Council Updates

What's on the Council agenda this week, and how it affects you.

Council Update: West White Oak Bayou Trail Extension; HFD Thermal Cameras; DNA Backlog Reduction

Council Member Melissa Noriega—May 9, 2012 in Council Updates

Council Members approved and authorized final payment for the completion of Segment 3 and Segment 5 to the north and south sections of West White Oak Bayou Trail Extension project. The West White Oak Bayou Trail Extension project is part of the 300 mile Houston Bikeway program and includes bicycle and signed shared lanes, bike routes, shared-use trails and other urban multi-use paths throughout the city.

City Council approved the purchase of eighty DriveCam Video event recorders (VERs) and the DriveCam subscription and online license to be used by the Solid Waste Management Department. This purchase allows for the monitoring and documentation of risky and unsafe driving by Solid Waste Management drivers. Driving patterns with heavy breaking, quick stops and vehicle impacts will be reviewed and if necessary follow-up action will occur.

The Houston Fire Department and Fire Training Facility have Council’s approval to purchase 202 new Eagle Attack Thermal Imager Cameras which will replace those that have reached their useful service life. The new, higher resolution cameras allow firefighters to rescue and recover victims in hidden fires and dangerous environments without breaking through ceilings or walls.

Council adopted an ordinance to accept $1.2 million in National Institute of Justice grants funds for the DNA Backlog Reduction Program in the Houston Police Department’s Crime Lab. Funding will be used to address reducing by outsourcing the reduction of forensic DNA case backlog and the number of untested sexual assault kits in the Property Room and Crime Lab.

The Houston Police Department received Council approval to accept a $132,000 grant from the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division. The funding will aid in the expansion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs services in the Toxicology Section.

Council Members approved the appropriation of funds to address storm drainage improvements, concrete paving, curbs, driveways, sidewalks, and underground utilities in the Binglewood Area and nearby drainage areas.

The Office of Council Member Melissa Noriega would like you to know about the following events:

Joint Council Committee Meetings – Budget Fiscal Affairs and Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel JFK
15747 JFK Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77032

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Marriott Houston South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway
Houston, Texas 77017

This joint committee meeting will allow discussion on the airport issue of international travel out of William P. Hobby airport. The meetings will include an overview from Chief Economic Development Director, Mr. Andy Icken, of the proposed expansion of international flight service at William P. Hobby Airport. Public comments are welcomed at the conclusion of the presentation.

Houston Fire Department and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Care Van Program FREE Immunizations
A parent or guardian may bring their child/children between the ages of 0-18 years to the following participating Houston Fire Stations for FREE immunizations.

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Larkin Community Center
5410 Larkin Street
Houston, Texas 77007

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Kingdom Builders Family Life Center
6011 West Orem
Houston, Texas 77045

Fresh Air Friday
Come enjoy the Fresh Air, free food and drinks while you learn about the clean air programs that allow our region to be environmentally healthy.

Friday, May 11, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jones Plaza at Louisiana between Jones Hall and Bayou Place Houston, Texas 77002

Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Directors Special Called Meeting
The Board of Directors will discuss METRO’s General Mobility Program and the upcoming referendum. The community will have the opportunity to provide comments with a three minute limit.

Friday, May 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
1900 Main, 2nd floor Board Room
Houston, Texas 77002