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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

HAPPY Cover

2021 Tax Bill Mailout

All city tax bills have been mailed. The Over 65 exemption is $185,000. "Homestead Exemptions Not Available" is printed on all residential bills. The average appraised home value in Southside Place is $1,719,638.

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

Solid waste collection rolls to the following business day after a holiday. Sanitation bags are to be placed at the curb the evening before your scheduled collection day. Please see the schedule below for collection days for the upcoming holiday season.

City Offices Closed - No Sanitation CollectionCity-Wide Collection
Thursday and Friday, December 23 and 24 - Christmas Monday, December 27
Friday, December 31 - New YearsMonday, January 3
Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. DayTuesday, January 18

Edloe/Harper City Drainage Engineer Selection and Auden Drainage Grant Upcoming Submittal

Southside Place will be selecting an engineering firm within 60 days for design of the $5.1 million Edloe/Harper drainage improvement project. This 2-year storm drainage improvement project is anticipated for construction beginning in late 2022. A Texas General Land Office grant award in the amount of $1.5 million was approved. Debt service in the amount of $3.6 million will be required in early 2023.

An Auden Street drainage grant application will be submitted also in December. Copies of the Edloe and Auden drainage improvement plan are on the website and available at city hall. Please call city hall at 713-668-2341 or email comments to citymgr@southside-place.org for more information. 

RFQ D2017-066 Citywide Drainage Improvement Project - Answers to Questions

Section 3 Addendums

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.

HCFCD Flood Warning System

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.

Harris County Flood Warning System Alert Sign Up

Harris County Flood Warning System Map

Staff Contacts - 713-668-2341 City Hall Phone Number

Department Staff Contact Email
Police Department Chief McCall dmccall@southside-place.org
Fire Department Chief Serrano firechief@southside-place.org
Building Department Stephanie Leal permits@southside-place.org
Utility/Water Payments Stephanie Leal permits@southside-place.org
Inspections Stephanie Leal permits@southside-place.org
Municipal Court Olga Garza
Donna Terrell
olga@southside-place.org
Public Works - Water, 
Waste Water, Sanitation
Steve Kenney publicworks@southside-place.org
Parks and Rec - Pool, 
Clubhouse, Pavilion
Andrew Deavers
Donna Terrell
adeavers@southside-place.org or call 832-509-4642
Administration David Moss citymgr@southside-place.org
City Hall General Questions David Moss citymgr@southside-place.org

Park Season Pass For 2022

The 2022 Season Pass program is here! A Season Pass costs $450 annually per family. A season pass fee for Over 65 year old residents is $250 in 2022. 

Season Pass Application - Printable

Season Pass Online Application

Annual Holiday Toy Drive - October 17 thru December 11

In honor of the legacy of Lt. Al Baker, the Southside Place Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a toy drive supporting the Harris County Children's Assessment Center.

Pick up and return toy request cards with toys and/or gift cards or drop off monetary donations at the Southside Place Police Department. 

For any questions, please contact Police Chief D. McCall or Fire Chief U. Serrano.

annual holiday toy driver flyer
blood drive flyer

Blood Drive in Memory of Lt. Alfonso "Al" Baker - Saturday, December 11, 2021 10AM - 4PM

On Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 10AM to 4PM, the Southside Place Police and Fire Departments along with the Baker family will be hosting a blood drive in memory of Lt. Alfonso "Al" Baker in the Town Center parking lot. A donor coach will be on site with appreciation gifts and refreshments provided to all donors. You can schedule an appointment at the link below.

Schedule an Appointment Here

City Election for Southside Place


Please contact City Secretary Olga Garza for questions or comments at 713-668-2341 or email her at olga@southside-place.org.

 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. 



Recycling FAQ's

  • 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.
Recycling Items
  • 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.

Recommendations

  • 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.
Recycling Letter
Recycling FAQs

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 publickworks@southside-place.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. 

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.

SElf Reporting QR Code Graphic

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. 

Apply for the Small Business Association Disaster Loan Program

Additional Resources for Small Businesses

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


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.

Municipal Court 

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.

Bike Safety

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.

AAA - Riding Skills and Tips

Helpful Links

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.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services

Harris County Public Health

Ready Harris

World Health Organization

Helpful Videos

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.

2020 Drinking Water Quality Report

2019 Drinking Water Quality Report

2018 Drinking Water Quality Report

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.

Poor Farm Ditch Presentation

Drainage Improvement Plan