This Week at City Hall

Jul. 21, 2017 in News Articles, This Week at City Hall

This Week: Security Solutions for Meyerland Apartments; Capital Improvement Plan Approved; Quality of Life Committee to Meet

Security Solutions for Meyerland Apartments

Mayor Pro Tem Cohen hosted a meeting with leadership from the Houston Police Department, the newly-formed Greater Meyerland Super Neighborhood #31, the Jewish Community Center, the Nob Hill Apartment Complex, and the Villages at Meyerland Apartment Complex regarding the ongoing public safety concerns at and surrounding those properties. Discussion centered on the following solutions:

  • Nob Hill and the Villages at Meyerland will work with HPD to report identification fraud and will post signage in their offices that they do so. The two will share best practices with each other regarding application process and on-campus security strategies.
  • Management from both complexes will attend HPD’s Positive Interaction Program (PIP) meetings for apartment complexes. Both groups have completed property security audits with HPD and are seeking Blue Star Program certification.
  • HPD will discuss with the Houston Apartment Association opportunities to provide training classes for apartment complex employees to recognize and respond to applicants’ attempted identification fraud.
  • Both complexes utilize security cameras and have plans to install additional cameras. Nob Hill has hired private security officers who wear body cameras.
  • HPD has allocated additional patrols to the greater Meyerland area (both uniformed and plain-clothes) and will soon allocate bike unit officers.

Capital Improvement Plan Approved

Mayor Turner and City Council voted to approve the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY2018 – FY2022. The CIP describes the major infrastructure improvements the City plans to make during the next five years, including street reconstructions, park amenities, and library upgrades. Mayor Pro Tem Cohen was pleased to secure over $470M in CIP funding for District C communities over the next five years. Highlights include:

  • Greenbriar St from Rice Blvd to W. Holcombe Blvd: Street Reconstruction. The construction contract has been awarded on this project and work is slated to begin late fall or early winter of this year. A pre-construction public meeting is currently being scheduled and details will be disseminated as they are confirmed.
  • Cottage Grove – East: Neighborhood Reconstruction, slated for FY2020.
  • Westheimer Rd from Montrose Blvd to Main St: Street Reconstruction, scheduled for FY2020. The Planning and Development Department is conducting an enhanced pre-engineering Study of the Lower Westheimer Corridor for a future project to improve from Shepherd Dr. to Montrose Blvd. Receive Updates >

Quality of Life Committee to Meet

Chair Cohen will convene a meeting of the Council Committee on Quality of Life on Wednesday, July 26th at 2PM in Council Chambers at City Hall (900 Bagby St, 77002). The Houston Health Department will share a presentation on the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative. All committee meetings are open to the public, include the opportunity for public comment, and are live-streamed and archived online via HTV.