Some things we noticed:
•Projected increase in taxable property value: $0.
•Planning is underway for an estimated $48.5 million bond
election in 2019.
rate hike in this FY 2019 budget, they’re projecting a 34 percent
hike in rates from FY 2020-23 — 17 percent in 2020, 11 percent
in 2021, and 3 percent each in 2022 and 2023.
•There’s mention of an “amendment to the comprehensive
plan” on the 28-acre former Chevron site, which hasn’t moved
on the property market, and which the budget packet notes the
company is selling “as-is.”
•A second city survey is in the works.
•Interesting proposed expenditures in what many believe
is an unstable post-Harvey economy in the city include the
second go-round for Holly Street Esplanade improvements at
at South Rice and Jessamine and along some South Rice
esplanades; $100,000 for replacing playground equipment and
adding shade structures at parks; and $150,000 for park signs
among several. (It should be noted the Parks Advisory board
recommended that the Holly Street and sign projects be delayed
•Some $9 million is earmarked for street, drainage, sidewalk,
water and wastewater projects under the most recent Bonds for
a Better Bellaire.
If any of this has whetted your appetite, you can look at the May
3 presentation at https://bit.ly/2rdUsGG.
Taking another stab at a logo
city logo has
on a new city
SUV, but we’re
told it’s only
a test. City
communications liaison Cheryl Bright-
West explains the black-and-white
outline of the old “City of Homes” seal
the new font adopted by council on March 5:
“We are transitioning from the old to the new look that includes
transitional phase, we are considering ways to incorporate
elements of the city logo into the new visual identity. We
will only be replacing items that need to be replaced, as they
are replaced, with the new look...What you are seeing on the
vehicle is a hybrid version of the City logo in black and white
outlined with the approved typography below it. In the council
presentation on March 5, some examples of how we may utilize
the typography moving forward were included in the packet.
This vehicle decal is an experiment with the look and feel of the
brand identity. This vehicle needed a replacement decal and
we took this opportunity to test the design and hopefully gather
In other words, the branding/image/logo search is very much
alive. Providing the allegedly desired feedback won’t be as easy
as before, though. The city has shut down its special emailbox
dedicated to voicing opinions on designs. You can write Bright-
West at firstname.lastname@example.org, and shoot us a copy on what
you send at email@example.com if you want to
Putting the brakes on
the Community Pathways Plan
Residents along Baldwin Avenue in Southdale have succeeded
in getting the city to rethink their plans to install a combination
bicycle/pedestrian pathway along their narrow street as part
of the Community Pathways plan to improve city connectivity,
which would have necessitated moving trees and utilities and
“realigning” the entire street. Special Projects Manager Cristin
Those who successfully argued the case are urging residents
on other targeted streets — Avenue B, Jane, Evergreen, Maple,
Second Street and parts of Bellaire are mentioned — to “make
your voices heard, too.”
Sessions of note:
•After fuzzy plans received a rocky reception from some
business owners and nearby residents, the city is holding what
it calls a “neighborhood meeting” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 to
explain the Spruce/Fifth Street reconstruction project that will
also reach to Fifth Street and Bissonnet in the heart of Bellaire’s
and the opportunity to ask questions.
In the May 3 budget packet, the project was described as still in
the design process.
•The City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on
Monday, May 21, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 7008
S. Rice Ave., on Houston ISD’s application for an amendment
elementary school campus on Avenue B at Bissonnet as
Kolter ES. The Kolter campus in Meyerland was damaged
reconstructed, with occupancy projected for early 2020.
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