September 29, 2015

Council discusses then delays city manager hiring, recycling contract, parkland matters

By Sarah Tucker It was a case of discussing a lot and deciding little Monday night at West U City Council as members tackled what to do about the city manager’s position, recycling and parks. Councilmembers decided against hiring an executive search firm for the city manager position immediately. Instead, they will interview the top […]

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September 21, 2015

Residents can apply for Facilities Master Plan Task Force

west u muni bldg

The West University City Council is seeking members for a new Facilities Master Plan Task Force, to review longterm plans for all city properties, including those outside city limits. Interested residents should contact City Secretary Thelma Lenz at or by phone at 713-662-5813 for a membership application or more information.   The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 2. Applicants will […]

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September 17, 2015

West U police surveillance nabs car burglars

At 10:11 pm on September 15, 2015, a WUPD officer used an unmarked vehicle to conduct an undercover operation at a local business in the 2600 block of Bissonnet. While conducting surveillance, the officer observed a vehicle, with two subjects, pull into the parking lot of the business. One of the subjects exited the vehicle […]

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September 15, 2015

City council calls hearings to discuss raising taxes

The City of West University Place will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase property taxes by 3.65 percent. Your property taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all […]

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September 15, 2015

Secret meeting about new parkland, other council actions

Mayor Susan Sample and Councilman Brennan Reilly, right, battled over Reilly's proposal to create a citizens facilities master plan task force and Sample's insistence that the library be evaluated by a separate task force. After a vote, Reilly prevailed.

By Charlotte Aguilar Nearly a decade after West U voters approved a $2 million bond for parkland acquisition – and with the funding set to expire next year – City Council has asked for a new assessment of potential properties meeting the city’s strict park guidelines. Councilmembers Burt Ballanfant and Mardi Turner, both longtime supporters […]

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September 14, 2015

City council to consider your tax rate, flooding, appraised values and more…

The West University Place City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building Council Chamber at 3800 University Blvd. One item is the decade old matter of whether the city should acquire the so-called “Ownby property” on Pittsburgh Street for parkland. The following items are also included on tonight’s agenda – A security […]

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September 14, 2015

Discussion of possible parkland purchase

The West University Place City Council meets tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building Council Chamber at 3800 University Boulevard. Agenda item 7 was requested by Councilmember Burt Ballanfant to discuss the possible purchase of new parkland between Edloe St. and Buffalo Speedway. Ballanfant is an advocate for the purchase of the“Ownby tract” for […]

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September 10, 2015

HISD chief Grier is stepping down

Terry Grier

Houston ISD Supt. Terry Grier announced late Thursday that he’ll be leaving the district at the end of his contract in March 2016. Grier, 64, said he was not retiring but cited one knee replacement that has him walking with a cane and another coming in November as slowing him down. He was flanked by the school […]

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September 4, 2015

West U city offices closing for Labor Day

labor day

In observance of Labor Day, all West U city offices will be closed Monday, and the holiday solid waste schedule will be in effect for the week. That means there will be no solid waste collection that day, so that all trash should be held for Thursday’s pickup. Recycling for Monday will be picked up Wednesday. Tuesday, […]

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September 1, 2015

Help West U police identify this criminal


On August 19, 2015,  this suspect, along with three other armed people, raided a residence in the 3900 block of Amherst, and held the victims at gun point as they ransacked the home. The suspects stole about $40,000 dollars in jewelry and fled the residence. The West University Place Police Department is seeking help in identifying […]

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