewers along Westpark Dr. from Chimney Rock to Newcastle. Both the City of Houston and TxDOT will split the $500,000 cost.

The Week in Pics

unity for a solution

Unity For A Solution receives a proclamation from the City for their efforts in addressing animal overpopulation in Houston and improving the lives of unwanted and homeless animals


Dr. Oz visits Sharpstown High School for CPR training

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Elected officials and City Attorney Ron Lewis at the Neighborhood Centers Inc. Heart and Gold Gala celebrating 110 years of the organization