Budget Review Underway
Council began reviewing each city department budget in advance of the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014. Council Member Cohen and her colleagues have received presentations from several departments, including the Solid Waste Department, Houston Public Library, and theDepartment of Neighborhoods. Mayor Parker has proposed a $5.2 billion total city budget for the new fiscal year (FY2015) and Council will begin debate on this proposal at its next meeting, onJune 11, 2014. Council meetings are open to the public and begin at 9AM in council chambers at City Hall.
On the Agenda
Council authorized an agreement between the City of Houston and Art League Houston that allows Funnel Tunnel, the colorful public art installation in Montrose, to remain in place through January 2015. Created by District C resident and acclaimed local artist Patrick Renner, this sculpture spans 180 feet along the median in the 1900 block of Montrose Blvd.
What’s Happening in the Annex
Following a presentation by Public Works and Council Member Cohen at the Garden Oaks Civic Club earlier this year, representatives from Garden Oaks visited the District C office to further discuss an upcoming infrastructure project that will upgrade drainage in their area. Conversation centered on the potential for sidewalks in that neighborhood as well as the timeline and general scope of the project. Garden Oaks is located just north of Loop 610 in District C, and is known for its unique architecture, vast green space, and popular community events.