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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 Continue Reading »

City Has Cleaned Up About 20 Percent Of Debris Caused By Harvey

Oct. 11, 2017Houston Public Media

The City of Houston has completed its first pass to clean up Harvey debris.

The debris clean up started on August 30th and the Solid Waste Management Department says crews have removed one million cubic yards, including furniture, carpet, appliances and sheetrock. Continue Reading »

This Week at City Hall

Oct. 6, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

This Week: Mayor Turner Secures $50M for Harvey Recovery; First Round of Relief Fund Grants Approved; Satellite Permitting Centers Opened; Storm Debris Collection Continues; and National Night Out in District C. Continue Reading »

Turner Wants New Building Guidelines To Protect From Flooding In Post Harvey Era

Oct. 4, 2017Houston Public Media

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants to develop new strategies for how housing should be built in the post-Harvey era and he thinks new guidelines to protect houses from flooding are important.

Turner talked about this topic during Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council and said Houston must learn to build “smarter.” Continue Reading »

Sunday Streets signifies a return to normal life post Harvey

Oct. 1, 2017Houston Chronicle

There were food trucks and pushcarts. There were families with baby strollers. There were line dancers, roller derby skaters and hundreds of bicyclists. Continue Reading »

Department Investigating High Water Bills

Oct. 1, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Some residents throughout Houston have reported unusually high water bills in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading »

Governor Abbott finally comes through with $50M relief money

Sep. 30, 2017Houston Chronicle

Gov. Greg Abbott finally showed up at Houston’s City Hall with a smile on his face, a $50 million check in his hand and some lofty words about working together for the greater good of all Texans. Continue Reading »

Storm Debris Collection Continues

Sep. 29, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

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.  Continue Reading »

Proposed One-Year Tax Rate Increase Public Hearing Dates

Sep. 24, 2017Council Member Ellen Cohen

During the last two weeks many of you have contacted my office to express your opinions on Mayor Turner’s proposed one-year tax rate increase. The Mayor has stated the funds will be used to cover expenses incurred during the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading »

Hurricane Harvey Debris Contractor FAQs

Sep. 22, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

I want to contract with the City for debris hauling.  How do I proceed and who should I contact?
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