Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 31

July 2015 



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


Christina Remmes

Summer Intern

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

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

Community Center
District E Community Contacts


Northshore Super Neighborhood Council

Meadowbrook/Allendale Super Neighborhood Council

Clear Lake Super Neighborhood Council 

Residents of District E,


The beginning of summer has been busy here at City Hall. As many of you may have seen, City Council passed the $5.1 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget last month, which includes $2.3 billion from the tax-generated General Fund and the remainder in Special Revenue and Enterprise Funds. For the third year in a row, I, along with three of my colleagues, voted "no" against the proposed budget.


The reason I voted against it is because it does nothing to implement expense reduction amendments, decrease departmental funding or break the ongoing problematic issue of continued spending. With the anticipated $126 million budget deficit projected in Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) I believe that now is the time to reduce department expenses and implement a sound conservative budget which creates additional Fund Balance surplus for future years.


Going forward, I will continue to serve as Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee and work hard alongside my colleagues to make fiscally conservative decisions regarding the city's finances. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions about the budget process. You can also watch the entire tape online at


In addition to passing the annual fiscal year budget, City Council will also pass the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) the first week of July. Since being sworn into office, I have continued to see, year after year, the amount of tax dollars for CIP projects allocated inequitably across the 11 council districts. This year's proposed plan, which was given to city council members last week, shows a total of 3% of all CIP dollars going towards District E. While the administration attributes the dollars being spent elsewhere for greater needs, I believe, as your city council member, that District E has needs of its own and will continue to fight at City Hall for the return of those tax dollars back to the district. During the last council meeting, I offered an amendment to the CIP plan asking for the allocation of 9.09% of the total $9,336,381,000 to be spent across each council district. This amendment, as well as the entire CIP, will be voted on during the July 8 council meeting.


Additionally, last month Houston was again faced with the potential of severe weather as Tropical Storm Bill approached the Gulf Coast. While Houston did not see the immediate threat after all, the potential for weather of that magnitude reminded us of the importance of being prepared. I encourage each of you, if you do not already, to have an emergency plan and to subscribe to news and weather updates through the city's Office of Emergency Management here.


In closing, I hope each and every one of you is having a wonderful summer! Thank you for allowing me to serve you at City Hall. It is a true pleasure.





Dave Martin


Welcome Summer Intern Christina Remmes

Council Member Martin welcomes District E's newest team member, Christina Remmes, who came aboard as a summer intern on June 15 and will be interning with the District E office through early August as part of the City of Houston's Summer Jobs Program. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Christina has resided in Kingwood for 14 years and graduated from Kingwood High School in 2014. Christina is currently a Division I student-athlete, playing soccer at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi while majoring in Microbiology. She hopes to later go onto medical school and stay in Houston to work in the Texas Medical Center. Christina is very excited to be working in the District E office to help her fellow citizens within the district. Throughout her internship, Christina will be assisting the District E team with a number of administrative projects and other office responsibilities.


Meadowcreek Village Basketball Pavilion Demolition

On Monday, June 1 Council Member Martin joined residents at Meadowcreek Village Park to commemorate the demolition of the Meadowcreek Village basketball pavilion, which has been closed for several months due to structural safety concerns. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) is currently in the process of designing a new pavilion for the community utilizing feedback gathered at a public meeting earlier this year and forwarded throughout the design process by the District E office.


Council Member Martin thanks the Parks and Recreation Department for demolishing the old pavilion in a timely manner to ensure the safety of park patrons and for working with the community on the design of its replacement. The District E office will keep the public informed as construction nears completion.


TPC Group's Mark of Excellence Scholarship Luncheon

On Thursday, June 4 the TPC Group held its annual luncheon honoring the recipients of the company's Mark of Excellence Scholarship program, which provides support for a number of college-bound students from the greater Houston area. Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the luncheon and presented a certificate of special recognition to a District E student from Cesar E. Chavez High School who is one of this year's scholarship recipients. 


Council Member Martin thanks the TPC Group for supporting education throughout the City of Houston and for its other charitable initiatives within District E.


Changes to the Intersection of Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado Boulevard

Changes affecting vehicular traffic have recently been made to the intersection of Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado Boulevard. As part of the infrastructure improvements associated with the new residential and commercial developments coming in north of the intersection, the northbound section of El Dorado Boulevard has been widened from one to three lanes as northbound traffic approaches Clear Lake City Boulevard. This new configuration includes an exclusive left-turn lane, a through lane and a through/right-turn lane for vehicles traveling north on El Dorado Boulevard. A single southbound lane remains on El Dorado Boulevard, which is now separated from the northbound lanes by a median which extends until the street transitions back into a two-lane road south of the intersection.


Please be advised that those turning left from the westbound approach on Clear Lake City Boulevard to travel south on El Dorado Boulevard must now keep right until turning onto the single southbound lane beyond the median separation. Those turning right from the eastbound approach on Clear Lake City Boulevard to travel south on El Dorado must turn into the single southbound lane before the median separation.


Two "Road Closed" barricades have been placed in the northbound lanes of El Dorado Boulevard. "Do Not Enter" signs have also been positioned at the site, as well as a "Keep Right" sign by the median. These measures are meant to prevent drivers turning onto El Dorado Boulevard from Clear Lake City Boulevard from turning into the newly-configured northbound lanes. As a result of the barricades, all traffic traveling northbound on El Dorado has been temporarily limited to the farthest east lane.


Please note that the "Road Closed" barricades are meant to serve as a temporary guideline; in the coming months, the barricades will be removed and northbound motorists will be permitted to use the new northbound through and turn lanes on El Dorado Boulevard. 


The District E office will continue to work with the Houston Police Department, the Public Works Department and the contractors in charge of the intersection project to monitor this location and ensure that clear and sufficient signage is present at the newly-configured intersection of Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado.


For further information, please contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008.


El Dorado Boulevard and Eastcape Drive Intersection Improvement Project

In response to a request made to Council Member Martin's office, the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department began improvements during the week of June 22 to the intersection of El Dorado Boulevard at Eastcape Drive in Clear Lake. As part of the project and to accommodate large traffic volumes, city contractors are currently constructing an exclusive left-hand turn lane on the eastbound side of El Dorado Boulevard leading up to the intersection. As a result, the existing left lane will be closed while construction is in progress Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Standard traffic control measures including orange construction barrels will be in place while work is in progress and will be removed during peak travel hours.


Construction on the left-hand turn lane is currently expected to be complete by Friday, July 3. Please note that all project timelines are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.


The El Dorado Boulevard and Eastcape Drive intersection improvement project also includes traffic signal reconstruction work, which will bring the traffic signal up to current City of Houston standards. This work will commence later this summer after the delivery of necessary construction materials. Please note that orange construction barrels will remain in the new left-hand turn lane on El Dorado until the entire project is completed.


Council Member Martin's office will continue to keep members of the public notified as more details become available on subsequent stages of this project. For further information, please contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008.


Clear Lake City Boulevard Tree Planting

In mid-June, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) completed the planting of a number of 15-gallon trees along the median on Clear Lake City Boulevard from Interstate 45 to State Highway 3. Council Member Martin allocated funds from his 2015 council district service budget to make the tree-planting possible, which beautified the corridor for the many residents and visitors who use it to enter the Clear Lake area. 


Community beautification efforts such as the Clear Lake City Boulevard tree-planting were a priority in Council Member Martin's 2015 council district service budget. He also utilized the budget to increase the frequency of mowing in public places across District E and undertake various improvements at district parks, fire stations, etc. 


Houston City Council recently re-approved the council district service budget program during the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process. While the appropriation of council district service funds requires approval from the mayor, Council Member Martin encourages resident input in the process. To provide feedback, or for any questions or concerns, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or at


David Braun Dedication Ceremony

In February of this year, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) Aerospace Marketing Manager and former Nassau Bay Mayor Pro Tem, David Braun, passed away after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. To honor his memory and invaluable contributions to Houston's Bay Area, BAHEP held a ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 where President Bob Mitchell and the BAHEP staff officially dedicated their principal meeting space as the, "David Braun Conference Room." At the dedication ceremony, a number of local elected officials offered remarks in memory of David's character, leadership and accomplishments and presented his family members with official resolutions honoring David. Council Member Martin spoke about his enjoyment working with David on BAHEP's annual Citizens for Space Exploration trip to D.C. and presented David's family with a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker proclaiming June 9 David Braun Day in Memoriam in the City of Houston.


Council Member Martin and the District E team will not soon forget David's meaningful contributions to Houston's Bay Area and his dedicated leadership in championing space exploration and the aerospace industry in Houston. 


Houston Spaceport Press Conference

On Tuesday, June 30 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a press conference held by the Houston Airport System (HAS) to announce the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) approval of the city's application for a spaceport license at Ellington Airport. The FAA approval, which makes Houston the 10th spaceport licensee in the country, comes after an extended period of review which included an environmental impact study and a public meeting held this January. Aircraft now approved for spaceport-related use at Ellington Airport take off horizontally and do not launch like traditional spacecraft or rockets.

A number of community leaders and public officials from the greater Houston area attended the event, which featured remarks from HAS Director Mario Diaz, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and NASA Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa as well as representatives from the FAA and aerospace industry. Together, speakers discussed the role of the Houston Spaceport in continuing the city's legacy of leadership in space exploration, the positive economic impact expected to be generated by the project and future collaborative opportunities which will result. 

The Houston Airport System will now continue to work towards the design and development of the spaceport. HAS is also working to secure additional aerospace industry partners for the project such as Sierra Nevada Corporation, which in March reaffirmed its commitment to land its Dream Chaser spacecraft at Ellington Airport in years to come. Council Member Martin's office will keep the public informed as more develops on this exciting project for District E and the City of Houston.

State Representative Dennis Paul Town Hall Meeting

On Tuesday, June 9 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a town hall meeting in Clear Lake held by State Representative Dennis Paul (Texas House District 129) to provide a summary of the state's 84th Legislative Session which ended on June 1. Speaking to constituents and community leaders from the Clear Lake area, Representative Paul highlighted a number of bills passed by the legislature on policy areas including transportation, education, public safety, tax reform and insurance among others. Representative Paul also spoke more broadly on the state legislative process and lessons learned during his first legislative session before taking questions from the audience.


More information on Representative Paul and Texas House District 129 can be found here. For a number of reports on bills filed and/or passed during this year's 84th session of the Texas Legislature, please visit  


Air Station Houston Change of Command Ceremony

On Friday, June 19 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a change of command ceremony held at the United States Coast Guard's Air Station Houston at Ellington Airport. During the ceremony, former Air Station Houston Commander Scott E. Langum was relieved in the post by Commander Craig J. Massello. In addition to remarks from Commander Langum and Commander Massello, the ceremony featured a presentation of colors by the Air Station Houston Color Guard and remarks from Rear Admiral David R. Callahan, the Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans. Officers and enlisted personnel from Air Station Houston were present at the event, as were community leaders from the area and the friends and family of the two commanders.


Commander Langum, who assumed command of Air Station Houston in 2013, is departing to attend Senior Service School at the Army War College in Pennsylvania. Commander Massello comes to Air Station Houston with 20 years of Coast Guard experience and has received numerous personal awards and commendations throughout his career.


Since its commissioning in 1963, Air Station Houston has prosecuted thousands of Search and Rescue (SAR) cases, hurricane rescues, astronaut training hoists, environmental responses, flood relief operations and law enforcement and homeland security missions. Today, Air Station Houston includes seventeen officers, sixty enlisted personnel and three civilians who support the operation of three 65D Dolphin helicopters out of Ellington Air Force Base. 


Council Member Martin congratulates Commander Massello on the new post and welcomes him to the City of Houston. He also thanks Commander Langum for his leadership at Air Station Houston, and commends all of the brave men and women in the unit for their dedicated service to the greater Houston region.


Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon

Each month, the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce holds its general membership luncheon which brings together business leaders, elected officials and community leaders from Houston's Bay Area to build relationships and learn about topics of importance to the area. Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended last month's luncheon held on Wednesday, June 24 and received an update on the state of education in the Clear Lake area from Dr. Steven Ebell, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD); Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College; and Dr. William Staples, President of the University of Houston - Clear Lake. 


Space Center Houston Summer Opportunities

Space Center Houston is hosting a number of exciting events and exhibits this summer for visitors of all ages. Every Wednesday in July, guests are invited to participate in the "Train Like an Astronaut" event which offers a space-inspired obstacle course and other hands-on challenges. More information on "Train Like an Astronaut" can be found here. Also on display this summer is Space Center Houston's new exhibit, "Space: A Journey to our Future." To learn more about this exciting exhibit, click here.

Space Center Houston also offers a collection of age-appropriate single-day and week-long camp opportunities over the summer. Explore Space Center Houston's summer camp opportunities by visiting 
Tom Broad Retirement 

On Wednesday, June 24 Council Member Martin presented a proclamation recognizing the devoted service and community leadership of Tom Broad, who is retiring on Thursday, July 3 after 21 years of service at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble. As the hospital's Community Relations Manager, Mr. Broad organized a number of community efforts including Project Mammogram, "In the Pink" luncheons and the Northeast Hospital Foundation Gala. Mr. Broad is additionally active in a variety of business and civic groups in the Lake Houston area such as Family Time, Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), the Humble ISD Foundation, the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce (LHACC) and the Lake Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 10) Board, among others. 

Council Member Martin congratulates Mr. Broad on his well-earned retirement after an outstanding 21-year career at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, and looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Broad as a friend and community leader in the Lake Houston area.

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Party on the Green 2015

Each year, following the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Golf Classic, the chamber hosts its "Party on the Green" to promote economic development in the region and raise money for charitable causes. After being rescheduled due to weather, Party on the Green 2015 was held on Thursday, June 4. Council Member Martin's North Sector Manager Jessica Beemer ran the silent auction during the event, which she also assisted the chamber in planning throughout the year. Over 400 guests attended Party on the Green 2015, including a number of elected officials and business leaders from the Lake Houston area. 


For more information and pictures on this year's Party on the Green event, please visit the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page here


Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's State of the State Luncheon

On Tuesday, June 16 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the State Luncheon held to offer residents an opportunity to engage with their state elected officials and learn about the future of Texas. At this year's event, Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton (Texas Senate District 4) and State Representative Dan Huberty (Texas House District 127) provided an overview of the 84th Legislative Session and discussed the impact of legislation passed on local businesses and the Lake Houston Area community. Interested residents can view a full video of the discussion by clicking here


KB Home Rivergrove Ribbon Cutting Event

On Thursday, June 11 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a ribbon cutting event held by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and presented a certificate of special recognition to KB Home Rivergrove, a homebuilder developing a new single-family community in the Lake Houston area. Those in attendance at the event toured three innovative model homes and welcomed KB Home Rivergrove as a new chamber member.


For more information on the new KB Home Rivergrove community, please click here


Kingwood Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Saturday, July 4 at 4:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend a flag retirement ceremony to be conducted by Boy Scout Troop 839 at the Kingwood Town Center located at 8 North Main Street, Houston, Texas 77339. 

Residents with worn and tired flags can place them in collection boxes at any of the following locations prior to the ceremony for retirement:

Alspaugh's Ace Hardware
2720 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, Texas 77339
10720 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, Texas 77381

Rosewood Funeral Home
2602 South Houston Avenue, Humble, Texas 77396
22271 U.S. Highway 59, Porter, Texas 77357
3939 Pasadena Boulevard, Pasadena, Texas 77503

All flags will be retired as per official American Legion protocol and will be incinerated by Rosewood Funeral Home after the event.

Texas 4000 Reception

On Wednesday, June 3 Council Member Martin presented a proclamation to a group of 27 University of Texas students from Texas 4000, an organization which coordinates an annual 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Council Member Martin has supported the organization and its mission since his son David participated in the ride two years ago.


Every year, Texas 4000 competitively selects University of Texas students for an 18-month program designed to cultivate the next generation to lead the fight against cancer. Texas 4000 empowers each student to raise $4,500, ride 1,500 training miles with his/her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community and play an active role in planning every aspect of the 70-day ride to Alaska, which is the longest charitable bike ride in the world.


For more information, please visit


Houston Convention District Renovation and Tour

On Thursday, June 4 Council Member Martin participated in a hardhat tour of the construction underway in Houston's convention district near the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB). The Houston First Corporation, of which Council Member Martin is an ex-officio board member, is leading the district's renovation, which is scheduled for completion before Houston hosts the Super Bowl in 2017.


Included in the project is the construction of the new Marriot Marquis Houston hotel, opening in September 2016, which will feature 1,000 guest rooms and connect directly to the GRB via skybridge. A new 10-story office building is also being erected by Minute Maid Park which will house the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB). In addition, a section of Avenida de las Americas, which runs parallel to the George R. Brown Convention Center, is being transformed into a walkable pedestrian plaza which will allow convention center patrons to enjoy new retail amenities and restaurants being developed in a new central concourse in the GRB.


More information on the exciting renovations currently underway in Houston's convention district can be found online at


Flood Recovery Resource Workshops

The City of Houston is holding two flood recovery resource workshops on Tuesday, July 7, 2015: one from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and a second from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center located at 5601 South Braeswood Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77096.

At the workshops, representatives will be on hand from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Federal Emergency Manegement Agency (FEMA) and Jewish Family Services.  The City of Houston Floodplain Management Office will have staff available to answer questions beginning at 4:00 p.m., so citizens are encouraged to bring documents and questions.  The goal of the workshops is to provide homeowners with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding renovations and critical next steps.


The City of Houston also has resources to help flood victims determine how to best rebuild or repair their homes. The city encourages affected residents to attend the July 7 workshop, call (832) 394-8854, visit the City Floodplain Management Office in person at 1002 Washington Avenue or go to to explore all options.


Please note that a Floodplain Development Permit is required only if your house is in the floodplain and:

  • The total cost to repair your house to pre-damage condition is more than $10,000;
  • The total cost of repairs is 50% or more than the pre-damage market value of your house (not including land).

The City of Houston advises residents not to sign any contracts for repairs until contacting the city's Floodplain Management Office. Consultations with city staff are free of cost.


Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting

Each year, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) holds its annual meeting to update members and community leaders on the organization's efforts to increase tourism in the greater Houston region. Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the 2014/2015 GHCVB Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, June 24 where guests heard from the bureau's new president, Mike Waterman, in addition to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, among others. Topics discussed at the meeting included the major renovations underway in the city's convention district; preparations for the arrival of the Final Four in Houston in 2016 and the Super Bowl in 2017; and new multimedia marketing campaigns aimed at increasing awareness of the assets the greater Houston region possesses as a destination for domestic and international travelers. 

Residents can access promotional videos about Houston and learn about upcoming events and attractions in the area at


First Annual SpaceCom Houston

Council Member Martin is pleased to inform residents about the first annual SpaceCom Houston event coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center on November 17 - 19, 2015. SpaceCom, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, is a new three-day event engineered to fuel economic growth and innovation by encouraging the application of space technologies to five target industries: medicine, energy, transportation, communications and advanced manufacturing. To do so, SpaceCom will seek to unite public and private stakeholders involved in domestic and international space commerce with a new group of global business executives looking for a competitive advantage by utilizing space technology.


The three-day event will feature a number of keynote speakers from the industry and public sector, panel and roundtable discussions with space experts and related professionals, general educational sessions on a variety of relevant topics and networking receptions, among other activities. The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) is leading the development of SpaceCom alongside an Advisory Board made up of industry, academic and government leaders and chaired by NASA Johnson Space Center Director, Dr. Ellen Ochoa.


For an at-a-glance agenda and a host of other information on the first annual SpaceCom conference, including how to register, please visit


Plan Houston Draft and Public Input Meetings

"What makes Houston a great place to live?" "How can we ensure Houston's future as a vibrant and growing city?" To answer these questions, the City of Houston embarked on a process to create a general plan known as Plan Houston. It will serve to manage Houston's growth and development, enhance neighborhoods and better coordinate efforts to make positive changes throughout the city.


Plan Houston will be a high-level coordination and decision-making tool and builds on existing plans, studies, policies, practices and regulations that make Houston a prosperous, healthy and sustainable city. After receiving considerable input, the city has drafted 12 policy directives to help it achieve the community's vision and goals. To view these directives and to provide feedback on the process so far, please visit


In addition, on June 29 the Planning Commission held its first of four meetings to present the draft policy directives and to hear from residents and business owners. Three meetings remain, all of which will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the below dates and locations:


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center

4605 Wilmington  Street

Houston, Texas 77051


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tracy Gee Community Center

3599 Westcenter Drive

Houston, Texas 77042


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Trini Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Road

Houston, Texas 77055


For questions or comments, please email


Houston Bike Plan

Earlier this year, the City of Houston kicked off the Houston Bike Plan, a 12-month effort to update the city's Comprehensive Bikeway Plan originally adopted in 1993. The new plan will clarify a vision and goals for biking in Houston and identify future projects to create a citywide bicycle network that addresses these goals.  

To collect public input on the plan, several public meetings were held throughout the city during the months of May and June. A city representative will also be in attendance at the Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee meeting on Thursday, July 2 to discuss the bike plan. That meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room located at 2030 Shadow Rock Drive, Houston, Texas 77339.

Through July 20, 
residents also have the opportunity to participate and provide feedback in a number of ways online at The city encourages interested residents to take the Houston Bike Plan Survey, accessible here, to voice their thoughts on biking in Houston. The Houston Bike Plan website additionally enables residents to sign up for email alerts, participate in discussion forums and utilize an interactive mapping tool.


Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Public Hearing and Call for Feedback

Amendments to the 2014 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP) are being proposed and and a public hearing has been scheduled. The amendments include requests from private applicants and the Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, as well as many requests based on the outcomes from the following:

The City of Houston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the City Hall Annex Building, Council Chambers, Public Level, 900 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas, 77002. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to allow interested citizens to be heard concerning proposed changes to the 2014 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP). The MTFP identifies right-of-way needs and proposes roadway alignments within the city limits of Houston and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The MTFP does not initiate the timing of right-of-way acquisition or construction activities related to the roadways.


In addition to comments made at the Public Hearing, comments submitted by July 3, 2015, using the online comment form available here, will be taken into account by the Planning Commission before making a decision on amendment requests.  Additionally, the Commission will weigh information provided by P&D and other government transportation agencies in the Houston region. Four weeks after the public hearing, on August 13, 2015, staff will present recommendations to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will vote on each amendment and forward its recommendations to City Council by September 1, 2015. Once an ordinance for the amendments has been adopted by City Council, a new MTFP will be published by the City.


More information about the MTFP and proposed amendments are available on the Major Thoroughfare and Freeway webpage at  The information can be found by selecting "2015 MTFP Amendment Requests" link under "Announcements" at the bottom of the page. Residents may also contact the City of Houston's Planning & Development Department at 832-393-6600.


Houston Police Department Alert Slips

The Houston Police Department would like to remind citizens about the resource known as "Alert Slips," a tool with which Houstonians can submit a special request for police service. Citizens can fill out a form to request increased patrols around their home or business for a prowler, speeding vehicle, excessive burglaries and thefts or for other reasons causing them concern. Alert Slips can prove especially useful during the summer months when residents leave their homes unattended during vacations. 

The Alert Slip is used only for police presence during certain periods of the day or for HPD officers to make visual inspections for criminal activity. It is used as a special request for police service for temporary solutions; the Alert Slip must be renewed or it will expire. Please also note that procedures in regard to the Alert Slips may differ between patrol stations. For more information, visit

Citizens may request this service by contacting their area patrol station (or police storefront) and requesting an Alert Slip. The Alert Slip may also be filed online at

HPD's "Help Us, Help You" campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.


Electronic Recycling Update

The Solid Waste Management Department's (SWMD) monthly electronic recycling events in Kingwood and Clear Lake have been put on hold as the City of Houston evaluates and renews the contractual structure of its electronic recycling program. 

The District E office will keep residents updated and inform the public when electronic recycling service is expected to be restored. In the meantime, a variety of alternative methods exist for the recycling of electronic goods. Best Buy accepts many types of electronics, including TVs, at no cost and offers pickup programs for items too large to easily transport. More information on Best Buy's electronic recycling services can be found here

Goodwill Houston additionally accepts scrap electronic equipment including TVs, computers, DVRs, etc. in any condition. Information on Goodwill Houston's electronic recycling program can be found on its FAQ webpage here

Residents can also click here to find information on other ways to recycle various types of electronic goods in Texas.

31st Annual Mayor's Proud Partner Awards 

Keep Houston Beautiful, the City of Houston's Clean City Commission, is now accepting applications here for the 31st Annual Mayor's Proud Partner Awards. The City of Houston is calling for applications from groups that have worked to support the city through volunteer beautification, neighborhood cleanups or conservation activities. Please note that all applications must be submitted online and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015.


Eligible entries include any program, project or individual effort, big or small, carried out and substantially completed during the last year to create a cleaner more beautiful environment. Examples include beautification and landscaping installations, neighborhood cleanups, environmental education programs, volunteer park improvements, murals (graffiti abatement), waste minimization efforts, litter prevention programs and similar service projects.

Sponsoring groups may include businesses, nonprofit and civic organizations, garden clubs, youth groups (including, classroom projects), universities, government agencies, religious institutions, medical institutions and individuals.


For more information, please contact Keep Houston Beautiful at


To learn more about the City of Houston's sustainability efforts, residents can visit and


Save the Date: Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas

Houston's official July 4th celebration is back with Southwest Airlines 2015 Freedom Over Texas, being held from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly-renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalou Bayou. Singer-songwriter and native Houstonian Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event this year.


This year's festivities also include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children's entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the All American Beer Garden; the Dr. Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all five branches of the military; and an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the U.S. Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind-the-scenes via live streaming on


More information on 2015 Freedom Over Texas, including ticket sales, can be found online here. Online admission will be $8 through midnight on July 3; admission in-person and online on July 4 will be $10, with children under 5 admitted free.


Please additionally note that Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous.  Therefore, the city requires the ban of all such animals.  This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking is allowed in any City of Houston park interior or exterior spaces/facilities.


Electronic Plan Review

The City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) is now offering electronic plan review services. Customers can create and manage accounts, submit permit applications, upload plans, pay fees, and track updates - all from the comfort of their home or place of business. More convenient self-service options will be added in the near future as PWE continues working to improve residents' customer experience.


Two online systems are used to complete specific functions in the plan review process. Separate logins are required for each system; however, the same email address and password may be used to set up each system account.  There are two types of user accounts available: Licensed and Non-licensed. Texas state licensed engineers and engineering firms must create a licensed account. In addition, individuals and organizations with an advanced pay account (APA) must create a licensed account type. All other users will create a Non-licensed account. Please note that the account type will not affect users' access to EPR-related forms and functions.  


To explore the City of Houston's new electronic plan review services, please visit


BARC Adoption Center Grand Opening

On Friday, June 5 the City of Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new state-of-the-art animal shelter, adoption center and spay/neuter facility located at 3300 Carr Street, Houston, Texas 77026. Mayor Annise Parker made remarks at the event, and all proceeds went to BARC's low-cost spay/neuter initiative, "Fixin' Houston."


The June 5 event marked the completion of Phase I of the build out of BARC's new adoption center. The new facility adheres to American Kennel Club (AKC) standards pertaining to natural light, indoor and outdoor runs for dogs and AKC-certified kennel sizes. Completed during the first phase of construction were administrative offices in the center's storefront, a courtyard, two dog adoption kennels, three outdoor dog runs and the parking lot. The kennels will hold 20 adult dogs and between 50 and 60 puppies. Future phases will provide space for about 130 additional adult dogs, a cat adoption facility, a meeting and education building and a spay/neuter clinic. 


For more information on BARC's new adoption center, please visit


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

June 30-July 1
Council Break Week

July 3
Council Offices Closed for July 4th Weekend

July 4
Southwest Airlines 2015 Freedom Over Texas Celebration

July 7
Flood Recovery Resource Workshops

July 7, 14, 21
Plan Houston Public Input Meetings

July 14-15
Council Break Week

July 16
Planning Commission Hearing on Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan

July 31-August 2
Houston International Jazz Festival 2015

July 2
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

July 4
Kingwood July 4th Parade

July 8
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting

July 21
Kingwood PIP Meeting

July 21
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Healthcare Luncheon

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

July 15

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's 84th Legislative Update


July 21

Clear Lake PIP


July 23

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership's Monthly Luncheon


July 28

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region's Business Update Luncheon


July 29

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon