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Iesha Anderson June 17, 2020, 5:04 AM

Good morning!

My name is Iesha Anderson and I’m the Clinical Team Leader in the Crisis Counseling Program with Texas Recovering Together. We are here for all of Harris County residents. Some may need a listening ear or direct referral and linkage to resources within local communities and governments. We offer these services free of charge, funded by FEMA and SAMHSA. We want to get this information out to everyone. My work cell is 281-979-5606 and email is Iesha.anderson@theharriscenter.org


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Dan Hodem June 16, 2020, 4:20 AM

Hi,
The signal light at the intersection of Lakeshore and Old 53 needs some attention. The left turn signal from Lakeshore Drive going north on Old 53 is staying on far to long without traffic present and is affecting good flow. This malfunction causes unneeded back ups while traveling west on Lakeshore through that intersection.
Thanks

Terry Stewart June 4, 2020, 7:00 AM

I have been pleased to see a few blighted properties have been recently abated. However, there are still many that are disgracing our neighborhoods that need abatement. Many of those are partially burned structures that were vacant for long periods before they went up in flames. Usually due to the fact that squatters move in. The city needs to find funding to abate said nuisance properties, even though the underlying property may not be attractive enough to sell at a later date to recoup the abatement cost. As residents, we cannot be expected to live next to burned, trashed, and garbage strewn properties forever with no action from the city. There are partially burned structures within 100 feet of city hall that burned and were red tagged over 40 months ago, with no further action.

Terry Stewart May 27, 2020, 6:57 AM

As a very close neighbor (on Olympic Dr.) I wholly endorse this project...with the small caveat that traffic mitigation at the Lakeshore/Olympic intersection must be a part of the project. I would favor a traffic signal personally, but a round-a-bout would be okay as well. On a second topic, I think it's past time for the City to install plastic barriers at the City Hall public counter, along with all the other precautions that seem appropriate, and open back up. Thank you.

Terry Stewart April 27, 2020, 6:20 AM

I own rental property in the city. I always work with my tenants in times of difficulty. Usually to my financial detriment. My concern with the eviction moratorium is the potential financial hardship is only being shifted from the tenant to the landlord. In most cases (in my experience) once tenants get behind, they never get caught up. Meanwhile, all government agencies continue to expect me to pay my bills directly due to them, or the bills that they have mandated me to pay (such as property taxes, and garbage service). The tenant also expects me to keep the property functioning, you know, things like toilets, water heaters, etc. Also keep in mind that the eviction process itself can take a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to wind its' way through the legal process. Also the question may be moot at this point, since I am guessing that the courts are not functioning at this time either. I therefore ask you to not extend this ordinance. Or, if you do, add some kind of exemption that if the tenants had been in arrears prior to the shut downs (March 19, 2020), that the landlord may start the eviction process once the tenant reaches a certain amount of days in arrears. I would suggest 60 days. You may have noticed that like other areas in our state, we have a shortage of affordable rental properties. Each time you, as government officials, take actions that damage landlords financially, many of us conclude that we are no longer valuable to the community, and exit the business. Exacerbating the affordability issue. Also, please bear in mind that most landlords are everyday folks who own a small number of units. Many of us are now in a state of financial distress that equals what our tenants are experiencing...or even worse, since some of them are now making more money being laid off than they were when working, due to enhanced unemployment benefits, and government stimulus money. Thank you.

Name not shown April 13, 2020, 4:24 PM

Citizens should be allowed to interact with council, yet the meetings are one way.