This Week at City Hall

Jan. 24, 2013 Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Public Safety Committee Meets

The Precious Metals Unit of the Houston Police Department briefed the Council’s Public Safety Committee on proposed changes to the ordinance that governs businesses that buy and sell precious metals (such as gold, silver, and platinum). Their goal is to reduce the potential for businesses to purchase stolen goods. The proposed changes, which include photographing both the item being sold as well as the seller, will assist law enforcement in preventing such crimes.

West End Park Scheduled for Improvements

Exciting improvements are ahead for West End Park! Scheduled upgrades, which are expected to begin within ninety days, will include:

  • New light fixtures
  • Landscaping including shade trees and grading
  • A new concrete playground border
  • Better drainage
  • Various additional amenities

On the Consent Agenda

Council authorized a collaboration between several local government entities for the continued development, beautification, and enhancement of Buffalo Bayou Park. This project is slated for completion by June 2015. Keep informed about their progress by visiting

What’s Happening in the Annex

Residents from the Historic 4th Ward area met with Council Member Cohen to discuss ongoing security concerns in their neighborhood. The District C office plans to host a town hall this spring to discuss ideas for strengthening neighborhood safety.