Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 22

October 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 




Lauren Laake

Chief of Staff 


Evan Austin

South Sector Manager


Jessica Beemer
North Sector Manager


Will Fischer


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,


Over the last several days, I have had the opportunity to travel around the Netherlands with a delegation of local and state elected officials, business leaders and academics to understand and learn more about the Dutch's impressive coastal storm protection system and the integrated coastal barrier, the Delta Works, they have in place. The Netherlands is an area that is most significantly similar to the Galveston Bay region in terms of geography and economic activity. For this reason, researchers at Texas A&M Galveston have benefited tremendously in examining similar approaches, including the Ike Dike, they can take to implement storm surge barriers along the Texas coast. The three days of touring with the Dutch further proved that while there are different approaches on the table regarding how to mitigate storm surge we need to be proactive rather than reactive in terms of moving forward with a solution. It should not take another devastating hurricane, like Hurricane Ike, before we do something.


Thanks to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Dr. Bill Merrell and Col. Len Waterworth with Texas A&M Galveston for leading the efforts and hosting such an informative trip.


Additionally, my office has been hard at work coordinating two upcoming fall town hall meetings that will be held in the council district this month. I invite all District E constituents to attend one of these informative meetings. If you have never attended before, please note that residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to ask myself as well as city representatives questions or to offer suggestions. We hope to see you there.


Clear Lake

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

University of Houston - Clear Lake

Bayou Building, Garden Room

2700 Bay Area Boulevard

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



Tuesday, October 28

Kingwood Community Center

4102 Rustic Woods Drive

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



I've said it before and I can't help but reiterate it again how blessed I am to be serving you. Please let my office know if we can ever be of assistance.





Dave Martin

Congratulations to Allie Smart!


Council Member Martin and the District E team congratulate former District E staffer, Allie Smart and her husband Shane, on the birth of their baby boy, Mayes Garrett Smart. Both mom and baby Mayes are doing well. Council Member Martin thanks Allie for her dedicated service to the District E office and wishes her the best of luck in her new role as a mom. 

Welcome Will Fischer to the District E Office!

Please join us in welcoming Will Fischer, the District E fall intern, to the office. Will is a junior at the University of Houston majoring in Political Science and minoring in Accounting and is actively involved on campus with a number of organizations that span the student body. When he's not serving as a Student Government Senator, Will is developing brotherhood with his fraternity Sigma Nu, helping form campus food ideas on UH's food committee and debating in Model United Nations.


Inspired by his professors, Will took the opportunity to become a part of City Council Member Martin's team as an intern. In addition to his studies and his internship at City Hall, Will works part time at Merrill Lynch's Sharpe Group as a client associate. Will is excited to work closely with the city and is eager to learn all that Council Member Martin and the District E team can teach him.

Kingwood Drive Safe Sidewalk Construction To Begin

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is pleased to announce that a Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued for the construction of a new concrete sidewalk and wheelchair ramps along Kingwood Drive, from Sorters Road to Green Oaks Drive, as part of the city's Safe Sidewalk Program.


Segment One will begin at Sorters Road on Monday, October 6, 2014. Upon completion of segment one, work will progress to US-59 along the south side of Kingwood Drive and will take approximately one month to complete. Work will then progress from US-59 along the north side of Kingwood Drive to Green Oaks Drive. This segment of the project is expected to be completed by December 19, 2014.  


Construction crews will operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and possibly on Saturdays to expedite the construction. During this time, please expect outside lane closures, intermittently, due to these construction activities. Council Member Martin's office has worked with the Houston Police Department's Kingwood Substation, TXDot and Union Pacific to coordinate traffic prevention efforts.  


The total construction contract amount for the Safe Sidewalk Program and Ramp Improvement Designs is $834,000.00.


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 people with disabilities.


For more information, please contact Council Member Dave Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or  
Save the Date: 2nd Kingwood Area Mobility Study Stakeholder Meeting

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to inform residents that the second public stakeholder meeting regarding the ongoing Kingwood Mobility Study will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center.   


The meeting will include a presentation from Gunda Corporation on all possible solutions to improve mobility in the Kingwood community. The information being presented will be a combination of surveys submitted, comments from the citizen database and quantitative research conducted by Gunda Corporation, which is available at There will also be an opportunity for the public to express individual comments and questions. All comments collected at this meeting will be taken into consideration when evaluating final mobility improvements.  


The primary objective of this comprehensive study is to identify short, medium and long range projects intended to address the growth of the community and promote better mobility in the Kingwood area. It is Council Member Martin's goal to ensure that all Kingwood residents have a voice and an opportunity to review the findings and provide input to identify potential solutions that would help mitigate the current traffic congestion and improve accessibility.


Kingwood residents are encouraged to continue to send their comments, questions and suggestions regarding traffic and mobility to  


For more information, please contact Council Member Dave Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or

Save the Date: Kingwood BOPA Recycling Event

The City of Houston is holding a Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) mobile collection event Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride, 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, Texas 77339.  The event is free, open to all City of Houston residents and will be held rain or shine.  A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency will be required.  Business waste will not be accepted.


In addition to 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 October 25 collection event:

  • ACCEPTED ITEMS: only residential waste, rechargeable household & 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.

Residents may call the City of Houston Environmental Service Center South at 713-551-7355, check online at or call   3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline for additional information. 

Council Member Martin Speaks at Kingwood Rotary Club Meeting

On Thursday, September 4 Council Member Martin spoke at a regular meeting of the Kingwood Rotary Club at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill. In his remarks, Council Member Martin gave an update on projects underway in the community before answering questions from the audience. 

Council Member Martin thanks the Kingwood Rotary Club for the invitation to speak and commends member Rotarians for their hard work and continued service to the community. He also wishes the club congratulations on its 10th anniversary.


To learn more about the Kingwood Rotary Club's flag fundraiser program, please visit or contact Charlie Buscemi at

Waters Edge Meeting

On Monday, September 8 Council Member Martin met with the residents of the Waters Edge neighborhood in Kingwood to discuss several projects that the District E office has been working on with the community, including measures to improve the safety of several local roads. Due to the unique location of Waters Edge on the border of the City of Houston and Harris County Precincts 1 and 2, Council Member Martin's office has coordinated its efforts with representatives from the different government agencies involved as well as several departments within the city to provide the residents of the community the assistance they require.

Council Member Martin thanks the residents of Waters Edge for the invitation to meet and looks forward to working with the community on projects in the future. 

Kingwood Community Center Not for Profit Fee Schedule

On Wednesday, September 10 Houston City Council introduced and passed a new fee schedule for the Kingwood Community Center that reduces rates for not for profit events. Council Member Martin worked on this accomplishment with members of the community as well as Joe Turner, the Director of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department.

Reservations for space at the community center can be made over the phone by calling 281-348-2570 or online by  using the following ActiveNet Link:
Justin Hagendorf, the Kingwood Community Center's Facility Manager, can provide information on availability in addition to assisting with the reservation process. For more information on how your group can reserve rooms at the Kingwood Community Center, please contact the center at 281-348-2570.
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Third Tuesday Luncheon

On Tuesday, September 16 Council Member Martin attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Third Tuesday Luncheon at the Kingwood Country Club. The featured speaker at the event was newly-elected Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton, who represents the Kingwood area within Senate District 4. In his remarks, Senator Creighton provided the crowd with a preview of the state's legislative agenda to be addressed when the Texas Legislature meets in January for its 84th Legislative Session. Senator Creighton additionally discussed Proposition 1, an amendment to the Texas Constitution on the upcoming November 4 ballot which, if passed, will transfer collections earned by the state's oil and gas production tax into the State Highway Fund for infrastructural improvements.


Council Member Martin congratulates Senator Creighton on his recent election and looks forward to working with him and their shared constituent base.


For more information on Proposition 1, please visit:

Council Member Martin Speaks to Rotary Club of Humble

Council Member Martin spoke at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental on Wednesday, September 17 at the Humble Civic Center.  In his remarks, Council Member Martin discussed a variety of projects going on throughout the district and provided those in attendance with an update on current initiatives underway in the Humble/Kingwood area.


Council Member Martin thanks Susan Brodbeck and the Rotary Club Humble Intercontinental for the invitation to speak and for the service they offer to the Humble community. 

Keep Kingwood Green Honored

Council Member Martin is pleased to congratulate four organizations whose projects within District E were recently chosen as winners of the 30th Annual Mayor's Proud Partner Awards, which for 30 years have recognized individuals and organizations who exhibit leadership and commitment to building a cleaner, more beautiful environment in Houston. 


Among the honored was Hal Opperman and Keep Kingwood Green, which just this year has been able to recycle almost 50 tons of glass, cardboard, plastic and coming from recycling bins located at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride. In addition, at the most recent Compucycle recycling event, Keep Kingwood Green reported the collection of roughly 20,000 pounds of recyclable electronics. Keep Kingwood Green has also taken initiative in the community by coordinating educational events to teach Kingwood residents the importance of not only recycling but how to recycle properly. For more information on Keep Kingwood Green, including details on upcoming community recycling events, please visit:

Additional recipients of the awards within District E included Rebuilding Together, Houston for its De Zavala Park Playground Replacement Project, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition for its project at Thomas Bell Foster Park, and the Texas Conservation Fund/Houston-Galveston Area Council for their River, Lakes, Bays N' Bayous Trash Bash. 

To view all of the 2014 Mayor's Proud Partner Award winners, please click here.
Free Flu Shots at HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care - Fall Creek in Kingwood 

Fall is flu season, and getting a preventative flu shot is an effective way to keep yourself and those around you healthy. From October 1-31, HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care - Fall Creek, located at 9711 North Sam Houston Parkway East in Kingwood, will be offering free flu shots while supplies last. Individuals seeking a flu shot must be at least 9 years old and must sign a consent form to participate.


HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care - Fall Creek is a department of the Kingwood Medical Center. For more information, please visit:

City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering Public Utility Division Performs Water Quality Maintenance Flushing

The City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering Public Utilities Division Drinking Water Operations Branch will temporarily modify the disinfection process used in some areas of City Council District E served by the Southeast Water Purification Plant.


Typically, chlorine in combination with ammonia (chloramination) is used for water system disinfection. Starting September 29, 2014 and through all of October 2014, PWE will be using chlorine without the ammonia. The use of this temporary change to free chlorine disinfection and increased flushing is to maintain the condition of distribution piping to help ensure the continued delivery of superior quality drinking water to customers. The areas served by this plant include the zip codes: 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77075, 77089, 77504, 77546, and 77598. Residents living within these zip codes who receive service from the Clear Lake City Water Authority are included in the plant's service area and will be affected by this change.


Customers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water for a short period during the change. The water is safe to drink, to use for cooking, to bathe in and for other everyday uses. During this period, Public Works and Engineering will sample and test the water to monitor the effectiveness of the temporary modification. Once the disinfection process is complete, PWE will return to the chloramination of water.


This temporary change in the treatment process is performed in accordance with State and Federal drinking water regulations. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which regulates water quality, has approved this method for routine maintenance of potable water distribution systems.


Users of home kidney dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish aquariums and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised that the methods for testing and removing free chlorine residuals differ from those used for chloramine residuals. Both types of residuals if not handled properly may affect users of kidney dialysis machines, as well as fish and other aquatic animals. PWE encourages customers who may be affected by this change to seek advice from professionals.


If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the District E office at 832-393-3008.

Save the Date: 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow

Council Member Martin invites all Houstonians to Ellington Field on November 1 and 2 for the 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow. One of the largest civic events in the greater Houston region, Wings Over Houston features flying demonstrations from a variety of modern and historic military aircraft as well as special shows and exhibits for the whole family. Returning to headline this year's event will be the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, a military demonstration team comprised of six supersonic F/A-18 Hornet planes which missed last year's show due to sequestration. Also featured this year will be a special Vietnam War demonstration including aircraft from a variety of local flight museums and a ground troop reenactment.


Gates will open at 8 a.m. on both November 1 and 2 with no admittance for the airshow being allowed after 3 p.m. For information on tickets, this year's performers, and the history of the Wings Over Houston Airshow, please visit:

Council Member Martin Speaks at 9/11 Heroes Run 

On Saturday, September 6 Council Member Martin had the privilege of addressing the crowd for the second straight year during the opening ceremonies of the 9/11 Heroes Run at Ellington Airport. Each year, the 9/11 Heroes Run honors the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in addition to our veterans, active military men and women and first responders who risk their lives every day in the service of others. Houston's run has been among the largest in the country since its inception, and 2014 was no exception with over 3000 individuals participating in the event. Houston and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the home of 1st Lt. Travis Manion, whose honorary foundation inspired the heroes run movement, were the largest runs in the nation this year.


Council Member Martin thanks Captain Gregory Fremin of the Houston Police Department and Eileen Quan from the Mayor's Office of Special Events for all of the hard work they put in to make this inspiring event a great success year after year.

Association of Clear Lake Communities Meeting

On Wednesday, September 10 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a meeting of the Association of Clear Lake Communities (ACLC) at the Clear Lake City Recreation Center. The ACLC is a local organization comprised of representatives from a number of community and home owners associations in the Clear Lake area. Communities represented at the meeting included Bay Forest, Bay Pointe, Brook Forest, Middlebrook, Pinebrook, and Bay Oaks. 


The featured guest speaker at the meeting was James Fields, Field Land Manager for Denbury Resources, who spoke to the group about a 4,500 acre plot of land in the Clear Lake area owned by the company. In the past few months, Council Member Martin's office has facilitated conversation between community leaders in the area and Denbury regarding the maintenance of the two Clear Lake City monument signs that sit on the company's property along Clear Lake City Boulevard between the Gulf Freeway and Highway 3. Due to an exchange in ownership of the land from Exxon to Denbury, and confusion as to who has responsibility for the maintenance of the structures, the signs have recently fallen into poor condition. At the meeting, members of the ACLC discussed with Mr. Fields possible strategies for the signs' repair. Council Member Martin thanks Mr. Fields and Denbury Resources for their willingness to meet with area leaders and respond to the questions and concerns of the communities of District E. 


The District E office will continue to help facilitate the conversation between Denbury and the community regarding the signs and hopes to help with a solution in the near future. 

American Legion Event

On Friday, September 19 Council Member Martin attended a POW/MIA Banquet hosted by the American Legion South Houston Post 490, which honored our veterans and those who have fallen in the line of duty.


The largest veterans' wartime service organization in the United States, the American Legion provides assistance with VA claims, help finding employment, support for current members of the military, and financial advice. Located across from the entrance to Ellington Field, American Legion South Houston Post 490 supports our local VA community with a variety of annual fundraising events and service initiatives. For more information on the Post, please visit:

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon

On Wednesday, September 24 Council Member Martin attended the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly General Membership luncheon at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. The featured speaker at the event was City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who provided the crowd with updates on issues specific to the Clear Lake area including hurricane preparedness and the 380 agreement passed by city council to reimburse Trendmaker Homes for infrastructural improvements the developer has agreed to undertake in the areas surrounding the Reserve at Clear Lake City. Mayor Parker additionally spoke about a number of citywide initiatives including the recent arrival of additional non-stop international flights to the Houston Airport System and recent efforts to reform the city's costly pension obligations. 

Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Ticket Information

The Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (BAHCVB) is offering discounted tickets to a number of regional attractions at its Visitors Center located at 913 North Meyer Avenue in Seabrook. Discounted tickets are available for destinations including Space Center Houston, Kemah Boardwalk, Moody Gardens, Armand Bayou Nature Center, and Schlitterbahn Water Park. Tickets can be purchased in advance and all major credit cards are accepted.


The Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors guides and information about things to do in Houston's Bay Area are also available. For more information, click here

Next Giant Leap Season Blasts Off at Space Center Houston

NASA says the first humans who will walk on Mars are walking on Earth today. In the spirit of exploration, visitors are invited to discover the pathway to Mars during The Next Giant Leap 2014-15 educational and exhibit season, taking place at Space Center Houston from October 2014-July 2015.


The season-long celebration will allow visitors to experience first-hand the wonder of exploration and the innovation of America's human space flight program. Dr. Melanie Johnson, Space Center Houston's Director of Education and Exhibits, has stated that the goal of The Next Giant Leap season is to exhibit projects NASA is currently engaged with and those it has planned for the future as it prepares for deep-space exploration. The center has planned a rich line up of exhibits, special events and programs designed specifically with experiences the entire family will enjoy. For a calendar of upcoming events, and to purchase tickets for Space Center Houston's Next Giant Leap 2014-2015 education and exhibit season, please visit: .

Council Member Martin Donates Surplus Office Budget Funds to HPD

After ending Fiscal Year 2014 with over $100,000 of surplus funds left in his council office budget, Council Member Martin donated the excess monies to the Houston Police Department. The donated funds were divided evenly among HPD's Kingwood Substation, Clear Lake Substation, Lake Patrol and the K-9 Unit. With the excess funds donated, the divisions were able to purchase additional necessary items to aide in their everyday patrolling and other responsibilities.  


With the funds received from Council Member Martin's donation, HPD's Lake Patrol division was able to purchase two additional jet skis, which will be used for patrolling Lake Houston. Council Member Martin also donated surplus funds to HPD Lake Patrol with former Council Member James Rodriguez following FY 2013, which were used by the division to purchase a new patrol boat. 


Council Member Martin is honored to offer his surplus office budget funds to the Houston Police Department, and he thanks all of the brave officers who protect and serve the citizens of the City of Houston every day. 

AJC Houston Human Relations Award Luncheon

On Thursday, September 4 Council Member Martin attended a luncheon of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Houston honoring Ric Campo, Chairman of the Houston First Corporation and CEO of Camden Property Trust, at the Hilton Americas. At the luncheon, Kenny Friedman, past president of AJC Houston, presented Mr. Campo with the organization's Human Relations Award for his passionate commitment to the City of Houston and his volunteer efforts to enhance the community. Mr. Campo was also recognized at the event by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who presented him with a congressional certificate. Additional speakers included Stephen Klineberg of Rice University's Kinder Institute as well as current AJC Houston President Marcia Nichols.


Council Member Martin congratulates Ric Campo on the honor and looks forward to working with him on the Houston First Board of Directors, where Council Member Martin will be serving as an ex officio member. He also thanks the American Jewish Committee Houston for hosting the excellent event.

Council Member Martin Speaks to Rotary Club of Houston Skyline

Council Member Martin spoke at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline (RCHS) on Tuesday, September 9 at the 43rd Floor Restaurant in the WEDGE International Tower downtown.  Engaging in a question and answer style discussion with the club's founder, Corbett Daniel Parker, Council Member Martin discussed a variety of projects going on throughout the district and provided those in attendance with an update on current initiatives underway at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Council Member Martin Speaks at the West Gulf Maritime Association's "Transportation Tuesday" Event

On Tuesday, September 16 Council Member Martin spoke at the West Gulf Maritime Association's (WGMA) "Transportation Tuesday" meeting at the WGMA headquarters. A new speaker series organized by the WGMA, "Transportation Tuesday" connects leaders from the region's maritime transportation industry with elected officials representing the area. Engaging in a town-hall style discussion, Council Member Martin spoke about the importance of the economic assets along the Houston Ship Channel, which falls within District E and includes the largest petrochemical complex in the United States. Council Member Martin also spoke about the need to protect the region from the threat of hurricane-related storm surges and noted current work on preventative measures like the coastal barrier concept, known as the Ike Dike, being developed by Dr. Bill Merrell at Texas A&M Galveston.


Council Member Martin thanks Shareen Larmond and the West Gulf Maritime Association for the invitation to speak. For more information on the WGMA, please visit:

Council Approves Final Expansion of Automated Recycling Program

During its regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, September 17 Houston City Council approved the appropriation of $5,011,250 to fund the final expansion of the city's automated recycling program, which has been rolled out in phases across Houston over the past few years. The appropriated funds will be used by the Solid Waste Management Department to purchase 95,000 additional 96-gallon green recycling carts to cover the remaining 90,000 homes receiving City of Houston trash services which have waited to receive service under the new program. Upon completion of the final roll-out, all City of Houston residents receiving trash services will be able to place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, into the green carts and roll them to the curb for pickup.


For more information on the City of Houston's Automated Recycling program, including recyclable materials accepted in the new 96-gallon carts, click here

Council Passes City of Houston Water Conservation Plan 2014

Due to provisions set forth in Texas state law, the City of Houston is required to adopt an updated water conservation plan every five years. Having last passed such an ordinance in 2009, Houston City Council took up the issue at its regularly scheduled session on the morning of Wednesday, September 10 and passed the City of Houston Water Conservation Plan 2014. Highlighting water conservation goals and strategies for continuous progress that will preserve long-term water supplies for the greater Houston region, the updated plan includes measures to be taken internally at the City of Houston as well as programs for water customers. These newly developed initiatives include an in-house public education program, an internal water loss audit program, the strategic development of water conservation measures for City departments, and a Consumption Awareness Program designed to communicate data to customers to assist them in maximizing their water-use efficiency.


For more information on the City of Houston Water Conservation Plan 2014, please click here

Houston First Board Meeting

As an ex officio member of the Houston First Board of Directors, Council Member Martin attended the regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, September 22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Items discussed at the meeting included the consideration of a contract for a new building automation system at Wortham Theater Center, the approval of leasing office space at 4 Houston Center in conjunction with the Houston Super Bowl Bidding Committee, Inc., and the consideration of the approval of a Purchase Agreement with the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority for the Tundra Garage, among others.


Council Member Martin was appointed to the ex officio position on the Houston First Board of Directors by Mayor Annise Parker in August of this year. He looks forward to continuing to serve in the advisory role and provide his colleagues on council with updates on Houston First's efforts to promote economic growth, tourism and capital investment in the City of Houston.  

Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Elected Officials Luncheon

On Thursday, September 25 Council Member Martin attended the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Elected Officials Reception at the Omni Houston Hotel. The event recognized national, state, and local elected officials for their public leadership and offered an opportunity for the public officials in attendance to meet with leaders from Houston's business community. Remarks were offered by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.


Founded in 1977, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the leading regional advocate for the economic and civic interests of Houston's Hispanic business community. For more information on the chamber, click here

National Night Out

Save the date! On the evening of Tuesday, October 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. communities across the City of Houston will participate in National Night Out, a national crime-prevention initiative which furthers police-community partnerships, fosters neighborhood camaraderie and deters criminal activity. Originally founded in 1984, National Night Out has grown to include over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. Activities to be expected on National Night Out include community block parties, cookouts, parades, and visits from emergency personnel.


The Houston Police Department and the District E office will be visiting neighborhoods across the city on National Night Out. For more information, or to register your neighborhood, contact the HPD Substation closest to your community. A list of all HPD Substations with contact information can be found at For a list of HPD's 2014 National Night Out Division Coordinators, click here.


Council Member Martin is pleased to announce that HTV, the City of Houston's municipal television network, has expanded with the addition of HTV.2, a new service that will stream all city meetings live online. HTV.2 kicked off its live streaming with the August 28 session of the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, meetings of which had been previously recorded and aired to the public at a later date.


HTV.2 represents the latest in HTV's efforts to make your municipal channel more user-friendly. To access HTV.2, visit and simply click the HTV.2 button in the top right corner of the page. 

Texas Ballot Proposition 1

November 4 is Election Day, and on the general election ballot in Texas this year is Proposition 1, a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution which would transfer money into the State Highway Fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects across the state. To fund the proposed transfer, the State of Texas would redirect half of the money that is deposited into the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF), which under current law receives 75% of the state's annual oil and gas tax collections beyond the amount collected in Fiscal Year 1987 when the ESF was created. According to John Heleman, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the amendment could authorize as much as $1.7 billion to be deposited into the State Highway Fund in the first year of implementation. TxDOT estimates that Texas' unmet annual transportation needs currently amount to $5 billion: $1 billion for recurring maintenance, $3 billion for mobility, and $1 billion for repairs related to increased energy sector activity.


For more information on Texas Ballot Proposition 1, please visit:

Neighborhood Matching Grants Program

The City of Houston's Department of Neighborhoods is re-establishing the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program (NMGP) after city council passed a budget amendment in June allocating $50,000 for the initiative. The program, which will be administered by the Department of Neighborhoods, will help neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $3,000.


Eligible applicants must be neighborhood-based organizations incorporated as 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) non-profit organizations through the State of Texas. Applicant organizations must also represent a specific geographic area located within Houston city limits and must in their application identify how the proposed project will be funded and supported. Proposed projects are additionally required to affect physical improvements in their neighborhoods, involve neighborhood residents, have long-standing benefits, and have written permission from property owners and/or government agencies at the time you submit the application. Examples of projects eligible under the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program include: Subdivision markers, esplanade projects, playground equipment, park irrigation/improvements, and neighborhood entrance signs. 


Applications for the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program opened on September 29, 2014. Those interested can apply at:

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 7
National Night Out

October 27
30th Annual Mayor's Proud Partner Awards Luncheon

November 1-2
30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow

October 3
Lake Houston Musical Arts Society's 2014 Annual Patron Celebration

October 4
Electronic Recycling Event at Kingwood METRO Park & Ride 

October 14
Kingwood Mobility Study Stakeholder Committee Meeting

October 25
Kingwood BOPA Recycling Event at Kingwood METRO Park & Ride

October 28
Fall Town Hall Meeting Kingwood

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

October 2
BayTran's Mobility Matters Symposium

October 3
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's Chairman's Ball

October 9
South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce's Evening of Cuisine

October 11
Electronic Recycling Event at Ellington/Clear Lake Neighborhood Recycling Center

October 17
Oak Meadows TXU Tree Planting Event

October 18
Clear Lake City Community Association's Fall Festival

October 21
Fall Town Hall Meeting Southeast Houston/Clear Lake