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BARC set a goal to find homes to save 90 percent of animals in its care in November. 

Kevia Stroder's colleagues with the city's Parking Management Division have known for quite a while how good she is at her job. But word is getting around the entire state now.Parking Stroder

The Texas Parking and Transportation Association made sure of that when it recognized Stroder as its 2015 Employee of the Year. The association made the presentation at its annual conference recently in Corpus Christi.

Stroder is a compliance supervisor. Parking Management Assistant Director Maria Irshad said Stroder has consistently strived and succeeded in meeting performance goals and is a valuable asset to the division.

"Kevia has served the community in ways not shown by data on a spreadsheet," Irshad said. "Congratulations, Kevia. Keep shining. You are an excellent teammate and I’m proud to call you my colleague and friend."

Saturday, 25 April 2015 15:39

Paying for parking pays off


The $500 giftcard presentation included (left to right) ARA's Melonie Curry and Paul Dugas, Parkmobile's Tina Dyer, winner Aaron Lipman, ARA's Maria Irshad,  Jerry Keeth and Rami Arafat.


People like to complain about paying to park. But recently, city of Houston Parking Management and its vendor, Parkmobile, made it worthwhile for Aaron Lipman and Amy Higgins. They both used Visa Checkout (Visa's version of Paypal) in the pay-by-phone app. During November and December they and other parkers who used Visa Checkout received one hour of free parking and were entered into a sweepstakes with a chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards. Lipman and Higgins each scored a card when they were randomly selected after the promtion ended.

Parkmobile and Parking Management employees were on hand to present Lipman with his card. Higgins, unable to attend, received her card in the mail.  


Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:36

For $20, city employees can adopt a pet at BARC

Houston's BARC animal shelter has established a discounted rate of $20 for city employees to adopt a pet.

 BARC dog

The rate is effective immediately and includes spay/neuter surgery, a microchip with lifetime registration, a one-year pet license, and all age-appropriate vaccinations. City employees interested in adopting a dog, cat, kitten or puppy may visit BARC's website at and go to the Adopt a Pet page for details and requirements.

 BARC is located at 3200 Carr Street in Houston. It is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. daily except Mondays and Thursdays.

For the latest news and information on what's going on at the shelter, go to the BARC blog at