Board of Directors Meeting

Kingwood Greens Village
Board Meeting
October 9, 2019
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Kingwood Library
Large Meeting Room, 1st Floor

Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project Public Meeting

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
districte@houstontx.gov

Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project Public Meeting

Houston, TX – City Council Member Dave Martin would like to invite residents to attend a public information meeting on Tuesday, October 15, to learn more about the expansion of the Northeast Water Purification Plant.  The meeting will be held at Lakeside United Methodist Church, located at 14303 West Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77044. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will conclude at 8:00 p.m.

The meeting will include an update to neighbors on the installation of two 108 inch pipelines traveling from the Northeast Water Purification Plant east to Lake Houston, adjacent to Jack’s Ditch, as well as the construction of an intake pump station in Lake Houston.

Council Member Martin encourages residents to attend the meeting as well as visit www.GreaterHoustonWater.com. If you are unable to attend the meeting or would like to learn more, please contact representatives from the water project at info@greaterhoustonwater.com  or call (281) 520-3777.

City of Houston Files Cease and Desist

October 2, 2019
Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
districte@houstontx.gov

City of Houston Files Cease and Desist Against Perry Homes,
Double Oak, and Figure Four Partners

Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like for Kingwood residents to be aware the City of Houston has filed cease and desist orders against Perry Homes, Double Oak Construction, Inc., and Figure Four Partners, Ltd. for the discharge of stormwater from the Woodridge Village development site. These cease and desist orders were issued in response to the discharge of sand, silt, sediment, and debris from the development site into the Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) on September 19, 2019.

This discharge is in direct violation of City of Houston Ordinance:

ARTICLE XII. – STORM WATER DISCHARGES, DIVISION 5 – ILLICIT DISCHARGES AND CONNECTIONS, Section 47-741 – Discharge to MS4 prohibited (a)   A person commits an offense if the person threatens to introduce, introduces or causes to be introduced into the MS4 any discharge that is not composed entirely of storm water

This discharge has caused severe damage to the City of Houston’s MS4 and to the property of the citizens of the City of Houston. As a result of this discharge the City of Houston started a 12 week extensive investigation of the stormwater system located within Elm Grove and other effected communities within the far northeast section of Kingwood. This investigation is currently 10 percent complete as it started last week.

Another update on this investigation will be provided during the Council Member Martin’s Kingwood Town Hall Meeting to be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. located at the Kingwood Community Center (4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, TX 77345) Council Member Martin has been working diligently to see this type of action over the last week and is actively pursuing additional measures to be taken to further protect the residents of Kingwood.

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

 

Town Hall Meeting

October 1, 2019
Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
districte@houstontx.gov
Council Member Dave Martin Hosts
Kingwood/Lake Houston Area Town Hall Meeting

Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, TX 77345. The community is invited to attend and hear from city and community representatives about ongoing projects, issues and community news related to the Kingwood and Lake Houston areas of District E.

Mayor Sylvester Turner will be in attendance again this year, and residents will also hear from Stephen Costello, City of Houston Chief Recovery Officer, on the progress of projects such as the additional Lake Houston Spillway Dam Improvement Project (Flood Gates). Houston Public Works and the Coastal Water Authority have been invited to speak on the Lake Houston Dam Maintenance Project, which currently requires the level of Lake Houston to be kept one foot below normal pool elevation through next November.

Stan Sarman, the Chair of the TIRZ 10 board, will provide information on the Northpark Drive Mobility Improvement Project. Chuck Gilman, San Jacinto River Authority Director of Flood Management, will provide an update on the regional watershed study that is being completed with Montgomery County, Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston. Additionally, Chip Place will be speaking on the Houston Parks Board Bayou Greenways 2020 project along Hamblen Road. Finally, the Texas Department of Transportation has been included on the agenda to provide an update on the Loop 494 expansion project.

For those that arrive to the Kingwood town hall meeting early, there will be information tables available starting at 6:00 p.m. from Lovett Commercial (Kingwood Docks), Houston Public Works, Houston Police Department Kingwood Division, the Houston Permitting Center to assist residents with questions related to storm damage repairs and rebuilding. The tables will be on site with information available to residents before and after the town hall meeting.

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

Feral Hog Update

Dear Kingwood Greens Residents:

The feral hogs have been very active these past weeks.  Your Board of Directors met with a hog trapper this morning and preliminarly contracted with Deep South Trapping (www.deepsouthtrapping.com) also found on Facebook at deepsouthtrapping.net.

Deep South Trapping uses M.I.N.E. (Manually Initiated Nuisance Elimination) traps to remove hogs from our subdivision.  These corral-shaped traps are capable of catching a large number of hogs at one time.

A game camera is installed that sends pictures of the hogs coming into the trap.  When the entire group is in the trap, the trapper can text the camera so that the drop gate is activated and closes.  The trap is constructed in a way so that it will not harm or trap animals like cattle or deer.  The trapper then loads and transports the hogs to a game reserve or a meat processor.

Please know that your Board of Directors has taken this step because we feel that the hog damage was getting worse, even though those neighbors affected had been trying different measures to keep the hogs away from their property.

The placement of the corral is going to be on the south side of Kingwood Greens Drive, adjacent to #7 on the Forest Course, back in the woods a little, in order to be away from the traffic on Kingwood Greens Drive.  The trapper determined this to be the best location.

The trapper, Steve, Horelco, told the board that after the placement of the corral, (which should be up and operational in one week), it could take up to three weeks for the hogs to get desensitized to the corral and begin feeding on the bait inside the corral.  So this is a process.  Please be patient.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email both Thomasene.Smith@fsresidential.com AND me, DianneLansden@gmail.com in the same email.

Also….PLEASE SEND US YOUR VIABLE EMAIL ADDRESS if we do not have it, and pass this along to your Kingwood Greens Neighbors who may not be getting EBLAST emails from First Service Residential.

Sincerely,

Dianne Lansden
President
Kingwood Greens Village Community Association

New Trash Service

September 5, 2019

Kingwood Greens Village Homeowners,

The Kingwood Greens Village Board of Directors wants to inform you of the new trash company (Frontier Waste Solutions) that has been contracted to provide waste and recycle service to Kingwood Greens Village community beginning Tuesday, October 1st.   The service will be curbside service only.  Waste Management is no longer offering the level of residential service that best fits our community’s needs.  The existing contract with Waste Management will terminate on September 30, 2019.

The Board negotiated with Frontier Waste Solutions a monthly service fee of $18 resulting in a quarterly fee of $54.  Homeowners will be invoiced individually by Frontier Waste Solutions.

Trash days are Tuesday and Friday.  Trash should be placed at the curb by 7am on each service day.  Each homeowner will supply its own waste container.

Heavy trash day is Friday (the second collection day of every week)

Recycle day is Wednesday.  Frontier will provide the 18 gallon plastic bin.

Additional information will be mailed out to everyone soon from Frontier Waste Solutions.

Kingwood Greens Village Community Association
Board of Directors

Lake Houston Temporarily Lowered One Foot 

Houston, TX – Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Lake Houston Area residents aware that Houston Public Works is lowering the level of Lake Houston by one foot. Since heavy thunderstorms are predicted later this evening Lake Houston is being lowered from 42.5 feet to 41.5 feet. It is predicted that there will be widespread rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with higher possible totals of 3 to 4 inches in some areas.

The lowering of the Lake began this morning. This will be a temporary lowering while we are under this possible severe weather watch. Property owners should make arrangements for boats and other items along the shoreline for a  lowering of Lake Houston by one foot.

Please keep in mind that the Lake will only be lowered to 41.5 feet until the threat of today’s severe weather passes. Once the threat of severe weather leaves our area the Lake will be allowed to fill back up to the normal pool level of 42.5 feet. The level of Lake Houston can be monitored by visiting the Coastal Water Authority website.

For more information please contact the District E office by calling (832) 393-3008 or by emailing DistrictE@houstontx.gov.

Clarification: Temporary Reduction to the Level of Lake Houston

Houston, TX – To clarify a press release that went out yesterday regarding the reduction of Lake Houston, the level of the Lake is temporarily being reduced for seasonal rain events until the river, lake, and interior channels can be dredged. Harris County has approved the request for qualifications for engineering and environmental permitting to support the dredging of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.

Once the lake is lowered to 40 feet it is the City of Houston’s plan to adjust the spillway gates to maintain a level of 40 feet temporarily moving forward this rainy and hurricane season. The lake is currently releasing 7,600 cubic feet per second, and the elevation is 40.52 feet. No major changes in policy have been made. This temporary reduction addresses the immediate concerns of the Lake Houston Community, including Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, and Huffman.

This lower lake level will continue to be observed while the City works with area partners to address siltation and other coordination efforts with Lake Conroe. The City of Houston will continue to monitor and evaluate water demand, weather patterns and other mitigation activities.

In the event, the City of Houston has a need for additional water, the City has the ability through existing water rights to call water from Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston to meet high demand. For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

Effective Immediately the Level of Lake Houston is Being Reduced

Houston, TX – Houston City Council Member Dave Martin would like to announce that after a meeting held yesterday with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the daily pooling level of Lake Houston will be reduced from 42.5 feet to 40 feet, effective immediately. Last night, Houston Public Works Director, Carol Haddock, directed the Coastal Water Authority to start lowering the level of Lake Houston in advance of Wednesday’s predicted storms. Council Member Martin has confirmed that all gates at Lake Houston are open and the level of Lake Houston is anticipated to reach the desired 40 foot mark by Wednesday evening.

Once the lake is lowered to 40 feet it is the City of Houston’s plan to adjust the spillway gates to maintain a level of 40 feet moving forward on a long-term basis. This will address the immediate concerns of the Lake Houston Community, including Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, and Huffman. This lower lake level will continue to be observed while the City works with area partners to address siltation and other coordination efforts with Lake Conroe. The City of Houston will continue to monitor and evaluate water demand, weather patterns and other mitigation activities.

This morning, Harris County Commissioner’s Court will vote to authorize requests for qualifications (RFQ) for engineering and other services to identify watershed-wide flood risks, evaluate food mitigation strategies that address those risks and develop recommendations to enhance the flood warning system and action plans used by the emergency managers in the San Jacinto River Basin from its headwaters in Lake Houston across Harris County Precincts 1, 2, and 4. Harris County will be working with the San Jacinto River Authority as well as other municipalities to accomplish this task which was a part of Governor Greg Abbott’s charges for the region.

Additionally, Harris County will also be requesting authorization for RFQs for engineering, environmental permitting, and other services in support of dredging the West Fork of the San Jacinto River from IH-59 to Lake Houston Parkway. This was another of Governor Abbott’s charges during his visit to the Kingwood Area. All parties are committed to working together to swiftly move the dredging project forward in preparation for this year’s hurricane season.

Council Member Martin has been working diligently over the last few weeks to make sure the efforts of dredging are not short lived. The visit of Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, and continued communication with the Governor’s office have allowed us to partner with the Aggregate Production Operators (APO) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The continued interest and participation of statewide leaders helps local efforts by assisting us in identifying red tape and providing solutions to these obstacles. Next Tuesday, April 3, we anticipate a visit from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who has expressed an interest in touring the San Jacinto Watershed by air and water.

These state partnerships allow us the opportunity to closely evaluate existing regulations for sand mining as well as the ability to increase the strength of these existing policies. The regional APOs have stepped up to the table and want to be a part of the solution. Texas Senator Brandon Creighton and Texas State Representative Dan Huberty continue to be champions for stricter sand mining regulations to protect our watershed.

The problem of flooding within the San Jacinto Watershed is a difficult one to tackle due to the size of the watershed and many jurisdictions involved but Council Member Martin is creating relationships where none have existed before and knows that working together will get us further along the path to a long term solution.

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.

 

City of Houston Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008
jessica.beemer@houstontx.gov

Public Input Needed: Changes to Chapter 19 Floodplain Ordinance

Houston, TX – City Council Member Dave Martin is requesting residents participate in providing public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 of the City’s Code of Ordinances. The City of Houston is considering revisions to Chapter 19 to ensure new dwellings are built high enough to save lives and property in the event of future flooding. As District E will be heavily impacted by new regulations, participation from residents is highly encouraged.

APPROACH
The City of Houston will reduce the risk of flood loss for future development and redevelopment by ordinance revisions, new regulations, building codes and design guidelines. Existing development will be improved through Capital Improvement Projects, buyouts, home elevations and demo-rebuilds.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Houston’s current code only applies to property in the 100-year floodplain and protects 1 foot above 100-year flood elevation. The proposed revisions would include property in the 500-year floodplain and protect “X feet” of 500-year flood elevation. It would also include no net fill in the 500-year floodplain.

“X feet” in the proposed revisions is still to be determined following the public input period.

The 100-year floodplain is land that is predicted to flood during a 100-year storm, which has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. The 500-year floodplain has a .2% chance of occurring.

PUBLIC INPUT AND NEXT STEPS

Public input on proposed changes to Chapter 19 can be made:

The ordinance will be presented to Council on February 28, 2018.

RESOURCES

For more information, please contact the District E office at (832) 393-3008 or via email at districte@houstontx.gov.