Your District K Team and I offer our undying gratitude to all who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their commitment to service has created the opportunity for our team to serve you. This long weekend is our dedicated time to reflect on the price of freedom.
We recognize the greatest thank you we all can give our men and women in uniform is to live a life worthy of their service. Freedom is not free!
Vice Mayor Pro Tem,
Martha Castex-Tatum
The Solid Waste Management Department will be observing the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021. Please review their holiday collection schedule.

Consolidated Meeting & Budget Amendments for FY 2022

This week’s city council meetings are consolidated and in person. We are returning to the council chambers for our Wednesday meetings. Tuesday, public sessions will remain virtual until further notice. Council members will discuss our submitted budget amendments with the administration and our colleagues during the June 2, 2021 meeting.
This year I submitted 8 budget amendments. The first one, on behalf of Houston neighborhoods, asking to hire 11 additional code enforcement officers for the Department of Neighborhoods and for each district to have an assigned code enforcement officer to work with council offices to address district and community concerns.
Five of my amendments are pertaining to the Solid Waste department: including $3000 sign on incentives for drivers; hiring a licensed CDL driver instructor to train additional drivers in house; referral fees to COH employees who refer a licensed CDL driver to solid waste who is hired in FY 2022 and a plan to for COH to identify, tag and charge any resident putting out more that 8 cubic yards of junk waste each month.
My final budget amendment is to hire a seasoned compliance company to bring the compliance workload to a manageable level for the Office of Business Opportunity. They currently have 7 compliance officers however are in need of 30 per their time study, to manage over 1,300 contracts each each year.
Here is how you can watch the meeting:

Walk-Up Vaccine Sites

All Houston Health Department vaccination sites are now accepting walk-ins. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the COVID hotline 832-393-4420 or 832-393-4301 to find a nearby site hosted by the City. Visit the Vaccination Availability Map on the Texas Department of State Health Services to find all the vaccination sites in the Houston area.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please visit the City of Houston’s Free COVID-19 website for dates, times, and locations of this week’s testing sites, or call 832-393-4220 to reach the COVID-19 Call Center.