Guest: County Clerk Christopher Hollins
MPNA held its first virtual meeting July 1, 2020 to host County Clerk Christopher Hollins, who discussed voting protocols put in place for the July 14 primaries and the November 3 election
- Safety protocols are in place at all voting sites for poll workers and voters: social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, face masks available, curbside voting. Finger protectors are available to use when voting, and a no touch identification process is in place.
- If you choose not to wear a mask you may vote curbside or if you choose to go in, at booths provided for non-mask wearers.
- Qualifications for vote by mail: 65 or older, away from county, imprisoned, disabled. Covid can be considered a disability factor but not the only factor.
- Currently very short wait times for early voting (early voting for primaries through July 10).
- 800 plus locations in Harris County anticipated for the November elections.
- Still accepting volunteers to assist with November elections.
- For detailed information and FAQ’s, go to https://www.harrisvotes.com.
TOD & Walkable Places Updates
City Council’s Quality of Life Committee heard the Planning Department presentation regarding the proposed Transit Oriented Development and Walkable Places ordinances June 24. Present at the virtual public meeting were MPNA President Sandy Stevens and MPSN President Kathleen O’Reilly along with other Museum Park Residents. Several residents spoke to the committee regarding the impact of the proposed TOD ordinances on the neighborhood. Check out City of Houston Planning department website to review ordinances. To see the recorded meeting, go here. TOD and Walkable Places Ordinances are expected to be on the City Council agenda later this summer.
Reporting Litter on TXDoT Property
- If you are a twitter user, you can report litter on TxDoT property through their account at http://twitter.com/txdothouston.
- Thanks to CoH Solid Waste Management Department, litter at 59 and Main was recently cleaned up. According to Director Harry Hayes, “This is part of the Mayor's Covid care strategy to mitigate any issues which could arise surrounding public health. The crew will be on a schedule for the duration.”
Department of Neighborhoods Grant
Green Team Chair Cynthia Tang confirmed the receipt of the Department of Neighborhood’s matching grant dollars of $2,445 for the installation of seven end caps and a small Texas Natives Garden in the Crawford esplanades from Wentworth to Wheeler. Thanks to Cynthia and team for their hard work while practicing social distancing in their efforts to connect and beautify Museum Park.
Private Security Study
Security Chair Deirdre Barrett is heading a group of interested residents wishing to establish a private security group for Museum Park. If you have interest in such a group and/or you are willing to serve in such an effort, please email Deirdre at email@example.com
Museum Park Treasure Hunt
The Community Engagement Team is sponsoring a Museum Park Neighborhood Treasure Hunt beginning July 11. Each week over the following four weeks, clues will be published leading to a hidden token in the neighborhood. The lucky winner will exchange the token for a $10 gift certificate to a local business. Look for email announcements and clues on the MPNA website and MP Facebook page.