Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 25

January 2015 

 

 

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

 

districte@houstontx.gov 

 

 

  

Lauren Laake

Chief of Staff 

 

Evan Austin

South Sector Manager

 

Jessica Beemer
North Sector Manager

 


City Contacts
City of Houston 311
(713) 837-0311

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

   Kingwood 
Community Center
District E Community Contacts



 
 


Clear Lake Super Neighborhood


Residents of District E,

 

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's spending time with friends and family.

 

My staff and I have hit the ground running preparing for an exceptionally busy 2015.  As always, constituent service will continue to be my number one priority, and my staff does an exceptional job responding to every phone call and email that comes through the office. If you have a question, comment or concern about district or city related matters, please feel free to contact us. I also invite you to forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors who may be interested in learning more about news and events happening within the council district.

 

I'll also be focusing much of my time in 2015 on financial matters affecting the city. As Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, I will work with my colleagues to address the imminent budget deficit next fiscal year as well as the grave pension matters that we will need to address head on. Over the last couple of months I've had the opportunity to sit in on a series of "Core Services Workshops" where department directors have presented areas of efficiency within their departments and areas and activities that could be cut or reduced. It has been an insightful opportunity and the knowledge learned about each department has given my colleagues and me ideas on how to approach the budget for next fiscal year.

 

Additionally, we are in the process of organizing our first round of town hall meetings for this year. My office is currently coordinating with city departments and community members and will be sending out a meeting notice in the coming weeks.

 

Lastly, the 84th State Legislative Session will begin on January 13 in Austin. I look forward to working with the State Legislators within my council district on matters affecting my constituents and the City of Houston. The city has an exceptional legislative team that will focus on efforts to enhance Houstonian's quality of life and pursue regional cooperation, local control and ending unfunded state mandates.

 

As always, it is a true pleasure and blessing to serve the great people of District E. Thank you again for allowing me to represent you at City Hall. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dave Martin

 

Ahrens Street Short Segment Water Line Installation Project

Late last month, the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department began working on an infrastructure improvement project on Ahrens Street in the Oak Meadows community. The project, which involves the installation of short segment water lines to replace aging water line infrastructure in the area, is targeted for completion by the end of February 2015.

 

Over the course of the project schedule, a contractor will auger a new water line, performing testing and transfer service connections. Work is expected to occur approximately 10 hours per day Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. During construction, one curb lane is permitted for closure in the work zone from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be reopened daily. Sidewalk impairment may happen during service connection transfer and/or near bore pit locations. In the event of sidewalk impairment or closure, proper signage will be provided.

 

Additional provisions have been made to ensure pedestrian safety and minimize traffic impacts due to the proximity of this project to Pearl Rucker Elementary School north of Ahrens Street. The majority of augering work is targeted for construction during the school district's winter break to minimize impact to the school zone, and bore pits will be covered daily to ensure pedestrian safety for the length of the street. The contractor will additionally coordinate traffic during pick-up and drop-off times for the school and schedule additional flagmen as needed.

 

For questions and concerns about the Ahrens Street Short Segment Water Line Installation project, please contact our office at (832) 393-3008 or at districte@houstontx.gov.

 

South Shaver Road Reconstruction Project Update

Council Member Martin is pleased to provide an update on the status of the $13.5 million South Shaver Road Reconstruction project initiated in summer 2013 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Due to a citywide concrete shortage, concrete placement on the north half of Shaver Road has been delayed but is expected to be completed by the end of January 2015. The section of North Broadway north of Shaver Road will remain closed until this segment of concrete paving is complete. Once concrete paving on the north side of Shaver is completed, contractors will switch traffic on the road and begin paving the section south of the center line from 5202 South Shaver to the project's endpoint at Interstate 45.

 

Work on Wald Road, which runs adjacent to South Shaver and was closed to accommodate the installation of storm sewer and water lines, as well as pavement replacement, was completed at the end of December 2014. Overall, storm sewer and sanitary line installation is 75% complete, with water line installation rated at 90% completeness. Almeda-Genoa Road is still scheduled for closure in early 2015 to accommodate the completion of storm sewer/sanitary and water line installation.  

 

Additionally, in response to several complaints about potholes in the work zone along South Shaver, the city's Public Works & Engineering Department has worked with TxDOT and the contractor, who will maintain a supply of blacktop material on site to fill potholes as needed.

 

Overall completion of the South Shaver Road Reconstruction project is currently targeted for late spring 2015. Please be advised that the timely completion of this project will continue to depend on the regional availability of concrete. All project timelines are additionally subject to change due to inclement weather and/or unforeseen circumstances. Council Member Martin's office will continue to follow progress on this project and will keep the public updated of any changes. Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact our office at (832) 393-3008.

Clear Lake City Boulevard  Intersection Improvement Project 

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to inform residents  about upcoming construction work to commence on January 5, 2015 at the intersection of Clear Lake City Boulevard and Space Center Boulevard.

The city's Public Works and Engineering Department is scheduled to begin replacing all existing traffic signal poles with 40-foot mast arms, revising the intersection signal timing based on current traffic patterns and making improvements to intersection sidewalks and wheelchair ramps. Additionally, the left turn bay on Clear Lake City Boulevard, northbound, will be extended nearly 300 feet to accommodate existing traffic. 

The contractor is scheduled to regularly work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to avoid rush hour traffic and possibly on Saturdays to expedite the construction. During this time, one lane will be closed. Council Member Martin's office has notified the Houston Police Department's Clear Lake Substation to coordinate traffic prevention efforts and
has asked that officers routinely patrol the area during their respective shifts.

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

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's Annual Holiday Party

On Thursday, December 11 Council Member Martin attended the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's (BAHEP) Annual Holiday Party. Present at the event were a number of local, state and national elected officials serving Houston's Bay Area, as well as representatives from a variety of local organizations, industries and chambers of commerce.

 

Council Member Martin thanks BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and the staff of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership for the invitation to attend and for their leadership in promoting economic growth and workforce development in Houston's Bay Area.

 

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Open House

On Thursday, December 18 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Open House. The event, hosted by the chamber's staff and board of directors, was attended by a number of local elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from the Clear Lake Area businesses which make up the chamber's membership.

 

Council Member Martin thanks the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for its hard work promoting economic growth and development in Clear Lake and for supporting the businesses which have helped the area to thrive. 

 

More information on the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can be found at www.clearlakearea.com.

 

Houston Spaceport Public Meeting

In the summer of 2013, Houston City Council approved funding for consultants to help the Houston Airport System (HAS) submit an application to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commercial space division to obtain a launch site operator license for Ellington Airport. Once obtained, the license will permit HAS to operate a number of commercial spaceflight activities out of Ellington, including sub-orbital commercial flights, zero-gravity scientific and medical research, astronaut training and development, space tourism and more.

 

As a part of the licensing process, the Houston Airport System has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration to complete a Draft Environmental Assessment evaluating the spaceport's potential impacts. To present results of the draft assessment and to receive public feedback, the FAA will be holding an open house public meeting on January 22, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Space Center Houston, Silvermoon Conference Room (1st floor), 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

 

Houston Spaceport Public Meeting

Thursday, January 22, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Space Center Houston, Silvermoon Conference Room (1st Floor)

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058

 

At the meeting, members of the public will be able to speak to project representatives one-on-one and submit written comments or provide oral comments to a stenographer.

 

Additionally, the Draft Environmental Assessment will be available for review online the week of January 5 on the FAA's website or by clicking 


A printed copy of the Draft Environmental Assessment will also be made available at the following locations the week of January 5:

  • Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062
  • Friendswood Public Library, 416 South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546
  • Alvin Library, 105 South Gordon Street, Alvin, TX 77511
  • Hitchcock Public Library, 8005 Barry Avenue, Hitchcock, TX 77563

Comments or questions on the Draft Environmental Assessment should be sent on or before January 31, 2015 (or within 30 days of the Federal Register notice; whichever is later) and may be addressed to Mr. Daniel Czelusniak, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20591 or submitted by email to houstonspaceportEA@houstontx.gov.

 

Orion Flight Test

At 7:05 a.m. EST on the morning of Friday, December 15 a United Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA's Orion deep space capsule on its maiden voyage into space lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The unmanned flight test, which lasted 4.5 hours, put the spacecraft into orbit twice and allowed the capsule to reach an altitude of 3,604 miles above Earth, approximately 15 times higher than the International Space Station (ISS). After what NASA representatives deemed a nearly flawless mission, Orion touched down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:29 a.m. EST.

 

Data was captured during the flight from over 1,200 sensors on the spacecraft, which measured the performance of Orion's critical systems and components. Also tested during the mission was the capsule's ability to withstand intense radiation as it travelled through the Van Allen radiation belt and the ability of Orion's heat shield to withstand temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit as the spacecraft re-entered the Earth's atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 miles per hour. 

 

Following the successful flight test, NASA engineers will analyze data gathered to refine Orion in preparation for the capsule's next flight into space. The agency is currently aiming for an additional flight in 2018, at which time NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the most powerful booster system ever built, will be tested for the first time. NASA hopes to launch Orion's first crewed flight as soon as 2021, with the goal of using the capsule for crewed missions into deep space, and ultimately to Mars, in the coming decades.

 

For more information on NASA's Orion spacecraft, please visit 
 
Boeing Commercial Crew Update

Boeing and NASA recently completed the Ground Segment Critical Design Review and set the baseline design for the company's Commercial Crew Transportation System, moving a step closer to the planned early 2017 voyage to the International Space Station. Setting the design was the first milestone under the $4.2 billion contract NASA awarded to Boeing in September of this year.

 

Completion of the Certification Baseline Review allows construction on system hardware, including the spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicle adaptor, to begin. It also keeps the effort on track for achieving human-rated certification of the vehicle and ULA Atlas V rocket.

 

The second milestone in the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of the Commercial Crew Program, the Ground System Critical Design Review, evaluates all the ground operations and systems, mission operation systems, facilities, training systems, including mock-ups and trainers, and the control center.


For more information about Boeing's CST-100, please visit 
www.boeing.com/boeing/defense-space/space/ccts/index.page.

Magnolia Point Sewer Project Meeting

On Wednesday, December 3 Council Member Martin met with members of the Magnolia Point community to discuss a City of Houston sewer line installation project that is planned to be installed over the next several years. Approximately 50 members of the community attended the meeting, which was held at the Harris County Precinct 2 May Community Center in Huffman. At the meeting, representatives from the city's Public Works and Engineering Department gave a presentation on the project and answered questions from those present. Representatives from Othon, INC., an engineering firm assisting the city in the project's design phase, were also in attendance.

 

Design for the Magnolia Point sewer line installation project is expected to be completed in 2016, with construction scheduled to commence in 2017. The project is currently targeted for completion in late 2019. For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at (832) 393-3282 or at districte@houstontx.gov

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Elected Officials Reception

On Tuesday, December 9 Council Member Martin attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's second-annual Elected Officials Reception honoring local, state and national elected officials from the Lake Houston Area. Joining Council Member Martin at the event were State Representative Dan Huberty; Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle; Humble Independent School District Trustees Robert Scarfo, Heath Rushing, Charles Cunningham and Robert Sitton; and a number of additional public officials and staff representing the area.

 

Council Member Martin thanks the Lake Houston Area Chamber for putting on the annual event and for its dedicated work promoting economic development and an enhanced quality of life in the Lake Houston Area.  

 

Leadership Lake Houston

Each year, a group of 20 emerging and existing leaders from the Lake Houston Area participate in Leadership Lake Houston, a leadership development program designed to empower participants to make a positive impact in the community. Each month during the eight-month program, class members participate in a day-session covering a topic relevant to the community and hear from local leaders with experience in that field.

 

On Tuesday, December 9 the Leadership Lake Houston class held their day-session on government and Council Member Martin spoke to the group to share lessons from his experience as a public leader on Houston City Council. In addition to offering an overview of District E, Council Member Martin encouraged members of the class to participate in city leadership by pursuing opportunities to serve on one or more of the city's various boards and committees.

 

For more information on Leadership Lake Houston, please visit www.lakehouston.org/leadership-lake-houston.  

 

Humble ISD Education Foundation's 2014 Golf Tournament

On Thursday, December 11 Council Member Martin hit the links to participate in the Humble Independent School District Education Foundation's 2014 Golf Tournament held at the Kingwood Country Club. As one of the foundation's three major annual events, the tournament supports the Humble ISD Foundation's Innovative Education Grants Program which aims to award over $250,000 each year to teachers, programs and departments around the district for projects that have a significant impact on student learning. Funding allocated by the program goes to support innovative and experimental projects based in strong research which fall outside of the district's normal operating budget.

 

To learn more about the Humble ISD Education Foundation and its philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.humbleisdfoundation.org.

Kingwood Recycling Update

On Saturday, December 6 the City of Houston held its monthly electronic recycling event in partnership with Keep Kingwood Green and CompuCycle at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride. Over 20,200 pounds of recyclable electronics were collected at the event, adding to a year-end total of 220,908 pounds collected at the Kingwood location. Since the program began in Kingwood just over three years ago, an impressive 676,000 pounds, or 338 tons, have been diverted from landfill and recycled.

 

Council Member Martin thanks Hal Oppermann and Keep Kingwood Green for promoting recycling and environmental awareness in the Kingwood area and congratulates Kingwood residents on a successful recycling effort this year. For more information on Keep Kingwood Green, please visit www.keepkingwoodgreen.org.

 

Financial Policy Update

At the regularly scheduled council meeting held on December 3, City Council voted to update the City of Houston's financial policies. The update, which represents the first amendment to the city's financial policies in 25 years, is intended to promote budgetary integrity throughout the city by enhancing fiscal responsibility, increasing transparency and establishing accountability in the city's budget process. The updated policies, informed by best practices established by the Government Finance Officers Association, additionally aim to strengthen the city's financial position by supporting good bond ratings, incentivizing strategic thinking and managing risk.

 

Some of the provisions featured in the updated policies include: setting the city's desired minimum reserves to 7.5 percent of General Fund expenditures to further hedge against risk; requiring a 2/3 vote of City Council to spend below the minimum reserve level; creating a Budget Stabilization Fund (formerly the Rainy Day Fund) for natural disasters and economic emergencies; establishing a general claim risk reserve for health benefit claims; ensuring that sufficient funds are contributed annually to the post-employment and employee benefit systems; properly funding the maintenance of facilities, fleet and information technology in both the operating and capital budgets; reviewing city fees every five years and total employee compensation every three years; disallowing spending beyond what is set forth in the adopted budget each year; reducing the maximum General Fund transfer for debt service over time; establishing a Request for Information process to select underwriters for financial transactions; setting a framework to strengthen internal controls over financial reporting; and prioritizing economic development projects, setting forth eligibility and selection criteria, and requiring annual reporting on project performance.

 

More information on the December 3 ordinance updating the City of Houston's financial policies can be found here. Taped versions of all regularly scheduled sessions of Houston City Council can also be found online at www.houstontx.gov/htv/index.html.

Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee

On Thursday, December 4 Council Member Martin attended the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee formed by City Council to review potential revisions to Houston's City Charter. At the meeting, council members voted unanimously to recommend that all revisions be placed on the November 2015 ballot for voter approval and discussed the schedule for the committee's upcoming meetings.

 

Beginning in January 2015, the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee will convene every other week alternating between daytime and evening meetings. The committee will meet a maximum of six times unless additional meetings are agreed upon by a majority of members. All meetings of the committee will be open to the public, and members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide comment on the charter review process.

 

Charter revisions discussed by the committee have included amending the city's term limits to allow two four-year terms instead of three two-year terms and lifting a voter-imposed cap on the city's property tax revenues. These and other potential charter amendments will be discussed at the committee's upcoming meetings.

 

The next meeting of the Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee will occur on Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on the Second Floor of City Hall, located at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. More information on the City of Houston's Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee, including meeting agendas, can be found online here. Taped versions of the committee's past meetings can also be found online along with all public City of Houston meetings at:

Drainage Utility Fee Update

The City of Houston's Public Works and ngineering Department (PWE) has initiated an effort to update the impervious surface data with which the city's Drainage Utility Fee is calculated. Since the fee was implemented in 2010, the Public Works Department has worked to refine the imaging and processing techniques which generate impervious square footage determinations for Houston residents. To further enhance the accuracy of its impervious surface data, the department additionally undertook manual square footage measurements which were confirmed with accepted sampling techniques.

 

As a result of these efforts, the Public Works and Engineering Department will be adjusting residents' impervious surface square footage determinations to reflect the areas with new data. Customers whose impervious surface calculations are being adjusted upwards will receive notice via a determination letter from PWE with their regular water bill. A "Request for Verification of Drainage Charge" form will also be included; those wishing to challenge updated impervious surface calculations may complete this form.

 

Those wishing to contest impervious surface determinations may also request a verification and correction form online at verify.rebuildhouston.org/prod/mydrain.htm, email a request to drainage@houstontx.gov, fax a request to (713) 371-1002 or mail a request to P.O. Box 4863, Houston, Texas 77210-4863. 


For questions or concerns, please contact the Customer Service Center at (713) 371-1111.


Houston Apartment Association's Annual Holiday Party

The month of December is home to an array of spirited events celebrating the holidays, and Council Member Martin kicked off this year's holiday season by attending the Houston Apartment Association's annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 2.

 

Representing over 548,000 apartment homes in more than 2,700 apartment communities, the Houston Apartment Association is the leading advocate, resource and community partner for quality rental housing providers in the greater Houston area. For more information on the Houston Apartment Association, please visit www.haaonline.org/default.aspx.


 

23rd Annual HFD Retiree Christmas Luncheon

On Thursday, December 4 Council Member Martin paid tribute to Houston's retired firefighters by attending the 23rd Annual HFD Retiree Christmas Luncheon hosted by the Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund (HFRRF). The event provides an opportunity for retired Houston Firefighters to enjoy a meal together each holiday and receive recognition for their dedicated service. Over 800 retired firefighters attended this year's luncheon and were joined by elected officials from the local, state and federal levels.

 

Council Member Martin thanks all of Houston's retired firefighters for their brave and committed service to the city and its residents over the course of their careers.

 

Houston Fire Department Reception

On Monday, December 8 Council Member Martin attended a reception honoring Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison and the brave men and women of the Houston Fire Department. The event also served to support the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Houston Fire Department with the funding, tools, technology, and equipment it needs to serve and protect the citizens of Houston. To learn more about the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston or to donate online, please visit www.fffhouston.com.

 

2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Ceremony

On the evening of Wednesday, December 10 Council Member Martin attended the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Ceremony. Established after the death of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi in 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award is an annual recognition presented by the Rotary Club of Houston to the best collegiate lineman in the nation. Over 1,500 people were in attendance at this year's ceremony, where the 2014 award was presented to University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III. Also honored this year was Toby Weathersby of Westfield High School, who received the first ever Greater Houston High School Rotary Lombardi Award.

 

Net proceeds from all activities associated with the Rotary Lombardi Award are used to support cancer research, public education and direct patient care services. Since its inception in 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award has raised millions of dollars for cancer-related causes.

 

Council Member Martin congratulates the recipients of this year's honors and commends all who contributed to the award's fight against cancer. For more information on the Rotary Lombardi Award, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org


 

Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting

Council Member Martin helped the City of Houston officially ring in the 2014 holiday season at the Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting ceremony held at City Hall on Friday, December 5. Numerous Houstonians attended the family-friendly event, which featured a variety of musical performances, the ceremonial lighting of Houston's holiday tree and a fireworks display. The Salvation Army was also on site at the celebration to collect unwrapped toys for their annual Holiday Toy Drive.

 

For additional information on other annual City of Houston events, please visit

www.houstontx.gov/specialevents.


 

Christmas Tree Recycling

The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs.  Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of seventeen (17) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston.  The program began December 26, 2014 and will run until January 7, 2015.  All facilities are closed January 1, 2015.  In addition to the drop-off locations, residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled tree waste day and it will be recycled.  Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags at Houston retailers.

 

Additionally, please note that trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed.  Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

For a complete list of the 17 free drop-off locations and their open hours, please visit www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/christmastree_recycling.html.

Pumps & Pipes 8: Ideas to Insight Conference

On Monday, December 8 Council Member Martin joined leaders from Houston's energy, medicine and aerospace industries at the Houston Methodist Research Institute for the 8th annual Pumps & Pipes Conference. Started in 2007 to facilitate dialogue and explore crossover technologies between Houston's energy and medical industries, the Pumps & Pipes Conference has grown to include Houston's aeronautics industry and continues to promote innovation and synergy between the three definitive sectors of Houston's economy. At this year's event, more than 200 attendees had the opportunity to observe robots, imaging tools and other technological advancements being developed to solve challenges common to all three industries. Serving as the program directors for this year's conference were Dr. Alan B. Lumsden, Dr. Mark G. Davies and Stephen R. Igo of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center; Dr. William E. Kline of the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris of the University of Houston; and Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

 

In response to the conference's growing popularity and increasing interest in the development of crossover technologies, Pumps & Pipes organizers are working to develop a non-profit organization to offer funding for projects that span at least two of the three industries. The non-profit would also focus on promoting the pursuit of STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields among Houston's youth.

 

More information on the Pumps & Pipes Conference, please visit www.pumpsandpipes.com/index.html

 

Greater Houston Partnership's Annual Elected Officials Reception

On Tuesday, December 16 Council Member Martin attended the Greater Houston Partnership's (GHP) Annual Elected Officials Reception. Each year, the reception serves to recognize the elected officials who represent the greater Houston region at the city, county, state and federal levels and work to promote the businesses and programs which make Houston one of the world's best places to live and work.

 

For more information on the Greater Houston Partnership and its various initiatives promoting economic development and quality of life in the region, please visit www.houston.org

 

Free Vaccinations at the Children's Museum of Houston

Children from 6 months to 18 years of age needing vaccines, including the flu vaccine, will have the opportunity to receive them for free during the first half of 2015 at the Children's Museum of Houston, located at 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX  77004. The Texas Children's Mobile Clinic Program will administer free shots to the first 150 children to arrive at the museum from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every second Thursday of the month (first Thursday in March) during Free Family Night. To qualify, parents and guardians will need their child's immunization records. There is no need to pre-register.

 

The dates on which free vaccinations will be offered are: January 8, February 12, March 5 (first Thursday of the month), April 9 and May 14. After the vaccinations, children and families are invited to stay and enjoy the many hands-on exhibits the Children's Museum of Houston has to offer.

 

For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

 

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

January 1
City Offices Closed for New Year's Day

January 12
3rd Memorial Park Master Plan Update Meeting

January 14
Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee Meeting

January 18
Chevron Houston Marathon 

January 19
City Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 29
Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee Meeting

Kingwood

January 8

Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

 

January 14
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting

January 20
Kingwood PIP

January 21
Kingwood Super Neighborhood Council's Monthly Meeting 

January 30 - February 7
Humble ISD Livestock Show and Auction

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

January 16

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's 22nd Annual Quasar Award Banquet

 

January 20
Clear Lake PIP

 

January 21

BayTran's Monthly Luncheon

January 22

Houston Spaceport Public Meeting

January 28

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon