Council Updates

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Council Update: International Flights at Hobby; Council Appointments; Bread of Life

Council Member Melissa Noriega—June 1, 2012 in Council Updates

Wednesday’s historic vote on a Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Houston and Southwest Airlines allows for the creation of five new international gates, a Federal Inspection Service facility (FIS), and related hydrant fueling and ramp enhancements, apron and drainage work, and security checkpoint improvements at William P. Hobby Airport.

City Council Members confirmed the appointment of Neal Rackleff as the new Director of the Housing and Community Development Department. The Housing department administers federal and non-federal funds for viable urban communities, assists low to moderate income individuals with suitable housing and living environments and down payment assistance, and manages Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for public enhancements.

Council Members confirmed the appointment of Katherine Tipton as Director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Ms. Tipton leads a dedicated staff in improving the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods and manages the divisions of the City of Houston Inspections and Public Services, Mayor’s Anti-Gang, Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance, Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities, Mayor’s Volunteers Initiatives Program and Office of International Communities.

City Council confirmed the reappointment of the Honorable Barbara E. Hartle as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. Judge Hartle and the department strive to provide professional justice and excellent customer service while maintaining a high level of integrity.

Franklin D. R. Jones Jr.’s reappointment to the Board of Directors of the Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority was confirmed by City Council and Candice Alexander was confirmed to the Board of Directors for Reinvestment Zone Number Twenty, Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority.

Council Member Noriega acknowledges the dedicated service and professionalism of Neal Rackleff and Katye Tipton as they take the helm of their respective departments and commends Judge Hartle on her leadership and her continued efforts leading the Municipal Courts department into a new era.

Council Member Noriega would like to thank Franklin Jones Jr. and Candice Alexander for their commitment to their community by dedicating their time to our city.

Community Development Block Grant funding in the amount of $2.5 was approved for appropriatiton by City Council for use in Districts A, B, D, H, I and K. This grant funding allows for the demolition, debris removal and reconstruction of twenty-eight single-family damaged homes.

A contract betweent the City of Houston and Bread of Life (BOL), an organization dedicated to serving and providing solutions to those who are homeless, hungry and with HIV, was authorized in the amount of $311,950 by Council Members. This funding enables BOL to continue services at their drop-in center during the atypical hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.