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Still Going Strong: Plea For Three Campaign

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce has coordinated a mass letter writing campaign to ask the State of Texas to take immediate action on three items to help the Lake Houston Area recover and prevent future flooding: Remediation, Reduction and Representation.

1. Remediation: Full funding to dredge both Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River in order to remove the sand, siltation and debris deposits and stricter enforcement of TCEQ regulations on legal and illegal sand mining operations.

2. Reduction: Decrease the pooling level of Lake Conroe from 201 feet above sea level to 198 feet by pre-releasing water from Lake Conroe in a slow, systematic flow to ensure the dam at Lake Houston can efficiently and safely release the added water to the Gulf of Mexico. This is CRITICAL as the area has experienced three flood events since 2015.

3. Representation: Add three interim board members to the San Jacinto River Authority representing communities downstream impacted by the release of water from Lake Conroe. These appointed board members would serve until legislation can be crafted to best address the issue of downstream representation on their board.

The state has not issued any plans or funding to help with remediation in our communities. It is incumbent upon every citizen and business in the Lake Houston Area to gain the attention of state officials and decision makers and request action.

The voice of the Lake Houston Area is being heard and has already received some great momentum. In December, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Member Robert Gallegos (District I), Council Member Larry Green (District K), and Council Member Mike Knox (At Large 1) sent their own Plea for Three letters to the Governor and other state elected officials in support of this initiative. Chairman Lyle Larson, of the Texas Houston Natural Resources Committee has sent a letter to the Governor as well as a separate letter to the General Manager of the San Jacinto River Authority. The City of Humble has declared a resolution in support of the Plea for Three, which continues to gain momentum throughout our community. We must keep pushing forward and asking our community to get involved.

For more information about the "Plea For Three Campaign" visit RecoverLakeHouston.com to support in the following ways:

•SEND emails to all suggested state officials
•SHARE the campaign with your employees, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and customers
•SPREAD the campaign on social media using #PleaFor3LakeHouston #RecoverLakeHouston. See sample tweets/posts, social media pages/groups at RecoverLakeHouston.com
•SIGN UP to get updates on the "Recover Lake Houston" movement (your email will not be shared or used for purposes other than Recover Lake Houston updates)

The Plea For Three Campaign is the initial step in a larger, long-term Recover Lake Houston Plan under the direction of the Lake Houston Area Long Term Recovery Task Force.

The future of the Lake Houston Area depends largely on the ability to rally the community and demand action to prevent flooding of this magnitude from occurring again.

Council Member Martin appreciates the Lake Houston Area Chamber spearheading this effort and encourages all residents to participate in this much needed call to action. Keep in mind these items are things that can happen immediately. Council Member Martin is sensitive to the long range plans the community needs in the form of infrastructure and improvement of drainage from the River to the Lake. Council Member Martin is dedicated to seeing through all efforts possible to make sure that flooding impacts to the Lake Houston area are reduced in the future and will continue to work diligently with local representatives to achieve this goal.

District E Intern

The District E office welcomes our newest intern, Javier Gonzalez. Javier grew up in a small town in Mexico and moved to the United States when he was 7 years old. He is currently enrolled at the University of Houston seeking a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. After graduating with honors from the University of Houston in the Spring, he plans on attending Law School here in Houston to further his education.


The District E Office has recently been receiving multiple calls from residents in Clear Lake concerned with loose dogs. To this day, only three separate incidents, occurring in the Clear Lake area, have been reported to BARC since December 2017. In light of this issue, we thought we would include a message from BARC:

Houston has the largest urban land area in the U.S. Its size and unique characteristics create challenging circumstances in regards to animal population and control. BARC is the agency assigned to the mission of providing animal control services to Houston residents. BARC's mission is to promote and protect public health and animal care through sheltering, pet placement programs, pet ownership education and animal law enforcement.

Animal Enforcement Officers have a huge job to do. During calendar year 2017, BARC took in 26,868 animals. It is normal for them to receive more than 250 requests for animal control service in a day. The officers are asked to respond to exigent dangers, such as near-fatal maulings, HPD requests for assistance, aggressive animals on school grounds, wildlife situations and individual bite cases. BARC also receives many requests for action related to stray dogs and cats, as well as a surprising number of livestock incidents. All service requests are prioritized based on the severity of the situation.

Typically BARC has 10 Animal Enforcement Officers on duty per day, seven days a week for city wide coverage. If you need to report an animal related or issue or simply want to speak with an Animal Enforcement Supervisor you may dial 311, or (713) 837-0311. Please provide the 311 operator with as much information as possible, including your name and address, primary telephone number, address of the person you are making the complaint on (if available), and a description of the animal. BARC does not share your information with anyone. The operator will provide you with a case number and dispatch the call to an officer. The officer will prioritize the call based on the severity of the situation and respond in accordance.

If you are experiencing an emergency please dial 911 and the Houston Police Department or nearest local Law Enforcement Agency will secure the scene until an Animal Enforcement Officer is able to respond.

For more information about BARC, please visit their website.

Save the Date: Lake Houston YMCA Bridgefest

The Lake Houston Family YMCA's 26th Annual Bridge Fest will take place on Saturday, February 17 from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Houston Family YMCA. With races of three distances for runners, joggers and walkers to choose from, the event is designed to encourage participation from all abilities and ages.

Lake Houston Family YMCA's 26th Annual Bridge Fest
Saturday, February 17, 2017
2420 West Lake Houston
Kingwood, Texas 77339
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

For more information or to register for Bridge Fest, click here.

Humble ISD Distinguished Alumni Award

The Humble ISD Distinguished Alumni Award will honor deserving Humble Independent School District alumni who have excelled in their field, made significant contributions to their community, and served as a positive role model and leader. To read more about eligibility requirements or to submit a nomination today, please click here.

Nominations will close on February 23. This year's award will be presented at the Humble ISD Education Foundation Gala on Friday, April 13 at the Humble Civic Center.

Solid Waste Bike Donation

Each year, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department helps spread holiday cheer with a donation of bikes to children between the ages of 6-12 in each council district. With the help of Humble ISD, Council Member Martin selected Olivia Comerford, a 4th grader from Deerwood Elementary, whose home had been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Olivia was ecstatic to receive the bike! Thank you SWD!

District E Spring B.O.P.A. Dates

Council Member Dave Martin and the City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department are holding their spring Batteries, Oil, Paint (latex only) and Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) recycling collection events in the coming months. Council Member Martin invites District E residents to save the following dates:

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Kingwood Metro Park & Ride
3210 W Lake Houston Parkway
Houston, Texas 77339

The event is free and open to all City of Houston residents and will be held rain or shine. A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency, such as a water bill, will be required.

In addition to B.O.P.A. items, residents may drop off scrap metal and large appliances. Large appliances include stoves, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

Many common household materials are considered hazardous and need special disposal. When Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is disposed of in the trash, it can contaminate landfills and subsequently our groundwater. This event provides a free and safe alternative for residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous materials. Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for the collection event:

•ACCEPTED ITEMS: rechargeable, Lead Acid, NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries, used motor and cooking oil (15 gallon limit each), antifreeze (15 gallon limit), latex paint (15 gallon limit), appliances and scrap metal including refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.

•ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Alkaline batteries, electronic waste, oil-based paint, paint without labels, household hazardous waste/chemicals, business waste, medical waste, radioactive waste, PCB's, Dioxins, ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders, smoke detectors, household trash or tires.

Please also note that there is no need to bring empty latex paint cans or those that have hardened. These can be discarded with household garbage.

Residents may call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Hotline, for additional information or check online at www.houstonsolidwaste.org.  More information on the Solid Waste Management Department and its services is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

BAHEP Quasar Awards

On Friday, January 26 Council Member Martin and staff had the opportunity to attend the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's 25th Annual Quasar Awards.

This year's recipient of the prestigious Quasar Award was our Mayor, Sylvester Turner. BAHEP's leadership selected Mayor Turner for his many years of service to the State of Texas and the City of Houston. That service has repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of "Partnerships for Progress," which has contributed immeasurably to the economic strength of Bay Area Houston.

For the past two years, as the 62nd mayor of Houston, the Honorable Sylvester Turner has personally engaged with communities throughout the greater Houston area. It is significant that during the past year he has championed the regional initiative to build a coastal spine system to protect the people, businesses and industries that face the threat of massive destruction from hurricanes. Additionally, Mayor Turner's work to ensure a fiscally sound City of Houston will be a lasting testament to his outstanding leadership for decades to come. As he has stated many times, what affects one of us affects all of us. A financially healthy City of Houston translates to a healthy region which, in turn, attracts site selectors, businesses, and families who decide to call the region home due to its vibrancy and effective leaders.

Houston 3-1-1

Council Member Martin reminds all District E residents to continue to report storm debris by calling 311 or (713) 837-0311. Residents can also use 3-1-1 to report traffic signal problems, potholes, missed trash pickups and any other city-related concerns one may have.

Please be aware that the City has still suspended junk waste collections. Once the Mayor announces when this will resume, our office will provide that information to residents.

Once reported, individual requests can be tracked through the city's 311 website, accessible here, or through the city's 311 mobile application available on smart phones. As always, should further follow up be needed, the public is encouraged to contact Council Member Martin's office as well.

Atascocita Shores Local Drainage Project

Beginning Monday, February 12, 2018, City of Houston Public Works will begin working on a local drainage project on Atascocita Shores Drive. The project will remove and replace the collapsing/failing 60-inch storm sewer culverts that run under Atascocita Shores Drive. Their current failure is impeding the flow of water into Lake Houston and is also causing the roadway pavement to sink. Upon completion of this project, both issues will be resolved. There is no interruption in water or wastewater services anticipated during this project.

Atascocita Shores Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Shoregrove Drive and Atascocita Point Drive for the duration of the project. Construction is anticipated to be complete in mid-June, weather permitting.

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

February 14:  Valentine's Day
February 19:  President's Day


February 3:  Kingwood Electronic Waste Recycling
February 8:  Summer Creek BizCom
February 14:  Kingwood Service Assocation's Public Safety Committee
February 17:  Lake Houston YMCA BridgeFest
February 20:  Kingwood PIP
February 21:  Kingwood Super Neighborhood Meeting

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