This Week at City Hall

Nov. 17, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Recycling for ‘A’ Week to Resume; Council Committee on Quality of Life Materials Available Online; World Corporate Games Return; Carl and Melvalene Cohen Plaza Expansion.

Reminder: Recycling for ‘A’ Week to Resume Monday

The Solid Waste Department will resume its normal curbside recycling schedule for ‘A’ Week beginning Monday, November 20th. Recyling for those on the ‘B’ Week schedule began on November 13th. Residents are asked to not 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 at which time the City of Houston Legal Department discussed proposed amendments to the Houston Sign Code, relating to on-premise signs in Airport Corridors, LED lighting, and abandoned signs. The meeting is archived online via HTV (under the Committees & Commissions tab). The next scheduled meeting for the Quality of Life Committee will take place on Wednesday, January 24th at 2PM in Council Chambers at City Hall.

World Corporate Games Return

After an almost 30-year absence from the United States, the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority is hosting the World Corporate Games today, Friday, November 17ththrough Sunday, November 19th. This is the largest business-focused, multi-sport festival in the world with thousands of participants across 18 different sports, including cycling, golf, swimming, and table tennis. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF USA and all athletic equipment used during the games will be donated to local high schools through the IT’S TIME TEXAS organization. For more information please

What’s Happening in the District

Mayor Turner and Mayor Pro Tem Cohen will host a rededication ceremony for the newly expanded and renamed Carl and Melvalene Cohen Plaza on Saturday, November 18th at10AM. Mayor Pro Tem Cohen was pleased to sponsor a ‘Mini Mural’ at the plaza, which is located at the intersection of Heights Blvd and 11th St in the heart of the Houston Heights. An initiative of UP Art Studio, the Mini Mural program reimagines traffic signal control cabinets as blank canvasses that can be used to beautify neighborhoods, strengthen community cohesiveness, and deter graffiti. This is the 16th Mini Mural sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Cohen to date.