To Keep You Informed: May 6, 2020

May 06, 2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Hope all are well during this unsettling time in our community and in the world. Many of us are sheltering in place/working from home/balancing home schooling. Please use practices that will keep you and others safe. And reach out to info@museumparkna.org if you have needs that we might assist you with, suggestions, or questions we can answer.

While MPNA General Meetings are cancelled until further notice, the MPNA Board continues to hold monthly virtual meetings to discuss issues impacting the neighborhood and to plan/implement activities that can be accomplished while social distancing. Below are updates to keep you informed.

End Cap Installations
Green Team members (just a few, in order to observe social distancing) have been planting the north Crawford Street (between Wentworth and Wheeler) end caps over the last month. Thanks goes to Cynthia Tang, Jill Miller, Cathy Ehlinger, Bobby Davis, and life-long Museum Park resident, Victor Blanchard for installing the new end caps. It has long been a Museum Park goal to connect the neighborhood through the end cap plantings and with Green Team efforts and the support of the Department of Neighborhoods Grant, Museum Park end caps now extend Crawford Street from Binz to Wheeler.

An additional improvement is the restoration of an art piece first installed years ago on the Crawford/Ruth esplanade. With painstaking work by long-time MPNA supporter, Bobby Davis, the piece has taken on a new life. 


City Council to Vote on Bin Leases
City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposed lease fee for garbage and recycling containers, Wednesday, May 6. The proposed per-bin lease is $1.14 per household will appear on monthly water bills. The Solid Waste Management Department proposed the lease fee to remove delays in ordering replacement containers for customers, provide enough staff and maintenance equipment to meet the demand for service, as well as address the backlog of customer service requests created by under-funding of supplies and staff. Although Houston is the only major city that does not currently charge a garbage fee, this proposed lease charge is not a garbage fee--it will only go to cover the costs of carts, spare parts, and cart support personnel and equipment.  Town homes, condos, etc. with private agreements with the city will not have to pay the fee for bins.

HPD—South Central Division
Captain Caroleta Johnson, South Central Division Commander, invites community members to nominate Officers for recognition in the Officer of the Month program. Supervisors will also be recognized quarterly. If you have interacted with a South Central officer or supervisor, who deserves recognition, please email Captain Johnson with your nomination. Please include the officer’s name and reasons for your nomination. 

Sargent Weiche of South Central Division provided a summary of crime statistics for Museum Park comparing the March 2019 figures to March 2020.  Overall there has been a slight uptick in crime. Most areas, including murder, sexual assault, robbery, and auto theft remain unchanged from a year ago.  Burglary has decreased.  Areas experiencing an increase are theft and aggravated assault. 

Traffic Interruptions/No Parking along 5300 Crawford

Construction of a new storm water collection system associated with the Boone Manor project begins this week along 5300 Crawford. The construction work will require temporary No Parking signs to go up along Crawford in front of the Boone Manor site and possible closures of the street will occur at times during this phase. Please be especially attentive as you drive or park in this area.

Transit Oriented Development and Walkable Places
The Planning Department is currently revising the ordinances that will establish TOD and Walkable Places. Ordinances will likely not come before city council until mid to late summer.

Face Masks
Need:  If you or a neighbor needs masks, please contact us at info@museumparkna.org.  Commissioner Rodney Ellis will provide masks to those who need them.
Donate:  Several Museum Park residents are providing hand-made masks to emergency rooms in the Texas Medical Center and surrounding area hospitals. If you are using your skills to make masks and would like to donate them to emergency workers for additional protection over their surgical masks, please contact us. Several patterns to make masks are available online including this one from the CDC

Precinct 1
Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis is  offering a COVID Resource Guide. Check it out along with additional information located on the Precinct 1 Website.

District D
To keep abreast of what’s happening in District D, sign up for Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz’s monthly newsletter.

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