Mayor doubts funding for Uptown, University rail lines

From The Houston Chronicle

Mayor Annise Parker cast doubt Wednesday on whether the Metropolitan Transit Authority has the money to pay for two planned light-rail lines that proponents say are critical to the success of the agency’s plans.

Parker said members of her transition team have “drilled down” into Metro’s finances and she now feels comfortable only with the funding plans of three rail lines: the East End, North and Southeast. Construction on those lines is under way.

The University Line would run on Richmond Avenue, just North of Richwood place.

Trees Available From City of Houston

Just got this email from Mark Johnson @ Neartown: The City of Houston Urban Forestry Department has gifted Neartown residents with (50) 15-gallon hardwood trees in the following species: Shumard red oak, Texas Green Ash, Retama (Jerusaleum Thorn), Evergreen elm, Mountain Laurel, Redbud, Red Maple and Mexican plum.

The trees must be planted on the City right-of-way (or other City property such as a park or school) and the new owner will sign a form agreeing to water and feed the tree(s) for a minimum of two years.

These trees are HUGE! A truck is required for transport – and I do not have a truck. For more information or to set up a time to view the trees, contact Kathy Schipper at kathleencanty@sbcglobal.net. Hurry and make a decision as these beauties will go fast!

City services information – trash and recycling

Beginning March 1, 2010 the city of Houston will only accept yard waste in paper bags.  You can purchase these bags at Southland Hardware or Home Depot (does anyone know of a better place?). 

For information on City Services to our neighborhood, call 311 or visit the City of Houston eGovernment Center.

As a quick reference, here’s what you’ll find for our neighborhood:

  • Trash and light yard waste pick-up every Monday
  • Recycling pick-up every Monday (glass and hazardous waste are not picked up and must be taken to the recycling center)
  • Heavy trask pick-up every second Thursday for homes West of Woodhead, and every second Wednesday for homes East of Woodhead.  The heavy trash schedule alternates monthly between tree waste and junk waste.  Tree waste is picked up in months January, March, May, etc while junk waste is picked up February, April, June, etc.  You can legally put your tree waste or junk waste out at 6:00 pm the Friday before your Tree Waste / Junk Waste day.