Housing and Community Affairs Committee, Chair
Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, Member
Ethics, Elections, and Council Governance, Member
Public Safety and Homeland Security, Member
Regulation and Neighborhood Affairs, Member
A WORD FROM COUNCIL MEMBER THOMAS
“It is my sincere honor to represent District F as your Council Member. With profound gratitude, I thank you for placing your trust in me. This tremendous opportunity that I have been given to affect positive change does not escape me. As I look to the road ahead, I know we will be able to meet the challenge.
I have never been more optimistic about our residents, our community leaders, and our district. We have much work in front of us, but, with your help, I am confident we will be able to find common ground and solutions to the issues that are most important to us.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, I hope you will join me on this new journey. I hope you will join me in striving for a better tomorrow. And I hope you will join me in making our district as great as I know it can be.”
CENSUS 2020 TOWN HALL
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:00PM
First United Methodist Church – Westchase
3663 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042
In partnership with Houston Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc. Invited partners: US Census Bureau, Harris County, Mi Familia Vota, Houston Urban League, Alief Community Association, Alief ISD Family Outreach, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chinese Community Center, and Nigerian-American Multicultural Council Media partner: *pendingCOMMUNITY INPUT MEETINGS
We will host our first series of community meetings to discuss the FY21 budget, proposals for CIP and CDSF projects, and gather general community input.
Super Neighborhood 17 Meeting (Ashford Park, Westheimer, Royal Oaks)
Thursday, March 12th 6:30PM
12570 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77082
Super Neighborhood 25 Meeting (Alief/Westchase)
Thursday, March 26th at 6:30PM
Judson Robinson Library – Westchase
3223 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77042
Super Neighborhood 20 Meeting (Piney Point, Tanglewilde, Westmont, Briarmeadow)
Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30PM
5830 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
*all requests are subject to approval from Legal and corresponding departments.
COUNCIL MEMBER IN THE DISTRICT
It was a pleasure to have a conversation with the residents of Super Neighborhood 17 and Bellaire West HOA. Thank you for your invitation and your attendance! Among the salient topics discussed were the Chelford City CIP project along Westpark Dr, speed cushion applications, and our upcoming Census 2020 town hall.
I’d like to also give a big thank you to the Planning, General Services, and Parks Departments, as well as the Office of Complete Communities, for inviting me to their Neighborhood Support Team (NST) meeting. Stakeholder turnout was terrific and we received much-needed input that will shape the direction of the Complete Communities initiative going forward. Please take the survey below to let us know what needs to be improved:
Finally, as Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee, I’m happy to announce that the Evening Star senior living development that is proposed for District F has received a recommendation for the 9% housing tax credit. The developer’s goal is revitalization of senior housing in our district and I fully support this project.
CIP PROJECT UPDATES
CHELFORD CITY DIVERSION PACKAGE #1
Earlier this month, residents had noticed foul odors at the project site. The culprit was the Upper Braes Lift Station Headworks Building. This lift station is under the rehab project. The raw sewage bypassed the lift station and pumped directly into the bar screen inside the headworks building.
After our office contacted Public Works regarding this issue, an action plan has been implemented:
-close the doors of the headworks building during night time,
-cover the back door (facing the Royal Oaks neighborhood) as much as possible
-close the wet well hatch door inside the headworks building
-utilize the Cherri-D misting odor neutralizer at the bar screen and dumpster
-remove the trash from the dumpster as often as possible
For more details regarding this Capital Improvement Project, please click on the map below.
ALIEF NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
The General Services Department is slated to start demolition of the existing Alief Community Center on March 8, 2020. We are coordinating with GSD on a date for a ceremony, and on the process of residents securing a brick from the ACC. We will provide an update in the coming weeks. Construction of the NEW Alief Neighborhood Center is slated begin this fall. Please click on the matrix below to view the relocation of activities, and click on the video to see a virtual tour of the new facility.
The $60M development is a first of its kind in the City of Houston. It will include a NEW library, skate park, classrooms, state of the art gym, community garden and more. TWENTY YEARS in the making!
Special appreciation to the neighborhood heroes who helped manifest this facility for the next generation(s) to come: Anne and Henry Williams, Dan Hrna, Natali Lacassa, Francisco Garcia, Kevin Kebebe, Barbara Quattro and a host of others.
CURB AND RAMP REPLACEMENT
@ AMBLEWOOD DR & HORNBROOK DR
This curb in the Parkglen West subdivision was reconstructed with new ramps utilizing our Council Service District Fund (CDSF). Construction completed on January 20th.
SIDEWALK AND RAMP REPLACEMENT
@ HUNTINGTON ESTATES DR & S DARIRY ASHFORD RD
As part of the Safe Sidewalk Program, replacements of sidewalks and ramps at this corner in the Huntington Village subdivision will commence on Feb 10th, and is anticipated to be completed by Feb 24th.
ROADSIDE DITCH REHABILITATION
@ 9057-9099 CLARKCREST ST
As part of citywide drainage rehabilitation, this project will commence on February 17th and will last approximately 270 days.
Notices were sent out by Public Works to the property owners at these two locations on Keegan Rd in the Huntington Village subdivision. Please remove your vehicles by Feb 17th. Click on the pictures below for the notices. Construction commences April 6th.
9626 KEEGAN RD
9630 KEEGAN RD
Thank you to Cynthia Young, April Pitarra, and the residents of Parkglen West for informing our office of this long-neglected easement bounded by Amblewood Dr, Pine Knoll Drive, Leawood Boulevard and Spring Grove Dr. Council Member Thomas swiftly authorized CDSF funding to the Department of Neighborhoods to have this easement mowed. A big thank you goes to Director Takasha Francis, Deputy Assistant Director Reggie Harris, and Council Liaison Jillian Hardy for their hard work.
Thank you to Ms. Barbara Quattro for reporting to our office this dumpsite behind the Lion Shopping Center, at the corner of Bellaire Blvd and Wilcrest Dr. We were able to get this promptly picked up, and are working on a number of other sites reported to us by other constituents. Please report illegal to our office and help keep District F clean!
THE PEOPLE’S POP-UP
City Hall Annex – 901 Bagby ST, 1st FL
Join us in the office every Friday from 9AM to 3PM to discuss constituent concerns with Council Member Thomas and the District F staff. You can schedule time or drop on by! Either way, we want to hear from the residents of District F. We sincerely value your input!
THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP:
Our community is filled with countless unsung heroes. This section of our newsletter will highlight those extraordinary residents and organizations who have made a difference in our district. If you would like us to highlight a certain District F resident or organization, please let us know!
The Positive Interaction Program holds monthly PIP meetings featuring speakers from different divisions (Burglary and Theft, Homicide, K-9, Helicopters, etc.) explaining how their division operates. This is done so citizens will know what to expect, should they ever need the police.