New City Flood Prevention Ordinance Effective April 1, 2022 Regarding Residential Construction
Harris County has provided new guidelines to all cities regarding flood prevention measures for residential construction. These regulations include the 500-year floodplain, pier and beam construction, flood gates, and new construction methods. Please have your architect and builder contact city hall for additional information. The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM.
2021 City Tax Bills Are Due
City property tax bills for 2021 have been mailed. The Over 65 exemption is $185,000. "Homestead Exemptions Not Available" is printed on all residential bills. Tax bills become delinquent in February. Southside Place city tax bills are separate from your county bill. If needed, please drop off your city tax bill in the night deposit box. Please call us if you need an additional 2021 city copy.
Southside Place Harper/Edloe/Auden City Drainage Grant Update
An engineering firm and contract will soon be selected and executed for design services regarding the upcoming city drainage and roadway reconstruction project totaling over $5 million. Engineering will take 6-8 months with construction beginning in early 2023. State grant funding and Harris County oversight in the amount of $1.5 million was approved for this city drainage project. In addition, $4 million will be needed for final funding. A $6 million Auden drainage reconstruction project was submitted for federal and state grant funding.
Water Rate Increases on February Billing
City of Houston officials recently made a large annual rate adjustment for purchased treated surface water from $3.35 to $3.70 per 1,000 gallons in 2022. Southside Place Receives 80% of our drinking water from Houston. City expenditures for Houston surface water will increase by $40,000 in 2022. Residential and commercial water rates will increase with the February bill.
Planning and Zoning Land Use Public Hearing on February 1, 2022
The Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing on February 1, 2022 to discuss several Southside Place land use related items including pervious materials, lot coverage, side yard requirements, residential driveways/stub parking, and building heights.
Merry Mulching to All!
The City of Southside Place will be recycling holiday trees for the 20th consecutive year. Please have your tree at the curb by January 17 for pick-up. Holiday mulch will be made available to residents from January 24-28. Please call us for the magical mulch delivery.
Who Knew Texas' Greatest Dog Hero was from Southside Place?
Southside presents a children's book, Happy: The True Story of a Stray Dog Who Became a Hero. This illustrated book recounts the story of a neighborhood dog who saved two Darcus Street families from a house fire in 1931 and set into motion the birth of our Southside Volunteer Fire Department. Happy's heroism also earned him the title of Texas' Greatest Dog Hero of 1931.
Pick up your copy of Happy and a "happy in Southside" t-shirt at City Hall.
* Royalties from book sales benefit the Houston SPCA
Curb Address Painting in January
Southside Place employees will be working with a contractor to paint all residential curb addresses the week of January 10th. Please remember to park your vehicles in the driveway during this time.
Emergency Management and City News Alerts
Want to receive immediate notifications for important events occurring in Southside Place? Please register online here and select to receive notification by email, text, or even both. Three hundred (325) residents have signed up to receive emergency alerts. Notifications for police activities, park, public works, are available also. Please help us keep everyone up to date on what's happening in Southside Place.
Sign Up with HCFCD to Receive Customizable Water Level and Rainfall Alerts
Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has announced enhancements to their website to provide residents the option to receive automated alerts regarding water levels and rainfall via text message, email, or both.
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|Building Department||Stephanie Lealemail@example.com|
|Utility/Water Payments||Stephanie Lealfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Municipal Court||Olga Garza
|Public Works - Water,
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|City Hall General Questions||David Mossfirstname.lastname@example.org|
City Election for Southside Place
Please contact City Secretary Olga Garza for questions or comments at 713-668-2341 or email her at email@example.com.
| City Election for Southside Place - Election Page
|| New Harris County Voting System - Video
| For more information on the New Harris County Voting System,
please see the video on the page above.
Land Use Plan Meeting
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet in November to review and seek input from residents about the city land use and development plan. Several discussion items will include pervious materials, maximum lot coverage, drainage, side yard requirements, and residential driveways/stub parking.
- How do I put my recycling at the Curb?
- You may collect it all in one or more containers, for instance, in cardboard boxes that you plan to recycle anyway. Paper grocery bags are fine, too, but please do not use plastic bags!
- Do I have to separate the different types of recycling?
- NO, you may co-mingle your recyclables in one or more containers! There's no need to separate plastics from paper from metal from glass.
- Are plastic lids on plastic containers recyclable?
- YES, caps and lids smaller than 2" in diameter are recyclable but you must put them back on empty containers before recycling them. Larger lids may be recycled separately from their containers.
- Are plastic tubes, such as those used for shampoo, lotion or sunscreen, recyclable?
- Yes, plastic tubes are recyclable. For best results, snip off the bottom of the tube for easy rinsing.
- May I recycle the pump in my big plastic lotion bottle?
- You may! But your favorite lotion (or shampoo, cleaning product, etc) may offer a refill option for your pump bottle. Check it out.
- What about aerosol spray cans?
- Yes, these are recyclable. Make sure they are completely empty.
- What do I do with plastic bags that say they are recyclable?
- DO NOT recycle them with your other curbside recycling! Please go to plasticfilmrecycling.org to find out where you may recycle them. Many of the local grocery stores (HEB, Krogers, Randalls) offer bins at the entry way for recycling plastic bags.
- Are waxed cardboard drink/food containers (ie. milk, juice, egg whites) recyclable?
- Yes, just make sure the containers are free of food before recycling
- What happens if my recycling is contaminated with things that should not be recycled?
- The City's recycling is taken to Waste Management recycling facility in the City's compactor truck. If our recycling is contaminated, the City may be fined a surcharge for the entire recycling load, something we wish to avoid.
- Pizza boxes are made of cardboard, so they are recyclable, right?
- Yes, but pizza is inherently greasy, and this grease can soak right into the bottom of the cardboard box. Soiled cardboard cannot be recycled. But it's not all destined for the landill. Tear off the lid of the box, which is typically not soiled, and include only this part with your recyclables. If the bottom is soiled, it must go in the trash.
- Are wet paper and cardboard ok for inclusion with my other recyclables?
- For paper, it's a definite no. Wet paper will practically disintegrate before it can be sorted. In the case of cardboard, if it is damp from water it can be included with the other recyclables. If it is soaking wet and/or wet from anything besides water, the answer is no.
- If heavy rain is imminent on recycling day, please save paper and cardboard for the following week.
- Can I recycle paper mailing envelopes with plastic bubble-wrap lining?
- No. Consider buying regular envelopes and wrapping the enclosures with paper for extra padding.
- Are metal lids from glass jars recyclable?
- Yes, if separated from the jar, lids larger than 2" in diameter may be recycled. Put lids smaller than 2" in diameter in the trash, and never recycle jars with the lids attached. Separated lids less than 2" diameter get caught and can jam or damage recycling equipment.
- Can I recycle the heavy glass jars that many candles are sold in?
- No, these types of jars are made of heat-tempered glass (similar to Pyrex) and will not melt at the glass recycler.
- What about pottery and ceramics?
- Nope, same as above; these won't melt at the glass recycler.
Here are some Easy Swaps that will reduce both waste and the energy required to recycle. To get started pick one disposable to avoid, like single-use plastic bottles, or you can try to avoid the BIF Four : grocery bags, plastic straws, to-go coffee cups, and plastic water bottles.
- Sort the aluminum cans into a paper bag, this simple act of kindness helps the city employees.
- Please flatten the corrugated cardboard boxes, this helps the city employees work more efficiently. Wet paper is collected.
- Electronics may be recycled at Best Buys. Please visit Best Buy for more information.
- Batteries may be recycled at Battery Plus locations. Please visit Battery Plus Recycling for more information.
Yard Waste Recycling Update
Southside Place will be purchasing certified compostable clear colored lawn bags to resale to residents for an October 2021 recycling start date. Over 100 residents participated in a recent recycling survey and were supportive of lawn waste recycling. Please contact Steve Kenney, Public Works Director, with any comments at 713-668-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yard Waste Recycling Questionnaire Responses
There were 102 responses to the Yard Waste Recycling questionnaire that was distributed in the last water bill. Below are the results from a few of the questions.
- Does your household currently perform some or all of its own yard care?
- If your household employs contractors to handle yard care, is the yard waste removed by the contractor?
- Are those days/time usually in compliance with the days/time specified for trash pick up?
- Would you be in favor of voluntary city-wide recycling of yard waste if it meant:
2021 Winter Storm Recovery Resources
As we all recover from the recent winter storms, the City of Southside Place would like to provide a quick reference to resident resources regarding recovery and important information.
Texas Disaster Impacts Self-Reporting Tool
In an effort to track the scale of the Winter 2021 Disaster at local levels, the State of Texas is collecting damage assessment data. The information collected will help officials across the state gain an understanding of damages for individuals throughout Texas during the recent winter weather.
To access the assessment tool, scan the QR Code below of visit the Reporting Website.
This report is voluntary and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency, nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Funds
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal emergency aid is available to individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the severe winter storm last week. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
Register online at www.disasterassitance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
Local Business Resources
Small Business Association Disaster Loan Assistance
The Small Business Association (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities that have sustained substantial economic injury. This is triggered when a business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay it’s ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. To apply for the Small Business Association Disaster Loan Program or for additional resources for small businesses please see the links below.
Governor Order to Re-Open Texas
On July 29, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38 regarding mask mandates.
Executive Order GA-38
On May 18, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 regarding mask mandates.
Executive Order GA-36
On March 2, 2021 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 regarding the continued state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-34
On October 8, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive order GA-32 regarding the continued state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-32
On September 17, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-30 and GA-31 regarding the state of Texas reopening.
Executive Order GA-30
Executive Order GA-31
On July 3, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster.
Executive Order GA-29
On June 3, 2020 Governor Abbott announced Phase Three of the Open Texas Plan including information on outdoor events and updates on capacity levels.
Open Texas Plan
On April 27, 2020 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order to outline the re-open identified services in the state of Texas.
Executive Order to Re-Open
Governor's Report to Re-Open
State and Local Disaster Declarations
Harris County Orders
May 21, 2020 Fourth Amended Stay Home Work Safe Order extending the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency until June 10, 2020. Executive Order
City Events/Programs Cancellations and Closures
Please follow these links for updated information on City of Southside Place events or program cancellations and postponements due to health and safety precautions.
In compliance with the local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in consideration of protecting the health of all members of our community, the City of Southside Place Municipal Court will operate under the following procedures:
Until further notice, all court hearings and other court appearances will be made via Zoom video conferencing platform. For more information on how to schedule a virtual court hearing, please visit the Municipal Court page here.We urge you to visit the CDC's website for the most current information on COVID-19.
With the recent Stay Home orders there has been an increase in activity around the neighborhood, particularly bicycling. We encourage cyclists of any age to be safe and responsible as they enjoy their rides around the city. This video from AAA provides an introduction to bike safety and sharing the road with vehicles and other cyclists. You can also visit their website for more information on bicycle safety. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Southside Place Police Department.
We have posted some information about COVID-19 and will keep it updated. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus in the links below.
Southside Place 2020 Water Report
The 2020 Southside Place Drinking Water Report is available at City Hall and on the website. Southside Place purchases 80% of its drinking water from the City of Houston.
Poor Farm Ditch Presentation and City Drainage News
A Poor Farm Ditch presentation by the Flood Control District is available on the city website and at City Hall. Southside Place has submitted over $8 Million to the Texas Department of Emergency Management in drainage application funding requests for Edloe, Auden, and Harper Streets. Proposed projects are being reviewed by the state agency at this time. Comments and questions are welcome by email or phone at 713-668-2341.