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City of Southside Place, Texas

Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program

Auden Street Drainage Improvement

Request for Public Review and Comment

The City of Southside Place intends to request grant funding through the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program.

The City of Southside Place requests that all comments on this application package be provided no later than Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at noon CDT. Comments may be provided via email ( or in writing at City Hall (6309 Edloe Street, Houston, TX 77005.)

Auden Street Drainage Improvements PDF

November Election

For information about the November 3 Election refer to Harris County's website Harris Votes or you can call the Elections Department at 713-755-6955.

The county's site contains information on early voting, voting by mail, precinct maps, sample ballots, voter registration, and much more.

Voting Locations

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase Image

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

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.

Waste Management Acceptable Items

Waste Management Acceptable Items
COVID Threat Level Meter
health alert

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.

Thank you.

From the office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

City Facilities Update - As of October 14, 2020

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As Governor Abbott, continues his plan to reopen Texas, the City of Southside Place facilities will also continue to phase the reopening guidelines. 

The initial decision to close some City 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 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 50% capacity with the building permit, utility, and municipal court window available for city business. Social distancing will be observed.
  • The playground at Fire Truck Park is open. Note that playground equipment, gates, and furniture are not routinely disinfected; use of playground equipment will be at your own risk. Please continue practicing social distancing and follow personal safety guidelines while visiting the parks.
  • Basketball courts and the clubhouse will remain closed at this time. 
  • Pavilion and deck rentals have resumed, provided that groups are limited to 10 people.
  • Tennis courts are open with new lighting and court surface.
  • The next City Council meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 7PM. City Council and staff continue to review recycling collection public relations materials. Public comments are always welcome and encouraged.

Governor Order to Re-Open Texas

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

Staff Contacts

Department Staff Contact Email
Police Department Chief McCall
Fire Department Chief Serrano
Building Department
Utility/Water Payments
Municipal Court Olga Garza
Donna Terrell
Public Works - Water, 
Waste Water, Sanitation
Steve Kenney
Parks and Rec - Pool, 
Clubhouse, Pavilion
Andrew Deavers
Donna Terrell or call 832-509-4642
Administration David Moss
City Hall General Questions David Moss
The City of Southside Place has implemented these temporary changes and other precautionary measures because keeping our residents and city staff safe is the highest priority. During this unprecedented time, the City of Southside Place urges everyone to participate in keeping our community healthy by following the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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

Utility Building

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 50% capacity 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.

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

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.
For more information about scam calls and texts visit the FCC Consumers Page and the FCC Scam Glossary. You can also file a complaint about such scams with Consumer Complaints.

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.

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

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.

Helpful Videos

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 

texas flood stakeholders workshops

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 2019 Water Report

The 2019 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.

2019 Water Quality Report

2018 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

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

HCFCD Flood Warning System