Houston City Council Member Boykins hosted a special press conference to announce two major allocations of funds for the reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and the purchase of a Solid Waste heavy trash collection vehicle.
During the last City Council meeting, Council Member Boykins was able to lead our city in a victorious milestone in receiving the approval of our Mayor and his colleagues in funding over $21 million towards the reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, appropriated through METRO Projects Construction DDSRF, Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF-A, and Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Funds. His goal is to highlight the valuable contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his legacy, as the city moves forward with the reconstruction and beautification of this major thoroughfare. With Juneteenth only a few days away, this is a great way to pay homage not only to Dr. King but also to our ancestors for how far we’ve come.
This particular reconstruction project will transform 7,400 linear feet of concrete pavement roadway with relative storm sewers, sidewalks, street lighting, and necessary underground utilities. There will also be improvements to drainage and the storm sewer system within and around the vicinity of the project limits.
The truck, which will be purchased with District D Council District Service Dollars, will be utilized within District D for areas with high levels of heavy and illegally dumped trash and debris collection, much of which occurs along MLK Blvd.
Council Member Boykins recognizes that illegal dumping is a serious issue that continues to plague many communities within the district. Illegal dumping detracts from the overall character of our neighborhoods and greatly impacts the quality of life for residents. Earlier this spring, Council Member Boykins took time to ride along with Solid Waste workers through the streets of District D. He led by example and did his part in helping to clean up heavy trash on the streets.
Last year, Council Member Boykins worked directly with our state representative to enact a bill increasing the fines for those who are caught illegal dumping. Our office then allocated funds for special signs that have been manufactured and placed throughout the District, which warn would-be dumpers “DISTRICT D SAYS DON’T DUMP ON HOUSTON” and highlights the maximum penalties.
The purchase of the Rearsteer Solid Waste truck is a continuation of Council Member Boykins’ efforts to combat illegal dumping and keep our communities safe and clean.