This Week at City Hall

Oct. 13, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Mayor Turner Targeting November to Resume Recycling; Reconstruction of Greenbriar Blvd; the Brays Bayou Association community meeting on flooding; the 39th Annual Houston Italian Festival

Mayor Turner Targeting November to Resume Recycling

Mayor Turner has announced his goal to resume recycling services for Houstonians in November, two months sooner than previously anticipated. Since storm debris pickup commenced on August 30th, the City of Houston has removed over 1 million cubic yards of debris and has substantially completed their first pass. The second city-wide pass is expected to take up to 60 days to complete and end by December 1st. Any residents with storm debris who have not yet received a first pickup are asked to please contact the District C office with their 311 Service Request Number for assistance: (832) 393-3004 or

The Solid Waste Department and partners continue to cycle through all neighborhoods in Houston to collect storm debris on an ongoing basis and will continue to do so until all material is removed. Today, Friday, October 13th, trucks are picking up storm debris in the following District C communities: Timbergrove Manor, Old Braeswood, Willow Meadows, and the greater Meyerland area. Residents are asked to place their storm debris at the curbside and to avoid parking cars on the street to facilitate pickup. Instructions on placing and separating storm debris »

On the Agenda

Council approved a contract between the City of Houston and Conrad Construction Co., LTD for the Reconstruction of Greenbriar Blvd, from Rice Blvd to W. Holcombe Blvd. Improvements will include new pavement, necessary underground utilities, updated intersections, sidewalks, and more. Construction is slated to begin within 90 days and the duration is scheduled for approximately 18 months. Mayor Pro Tem Cohen hosted multiple community meetings in preparation for this project and materials are available online

What’s Happening in the District

The Italian Cultural and Community Center (ICCC) is hosting the 39th Annual Houston Italian Festival, which will run today, Friday, October 13th, through Sunday, October 15thon the grounds of the University of St. Thomas in District C. Festa Italia will feature the Italian bowling game of bocce ball, a grape stomping contest, and a pasta eating contest, in addition to live music, dancing, and authentic Italian cuisine. Tickets may be purchased online.

On Monday, October 16th, the Brays Bayou Association will host a community meeting on flooding at Willow Meadows Baptist Church. Guest speakers will include former Council Member and current Flood Chief Stephen Costello as well as Executive Director Russ Poppe of the Harris County Flood Control District. Discussion will center on Project Brays progress, flood plain maps, and the home elevation grant program. Doors will open at 6PM and the program will begin at 7PM.