Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Morningside Improvements (8/30/11)

August 30, 2011

Dear Neighbor,

As you’ve no doubt seen, the City of Houston has begun work on improvements to Morningside. The planned improvements include sidewalks along the entire segment of Morningside from Bissonnet to Rice Blvd. and a complete mill and asphalt overlay of the roadway. In addition to these improvements, storm water drains and storm water lines will be upgraded while the work is being done. The pipes for these improvements have likely caught your eye and I wanted to take a moment to share this with you all.


Anne Clutterbuck

Attachment: Morningside Storm Water Upgrade Plan Sheet

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Council Member Clutterbuck Message About Water Conservation (8/15/11)

Our Council Member, Anne Clubberbuck, sent the following email today:

Greetings from Anne Clutterbuck and the District C Office!

As you are likely aware, the Houston area is in the midst of a historic drought. The water level in Lake Houston is so low that for only the third time in history, the City will tap Lake Conroe for water. As a result, the Mayor is implementing mandatory Stage Two Water Conservation Measures that require Houstonians to limit water use. The City itself is also curbing water use and has hired additional contractors to address the unprecedented rash of water main breaks throughout the City. If you see what you believe to be a water main break, please call 311 or my office to report the problem.

Below are excerpts from the Mayor's press release detailing guidelines for water use. Please contact my office should you have further questions.


Houston City Council Member
District C

Mayor Parker Orders Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

Due to persistent drought conditions and continuously decreasing water levels in Lake Houston, as of Monday, August 15, 2011, Mayor Annise Parker has mandated the implementation of the City of Houston Stage Two Water Conservation Measures in accordance with the procedures outlined in Chapter 47 in the Code of Ordinances.

During Stage Two of the conservation plan, customers are required to:

• Repair all detectable leaks within 72 hours of discovery

• Limit outdoor irrigation to the hours between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. on NO more than two days per week according to the following schedule:
o Sundays and Thursdays for customers with even-numbered street addresses
o Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with odd-numbered street addresses
Failure to follow requirements may result in fines.

The City itself will also take internal water conservation measures, such as:
• Suspension of any scheduled window washing

• Suspension of any scheduled power washing of buildings, sidewalks and parking areas

• Discontinue washing city vehicles or equipment except for health, safety or critical maintenance reasons

• Order an audit of all irrigation systems for leaks to ensure proper operation of timers and sprinkler heads
Ways to conserve water:
• Keep showers under five minutes

• Turn water off while brushing your teeth

• Wash only full loads of dishes or clothes

• Replace older model showerheads and faucet aerators with new low-flow models and install low water use toilets

• Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before flushing, water is being lost due to a worn flapper

• Refrain from washing any vehicle or motorbike unless the dirt poses a driving hazard

• Refrain from washing down any sidewalk, walkway, driveway, parking lot or any other hard-surfaced area

• Refrain from filling, refilling or adding water to any indoor or outdoor swimming pool, spa or whirlpool

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ann Clutterbuck Update on Morningside Sidewalk and Improvements

From: CNL District C
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 6:49 PM
To: CNL District C
Subject: Morningside Sidewalk and Road Improvements

June 2, 2011

Dear Neighbors,

I know many of youhave been eager to see improvements made to the sidewalks on Morningside between Rice Blvd. and Bissonnet, and I am pleased to announce that City Council approved the construction contract this week and construction will begin later this summer. Why the long wait? The project was delayed to allow Public Works to incorporate an asphalt street overlay into the plans. This is great news since our request for an overlay or reconstruction had been denied in the past. Thank you for your patience and I look forward to seeing Houston’s pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists make use of these much needed improvements.


Anne Clutterbuck

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Update of Morningside Sidewalk Project

On 3/23/11, the Houston Chronicle Neighborhood Section published an article here on the status of the Morningside Sidewalk project.  Key points are as follows:

1.  The project should start in mid-late summer 2011.  There is no indication of the phases or completion dates.

2.  The sidewalks will be between Rice and Bissonnet.

3.  The Hanover apartment project (381 apartment units) will be completed in 2012.  That project is in lieu of the Sonoma project that was previously abandone.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Speed Trailer and Traffic Enforcement on Rice Boulevard

From: rice_neighbors_north@mailman.rice.edu
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 11:30 AM
To: Rice_neighbors_north@mailman.rice.edu ; Rice_neighbors_west@mailman.rice.edu
Subject: [Rice_neighbors_north] Speed Trailer and Traffic Enforcement on Rice Boulevard

Rice University would like to remind our campus neighbors of an ongoing collaboration between the Rice and Houston police departments aimed at reducing traffic speeds and improving safety on Rice Blvd between Sunset and Greenbriar, and alert them to the scheduled repetition of related
awareness and enforcement efforts.

The Houston Police Department will set up a speed education trailer on Rice Boulevard near Rice Entrance #20 during the week of Jan. 24-28, 2011. Then, during the following week, both HPD and RUPD will conduct increased traffic enforcement on Rice and Sunset Boulevards. We would appreciate any assistance that our neighbors can provide in helping to publicize this scheduled vehicle and pedestrian safety effort.