This Week at City Hall

Oct. 29, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Recycling Resumes on November 13th; Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s non-profit cultural sector; Festival of Abilities; Midtown Super Neighborhood.

Recycling to Resume Nov 13th

Mayor Turner announced his plan to resume the Solid Waste Department’s normal curbside recycling schedule beginning Monday, November 13th for “B Week” collections and Monday, November 20th for “A Week.” Residents are asked not to place storm debris or glass in their recycling bins. Citywide recycling drop-off locations will continue to operate with extended hours. Please note that heavy trash pickup services remain suspended until further notice as these crews and trucks remain assigned to storm debris pickup.

Committee Materials Available Online

Chair Cohen convened a meeting of the Council Committee on Quality of Life. During this meeting, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Director Debbie McNulty shared a presentation on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s non-profit cultural sector. Unfortunately, over $56M in damage have been reported thus far by dozens of Houston institutions, including District C’s Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Da Camera of Houston, and Rothko Chapel. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a FEMA Public Assistance Grant may visit for further information. All Committee meetings are archived online via HTV (under the Committees & Commissions tab).

What’s Happening in the District

On Saturday, October 28th, the Friends of Oak Forest Park will host the Festival of Abilities, a family-friendly and inclusive festival benefitting the implementation of a Playground for All Abilities in Oak Forest Park. During the event, Mayor Pro Tem Cohen will cut the ribbon on the park’s newly-renovated tennis courts, to which she was pleased to contribute $20,000 from her District C Council District Service Fund. The festivities will include an international food court, a craft biergarten, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, a costume contest, and much more. The event will take place from 3:00pm – 7:00pm in Oak Forest Park (2100 Judiway St, 77018).

Midtown civic clubs, businesses, faith institutions, and arts groups are coming together to be officially recognized by the City of Houston as a Super Neighborhood. All Midtown residents are invited to attend the first stakeholder meeting in the process, which will take place on Thursday, November 9th at 6:30PM at Crime Stoppers (3001 Main St, 77004). For more information, please visit