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Blueprint Houston Newsletter - May 2004

Opportunities for Citizen Involvement

H-GAC Transportation Policy Council (TPC): May 28th & June 25th
The topic of the next two meetings is the 2025 Regional Transportation Plan, with the final vote expected on June 25th. The TPC accepts public comment at the beginning of each meeting. (Sign up morning of the meeting). Blueprint Houston has worked to get additional public hearings and we encourage all to review and comment on this important Plan (www.2025plan.org). Maps of proposed projects by Council Districts are available at www.livablehouston.org. Also contact Houston’s representatives on the TPC: Councilmembers Holm (districtg@cityofhouston.net) and Green (atlarge4@cityofhouston.net)

Next TPC Meetings:
  • Friday, May 28th at 9:30 am at 3555 Timmons Lane, second floor, room A.
  • Friday, June 25th at 9:30 am at 3555 Timmons Lane, second floor, room A.

City Council Committee Meeting on RTP: May 24th
On May 24th at 10:00 am in Council chambers, the Transportation Infrastructure and Aviation Committee meeting will also address the 2025 Plan and public comments will be accepted. Contact Councilmember Berry at atlarge5@cityofhouston.net for more information. (Covered live on the Municipal Channel.)

City Council Budget Workshops: May 25th – June 10th
Mayor White is expected to announce his budget on May 19th. Councilmember Ellis’ Fiscal Affairs and Management Committee will hold hearings to discuss the budget department by department from May 24th – June 10th (Meetings are open to the public). See FY05_Budget_Workshop_Draft_Schedule3.xls for time and place of 22 scheduled meetings or contact Councilmember Ellis at 713-247-2014 or atlarge1@cityofhouston.net. City Council will hold its first public budget hearing on June 15th at 1:30 pm in Council Chambers.

Community Meetings for LARA (Land Assembly Redevelopment Authority): June 12 and 26th
The LARA Board is preparing an Urban Redevelopment Plan, tentatively scheduled to be completed by July 19th. Two public community workshops will be held:

  • June 12th, 8:30 am – noon at Finnegan Park , 4900 Providence
  • June 26th, 8:30 am – noon at Judson Robinson Jr Park, 2020 Hermann Drive

New Health Director Appointed
Health care was #7 in the top 10 goals ranked at the Citizens’ Congress. On April 19th, Mayor White appointed Stephen L. Williams to be the new Director of the City of Houston Health & Human Services Department. Until now he has been the Executive Manager of a system that combines the health & human services of the City Austin and Travis County.

Flooding & Drainage Issues
Government Websites:

Public Interest Group Websites:

Boards and Commissions
If you are interested in appointment by Mayor Bill White in an area where your expertise can make a difference, please review the list of Boards and Commissions (.pdf document) and contact either the group contact in the individual listings or the Mayor’s Boards and Commissions office at 713-247-2079.

Search for Deed Restriction Violators:
Go to http://cbtcws.cityofhouston.gov/deedrest/. Type in an address and click search or click search and see complete list of violators and date file opened as far back as 1987.

Municipal Channel Airs City Council Meetings
City Council meetings as well as Council Committee meetings can be seen on the Municipal Channel (Channel 16). City Council meetings are covered live every Wednesday at 9:00 am. And replayed every Thursday at 7:00 pm, and every Saturday at 12:00 am, 6:00 am, noon and 6:00 pm.
The public speaking sessions are carried live every Tuesday at 2:00 pm and repeated with the Council meetings at the above times.

To contact us: 3015 Richmond, Suite 201, Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-522-0590, Fax 713-523-3057, E-mail