Monthly Newsletter
August 3, 2018  Issue 67
Residents of District E,
A very important bond election is taking place on August 25, 2018. This is the 2018 Harris County Flood Control Bond Program. T he County has identified more than 150 potential projects as candidates for bond funding, organized by watershed. Per the Harris County Flood Control website "if voters approve the bonds, the bonds would be sold in increments over at least 10-15 years, as needed for the multiple phases of each project. The actual timing of individual projects will depend on a variety of factors including environmental permitting and right-of-way acquisition. Projects will be authorized individually for funding by Commissioners Court, based on recommendations by the Flood Control District."
To find your early voting locations for the August 25, 2018 election follow this link otherwise you may find your Election Day polling location by visiting this link.
Early voting starts next week and will be held on the following days :
  • Wednesday, August 8, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 13, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 14, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 19, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 20, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  Convenient Early Voting Locations in District E are:  
  • The Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, 77345
  • Galena Park Library, 1500 Keene Street, Galena Park, Tx 77547
  • John Phelps Courthouse, 101 S. Richey Street, Pasadena, 77506
  • East Harris County Activity Center, 7340 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, 77505
  • Clear Lake, Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 77062
  • Scarsdale, Harris County Scarsdale Annex, 10851 Scarsdale Boulevard, Houston 77089
In District E, there are several watersheds overlapping the district's boundaries including: San Jacinto River, Luce Bayou, Spring Creek, Greens Bayou, Sims Bayou, Armand Bayou, and Clear Creek. If you are unsure which watershed you reside in, please click  here .
To review the list of potential projects you may visit the HCFCD website. Harris County Commissioner's Court will be voting on the final project list on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at their regularly scheduled meeting. All watersheds work together and improve the overall flood control for the City of Houston. Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming Harris County Flood Control Bond Program , please call the Harris Count Flood Control District Bond Program Hotline at 713-684-4107.


Dave Martin
The District E Office
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Contact Information
  Phone: (832) 393-3008
Fax: (832) 393-3279
District E Team

Jessica Beemer
Chief of Staff & North
Sector Manager

Katherine Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff

Jordan McGinty
South Sector Manager

City of Houston Contacts
City of Houston 3-1-1
(713) 837-0311
Mayor's Citizens
Assistance Office
(832) 393-0955

Harris County Flood Control District Kingwood Resources

Kingwood Community Center
(281) 348-2570

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West Fork of the San Jacinto River Dredging Project
The dredging process has started with the preparation of the disposal material sites which can be seen on the map below. Once the disposal sites have been prepared appropriately the next steps will include assembling and installing pipes that will transfer the dredge material from the barges to the disposal sites. After the pipes have been assembled and dredges have been set up the dredging can begin which is expected to begin in late August.

Please keep in mind that the Army Corps of Engineers project is a very narrow scope and will not be the only dredge projected completed in our area. The City of Houston and Harris County Flood Control are working together on more extensive dredging for the West Fork/East Fork of the San Jacinto River as well as Lake Houston in addition to a plan for the interior channels, like Bens Branch. Local area agencies are working together on a multi-level approach to securing the Lake Houston Area from future flood threats. To keep up with the Army Corps of Engineer's Project on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River you can follow them on Facebook or visit their website

South Belt Ellington Chamber Annual Banquet

On Thursday, July 19, Council Member Martin and staff attended the South Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.  This year's banquet featured Governor Greg Abbott and honored our South Belt Ellington Heroes of Harvey. Alongside Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, Council Member Martin awarded each Hero of Harvey with a certificate of special recognition.  
Thank you to all that exhibited a deep sense of community and worked together to respond to the needs of the South Belt Ellington community during and post-Harvey. Our residents truly are what makes our city special.
LHACC Salute to Healthcare Luncheon

On July 24 the Lake Houston Area Chamber hosted their Salute to Healthcare Luncheon which honored a group of healthcare workers from the community. The finalists included Amanda Chappell, Jamie Bentley, Laurie Allen, Nikki Roux, Terry Vaughn, Ashley Adair, Dr. Kimberly Waaso and Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey. Amanda Chappell took home the award for Nurse of the Year, Laurie Allen was named Healthcare Professional of the Year, Terry Vaughn was named Non-Clinical Healthcare Professional of the Year, and Dr. PollyHeil-Mealey was named Physician of the Year. 
Council Member Martin extends his gratitude to all the finalists and appreciates all they do for our community. 
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon

On Wednesday, July 25, Council Member Martin and staff attended the July Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, featuring Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush. As always, it was a great opportunity to visit with Commissioner Bush, and for him to update the Clear Lake area on the progress being made since Hurricane Harvey. 

During his presentation, Commissioner Bush mentioned his advocacy for the Coastal Spine, and encouraged all residents to get insured as we are in the midst of hurricane season.
BAHEP General Membership Luncheon

On Wednesday, July 25, Council Member Martin and staff attended the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership General Membership Meeting. Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen educated the membership on the progress made and upcoming construction along Interstate 45 and Highway 146. Allen also mentioned potential improvements to be implemented along Highway 3/Galveston Road, from Brookglen Drive to the Harris/Galveston County line.
For more information about any of these projects, please click here.
South Sector Road Improvement Projects

In the month of July, the City of Houston Public Works (HPW) Department completed two projects within District E.
In January 2018, HPW began a roadway pavement replacement between 2618 and 3000 Martinville Drive. The scope of work included the replacement of existing pavement with new asphalt concrete pavement as well as ditch regrading.
In June 2018, HPW began a panel replacement along El Dorado Boulevard, from El Camino Real to Torry Pines Road. The scope of work included the removal and replacement of identified deteriorated pavement sections of the existing roadway. Council Member Martin is proud to see the work completed prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
Since being sworn into office, Council Member Martin has been contacted by the community about the condition of many roadways and has worked with HPW to implement long-term effective repairs. The goal of these efforts are to preserve as well as prolong the life of the road base while providing a smoother riding surface.

Lake Conroe and Lake Houston Temporary Flood Mitigation Plan

Lake Houston and Lake Conroe were built as and remain important parts of the City's drinking water system. Over 4 million Houstonians and residents in the greater Houston region rely on water provided by the City of Houston.

Hurricane Harvey deposited tremendous amounts of silt in the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The silt physically changed the river's ability to safely pass water flows during storms and created need for a significant dredging project to restore the river's capacity.

The City of Houston, in partnership with the Coastal Water Authority, operates Lake Houston. The San Jacinto River Authority operates Lake Conroe. Together we have developed a temporary Joint Reservoir Operations Plan which will be in place until the US Army Corp of Engineers dredging project on the lower West Fork of the San Jacinto River is complete. The project is scheduled to begin this month and may take up to three years to complete.

The lakes will be operated with two different strategies.
Lake Conroe is located upstream from Lake Houston and pre-releases before a storm run the risk of pushing water into Lake Houston, which is not desirable. Therefore, the San Jacinto River Authority will conduct temporary seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe. Lake Conroe has a normal water level of 201 feet. 

Apr 1 - May 31  Lake Conroe will be reduced and maintained at 200 feet.

Aug 1 - Sep 30  Lake Conroe will be reduced and maintained at 199 feet.

After each temporary seasonal lowering, Lake Conroe will be restored to normal water level.

Lake Houston, as the lowest lake on the river system, will be operated using a pre-release approach. Coastal Water Authority will conduct pre-storm releases from Lake Houston. Lake Houston has a normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet.

If the National Weather Service predicts greater than 3 inches of rain within the San Jacinto River basin in a 48-hour period, Coastal Water Authority will lower Lake Houston to 41.5 feet.

To track lake levels visit:

Lake Conroe -

Lake Houston -

Update on TDEM Funds and LIDAR Study

The grant application for the Lake Houston Dam Spillway Improvement project (estimated $48.5 Million) was submitted to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) for review on July 27, 2018. The proposed project will install 10 tainter gates which will supplement the existing outlet works, thereby enabling the rapid lowering of the water level and providing additional storm water runoff storage capacity. The project will further reduce dam structural risks associated with elevated lake levels within the lake as well. The construction of the dam is expected to benefit residential communities and two wastewater treatment plants previously affected by flooding. 
The Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) study has been completed by the Army Corp of Engineers and the City's Resiliency Office has acquired the data and are in the process of reviewing the data as it relates to additional efforts in the West Fork San Jacinto and tributaries.

The District E office will continue to provide updates as we receive them. 
Meadowcreek Village Civic Club Meeting

The Meadowcreek Village Civic Club has invited an Insurance Specialist from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to speak to the community at their next meeting, Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 at the Meadowcreek Village Community Center, 5333 Berry Creek. The Meadowcreek Village Civic Club would like to extend the invitation to nearby residents in the Oak Meadows and Meadowbrook areas to attend and benefit from the presentation.
Mayor's Back 2 School Fest

The Mayor's Back to School Event 2018 will be Saturday August 11.

This event is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston- area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, immunizations, and social service resources are provided to thousands of students, free of charge. 

Due to limited space and supplies, you must PRE-REGISTER to attend this event, by clicking  here
City of Houston Arts & Culture Grants

The City of Houston offers a variety of grants available to artists, creative individuals, arts organizations or any group interested in doing arts projects. The deadlines for the upcoming grants cycle season may be found below, as well as information on workshops with the Houston Arts Alliance. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the grants, get tips on the application process and ask questions.
Festival Grants
Application Opens: August 24, 2018
Deadline: September 24, 2018
Support for Organizations
Application Opens: OPEN NOW
Deadline: August 17, 2018
Support for Artists and Creative Individuals
Application Opens: August 10, 2018
Deadline: September 10, 2018
Let Creativity Happen! Express Grants
Application: OPEN NOW
Deadline: November 5, 2018
To learn more about the City's cultural programs visit,  and  follow the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs on
Facebook and  Instagram

First Responders Back to School Bash in Kingwood

Council Member Martin encourages all Kingwood residents to attend the First Responders Back to School Bash which will be held on August 16 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in River Grove Park. It's a great way to interact with local law enforcement, and celebrate the end of summer before School starts! 

Mayor Turner Announces Creation of Economic Development Subcommittee on Education 

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the creation of the city council  Economic Development Subcommittee on Education, which will focus on improving educational opportunities to support a flourishing workforce.

The Subcommittee on Education will uphold the Economic Development Committee's mission to build prosperity through job creation and business and trade opportunities.
The subcommittee will enact policy, funding and public awareness initiatives to ensure all Houstonians are equipped for the workforce. It also will work with educational communities across the city to further develop the necessary skill sets for Houston's industries.

Mayor Turner believes Houston is a city where all young people should be provided with the tools and resources they need to be successful. By creating opportunities for all, Houston will continue to be positioned as a global leader.

District H Council Member Karla Cisneros will serve as the subcommittee's chairwoman.

Other subcommittee members include District K Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum (vice chair), District E Council Member Dave Martin, At-Large Position 2 Council Member David Robinson, At-Large Position 4 Council Member Amanda Edwards and District D Council Member Dwight Boykins.

The subcommittee will hold its first weekly public meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 8. at Houston City Hall.

Rice University's Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, founding-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Professor of Sociology, is scheduled to speak.
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

August 7
Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee

August 25
Harris County Bond Election

September 3
Labor Day - City Holiday - District E Office Closed


August 4
Kingwood Electronic Waste Recycling

August 8
Kingwood Service Assocation's Public Safety Committee

August 15
Kingwood Super Neighborhood 

August 21
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Focus on Federal Government Luncheon

August 21
Kingwood PIP

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake 

August 11
Clear Lake Electronic Waste Recycling 

August 21
Clear Lake PIP

August 29
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon