COVID-19 Threat Level Elevated
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We cannot wait any longer -- the time to act is now. We have arrived at the precipice of a public health disaster. Area hospitals have reached their full ICU base capacity and are now relying on surgery space to treat patients. The number of daily cases and hospitalizations have also reached their highest point since the beginning of the pandemic. Only bold action and complete community participation will help us prevent overwhelmed hospitals, overworked healthcare workers, and an unprecedented number of preventable deaths.
Today, I upgraded the County’s COVID-19 public threat level from significant (orange, level two) to severe (red, level one.) Level one indicates a "severe and uncontrolled" level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are worsening, contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded, and a healthcare surge is likely. To slow this uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, all Harris County residents should adhere to the following guidelines as closely as possible:
- Stay home, except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.
- Avoid and cancel all gatherings of any size.
- Essential workers practice special precautions to prevent spread.
- All vulnerable individuals (65+ or with pre-existing health conditions) stay home.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days if in close and prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19.
- Wear face coverings to protect others.
- Avoid non-essential business and personal travel. Avoid public transportation where possible.
- Cancel visits to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospitals.
- Avoid and cancel all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including concerts, rodeos, large sporting events, etc. Schools and after-school activities for youth close, as directed by educational authorities.
Our situation is precarious -- we are on the edge but there is still time to step back. Stay in and work from home except for essential business. Wear a face covering if you absolutely have to be out. We are doing the best we can with what we have, but if we are not all in this together, we can expect to suffer more severe consequences in a matter of weeks. We’ve flattened the curve before, and we can do it again.
From the office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
Southside Pool COVID-19 Exposure
The City was notified on June 23rd that a part-time staff member of Southside Place’s Parks and Recreation Department tested positive for COVID-19. The point of contact for the employee came from a gathering outside of work on June 17th. The employee that tested positive worked at Southside Place Pool on June 18th and June 19th. Other employees who may have had a prolonged exposure to the individual have been identified and quarantined. To protect the individual’s privacy regarding health information, the employee’s name and position is not being released. However, the risk of exposure to residents, staff, or other community members visiting the pool is low, as there was limited prolonged exposure and proper hygiene and social distancing was being followed.
For questions please contact our Parks and Recreation Director Andrew Deavers.
City Facility and Pool Opening Update - As of June 12, 2020
As Governor Abbott, recently implemented Phase III of his plan to open Texas, the City of Southside Place facilities will also continue to phase the reopening guidelines.
The initial decision to close the City’s facilities to the public was consistent with the practices and recommendations of healthcare professionals and other local/state agencies.
During the most recent city council meetings, city council and staff members discussed pool operations and reopening guidelines. Some facilities will continue to remain closed per state and Center for Disease Control guidelines.
- City Hall is to the public. Residents are still encouraged to use the drop box for utility and other payments. The lobby will be limited to 25% capacity with the building permit, utility, and municipal court window available for city business. Social distancing will be observed.
- The pool opened on June 6th. More information about the pool guidelines can be found on the Pool Page here. We are excited for the summer season and ask that residents remember to follow CDC guidelines while enjoying the facility.
- The Southside Place All-Star Swim Team was cancelled per the swim league. We are planning ahead and look forward to an exciting season and return in 2021.
- Fire Truck Park, basketball courts, and the clubhouse will remain closed at this time.
- Tennis courts are open with new lighting and court surface.
- Southside Place summer camp sessions have been cancelled at the clubhouse. Both social distancing requirements and how our wonderful camp is structured each year did not allow for 2020 sessions.
- The next City Council meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 7PM. City Council and staff will continue to review recycling collection in the city during the next few months. Public comments are always welcome and encouraged.
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Governor Order to Re-Open Texas
On June 3 Governor Abbott announced Phase Three of the Open Texas Plan including information on outdoor events and updates on capacity levels.
On April 27 Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order to outline the plan to re-open identified services in the state of Texas.
State and Local Disaster Declarations
Harris County Orders
On June 11 Judge Hidalgo announced a new color-coded system to inform residents regarding the current level of risk from COVID-19. We strongly urge residents take actions to stay healthy, save lives, and ensure the local economy recovers in a way that is sustainable over the long term.
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
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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.
Heavy Trash and Shred-It - Rescheduled for August 8
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.
City Hall is to the public. Residents are still encouraged to use the drop box for utility and other payments. The lobby will be limited to 25% capactity with the building permit, utility, and municipal court window available for city business. Social distancing will be observed.
We urge you to visit the CDC's website for the most current information on COVID-19.
Harris County Judge Issues Order Relating to COVID-19
Judge Hidalgo has ordered that effective from 8:00 AM on March 17, 2020 (unless terminated or modified by an earlier order) restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
Please see the attached order here.
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.
Nationwide Fraud Alert - COVID-19
As our nation comes together to battle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are some who have seized the opportunity to prey on American consumers. These schemers are posing as local or federal government officials on phone calls and test messages - asking victims for personal information, and at times, access to bank funds. It is unacceptable that these criminals are trying to take advantage of the American people during such a vulnerable time.
To help individuals protect themselves against these criminals, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released information on current Coronavirus scam campaigns, which can be found here.
The FCC also offers the below tips:
- Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicius.
- Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
- Be cautious if you're being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
- Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never all you to ask for personal information or money.
- Do not click any links in text messages. If a friend send you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, cal them to make sure they weren't hacked.
- Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating.
As always, if you need to speak to an officer with the Southside Place Police Department, please don't hesitate to call 713-668-2341.
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.
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.
Harris County COVID-19 Testing Sites and Self-Assessment Tool
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the Ready Harris website and complete the online self-assessment. If you qualify for testing, you will receive a code and be directed to the nearest Harris County testing facility.
2020 Season Pass Now Available
Southside Place citizens may apply to the city for a Season Pass. A Season Pass costs $450 annually per family. A season pass fee for Over 65 year old residents is $250 in 2020. Season Pass holder families in good standing get expanded access to the Southside Place Park and recreation facilities (tennis courts and pool) and discounts on rentals of the clubhouse, pool, and pavilion. The City will issue magnetic identification cards to Season Pass holders, which are required to gain free entry into the pool area and authorized entry to the tennis courts. Follow the link below to apply for a Season Pass online or print the application provided below and deliver the payment to City Hall. Season Passes are good for the calendar year 2020 (January - December), not a year from the date of purchase. *As of January 1, 2020 there will be a 3.5% convenience fee for all online payments.*
Season Pass Application - Printable
Season Pass Online Application
Heavy Trash/Shred-It - Rescheduled for August 8, 2020
Heavy Trash/Shred-It has been rescheduled for August 8, 2020. Household hazardous collection will also take place. Pick-up begins at 8AM. Shred-It collection will take place in the Town Center parking lot from 9AM to 12PM. Please place paint or other household hazardous items on the curb.
New Recycling Guidelines in Southside Place
Recently, the Waste Management Recycling Division visited city hall about new recycling guidelines. Waste Management no longer accepts plastic bags, styrofoam, or any food waste. Please sort plastic bags and styrofoam out of your recycles and wash all food waste from containers. Please contact Steve Kenney, Public Works Director with any questions or comments by email or by phone at 713-668-2341.
Texas Water Development Board - Flood Stakeholder Workshops 2019
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has added a fourteenth workshop to its roster of flood outreach meetings around the state. The meeting will be held at Houston City Hall on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Southside Place 2018 Water Report
The 2018 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.
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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Sat, Aug 8Heavy Trash/Shred-It Heavy Trash/Shred-It has been rescheduled for August 8, 2020. Household hazardous collection will also take place. Pick-up begins at 8AM. Shred-It collection will take place in the Town Center parking lot from 9AM to 12PM. Please place paint or other household hazardous items on the curb.
Mon, Sep 7City Offices Closed - No Sanitation Collection City offices will be closed Monday, September 7 and there will be no sanitation collection. There will be city-wide sanitation collection on Tuesday, September 8.