Council Member Dave Martin's

District E Newsletter

Issue 33

September 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


Katherine Cunningham 

Administrative Assistant

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,
Every September, I remind residents about an important event happening in the council district, the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run. The 5th annual 5k run will take place this year on Saturday, September 12 at Ellington Airport to remember, honor and support men and women in the armed services, police, fire fighter and first responder communities who protect and serve our country every day. Year after year, Houston has led the nation with some of the highest participation rates and once again has aimed to increase attendance from last year. Proceeds from this event will go to assist wounded veterans, injured police officers and fire fighters and the families of fallen heroes and veterans. I encourage runners, walkers and patriots to join me and register for this run or just attend and show your unwavering support and respect for those who sacrifice so much for us. To register for the 9/11 Heroes Run 2015, please click here.
Later this month I will also have the privilege of recognizing Captain Greg Fremin and Captain Brian Bennett, both with the Houston Police Department, for their roles in coordinating the annual run for the past five years. Both of these men not only selflessly serve the city as dedicated police officers in their daily lives, but they tirelessly plan, promote and run the event each year at Ellington Airport. If it wasn't for them and their fantastic team we would not have the robust attendance and publicity year after year. We thank them for making the public aware about this unique and significant run and for highlighting the sacrifices made for those who protect our citizens and country on a daily basis. 
May we also pause and pay our respects to those who lost their lives on that tragic day fourteen years ago. We continue to pray for those families who will never fill the void of losing their loved ones and for those who have fought and serve our country so valiantly in the days since.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you.

Dave Martin

Save the Date: Southeast Houston/Clear Lake Town Hall

Council Member Martin will host his annual Southeast Houston/Clear Lake town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Space Center Houston located at 1601 NASA Parkway. Members of the public are invited to attend to hear from city and community representatives about ongoing projects, issues and community news related to the Southeast Houston and Clear Lake areas.
Representatives from the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department, Solid Waste Management Department, Houston Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Houston Airport System will present project updates for the area.  
Council Member Martin has also invited back Collin Pier with Trendmaker Homes to present the company's progress on the new residential community, known as The Reserve at Clear Lake City, located at Clear Lake City Boulevard and El Dorado Boulevard. Also scheduled to present is Brian Bacik with General Growth Partners who is overseeing the current expansion of Baybrook Mall. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by the 2015 holiday season with many new exciting shopping options available to patrons.
For more information, please contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008.
Dr. Kirk Lewis Proclamation

At the public session of City Council on Tuesday, August 11 Council Member Martin had the opportunity to present a proclamation to Dr. Kirk Lewis, the Superintendent of Pasadena Independent School District (PISD). Dr. Lewis has announced his plans to retire early next year after a successful 30-year career with the school district.

Since joining PISD in 1986, Dr. Lewis has served in a number of roles including Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations as well as Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Public Relations and Governmental Affairs. Dr. Lewis was appointed as the district's superintendent in 2006, and in this role has overseen increased graduation rates, increased enrollment and success in AP and dual-credit courses and the creation of the Pasadena Early-College High School, among other accomplishments. PISD currently includes 63 total campuses with approximately 7,400 staff serving over 54,000 students in the greater Houston region.

Council Member Martin congratulates Dr. Lewis on a long and successful career, and thanks him for his dedication to the education and success of the students in the Pasadena Independent School District.

South Shaver Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Save the date! At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22 Council Member Martin will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the $13.5 million South Shaver Street reconstruction project which was initiated by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the summer of 2013. The event will take place at Iglesia Cristo de Poder, located at 5300 South Shaver Street, and Council Member Martin invites all interested residents and members of the public to attend.


For questions on the South Shaver Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony scheduled for September 22, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008.

Lawndale Street Repair Project

Last month, the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) began an emergency street repair project on Lawndale Street near State Highway 225. The department performed initial milling to remove damaged asphalt near Lawndale's 9800 block on Saturday, August 15. An additional round of asphalt work was then conducted on Saturday, August 29.

Since the initiation of the project, the Public Works and Engineering Department has been analyzing the condition of Lawndale's concrete base and underlying soil. Once the analysis is complete, a surface replacement project will be scheduled. Please be advised that in the intervening days traffic in the affected area will travel over a milled surface. While this surface is smoother than the section's original condition, drivers are encouraged to proceed mindfully and with caution.

For questions or concerns on the emergency street repair effort on Lawndale Street, please contact Council Member Dave Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at
Universal Weather and Aviation Tour

On Wednesday, August 19 Council Member Martin took a tour of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. in Clear Lake. Universal Weather and Aviation was founded in 1959 by former Air Force meteorologist and network weatherman Tom Evans, who wished to provide customized weather forecasting for business aviation. As the industry grew, Universal Weather and Aviation added new services and solutions to meet clients' needs. Today, Universal Weather is a global business aviation trip management company with 47 locations in 19 countries and over 1,700 employees worldwide. 
Council Member Martin thanks the staff at Universal Weather for the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the successful business. For more information on the company and its services, please visit

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's General Membership Meeting

On Wednesday, August 26 Council Member Martin attended the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's (BAHEP) monthly general membership meeting where Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) provided an update on his time in Washington and discussed national legislation on topics including environmental regulation, highway transportation and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Council Member Martin thanks BAHEP for hosting the event and Congressman Babin for informing those in attendance on the current congressional session. More information on Congressman Babin can be found online by visiting
Bay Area Community Advisory Panel Storm Surge Presentation

Council Member Martin attended the regularly scheduled meeting of the Bay Area Community Advisory Panel (BAYCAP) on Wednesday, August 26. At the meeting, Larry Dunbar of Rice University's SSPEED Center made a presentation on coastal storm surge and the analysis the center is conducting to develop a coastal storm surge solution to protect the economic assets in the Houston Ship Channel as well as the residences and commercial assets in Houston's greater Bay Area. Texas A&M Galveston, the University of Houston, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District are also involved in the efforts to develop a regional solution. 

As a native New Orleanian, Council Member Martin is aware of the danger posed by storm surge and has been committed to bringing more attention to the issue in Houston. In 2013, he traveled to New Orleans with a delegation of local business leaders and elected officials organized by the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) to observe the coastal barrier system in place there. Last year, Council Member Martin additionally traveled with BAHEP to the Netherlands to learn about solutions the Dutch have used to address coastal flooding and storm surge. The District E office will continue to keep residents informed as various institutions and community stakeholders continue work on this important issue.

St. Clare of Assisi Anniversary and Grand Opening Ceremony

On Wednesday, August 5 staff from the District E office presented a certificate of special recognition on behalf of Council Member Martin to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Clear Lake. The parish, located at 3131 El Dorado Boulevard, celebrated its 25th anniversary  on Sunday, August 9 in addition to the grand-opening of a new multi-purpose building. St. Clare of Assisi's new facility measures 33,000 square-feet and houses a Parish Life Center, educational and meeting/activity rooms and a resource center. It also includes a 5,000 square-foot covered narthex where parishioners can gather to visit before and after Mass and for other parish activities.

For more information on St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, please visit
Bay Area Alliance General Meeting

On Thursday, August 27 staff from Council Member Martin's office attended a general meeting of the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, which featured remarks from new Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) Athletic Director Debbie Fuchs and new CCISD Assistant Athletic Director Jimmy Grier. Together, Fuchs and Grier introduced their new positions within the district's athletics program and discussed the role of coaches in mentoring youths in the area.
The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families is a coalition made up of students and adults within Houston's Bay Area  who work to bring about a healthier community by addressing issues related to underage drinking and drug use. For more information on the Alliance and its initiatives, please click here.

El Dorado Boulevard and Eastcape Drive Intersection Improvement Project

The City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) resumed construction at the intersection of El Dorado Boulevard and Eastcape Drive on Monday, August 17 to complete the installation of a new traffic signal. Median, sidewalk and wheelchair ramp improvements will also be constructed. Work on the project is expected to occur from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday. Overall completion on the intersection improvement project is currently expected for late September 2015, weather permitting.
Please be advised that the outside traffic lane on each side of El Dorado Boulevard near the intersection will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. while construction is in progress. Standard traffic control measures such as warning signs and construction barrels will be in place on site to alert motorists and direct traffic flow. Council Member Martin's office has additionally worked with the Houston Police Department's Clear Lake Division to request that officers monitor the location for traffic control assistance when possible.
The work commencing on August 17 is the second and final component of a larger intersection improvement project initiated at El Dorado Boulevard and Eastcape Drive by a resident request made to Council Member Dave Martin's office. Improvements at the intersection also included the installation of an exclusive left-hand turn lane to accommodate larger traffic volumes, which was completed in early July and will open once all work has been completed.
For questions or concerns, please contact Council Member Dave Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at

Space Center Houston's Independence Plaza Exhibit

Mark your calendars! Space Center Houston will open its new landmark exhibit, Independence Plaza, on January 23, 2016. The eight-story tall complex will allow visitors to enter and interact with a high-fidelity space shuttle replica, Independence, mounted on top of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft giving the public a previously unseen look into the historic breakthroughs and technological advances achieved during NASA's shuttle era. Multiple exhibits will emphasize problem-solving concepts and potential career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Independence Plaza will also honor those who designed, built and flew in America's space shuttle program by recounting stories from astronauts, engineers and pilots. 

For more information on Space Center Houston's new landmark exhibit opening next year, please visit

Save the Date: Dine Out to Donate

The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) invites residents to "Dine Out to Donate" on Friday, September 21. Participating restaurants from Houston's Bay Area will donate a percentage of the day's sales from lunch and/or dinner to the foundation, which benefits all 41,000 Clear Lake Independent School District students through initiatives such as teacher innovative grants, technology education labs and many others. The elementary and secondary schools with the highest percentage of participation in the event will also each win $1,000.
For more information on the CCEF's Dine Out to Donate event, please click here.
Lake Houston Area Planning Council Meeting

On Monday, August 3 Council Member Martin attended a meeting of the Lake Houston Area Planning Council (LHAPC), a regional council which formed in May of last year to provide a number of key decision-makers from the Lake Houston area the opportunity to work together to plan and promote the region's future. At the August meeting, members in attendance provided local updates and discussed inter-jurisdictional concerns and projects which could benefit from LHAPC member collaboration. Those present included state and local elected officials, business and education leaders from the area and representatives from different levels of government, among others.


Council Member Martin thanks all in attendance for contributing to a productive and informative meeting and looks forward to continuing to work with LHAPC members towards the betterment of the Lake Houston Area.


Keep Kingwood Green Meeting

On Monday, August 3 Council Member Martin met with members of Keep Kingwood Green, a Kingwood-based 501(c)(3) grassroots environmental group, to discuss access to recycling in the Lake Houston Area. One topic of discussion at the meeting was the City of Houston's contract negotiations with CompuCycle to renew the monthly Electronic Recycling Program, which has been temporarily suspended in Kingwood and Clear Lake. These negotiations are currently ongoing, and Council Member Martin's office will keep the public updated on the negotiation process to provide notice when the city's Electronic Recycling Program is set to resume.

In the meantime, a variety of alternative methods exist for the recycling of electronic goods. Residents can use one of Compucycle's GREENspots DROPoff locations open every day. For an interactive map of these drop-off sites, please click here.

Best Buy also 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.
Kingwood Greens Village Association Meeting

On Tuesday, August 4 Council Member Martin met with the Kingwood Greens Village Association to discuss several public safety topics of importance to its members. Captain Mark Fougerousse of the Houston Police Department's Kingwood Division was also present at the meeting to listen to the residents' concerns and discuss potential strategies and solutions. Council Member Martin thanks Thomasene Smith for reaching out to the District E office and for coordinating the meeting.
Kingwood Pediatric Emergency Center Grand Opening

On Thursday, August 6 Council Member Martin attended a ceremony hosted by the Kingwood Medical Center to celebrate the grand opening of its new Pediatric Emergency Center. To mark the occasion, Council Member Martin presented a certificate of special recognition to Melinda Stephenson, CEO of the Kingwood Medical Center.

The Pediatric Emergency Center, which officially opened to the public on Monday, August 10 and will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., provides major and minor emergency care for newborn patients to 18-year-olds in a comfortable, child-friendly environment. The center will be staffed by board-certified pediatricians and emergency room physicians as well as registered nurses skilled in caring for children. In addition to emergencies, the center's Pediatrics Team provides treatment for a range of pediatric specialties, including cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, neonatology, ophthalmology and more.
The new Pediatric Emergency Center is located next door to the Women and Children's Center on the Kingwood Medical Center campus at 22999 U.S. Highway 59. For more information on this new medical resource serving Kingwood children and their families, please click here.

Village Multipurpose Center Ribbon-Cutting

On Thursday, August 13 Council Member Martin joined city and state officials, community leaders and representatives from The Village Learning and Achievement Center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of The Village's new multipurpose building at 3838 Plum Valley Drive in Kingwood. Among those present at the event were Neal Rackleff, Director of the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department, State Representative Dan Huberty (District 127) and The Village's Founder & CEO, Kim Brusatori.

The new 16,000 square-foot facility, located across the street from the existing Village at Plum Valley facility, will enable The Village Learning and Achievement Center to provide 150 additional low-income individuals with day habilitation, vocational education and physical, occupational and speech therapy programs. Amenities at the new multi-purpose center include an indoor recreational space, additional classrooms and an exercise room, as well office and therapy space.

Earlier this year, City Council unanimously approved a $3 million grant for The Village to purchase and renovate this new facility to give the organization an opportunity to expand its valuable programs and services.
2015 Lake Houston 10K 5K

Participants in the 2015 Lake Houston 10K 5K made their way to the community event bright and early on the morning of Saturday, August 22. The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce (LHACC) has organized the event for the past seven years, and at this year's races volunteers were around at every turn passing out shirts, lining up runners, passing out water and helping participants and spectators alike make their way around.
For the last several years, Council Member Martin has participated in the race as a community leader and he helped welcome runners and guests during this year's opening ceremony.
Council Member Martin thanks the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and all of the volunteers for showing up early to make the event a great success.

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's Kingwood BizCom

Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's (LHACC) quarterly Kingwood BizCom on Thursday, August 6 held to provide chamber members a number of updates on community happenings and developments in the area.

At the meeting, Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, spoke on the Kingwood Medical Center's new Pediatric Emergency Center; Sawyer Blackburn, Senior Acquisitions Manager for Friendswood Development, provided an update on the Tavola and Royal Brook developments; Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast, discussed the new Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Kingwood; Tony Austin spoke on the Town Center Park project; Brooke Martin, Director of Development for Kingwood Pines Hospital, updated residents on the new Hero-to-Zero Campaign; and Robert Sitton, President of the Humble ISD Board of Trustees, discussed HISD's recent HEB Excellence Award and provided general district updates.

For more information on the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's BizCom groups, please visit
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's "Focus of the Federal Government" Luncheon

Staff from Council Member Martin's office attended the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's "Focus of the Federal Government" luncheon on Tuesday, August 18. At the event, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2) provided attendees with an update on federal legislation and policies affecting the local economy. Topics discussed included the Trade Promotion Authority law, the Export-Import Bank, the Port of Houston and the current Human Trafficking bill.
West Lake Houston Parkway Panel Construction 

In an effort to provide more permanent pothole repairs to the Kingwood area, the City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department initiated a panel replacement project at 2200 West Lake Houston Parkway on Monday, August 3. Crews began construction on the parkway's northbound lanes before alternating to its southbound lanes and utilized flaggers and caution devices on site to aid traffic flow. To ease congestion, Council Member Martin's office also worked with the Houston Police Department's Kingwood Substation before the project's conclusion in mid-August.
Council Member Martin will continue to keep residents updated as the city's Public Works and Engineering Department carries out infrastructure improvement projects throughout District E.

West Lake Houston Bridge Repairs

The City of Houston's Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) began a bridge repair project on the West Lake Houston Parkway Bridge on Tuesday, August 25. As a result of the work, there will be weekly lane closures Thursday - Sunday nights between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. This project is expected to be completed by January 14, 2016 weather permitting.
During overnight construction, both sidewalks along the bridge will be barricaded and closed for safety and will reopen at the conclusion of overnight construction activities. Motorists will also experience lane closures similar to those that occur during the Lake Houston YMCA BridgeFest and the Lake Houston 10k/5k race, which require one bridge closure and two way traffic reduced to one lane on the southbound bridge.
The project's contractor, NBG Constructors, Inc., has hired off-duty peace officers to direct traffic during the evening hours for the duration of the project. Flagmen and other standard traffic control measures will be in place to direct motorists during the day. There may also be brief single lane closures during the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to allow equipment to be moved from one side of the bridge to the other. Council Member Dave Martin's office has reached out to the Houston Police Department's Kingwood Division to monitor for further traffic control assistance.
The project involves the replacement of existing bearing pads on the West Lake Houston Bridge over the San Jacinto River. The existing bearing pads have been deformed and are slipping away from the supports. Many of the bearing pads need to be replaced in order to ensure that the bridge carries out its fully-designed life expectancy.
Should any questions or concerns arise regarding the West Lake Houston Parkway  bridge repair project, please call (832) 395-2090 or email Residents may also contact Council Member Martin's office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at

CASE for Kids City Connections 2015-2016

CASE for Kids, the afterschool division of the Harris County Department of Education, is now accepting proposals from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the City of Houston for the City Connections 2015-2016 program. The City Connections initiative, funded by the City of Houston, offers grant support to out-of-school time programs that meet City Council district needs and address gaps in services to youths outside the school day. Funding ranges from $3,000 - $10,000.
Organizations interested in applying for funding through the CASE for Kids City Connections Programs can apply online here. Please note that applications are due on Friday, September 11 for the program's first grant term running from October 12 - December 31, 2015. 
An additional round of applications will be due on January 29, 2016. The program's second grant term will run from March 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016.

For more information on the Case for Kids City Connections 2015-2016 program, please contact Ramie Johns at or call (713) 696-1330.

Greater Houston Partnership's Municipal Finance Meeting

Council Member Martin attended the Greater Houston Partnership's (GHP) municipal finance briefing session on held Tuesday, August 11 to the discuss the organization's recent white paper titled, "The City of Houston's Finances: Let's Be Clear About Where We Are."  At the meeting, Marc Watts, Chair of the GHP's Municipal Finance Task Force, provided an overview of the paper, which explores the state of the city's finances. Topics discussed included general fund revenue versus expenses, long-term obligations and pension funding history. 

The white paper discussed on August 11 is the first in an upcoming GHP series dedicated to informing the public on the issue of municipal finance throughout Fall 2015. To view a copy of the paper, please click here.
Cadet Class 222 Commencement Ceremony

On Wednesday, August 12 Council Member Martin attended the Houston Police Department's (HPD) Commencement Ceremony for the 62 graduates of Cadet Class 222. HPD's Training Academy prepares cadets for a career in law enforcement through a rigorous six month academic and physical training program.  This training program requires tremendous dedication and discipline, both mentally and physically, from the cadets. Council Member Martin thanks HPD and its officers for continuing to serve and protect the citizens of Houston.
Anyone interested in becoming an HPD officer is encouraged to visit for more information.
Houston Dash Proclamation

At the public session of City Council on Tuesday, August 25 Council Member Martin joined his colleagues around the horseshoe in welcoming Houston Dash players Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian. The three were presented proclamations by Houston Mayor Annise Parker for their performance with the World Cup Champion U.S. Soccer Women's National Team. 

As a soccer dad and one-time girls soccer coach, Council Member Martin is proud to have Meghan, Carlie and Morgan represent the City of Houston, and he congratulates them on their amazing accomplishments as athletes and national role models.

Greg Simpson Reception

On Thursday, August 27 Council Member Martin attended a going away reception for Greg Simpson, City Council Liaison and Assistant Director of Communications for the Houston Public Library (HPL). At the reception, a number of city staff members shared memories and well wishes for Mr. Simpson, who served the City of Houston for almost 20 years.

Before joining the Houston Public Library (HPL) in 2002, Mr. Simpson was a Staff Analyst for the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office. After transitioning to work for the library, he has served in several critical roles such as the HPL Director's Chief of Staff, Governmental Liaison and Assistant Director of Communications, where he has led a successful team for the last six years.

During his time at HPL, Mr. Simpson and his team have been responsible for a number of accomplishments including the launch of the new MY Link Library Card campaign and the facilitation of the HPL's Strategic Master Plan.

Mr. Simpson is now moving on to serve as the president of Houston's Greenspoint Management District. Council Member Martin thanks Mr. Simpson for his longtime service to the City of Houston and his leadership within the Houston Public Library.

Backpack Donation

Staff from Council Member Martin's office traveled throughout District E on Monday, August 17 and distributed nearly 150 backpacks with school supplies for students in need who started school last month. The effort was part of the Mayor's Back to School Fest, which annually provides Houston-area students with school supplies such as backpacks, uniforms, immunizations and other critical items.

Council Member Martin thanks the Mayor's Back to School Fest for helping to supply the Clear Creek, Humble and Pasadena Independent School Districts.
Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Press Conference

On Thursday, August 20 a press conference was held to recognize the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In remembrance of the catastrophic storm, New Orleans Mayor John Landrieu visited Houston to thank the city and its residents for aiding in evacuating and housing over 1 million people, many of whom never returned. Mayor Parker, former Mayor Bill White, former County Judge Robert Eckels and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee all joined together at the press conference to recognize these coordinated efforts which have resulted in a strong bond between the two cities since. As a native of New Orleans, Council Member Martin thanks both cities for working together during that devastating time and for overcoming the tragic circumstances which have led to a forever-close relationship between the neighboring cities.

Labor Day Trash Schedule

The City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) will suspend normal collection services and close its facilities in observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 7. SWMD services will then resume on a special schedule during the week. Please observe the below graphic for more information, and contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or with questions or concerns.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Save the date! September 26, 2015 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public on the potential for the abuse of prescription medications. From 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., sites will be available throughout the City of Houston for residents to drop off unused or expired drugs for safe disposal by law enforcement personnel.

In Kingwood, residents can drop off medication at the Kingwood METRO Park & Ride, located at 3210 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, Texas 77339. Residents in the Clear Lake area can take medication for disposal to the Houston Police Department's Clear Lake Substation located at 2855 Bay Area Boulevard.

For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, occurring this year on September 26, please click here. Information on additional drop-off sites will be posted online at the linked webpage during the month of September.

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

September 1
City Council Ceremony Recognizing 70th Anniversary of end of World War II

September 7
City Offices Closed for Labor Day

September 8
No Public Session of City Council

September 9
Consolidated City Council Meeting

September 10
1st Annual Houston Tourism Summit

September 11
Deadline for CASE for Kids City Connections Grant Applications

September 12
9/11 Heroes Run 2015

September 18
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 26
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

September 3
Kingwood Service Association's Parks Committee Meeting

September 9
Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety Committee Meeting

September 12
Hero for Zero 5K Run/Family Fun Day

September 15
Kingwood PIP

September 16
Kingwood Super Neighborhood Council Meeting

September 22
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce's State of the County Luncheon

September 30
Kingwood Area Republican Women's Houston Mayoral Candidate Forum

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake    

September 15

Clear Lake PIP


September 16

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership's Monthly Luncheon


September 17

South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce's General Membership Luncheon


September 21

Eastside PIP


September 22

South Shaver Street Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


September 22

Southeast Houston/Clear Lake Fall Town Hall Meeting