Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 20

August 2014 



Dave Martin

Council Member

District E 





900 Bagby

First Floor

Houston, TX 77002


17629 El Camino Real

Suite 415

Houston, TX 77058



Office: (832) 393-3008

Fax: (832) 393-3279 




Allie Smart 

Chief of Staff 


Lauren Laake

Deputy Chief of Staff


Evan Austin
Administrative Assistant


Jessica Beemer

North Sector Manager

City Contacts

City of Houston 311
(713) 837-0311

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

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


Clear Lake Super Neighborhood

Residents of District E,


It's hard to believe that it's already August! Over the last month, the District E office has begun the preparation stages for our annual fall town hall meetings.  As usual, we will host a meeting in Kingwood and in Clear Lake to make it convenient for all residents to attend. These meetings will provide attendees with city and community updates on a variety of projects occurring throughout District E. The meetings also serve as a forum by providing members of the public the opportunity to offer opinions and suggestions.  I always appreciate hearing feedback from the audience at our town hall meetings, and it's my goal to listen closely to each and every comment and stay until the last constituent has expressed their concerns.  I urge you to save the date and attend one of these meetings to learn about what's going on throughout the district and to make your voice heard.  


Please see below for information on each of these upcoming town hall meetings:


Clear Lake Town Hall

October 21, 2014 at 6:00pm

University of Houston-Clear Lake, Garden Room of the Bayou Building


Kingwood Town Hall

October 28, 2014 at 6:00pm

Kingwood Community Center


I also want to offer my best to administrators, faculty, students and parents as they kick into high gear to prepare for the upcoming school year.  As a parent and former school board trustee, I am very appreciative of the work that goes along with the beginning of a new year. May the 2014-2015 school year bring success and achievement.  I would like to take this time to further wish my sons David and Michael and my daughter Jennifer the best of luck as they begin their school years.  This is the very first year I don't have one of my own entering as a student in Humble ISD. 


As always, I encourage you to get involved in our incredible city. I continue to be impressed with the number of civic meetings and exciting events that occur in District E every month. We are truly privileged to live in such a driven and active community.





Dave Martin

Council Member Martin Congratulates District E Intern Adam VanDeventer

District E intern Adam VanDeventer's last day in the office was Wednesday, July 23, and Council Member Martin would like to congratulate Adam on his successful internship this summer. From the end of May through late July, Adam assisted the District E office by managing a variety of administrative tasks and responding to constituent concerns. Adam's dedicated hard work was a great asset to the team and proved especially invaluable during the busy budgetary process.


Council Member Martin thanks Adam for his service to the constituents of District E and wishes him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. In the fall, Adam will be returning to Texas State University in San Marcos where he will be a junior. 

Welcome Jessica Beemer to the District E Office!

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Beemer to the District E office. Jessica is no stranger to the Houston area, as she was raised just up the road in Atascocita. After graduating from Humble High School, Jessica headed west to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is now the proud recipient of not one, but two degrees from UTSA - her first, a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and her second, a Master's degree in Public Administration.


During her time at UTSA she took on multiple leadership roles. She served as the Executive Vice President of Sigma Kappa Sorority; the President of the UTSA Panhellenic Conference and founded the organization "Be A Responsible Roadrunner". All of which led to her eventual coronation as Ms. UTSA 2008.


During graduate school, Jessica was accepted into the Archer Fellowship Program in Washington, DC where she attended classes at University of Texas System in DC, all while interning for National Republican Congressional Committee. She was fully immersed in to the Capitol Hill lifestyle, but chose to return to Texas to complete her degree program.


Once back in classes at UTSA, Jessica was hired by the San Antonio Area Foundation's Grants and Programs Department to work with animal welfare. Upon graduation, Jessica accepted a position as the South Texas Field Director for Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.


While she loved working in South Texas, Jessica desired to return home to Houston. After almost eight years in San Antonio, she is looking forward to again exploring the City of Houston, creating relationships with the residents of City Council District E and serving as the district's North Sector Manager.

Independence Day Recycling Effort in Kingwood

Each year, Independence Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our nation on the date the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. This year, July 4th brought another reason to celebrate: a successful recycling effort lead by Keep Kingwood Green. According to Keep Kingwood Green representative Katrin McManis, nearly 80 pounds of recyclable plastics, aluminum cans, and glass bottles were collected when recycling bins were available for the first time at the Kingwood July 4th Town Center Celebration. The effort was made a success by area residents who took the time to properly dispose of their recyclables while enjoying the festivities and watching the fireworks display. CompuCycle, a Houston-based electronics recycling solutions provider, also reported that approximately 18,105 pounds of mixed electronic waste were collected in Kingwood over the month of July.  


Council Member Martin thanks Keep Kingwood Green and CompuCycle for taking the initiative to organize recycling efforts within District E and for illustrating how easy and effective it can be for all Houstonians to practice proper recycling. 

United State of America Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships

The United States of America Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships kicked off at Humble High School's Turner Field on Monday, July 21, and Council Member Martin was in attendance the following day to observe the spirited event. Approximately 9,000 top young athletes from across the country traveled to Houston to compete in the week-long championships, which featured an array of track and field events including short and long distance races, heptathlon and decathlon, high jump, shot put, discuss, and many more. 


For more on the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships, including information on the athletes who participated and results for each event, please click here.  

District E Mourns Victims of Lake Conroe Boating Accident

Council Member Martin and the District E team mourn the loss of three Kingwood residents who lost their lives in a tragic boating accident that occurred on Lake Conroe on the evening of Tuesday, July 1. Leilani Cole, 30, Kristina Cole Frost, 29, and her son, Jason Frost, 9, passed away from injuries sustained in the crash. Kristina Cole Frost's three year old daughter, Savannah, survived the accident but required medical attention at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Mourners paid respects to the three victims at a funeral service held at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble on Saturday, July 5.


Council Member Martin offers his deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. To donate to the Frost Children Memorial/Medical Fund, please visit:

Save the Date: Lake Houston 10K/5K

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, the 2014 Lake Houston 10K/5K will take place at Kings Harbour in Kingwood. The event, organized by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by Memorial Hermann Northeast and the Texas Emergency Center, will feature a 10K and 5K race followed by an award ceremony at which prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female contestants in each race. Over 900 runners participated in the races last year which promoted the Lake Houston area as a center for health and wellness. The chamber is expecting approximately 1,100 participants at this year's event.


On the day of the races, the northbound lanes of West Lake Houston Parkway from Kings Parkway to Kings Crossing will be closed from around 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The southbound lanes in that section of the parkway will be reduced to two during that time period as well. To facilitate traffic flow, Houston Police Department officers will be stationed at all intersections along the course.


For additional information on the 2014 Lake Houston 10K/5K, including race registration and event parking, please click hereFor questions and concerns, contact the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce at 281-446-2128.  

HPD Kingwood Division Adds Officers

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that the Houston Police Department's Kingwood Division is adding four new officers. The four officers will be added to the division's patrol staff and assigned by Captain Mark Fougerousse to the Kingwood areas most in need of additional HPD presence. 


Council Member Martin welcomes these new officers to District E.


HPD Kingwood Division is located at 3915 Rustic Woods Drive and can be reached by phone at 281-913-4500. The station is open 24 hours a day. 

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce President Charlie Dromgoole Honored

Charlie Dromgoole, President of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored at the 2014 Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference for his 40 years of dedicated service to the industry. On behalf of the constituents of District E and the residents of the City of Houston, Council Member Martin would like to congratulate Mr. Dromgoole on the great honor and thank him for his invaluable contributions to the Lake Houston area.

Dr. Steve Head Appointed Chancellor of Lone Star College System

On Monday, July 28, Council Member Martin attended a reception for Dr. Steve Head, who was recently appointed by a unanimous vote to be the next Chancellor of the Lone Star College System. Dr. Head, who follows Dr. Richard Carpenter as the fourth chancellor of the Lone Star College System, had been served as the president of Lone Star College-North Harris since 2007. In addition to his tenure at LSC-North Harris, Dr. Head has held numerous positions within the Lone Star College System, including executive vice chancellor, acting chief operating officer and president of Lone Star College-Kingwood.


Council Member Martin congratulates Dr. Head on his new position, and commends him for his longtime dedication to improving higher education in the city and the greater Houston area. 

New Park Benches Installed at Kingwood Community Center

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that new park benches have been installed at the Kingwood Community Center, located at 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, as a part of the Super Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP) program.


Managed by the Department of Neighborhoods, the SNAP program enables recognized Super Neighborhood Councils throughout the City of Houston to submit requests for improvements in their communities. SNAP requests may call for the restriping of recreational amenities, the installation of bikeway signs, drinking fountains and park benches,  and other such improvements.


For more information on the SNAP program, and to view a list of all the recognized Super Neighborhood Councils throughout Houston, visit:

Riverpoint Village Development Update

On December 31, 2013, construction was completed on 49 single-family lots comprising the Riverpoint Village development, a new residential community located on Mills Branch Road in Kingwood. To keep the public updated on this developing project, Council Member Martin's office wanted to provide the latest available information. As of early July, entry landscaping for the development has been completed and 11 of the 49 lots in Riverpoint Village have been sold. Brighton Homes, the homebuilder for the project, is currently working on completing their model home; there are no occupied residences within the community at this point. Brighton projects that the Riverpoint Village homes, once completed, will range from 2500 to 4100 square feet and will cost $275,000 to $375,000. 

Panera Bread Tasting Event

The first day of July marked the grand-opening of a new Panera Bread location at 155 El Dorado Boulevard in Clear Lake, and to promote the occasion the restaurant opened its doors for a preview tasting event on the evening of Monday, June 30. Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the event to welcome the restaurant's employees to District E and presented a certificate of recognition to the location's general manager. Community members and their families were also in attendance at the tasting to sample food and meet the restaurant's employees. Council Member Martin congratulates all involved with the grand-opening, and thanks Panera Bread for choosing to expand to the Clear Lake Area and promote economic growth within District E. 

Freeway Manor Park CIP Amendment Passed

On Thursday, July 9, members of city council passed the City of Houston's 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which allocates funding through FY19 for major infrastructural projects throughout the city. As a part of the CIP process, council members had the opportunity to offer and vote on amendments to the plan. Recognizing the need for improvements at Freeway Manor Park, a community park in the southeast Houston area, Council Member Martin was able to successfully pass a CIP amendment designating that $250,000 worth of funding be appropriated for park improvements in Fiscal Year 2015. These funds will be used to initiate the design and construction phases of the project, which provides for a new trail  at the park.


Council Member Martin's office will continue to provide the public with updates on this beneficial Capital Improvement Project in the southeast Houston area as it progresses in the coming months and years.

Safe Sidewalk Project

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that a work authorization was issued on July 9 for the initiation of a construction project in southeast Houston that will provide infrastructural improvements as a part of the city's Safe Sidewalk Program.  The construction, which commenced on Monday, July 21 and is scheduled for completion on September 19, will provide concrete sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and driveways on Sulphur Street from Theta Street to Rodney Street and at the intersection of Theta Street and Shawnee Street. P2MG, LLC is the acting contractor on the project.


The Safe Sidewalk Program, carried out by the city's Public Works and Engineering Department, provides sidewalks and ramps within the public right-of-way for pedestrians to use around schools and major thoroughfares. The program also serves to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities.


For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 832-393-3008. 

Aerospace Scholars Brunch and Awards Ceremony

On Friday, July 11, Council Member Martin traveled to NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) to attend a brunch and awards ceremony for the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program. Kirk Shireman, Deputy Director of the JSC, served as the featured speaker at the event, which highlighted the achievements of the participating students.


The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program provides Texas high school juniors the opportunity to study past, present, and future space exploration, receive mentoring from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals, and participate in an on-site project-based learning experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The program, which costs nothing for accepted students, begins in the fall with participation in an online community including chat sessions with subject matter experts and lessons covering past, present, and future space exploration projects. Selected students then travel to the Johnson Space Center for a week-long on-site summer experience where they collaborate with other students across the state of Texas and NASA engineers on unique design projects related to science and technology. At the end of the week, participating students have the opportunity to present their projects to NASA personnel and community leaders from the area.


Council Member Martin thanks the NASA's Johnson Space Center for the invitation to attend the event, and additionally commends the organizers of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program for creating an amazing opportunity for students across the state to learn from some of the best and brightest STEM professionals in the world at NASA. Council Member Martin also congratulates all of the Texas high school students participating in the program for their dedication to becoming the future leaders of our STEM-related industries.

South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

On Monday, July 14, staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Committee meeting. Each month, the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee brings together a collection of elected officials and staff to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects, constituent concerns and legislative agenda items affecting the South Belt-Ellington area. At this month's meeting, Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado (District 145) served as the featured speaker and provided a legislative update on the upcoming 84th Session of the Texas House of Representatives. Council Member Martin thanks the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce for putting on the informative meetings and all the elected officials and staff who attended to facilitate communication among the number of governmental entities serving the constituents of District E.

HPD Eastside Division's Positive Interaction Program Meeting

On Monday, July 21, staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Houston Police Department Eastside Division's Positive Interaction Program meeting at the HPD Eastside station located at 7525 Sherman Street. At the meeting, Ms. Jackie Miller from the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security gave a presentation on hurricane preparedness during which she highlighted a variety of emergency management resources provided by the city. Citizens can access an online storm risk calculator, produced by Rice University, by clicking here. Ms. Miller also discussed several emergency preparedness programs offered by the city to train individuals and neighborhoods, ranging from the 8-week CERT program to the 90-minute Neighborhood Ready class. For more information on these opportunities and emergency readiness in the City of Houston, please visit:


Captain W.R. Dobbins of HPD's Eastside Division also spoke at the meeting, presenting an update on crime in the area over the past month. Throughout the Eastside Division, which includes much of District I and a section of District E along the Gulf Freeway, violent crime fell from June to July. The division experienced a rise in burglaries to habitations however, which had almost exclusively occurred during the daytime when residents weren't home. Captain Dobbins recommended that citizens report any suspicious activity to the Houston Police Department immediately. For monthly crime reports, visit:


Council Member Martin thanks Captain Dobbins and everyone involved in the Eastside PIP for putting on the important monthly meetings. He also commends all of the concerned citizens in attendance for their involvement in making Houston a safer place.

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon

On Wednesday, July 30, staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly General Membership Luncheon at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. Owners and representatives from a number of Clear Lake area businesses were present at the event, as well as elected officials representing the region and their staff. The featured speaker for this month's luncheon was Dr. Ellen Ochoa, former astronaut and Director of NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), who presented an overview of the JSC and updated the audience on projects underway.


Council Member Martin thanks Dr. Ochoa for her inspired leadership at the NASA Johnson Space Center, which continues to expand the boundaries of technological innovation and scientific research through its mission of space exploration. He also thanks the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for its important role in promoting economic development and facilitating meaningful collaboration among industry leaders in Houston's Bay Area.

Council Approves Contract for Ellington Airport Improvements

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 30, Houston City Council approved a contract funding improvements at Ellington Airport which had been included in the city's Capital Improvement Plan. The contract, which appropriates $3,165,215.95 to ISI Contracting, Inc., provides for the replacement of the asphalt section of Challenger Parkway south of Hillard Street with concrete pavement, the reconstruction of Morton Avenue and Hutchinson Street with a wider concrete section and larger turning radii, and the replacement of the existing storm drainage system along Hutchinson Street and between Hillard Street and Aerospace Avenue. These improvements serve to address sub-standard conditions for truck traffic to and from the hangars in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The approved contract also provides for the relocation of existing overhead electrical and telecommunication utilities to accommodate the future construction of the new Lone Star Flight Museum, which is coming to Ellington Field from its previous location in Galveston.

Save the Date: Space Center Houston's "Rise of Independence" Event

The public is invited to Space Center Houston on Thursday, August 14, as the space shuttle replica "Independence" will be lifted by crane and placed atop the retired Boeing 747 which previously served as NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The free event, which marks another milestone in the development of Space Center Houston's upcoming exhibit featuring the two assets, is being referred to as the "Rise of Independence" and will kick off at 7:15 a.m. with a ceremony preceding the lift. The lifting of the replica shuttle is scheduled to follow at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting, and will be executed by a group of skilled engineers and planners who have partnered with the center. Viewing will be limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. 


For more information on the "Rise of Independence" event at Space Center Houston, please visit: or

Ann Hammond Elected to Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards

Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that Ann Hammond, Clear Creek Independent School District Trustee, has been elected as a Director of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards (GCAASB) for the 2014-2015 school year. Ms. Hammond, a 30-year resident of the Clear Lake area, has served on the CCISD Board since 2007 and previously held the position of president. Over the course of her tenure as a trustee, Ms. Hammond has served on CCISD's Boundary committee, Bond committee, District Education Improvement (DEIC) committee, Campus Instructional Improvement committee, and Super Sci-Tech Saturday conference committee.


The GCAASB, which is composed of more than 50 school boards in the Texas Gulf Coast area, serves to improve the quality of education for public school children in the region by providing education and information to local school boards and empowering them to impact legislation affecting public schools.


Council Member Martin congratulates Ms. Hammond on the new position and thanks her for her dedicated commitment to the Clear Creek Independent School District and the Clear Lake community as a whole.   

District E Mourns the Loss of Firefighter Daniel Groover

Council Member Martin and the District E team mourn the loss of Houston Fire Department Firefighter Daniel Groover, 46, who tragically lost his life battling a 2-alarm house fire in Kingwood on July 9. Groover, a 21-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department, served the Kingwood area as a member of HFD Station 104 on Forest Cove Drive. A memorial service was held at the Woodlands Church on Saturday, July 12, and thousands turned out to pay tribute to Mr. Groover and honor his bravery in making the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the residents of the City of Houston. He leaves behind his wife, Ellie, and two adult sons.


Council Member Martin offers his deepest condolences to the Groover family, HFD Station 104 and the entire Houston Fire Department for their loss.


To make donations to the "100 Club Survivors Fund" which provides benefits to the dependents of Firefighters killed in the line of duty, please click here. Donations can also be mailed to:

100 Club Survivors Fund

5555 San Felipe, Suite 1750
Houston, TX 77056
Houston Arts Alliance Grants in District E

Council Member Martin is pleased to share that the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), the City of Houston's partner agency for the advancement of the arts, awarded over $40,000 of grant money to artists and art organizations within District E during the past fiscal year. The University of Houston-Clear Lake received two grants from the alliance, of which one was a $10,000 dollar award specifically aimed at incentivizing arts programming within District E. Other recipients included The Statesman Chorus through the HAA's City Initiative Grant program, as well as the Bay Area Chorus and the Kingwood Dance Theatre which together received over $14,000 in General Operating Support grants.


The mission of the Houston Arts Alliance is to provide funding for general operating support, artistic programming, capacity building and arts marketing throughout the City of Houston. During Fiscal Year 2014, the alliance awarded more than 232 artistic grants across the city totaling $4,131,546.50. For more information, please visit:

Online Appointment Service Expanding to Plan Review

Beginning Monday July 7, 2014, appointments may be scheduled online for Code Enforcement's Plan Review section. Scheduled appointments will be available for the discussion of plan review project comments only. A phone number and email address is required to use the online scheduler. If you do not have either of these items, appointments may still be scheduled in person at the HPC or over the phone by calling 832-394-9000 directly. Please note that the design professional responsible for the respective plans must attend the scheduled appointment, otherwise the appointment is subject to cancellation.


All other Plan Review services will continue to be walk-in services on a first-come-first-served basis.  


For questions regarding this expansion of services, please contact us at 832-394-9000 or

Immunization Information from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services

According to the City of Houston's Department of Health and Human Services, multiple vaccine-preventable diseases have been on the rise this year causing disease outbreaks and public health concerns.


In response, the District E office wants to inform the public of available vaccine and immunization-related resources which provide information about how to best defend against preventable illnesses. For information on Harris County immunization clinics, back to school immunization requirements, and a variety of additional resources, please visit:


Last September additionally saw cases of pertussis rise in the City of Houston to three times the normal number expected for that time of year. Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough" is an infectious disease that starts like a cold, with a runny nose and cough.  As time passes, the cough gets worse and lasts for a long time. You might think you have a cold when you actually have pertussis. Of the babies who get pertussis 75% of them get it from a family member who has it.  Pertussis can be deadly to infants.  The disease spreads through droplets when you talk, sneeze, or cough.  It keeps babies from breathing and eating.  The pertussis vaccine is safe for both children and adults.  To learn more about getting you and your family vaccinated from pertussis, please visit: 


For more information, please feel free to contact the District E office at 832-393-3008. 

HPD Purse Awareness Tips

The Houston Police Department, in partnership with the Greater Houston Loss Prevention Alliance (GHLPA) and Crime Stoppers of Houston, wants to remind all Houstonians to be purse aware and to guard against purse theft.


Area retailers report higher incidents of purse thefts during the summer months. The GHLPA has teamed up with HPD to raise awareness about this crime and to teach citizens how to not become a victim.


Some general safety tips to keep in mind while running errands include:

  1. Only bring the things you need- necessary cards and cash
  2. Leave your social security card and passport at home
  3. Keep your purse zipped and closed
  4. Always carry your purse tightly and use a crossover strap
  5. Never let your purse out of your sight
  6. Never leave your purse in your car
  7. Be aware of your surroundings

These tips can help lessen the risk of having your purse stolen. Shop safe and shop smart - it all starts with you!


For more information on HPD's Purse Awareness Initiative, please click here.

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 16
The Mayor's Back 2 School Fest

August 19-23
Children's Museum of Houston Brain Games WonderWeek

August 7
Kingwood BizCom 

August 7
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

August 13
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting 

August 19 
Kingwood PIP Meeting

August 21
Kingwood Community Center's AARP Safe Driving Class

August 23
Lake Houston 10K/5K 

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

August 18
Eastside PIP Meeting 


August 14

Space Center Houston's Rise of Independence Event


August 19

Clear Lake PIP Meeting


September 6

9/11 Heroes Run at Ellington Field