District A CIP Meeting Recap
Thank you to the 300+ dedicated constituents who attended the CIP meeting last month. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recording of the meeting.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 832-393-3010 or [email protected].
Corral the Grease Program
Used cooking grease dumped down kitchen drains solidifies and accumulates inside the pipes, eventually restricting free flow of raw sewage on its way to the wastewater treatment plant. This overloads the collections system, causing sewage to overflow into streets, yards, and storm ditches, eventually polluting the bayous and Galveston Bay. The used cooking grease that blocks sewer pipes generally comes from two sources – commercial kitchens and residential kitchens.
Commercial establishments, such as restaurants, institutional cafeterias, and other public kitchens, are regulated by City ordinance. They are required to install grease traps that must be cleaned periodically.
Residents don’t have grease traps. The best way to reduce grease from residential kitchens is for residents to prevent grease from entering the sewer pipes in the first place. This can be done as follows:
Residents collect grease in containers (i.e. used cans, glass jars, etc,).
Residents dispose of the hardened grease with their regular trash or recycle. CLICK HERE for information on Recycle Opportunities in Houston for Used Cooking Oil.
Visit www.corralthegrease.org for more information.
Hire Houston Youth Program
This summer, city departments are opening their doors to provide opportunities for you to earn while you learn about what it takes to serve the residents of the nation’s 4th largest city. Most positions are for 32 hours per week, at $8.00 per hour.
The application process is open through March 20, 2017.
To be eligible to participate in the program, you must be between the ages of 16 and 21 by June 12th, and live in a City of Houston council district. To find your City Council district, access the following link where you will enter your address, select Map Layers, and select City Council District: http://mycity.houstontx.gov/
Opportunities will be available in a variety of City departments, and include:
- Health and Human Services
- Houston Police Department
- Library Operations and Support
- Pool Gate Attendant
- Park Maintenance Aide (must be 18, requires knowledge of basic lawn care tools and equipment; pays $10/hr)
- Parks Community Center Recreation Assistant (for high school seniors or college students with 3 months recreation experience)
- Customer Service
- Office Clerical
- Houston Fire Department
- Department of Neighborhoods (Light landscaping, garden maintenance, community clean-up)
- City Council/Government
- Human Resources
- Municipal Courts Operations
- Solid Waste Management
- Public Works Engineering
- Information Technology
Visit http://www.houstontx.gov/hr/gyow/summer_jobs.html for more information and to apply.
When severe weather or other emergencies strike, the effects can be widespread and may result in injury or death. That’s why its important to stay up to date with emergency notifications offered by trusted, local and national authorities. In Houston, we use three different systems to notify the public. These are used based on the severity and scale of the emergency.