District K March 2023 Newsletter

2023-03-21T08:12:11-05:00March 21st, 2023|Community News|

Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Honors Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce recognized Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum as the “2002 Distinguished Local Legislator of the Year” at their 2023 Annual Volunteer Awards Meeting & Board Induction Ceremony, recently. This award honors elected officials that have gone above and beyond to ensure the voices of women in business are elevated and advocated for at all levels of government.
The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business organization of highly influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through avenues of leadership, education, advocacy and mentoring. Congratulations are also in order for District K business owner Brandi Harleaux and long-time resident and educator, Almeta Crawford who also received awards during the sold out event.

South Gessner March PIP Event

In lieu of our regular monthly PIP meeting of the South Gessner Station, today, March 21, 2023, at 3pm a presentation by Sgt. Tracy Hicks from the Auto Theft Crimes Task Force will be given and after the presentation, free gun safes will be distributed. Gun safety and Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum and the District K team look forward to seeing you there.

Street Infrastructure Improvement Happening in Windsor Village Neighborhood

Residents in Windsor Village will soon be driving on a smooth street surface along Polo Street from Tiffany Drive to Grapevine Street. Construction for mill and asphalt overlay is scheduled to commence March 20, 2023, and is expected to be completed March 30, 2023. The Project contractor is Main Lane Industries.

Street Infrastructure Improvement in Westbury

Residents in Westbury will get improved street infrastructure on Hillcroft Avenue from Willowbend Boulevard to West Bellfort Street. The construction for concrete panel replacement is scheduled to begin April 3, 2023, and is expected to be completed June 16, 2023. The Project contractor is Total Contracting.

Constable Mae Walker Day,
in the City of Houston

Congratulations are in order for District K resident, Constable Mae Walker! Constable May Walker was recognized with a proclamation honoring her as the first African-American female Constable of Harris, County, TX.
During the 20 years she was an officer with the Houston Police Department, Constable Walker paved the way for female and minority officers by exposing unfair treatment and discriminatory hiring and promotional practices. A trailblazer in law enforcement, Walker is one of the first black female patrol officers for HPD, the first African American female Constable in Texas, and the first female Constable in Harris County. We are District K proud of Constable Walker and celebrate her accomplishments.

Tower Commission Taking Public Comments on Proposed Tower in Brays Oaks

Vice Mayor Pro Tem Castex-Tatum shares that the Planning and Development Department received an application for the construction of a 95-feet monopole communication tower within an unrestricted reserve site at 8109 Creekbend Drive, Houston, TX 77071 in Brays Oaks.
Property owners within the residential test area of the proposed tower site should have received written notice. Property owners who believe that the proposed tower will violate application restriction, rule regulation or ordinance, may provide comment to the Tower Commission. Comments, with supporting documents, et al, can be submitted in writing by 2:00 PM Friday, March 24, 2023.
Property owners may opt to attend the public hearing scheduled during the Tower Commission meeting Monday, March 27, 2023, 3:30 PM. The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Visit the Tower Commission web page, Tower Commission, for information to join the meeting.
Click the image above to see the full notice

Give Your Comments on the Conservation Districts and Amendments to Chapter 42

Vice Mayor Pro Tem Castex-Tatum wants to remind District K constituents to give your comments to the proposed creation of Conservation Districts and the proposed amendments to the Chapter 42 Ordinance for overall housing recommendations.
Visit Let’s Talk Houston/Livable Places for more information and to provide comments.

The Willow Waterhole Pier is Here!

Grab your fishing poles, the Willow Waterhole Conservancy and all the partners are happy to announce the completion of the Pier. The pier extends 46 feet into the Westbury Lake, make a 90 degree turn and then extends 32 feet. The lake is stocked with bass, catfish and sunfish. Let’s Go Fishing, read a book or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Fundraiser to Benefit Sgt. Juarez


District K Auto Repair and Tire Shops Canvassing

Vice Mayor Pro Tem Castex-Tatum believes education on City environmental compliance makes for good community partnership. District K Constituent Services Director – Field Operations Melvin Hopkins led this initiative throughout the district. Joined by Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Staff Angela Solis and Eldridge Peugh, the team conducted the annual canvassing for environmental compliance.
Melvin and the DON team visited 29 auto repair and tire shops in District K to build/rebuild awareness on environmental responsibility and to deter illegal dumping of tires and auto waste. They shared with the auto repair and tire shop owners the Houston Police Department (HPD) Environmental investigation Unit Illegal Dumping brochure. Some shop owners still had the brochure they received from the last canvas posted in their shops and were proud to say they use it as a reminder! Please report any illegal dumping of tires you may see in the community to 311and also report to our office.

Houston CDL Drivers Wanted


Houston Police Department Southwest Command March 2023 PIP Meeting


Keep Houston & District K Beautiful!

The Keep Houston Beautiful cleanup campaign kicks-off April 1, 2023, and lasts throughout the month of April!
Let’s keep that Clean State of Mind!
Join in the Great American Cleanup and celebrate the Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off by coordinating cleanup events in your community.
Visit Keep Houston Beautiful Day for more information.

Earth Day Celebration Events

Earth Day HTX is Wednesday, April 19, 2023! Join Mayor Turner, Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum, city departments, and partners in front of City Hall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for hands-on activities, displays, food, information, and interactive booths showcasing city initiatives that are paving the way towards a cleaner, greener Houston. Kicking off the big bash will be a star-studded speaker series from April 17-19, 2023.
Earth Day HTX 2023 promises to be the largest Earth Day event ever presented by the City of Houston!

Houston Public Works Spring 2023 Events

Houston Public Works has several upcoming water program events:
  • Learn how to find and fix household leaks
  • Participate in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
  • Earth Day HTX – Speaker Series and Festival
  • Water Works Festival at Earth Day Discovery Green
  • Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale
Click the image for more information.

Lawson Middle School Principal Dunn Named HISD Secondary School Principal of the Year!

Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex-Tatum and District K congratulate Lawson Middle School Principal Keoshya Dunn as Houston Independent School District Secondary School Principal of the Year! Superintendent House and the Lawson Middle School Staff honored Principal Dunn with a surprise reception complete with cheerleaders and band.
We are proud of the excellence and service Principal Dunn gives to her students, staff, parents, and community!
View the Houston ISD video presentation here: HISD Dunn Secondary POY 2022-2023

We Love Shearn Day!

Come support Shearn Elementary School and its students! Work together with the rest of our community to work together on beautification projects and sponsoring other projects in our area!
South Post Oak Recycling Center

Texas Winner

SBA has announced the 2023 State Small Business Person of the Year and South Post Oak Recycling Center has been named the Texas Winner!
Brandi Harleaux of South Post Oak Recycling Center and all other Houston District winners will be formally recognized during the SCORE/SBA National Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2023.
South Post Oak Recycling Center, established in 1994, is a District K, Houston, Texas based metal recycler that has continued to thrive and grow through trusted relationships and partnerships.

Willow Meadows Tennis Court Ribbon Cutting

Please join Vice Mayor Pro Tem Martha Castex Tatum, The Houston Parks Department, The Willow Meadows Civic Club and the Willow Bend Civic Club at the Ribbon Cutting and the official reopening of the Willow Park Tennis Courts. The tennis courts had an extensive repair including a post tension slab with a heavy perimeter beam which included Geotech soil evaluation, a new fence, and a colorized court using the latest paint technology. We all look forward to a good game of tennis and pickle ball.
The entire family is invited to the 20th Annual Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration, taking place May 18 – 21, 2023 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Expo celebrates Black entrepreneurship and culture and offers a wide variety of vendors, empowerment sessions and entertainment. Attendees can take advantage of free health screenings, fitness sessions and cooking demos at the health and wellness pavilion; games and fun activities for children at the Kids Zone; hair and beauty tips and samples at the beauty pavilion and so much more for FREE. Business icon and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will also deliver the keynote address at the corporate luncheon (ticketed event). For more information, visit www.TBESummerCelebration.com
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