Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 46

October 2016 

 
 
Dave Martin
Council Member
District E 
 
 
Contact:
 
900 Bagby
First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
 
17629 El Camino Real
Suite 415
Houston, TX 77058


Office: (832) 393-3008
Fax: (832) 393-3279



  
Lauren Laake
Chief of Staff 

Jessica Beemer
North Sector Manager

Jordan McGinty
South Sector Manager

Katherine Cunningham 
Administrative Assistant

Tashamee Love
Intern
City Contacts
City of Houston 311
(713) 837-0311

Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office
(832) 393-0955

   Kingwood 
Community Center
(281) 348-2570

Department of Neighborhoods

General Services

For other City of Houston departments and projects, please visit the city website.

 
District E Community Contacts



 
 

Northshore Super Neighborhood Council

Meadowbrook/Allendale Super Neighborhood Council


 Clear Lake Super Neighborhood Council

Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership
Residents of District E,
 
As we begin to enjoy the lower levels of humidity and welcome Fall to Texas, we are presented with an opportunity to meet with our neighbors in celebration of National Night Out. National Night Out is an annual community event that is about building relationships within our communities and strengthening partnerships with our first responders to create a safer neighborhood. National Night Out is celebrated differently by the communities in District E, some choose to host block parties and others enjoy gathering at the local community center or pool. This great event is held in 38 million neighborhoods by more than 16,000 communities and has happened annually for 33 years.
 
Each October my staff works diligently to prepare for National Night Out events and this year is no different. There are over 50 events taking place in District E alone, and we plan on stopping by as many of these events that we can. I hope that we will see you as these are a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and local law enforcement that patrol your community. Not sure if your community is hosting an event? Please contact my office and they would be happy to double check. If you can't make it out to one of the National Night Out events I encourage you to attend one of the District E town hall meetings.

Kingwood
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kingwood Community Center
4102 Rustic Woods Drive
Houston, TX 77345
 
Southeast Houston/Clear Lake
Thursday, October 13, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
 
These town hall meetings are another great way to engage in the community and stay up to date on local projects. There will be representatives from several city departments in attendance in addition to other local partners who will be presenting updates. Topics that will be covered include mobility projects, infrastructure improvements, local art grants, and Super Bowl LI. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting.
 
In closing, I would like to remind you all that this is a Presidential election year, and I encourage everyone to get out and vote next month. It is important to remember that there are many other elected offices that are on our ballots this year so make sure that you take the time to get to know who is fighting for the opportunity to serve you in the coming years. A great resource for sample ballots and to make sure you are registered is www.VoteTexas.gov.



Sincerely,

 
Dave Martin

New District E Intern!

District E welcomes its newest intern, Tashamee  Love! Tashamee is currently attending her first year of college at the University of St. Thomas and is studying Pre-Nursing.

Tashamee strongly believes in giving back to her community and has over 300 community service hours. She has worked with the Houston Food Bank by feeding the homeless, and has also volunteered at a transitional housing office.

In her free time she enjoys being with her family and friends.

Welcome, Tashamee!
Back Yard Composting Class

As part of the Lifelong Learning program at Lone Star College-Kingwood, Atascocita campus, Keep Kingwood Green will be holding a 90 minute Home Composting Course on October 12 at 1:30 p.m.   

Attendants will learn the simple steps for turning garbage into black gold (compost).  As much as 40% of the trash picked up in the Lake Houston area is "green" waste.  These are items that will decompose into valuable soil nutrients.  This course will be taught by a Texas Certified Master Composter. For more information please contact Keep Kingwood Green.
Turn Kings Harbor Blue

Save the date! On Friday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Kings Harbor will honor Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita law enforcement at the "Turn Kings Harbor Blue" event. The event, organized to show community support for law enforcement personnel in the Kingwood area, will feature a free concert, family entertainment and prizes for first responders. A number of local businesses and community partners are serving as sponsors for the event, and the Kings Harbor lights will be turned blue to honor law enforcement.
 
For more information please click  here.
Kingwood Highschool Volleyball Salute to Veterans

On September 6  staff from Council Member Martin's office had the opportunity to attend the Kingwood High School Volleyball Salute to Veterans Game and present certificates to the veterans in attendance on behalf of the City of Houston.  

Council Member Martin thanks Kingwood High School for inviting the District E office to be a part of this event, and t
hank you to all who are serving and have served. To those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, you are not forgotten.
Lake Houston YMCA Miracle League

The Lake Houston Family YMCA Miracle League Baseball season kicked off on Saturday, September 10 at Humble High School with staff from Council Member Martin's office present. The program is designed to give children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to play baseball or softball in a safe and fun environment. By removing the barriers that traditionally keep them off the field, the YMCA Miracle League enables children with special needs to experience the joy and value of playing team sports.

For more information on YMCA Houston's Miracle League program, please click  here.
Lt. Duke Atkins Retirement Reception

On September 16 Council Member Martin and staff had the honor and privilege to celebrate the career of one of Houston's finest, Lieutenant Donald "Duke" Atkins, who retired from the Houston Police Department with just over 32 years of service.

During his tenure with HPD, Lt. Atkins w as instrumental in the development and implementation of an experimental problem oriented policing unit, called the Differential Response Team (DRT).  Lt. Atkins combined a new style of policing with direct community involvement to solve the chronic problems experienced by residents. DRT has since spread to every patrol division in the Houston Police Department and become a national model of community policing.

Throughout his career, Lt. Atkins has received 77 citizen's and employee letters of commendation, 23 supervisor commendations, 4 Chief of Police Commendations, 3 Mayor's Commendations, 3 Unit Citations and was named HPD's Supervisor of the Year in 2000.   

Lt. Atkins has earned the praise, recognition and respect of countless officers and citizens who have worked and served with him and 
will be missed in District E. Council Member Martin and all the District E staff wish him a happy retirement - it is well deserved.

Captain Mark Fougerousse Retirement Reception

On September 23 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to celebrate the career of Mark Fougerousse, Captain of the Kingwood HPD Station. Captain Mark Fougerousse retired from the Houston Police Department with just over 38 years of service.
 
Throughout his tenure with HPD, Captain Fougerousse has worked professionally, honorably and respectfully with the Chief of Police, HPD Command Staff, police commanders, supervisors, local and state politicians, civilians and the citizens of Houston.  Captain Fougerousse has been an extremely valuable asset to the Houston Police Department, the City of Houston and District E in particular.   
 
Captain Fougerousse has worked closely with Council Member Martin and his staff to ensure the safety and well-being of the community, and the council member appreciates his service both in Clear Lake and Kingwood.  
Save the Date! Kingwood B.O.P.A.

Council Member Dave Martin and the City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department are holding a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) and Electronic Recycling Collection event on October 29, 2016. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kingwood METRO Park and Ride  located at 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway.

The event will be free and open to all City of Houston residents. A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency will be required. Business waste will not be accepted.

In addition to the B.O.P.A, residents may drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Large appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

Many common household materials are considered hazardous and need special disposal. When Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is disposed of in the trash, it can contaminate landfills and subsequently our groundwater. This event provides a free and safe alternative for residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous materials. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for the November 7th collection event:
  • ACCEPTED ITEMS: only residential waste, rechargeable household and automobile batteries, motor oil and filters, LATEX paint, antifreeze, large appliances and scrap metal. Used motor oil will be limited to 15 gallons. All liquids are required to be in sealed, non-leaking containers that are labeled as to contents.
  • ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: business, medical and agricultural waste; oil-based paints, solvents, flammables, pesticides, herbicides and other similar hazardous materials and electronic waste.
Residents may call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline for additional information or check online at www.houstonsolidwaste.org.
For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online here, on Facebook and Twitter or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline.
 
The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste service to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.
South Belt-Ellington Community Meeting

On Tuesday, September 27 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a community meeting hosted by the South-Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce. City of Houston Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives Marc Eichenbaum addressed the homeless issue that is of concern city-wide. 

In the Clear Lake and Ellington area in particular there has also been a great concern about panhandling. Over the past few months HPD has been trying to crack down on this issue through their panhandling initiative. There have been nearly 500 citations given since late June, and some panhandlers have been jailed. 

If you are interested in taking action regarding homelessness in the area, please click here.  
Meadowcreek Village Civic Club Meeting

On Thursday September 8 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to speak at the September Meadowcreek Civic Club meeting and enjoyed conversation with many of the members. 

At the meeting, Council Member Martin was able to discuss recent issues that have been reported by the community and gather input from residents about potential projects for the area. 

Council Member Martin appreciates the invitation to speak to the civic club and looks forward to continuing to work together for the betterment of the community. 
9/11 Heroes Run

On Saturday September 10 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the 9/11 Heroes Run at Ellington Field. 

Thank you to Houston City Council Members Jack Christie, Robert Gallegos, and Mike Knox for representing the City and showing our support for our first responders, military, and their families. Overall, approximately 3,000 Houstonians participated in Houston's 6th Annual 9/11 Heroes Run.   

Founded in honor of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who gave his life while serving in Iraq in 2009, the Travis Manion Foundation assists American veterans and the families of the fallen in addition to organizing a number of charitable initiatives including the 9/11 Heroes Run.  For more information on the foundation click here.

Council Member Martin thanks HPD Captain Greg Fremin, Captain Bryan Bennett and all of the runners and volunteers for showing up to make this event a huge success.
Dine Out to Donate

The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) invites residents to "Dine Out to Donate" on Monday, October 3. Participating restaurants from Houston's Bay Area will donate a percentage of the day's sales from lunch and/or dinner to the foundation, which benefits all 41,000 Clear Lake Independent School District students through initiatives such as teacher innovative grants, technology education labs and many others. The elementary and secondary schools with the highest percentage of participation in the event will also each win $1,000.
 
For more information on the CCEF's Dine Out to Donate event and a list of participating restaurants, please click  here.
Clear Lake PIP Meeting

On September 20 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the monthly PIP meeting for Clear Lake and Southeast Houston residents. This month's guest speaker, Stephen Daniel from Houston Police Department's Public Affairs, educated the members on Active Shooter Defense. It was a great opportunity for members of the community to come together and engage in an important conversation. In an active shooter situation, remember: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.
 
HPD Clear Lake PIP Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Southeast Memorial Hermann Hospital's CES Classroom, room number E1031.3 A located at 11800 Astoria Blvd, Houston, TX 77089. 
Space Center Rotary Club Meeting

On September 12 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Space Center Rotary Club Meeting at Bay Oaks Country Club featuring speaker Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

Mayor Turner briefed the Space Center Rotary Club members on significant city items like transportation and infrastructure, and pension plans within the city. He concluded his speech by announcing his approval of the coastal spine and assured members that the County and City are working closely together. 
BAHEP 40th Anniversary

On Wednesday September 14 Council Member Martin and staff attended the celebration of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's 40th anniversary at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center. The evening's program celebrated 40 years of working on behalf of the people of Bay Area Houston and featured four speakers who have contributed greatly to BAHEP's growth over the past 40 years: Robert K. Scott, Joe Barlow, Sandy Johnson, and current BAHEP President Bob Mitchell. 

Since taking office, Council Member Martin has worked closely with BAHEP on different issues in the region concerning aerospace, petrochemicals as well as coastal storm surge protection, and he  congratulates BAHEP on 40 successful years. He looks forward to continuing to work with them on these and other initiatives in the future. 
Manned Space Flight Education Luncheon

On Thursday September 15 staff from the District E office attended the Mission to Mars Luncheon benefiting Space Center Houston Youth S.T.E.M. Academies. The luncheon also honored Captain Gene Cernan who left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as well as being the last man to have left his footprints on the lunar surface. The program featured a presentation on S.T.E.M. by President and CEO of Space Center Houston, William T. Harris as well as question and answer portion featuring Johnson Space Center Director, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, and Program Manager for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, Kathy Lueders. Space Center Houston strives to immerse the youth in S.T.E.M. and encourages the youth the use those skills to solve problems. 
Sylvan Rodriguez Park Master Plan Meeting

On September 22 Council Member Martin and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) hosted a public meeting at University of Houston-Clear Lake  to discuss proposed improvements to Sylvan Rodriguez Park and gather input from the surrounding community who utilize the park. 

HPARD will continue to gather community input until October 21. Public comment concerning Sylvan Rodriguez Park can be sent to: Askparks@houstontx.gov with the subject: SRP Master Plan Update/ Attn: Lisa Johnson.

Public involvement is essential to this process. Council Member Martin urges Clear Lake residents to please take some time to comment on Sylvan Rodriguez Park and tell us how we can create a plan that meets your needs, whether that includes more nature trails, upgrade existing park facilities, a community center, fields, or any other amenity you feel is pertinent to this park update.

Park master plans are regularly updated to ensure that the vision of the park reflects the changing needs of the community. As funding becomes available for the park, the master plan guides HPARD on what improvements should be implemented. 

Thank you all for your comments and input. This resident participation will allow the City of Houston to update this park and really make it a place for the community to enjoy.
Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Ribbon Cutting

On September 27 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for Webster's Memorial Hermann Urgent Care. The new facility, which features eight exam rooms, a small procedure room and an X-Ray lab, is located at the Northeast corner of Bay Area Boulevard and I-45 at 9419-3 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598. Although the facility is located in Webster, Council Member Martin appreciates the service it will be providing to our residents of Southeast Houston and Clear Lake. 
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon

The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly general membership luncheon on September 28 at Lakewood Yacht Club. Mayor of Seabrook, Glenn Royal, Seabrook City Manager Gayle Cook, and Project Manager Larry Blackburn briefed the members on the TxDot SH 146 Expansion Project. This anticipated project will widen SH 146 from Red Bluff to FM 518, reconstructing a 4-lane to a 6 to 12-lane freeway with grade separations, access roads and expressway. Mayor Glenn Royal remarked that this expansion will have the "biggest impact on Seabrook since Johnson Space Center" but assured members that they are in good shape. 
Wings Over Houston Airshow

Council Member Martin invites all Houstonians to Ellington Airport on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23  for the 32nd Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow. Headlining this year's show are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team will showcase the velocity of F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 Hercules, and will demonstrate the precision of Navy pilots and crew. 

The Aeroshell Team, a F-16 Viper Demonstration, a WWII Airpower Demo and a rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Dolphin MH65D are also scheduled for this year's show.
 
Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. on both October 22 and 23. For more on the 32nd Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, including ticket information, please visit  www.wingsoverhouston.com.
Houston First HOT Stakeholders Projection Meeting

On September 15 Council Member Martin attended the Hotel Occupancy Tax Stakeholders Meeting presented by the Houston First Corporation (HFC).

At the meeting, a regional economic forecast was presented as well as a projection for the HFC 2017 budget. 

As an ex-oficio Houston First Board Member, Council Member Martin was interested to hear about the projected numbers and economic trends for the next year and looks forward to learning more as he continues to serve on the board. 
Goodwill Trip to Baton Rouge

Last month, Council Member Martin had the pleasure of joining  Mayor Sylvester Turner and  Council Member Dwight Boykins to distribute supplies to help the Baton Rouge flood victims get back on their feet.Thanks to a call to action by Mayor Sylvester Turner and faith leaders opening their churches, mosques, synagogues and places of worship as collection sites, the city was able to collect about 32 pallets of donations for residents.

More than 30 faith leaders participated in the collection process along with city departments including, HPD, HFD, Health, Neighborhoods, Parks, GSD, Solid Waste, Houston Airports,  Fleet and Public Works, who collected cleaning supplies, water, back packs, school supplies and other contributions  to bring to Baton Rouge.

As a native of Louisiana, it was important for Council Member Martin to be a part of this incredible relief effort that could not have been possible without all of the donations made by the City of Houston.
Cuba Delegation Trip

Council Member Martin was honored to participate in the historic trade mission to Cuba lead by Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership. The trip came in advance of the start of nonstop commercial flights to Cuba from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) before the end of the year. The three day trip provided opportunities for the delegation to discuss business development opportunities and build international relationships between Cuba and Houston. Mayor Turner also took the opportunity to ask Cuba for their support in voting for Houston to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. 
TWEF Financial & Career Expo

On October 7 the inaugural TWEF Financial and Career Expo will be held during the 10th Annual International Financial and Leadership Summit at the JW Marriot Galleria. Mayor Sylvester Turner will serve as this year's Honorary Chair and invites Houstonians to experience direct economic empowerment through prominent and influential individuals from all over the world.

The event will offer mentorship through workshops, networking opportunities and live job recruitment from vendors and event sponsors including Prudential, Microsoft, UPS, HEB, State Farm Insurance and Comerica Bank. Career opportunities will be available for sales, industrial, education, healthcare, technical, commercial and customer service industries. Attendees will also have access to the "One-Stop NOW" booth for the opportunity to get resumes reviewed and submitted to potential employers.

For more information or to register for the TWEF Financial and Career Expo, please click  here  or contact Deavra Daughtry at (832) 434-5325.
Houston Tourism Summit

On Thursday, September 7 the Houston First Corporation hosted the second annual Houston Tourism Summit to provide opportunities for local tourism professionals to come together and brainstorm ideas on how to generate more tourism to the city.  While at the event, Council Member Martin was also able to tour the new Partnership Tower that Houston First Corporation offices are housed in. 

Council Member Martin thanks all those involved with coordinating a successful tourism networking event and looks forward to learning more about the ideas generated at the summit.
GHP Business of Sports Luncheon

On Thursday, September 8 Council Member Martin attended Houston's Business of Sports: The Game Day Impact luncheon presented by the Greater Houston Partnership. 

The luncheon highlighted how Houston's professional sports teams contribute to the economic impact and image of the region, and featured a panel of sports professionals including Bob McNair, owner of the Houston Texans and Ric Campo, Chairman of the Houston Super Bowl Committee. 

Council Member Martin thanks the Greater Houston Partnership for putting on a fun, informative event, and Houston First for the invitation to sit at their table. 
Mobility Matters Symposium

On September 27 BayTran and Tag Houston Region hosted the 3 rd annual Mobility Matters Symposium. This year's panel included Carrin Patman, Chair at METRO, Phillis Saathoff, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Port Freeport, Victor Vandergriff, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission, and Joe Zimmerman, Mayor, City of Sugar Land. The program also featured Chair of the Texas House Transportation Committee, State Representative Joe Pickett as the keynote speaker for the event. It was a great opportunity for many companies and elected officials to come together for a conversation regarding mobility throughout the region.
Houston Realty Business Coalition Breakfast

On Thursday, September 15 Council Member Martin attended a breakfast hosted by the Houston Realty Business Coalition (HRBC) featuring remarks from Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton. By organizing public forums at its regular breakfasts and other events, the HRBC enables area elected officials and candidates for office to discuss their public policy priorities with leaders from Houston's business and development communities. For more information, visit https://houstonrealty.org.
Medicare Open Enrollment

Council Member Martin wants to inform District E residents that the Harris County Area Agency on Aging will be coordinating Medicare Open Enrollment activities throughout the City of Houston. Open enrollment runs from October 15, 2016 to December 7, 2016.

The following documents are needed to register during open enrollment: 

1.   Medicare Card
2.  List of Medications currently taking
3.  Award letter from Social Security or proof of income
4.  Proof of current health insurance
 
To schedule a face-to-face appointment with a benefits counselor call (832) 393-4301 or 1-800-213-8471.

Upcoming Events 
 
Please refer to Council Martin's District E website for location, time and more event details. Email the District E office if you would like us to include your upcoming event in future newsletters! 
 
City Wides
October 4
National Night Out

October 22
Drug Take Back 

Kingwood
October 1
Electronic Recycling at Kingwood METRO Park & Ride

October 4
Kingwood High School Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness Night

October 6
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

October 11
Kingwood Town Hall

October 12
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting

October 18
Kingwood PIP

October 19
Kingwood Super Neighborhood

October 29
B.O.P.A. Collection at Kingwood METRO Park & Ride


Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    
October 4
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce "Surviving an Active Shooter" Seminar

October 7
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Ball

October 8
Electronic Recycling at Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center

October 15
Rotary Club of Space Center's 43rd Annual Shrimporee

October 18
Clear Lake PIP

October 22-23
Wings Over Houston

October 26
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon