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Delayed trash pickups

posted Jan 9, 2019, 5:12 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

The WCC office has been in contact with our City Council office and they are well aware of the problems. Continue to put out your trash on the correct day and it will get picked up; eventually.  Here is a letter received today from CM Ellen Cohen who represents a portion of Westbury:

Dear Friend,
Many residents have reached out to my office to report missed or delayed recycling and heavy trash pickup. This has been a major issue city-wide over the past few months, and I want to share with you some background on why the delays are happening and what the Solid Waste Department is doing to get us back on schedule.
Why is this happening?
• Unfortunately, the City of Houston's fleet of automated recycling pickup trucks is aging and many sustained damage during Hurricane Harvey. This has led to hundreds of hours of equipment downtime as the trucks are repaired.
• Another challenge is the impact a nation-wide skilled labor shortage has had on Houston. The department is in dire need of new truck mechanics as well as experienced CDL drivers.
• In addition, many homeowners’ garbage and recycling bins were washed away during Hurricane Harvey. This has created a backlog for the delivery of new bins.
• Finally, Solid Waste is experiencing the annual increase in volume that they see immediately following the holidays, which has further contributed to the delays.
What is the City doing about it?
• This summer the department is scheduled to receive 69 new trucks, which will ease the burden on the existing fleet.
• Although the majority of City of Houston departments remain under a hiring freeze, Mayor Turner has lifted this restriction for Solid Waste so that they may hire these direly-needed truck drivers and mechanics. The City of Houston hosted a Job Fair this morning to recruit new workers. To apply for one of these positions, please visit: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/houston
• The department has had existing staff working overtime on weekends to try to catch up.
• Mayor Turner is asking the department, 311 operators, and Council Members to keep his office apprised of all missed and delayed pickups so that he and his team can personally track them.
• The Solid Waste Department’s facebook page has daily information on what routes are being picked up each day. Today, Wednesday, January 9th, crews are working on Thursday and Friday A-week routes.
• Regularly-scheduled pickups are projected to resume within approximately 60 days.
What should I do in the meantime?
• If your bin isn’t picked up on your regularly-scheduled day, please report the situation to 311@houstontx.gov and cc: DistrictC@houstontx.gov. Please be sure to include your name, address, and what your normal pickup day is. Our office will share with the department and with the Mayor’s Office.
• Stay informed by continuing to check the department’s facebook page for updates on when your neighborhood’s pickup will take place.
Please know that I share your frustration on the delay of these core City services. My team is monitoring the situation closely and will distribute any updates we receive from the department.
Sincerely,
Ellen

Happy New Year! January Westbury Crier

posted Dec 31, 2018, 1:51 PM by Westbury Civic Club President


Here is a link to the January Crier.   There are three pages devoted to trash and recycling.  And the membership form to clip and mail in today!  We wish all of you the very best for 2019. 

December 2018 Crier Newsletter

posted Nov 29, 2018, 7:44 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

The December Westbury Crier is ready for distribution!  Until your paper copy is delivered, here is a link to the electronic version on our website:   http://bit.ly/Dec2018Crier

What’s HOT in December?  Holiday Events, including the popular "Deck the Halls" parade. Updates on mentor opportunities, Harvey survey, awards, infrastructure, crime statistics, and MORE!

2018 November Crier

posted Oct 30, 2018, 5:53 AM by Westbury Civic Club President

The Westbury Crier is ready for distribution!  Until your paper copy is delivered, here is a link to the electronic version on our website:   http://bit.ly/Nov2018WestburyCrier

What’s HOT in November?  Voting information, a recap of National Night Out and WHS news that the Houston Food Bank has a mobile food pantry at Westbury High School on Nov 1 and 15th. 

October 2018 Westbury Crier

posted Sep 28, 2018, 1:36 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

Attached is the link  to the October 2018 Crier. News this month: National Night Out is Tuesday, Oct 2nd; JUNK waste on the 11th, early voting starts on the 22nd and the White Elephant sale on the 27th!   http://bit.ly/OCT18WestburyCrier

September Crier and Annual meeting

posted Aug 31, 2018, 10:16 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

Here is a link to the September 2018 Westbury Crier.  The WCC annual meeting date is Sept 11 at Parker Elementary.  It should be an informative meeting and a chance for you to hear form many of your elected officials.  Our new Councilperson Martha Castex-Tatum will bring us up to date on what is coming to our area.  Steve Costello, the Flood Czar, will be on hand to talk about projects.  Gary Zika from HCFCD will have an update on how much longer the construction will be taking place.   State Senator Borris Miles, HISD Trustee Wanda Adams, State Rep Shawn Thierry , HPD Lt Julie Manfree, Our Pct 5 constables and more.   And there will be door prizes!  Be sure and mark your calendars. 

 

October 2 is National Night Out ; register your party so that police, WCC members, elected officials  can drop by.  And you will be in the drawing for the pizza party. 

http://bit.ly/Sept18WestburyCrier

August Westbury Crier

posted Aug 3, 2018, 2:56 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

Here is a link to the August Westbury Crier.  The Westbury High Baseball booster club is out delivering this week. The WCC office will be closed from 08/06 – 08/10.  If you need immediate assistance email wccpresident@westburycrier.com  or text 713-443-3951.

http://bit.ly/Aug18WestburyCrier

Action Items For Westbury Flood Reduction

posted Jul 19, 2018, 12:26 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

The Westbury Civic Club board approved a list of Action Items to help reduce flooding within Westbury at the July 18 2018 board meeting.   This list and more information is available under Hot Topics.   Westbury needs REAL solutions to the on-going repetitive flooding along the Willow Waterhole Bayou.  A video of the meeting is available on our Facebook page, Westbury Houston.  

JULY WESTBURY CRIER

posted Jun 30, 2018, 5:25 PM by Westbury Civic Club President

Here is a link to the July Crier.  Due to the summer schedule and the holiday on the 4th, The Westbury Baseball booster club may not be delivering until next weekend. We will drop some Criers off at Chase Bank on Monday in the meantime.  The biggest news is the upcoming Harris County Bond election set for August 25.  You can read about it on page 10 and the place and time for the public meeting has been set:

Brays Bayou Watershed Bond Meeting  Date: Monday, July 9, 2018 @ 6pm-8pm

Location: Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd., Houston, TX 77025

Westbury is home to so many talented and outstanding individuals and on page 11 you will read about one: Phyllis Frye.

Do you know where there is a dam in Westbury?  Have you purchased flood insurance?  Are you ready for this hurricane season? 

Hope you enjoy this issue!    

http://bit.ly/07JULY2018WESTBURYCRIER

PWE Open House

posted Jun 8, 2018, 6:16 AM by Westbury Civic Club President

Please find below information regarding the recent changes to Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances and the proposed changes to Chapter 9 and 13 of the Infrastructure Design Manual.  Houston Public Works (HPW) appreciates you sharing it.  The District K office will provide updated details as they become available.  We look forward to your participation in the survey and Open House meetings.

 

Highlighted below is the community Open House meeting nearest to District K. Thanks.

 

 

DESIGN STANDARDS AND CHAPTER 19 UPDATES

The City of Houston is looking for ways to reduce the risk of flood loss for future development and redevelopment. The City is considering ordinance revisions, new regulations, building codes and design guidelines.

 

CHAPTER 19 GUIDELINES

The City of Houston adopted amendments to Chapter 19 in April and has posted an updated draft of the guidelines for public review and comment through Friday, June 29. https://houstonrecovers.org/chapter19

 

DESIGN STANDARDS

Design Standards (Chapter 9 and 13 of the Infrastructure Design Manual and the Building Code) impact detention, sheet flow and fill. Houston Public Works is seeking public input on proposed changes through Monday, July 30.

 

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoustonDesignStandards

Frequently Asked Questions: https://houstonrecovers.org/designstandards

 

OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS

Houston Public Works will host several open house meetings to provide information and solicit feedback on changes to Chapter 19 Guidelines* and Design Standards.

 

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Monday, June 11*

2-4 PM

Houston Permitting Center

1002 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Basement Training Room - B2

Thursday, June 28*

6-8 PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096

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