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A surprise appearance by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at Houston City Council August 20 2014 to present a tribute to the late Tony Morris
A surprise appearance by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at Houston City Council August 20 2014 to present a tribute to the late Tony MorrisMarc Pembroke
Dale Rudick joins Houston Mayor Parker at press conference Aug 20 2014
Dale Rudick joins Houston Mayor Parker at press conference Aug 20 2014photo by Marc Pembroke

On Wednesday Aug 20, Houston City Council's regular meeting was relatively brief, with no major complex matters on the docket, and 6 items (5, 8, 10, 14, 20, and 21) considered separately, receiving brief supportive remarks or tags. Item 12 dealing an agreement with the Parks Board for expansion of Bayou Greenways Hike and Bike trails, was pulled and will be presented early in September.

Coungresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18), a former city councilor, appeared briefly to give a personal tribute to the late Anthony (Tony) Morris, a long-term freelance photographer who covered City Council for more than 17 years. Mr. Morris died on August 12th. He was recognized in a presentation on August 5 by Council Member Jack Cristie with a proclamation by Mayor Parker, and following his death, Council Member Boykins marked his usual seat at the pres desk with bouquet of flowers and a Rest in Peace message.

At her press conference following the meeting, Mayor Parker introduced Mr. Dale Rudick, currently deptuty director of PWE in charge of implementing and managing the Rebuild Houston program to improve streets and drains and to expand the hike and bike trails. Mr. Rudick will become the new director of Public Works and Engineering following the resignation of Dan Krueger, which takes effect September 2. According to the press release, Mr. Rudick was selected after consideration of numerous qualified candidates from both outside and inside city government. He hasbeen a Houston resident since 1987. He holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Houston and a degree in Business Administrtion from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to his work with Rebuild Houston, he seved the City of Sugarland in various capacities including City Engineer, Transportation/Utilities Director and Transportation/Traffic Manager. Mr. Rudick fielded questions from the media concerning his approach to priorities and the public's concern about road maintenance.