On April 11 in the South Woodland Hills community room, the Kingwood Service Association's Public Safety committee heard from several Houston police officers.
Officer Jacob Atkins explained there is a growing problem of drivers cutting through lots to bypass traffic in Kingwood. There have been many times where drivers have almost hit people walking in these lots. The Walgreens, at the intersection of Woodland Hills and Northpark, and the Shell gas station at Northpark and West Lake Houston, will be watched and any driver caught cutting through will be fined. After sitting out on one day, the officers gave out 32 citations in 30 minutes.
“We’re just saying 'no mas.' We have to penalize these people or the problem will get bigger,” Atkins said.
On a lighter note, Atkins then reported that the new bike ordered for Kingwood HPD had finally arrived. They received it in the color blue and the officers are excited to be able to use it on a day-to-day basis.
It was also announced that Rose Terry of HPD was promoted to captain March 23. She has been working for the department for 32 years with plenty of experience and plans to stay in her position in Kingwood long term. board gathered to inform the area about updates on work done and incidents that have happened in Kingwood over the last month.
During the public comments, a Woodland Hills resident brought a problem of dangerous dogs to the attention of the board. He explained that two pit bulls had gotten into his backyard through a neighbor's damaged fence and had mauled his cat to death. He was able to contact the owners and animal control, but no citations were issued to the owners.
A board member responded by saying that they would require the owners to build an adequate fence that was in compliance with the neighborhood HOA.
The crime incidents of the last month were discussed by Houston Polive Officer Daniel Von Quintus. In March, there were three burglaries, two in Forest Cove and one in Kings Point, where the thief stole unattended items in an open garage in broad daylight. Quintus said it appeared to have happened between 9 a.m. and noon.
After the police report, Dee Price of Sand Creek shared the advancements on infrastructure improvements and repairs.
The road expansions at the intersection of Northpark and West Lake Houston and the intersection of West Lake Houston and Kings Crossing are finished and will soon be open for the public.
"I don't know if they have completed the signal work, but I saw that they were working on it earlier so they might even be done now," said Price. "I think the reason people didn't realize there was a right-turn lane is because it was mass confusion without the lane lines. They help a lot. It's all completed."
Price also announced that Lone Star will be opening its library in the summer. Renovations on the entire campus and its reopening won’t happen until January of 2019.
Missing signs in Kingwood will be funded to be replaced and other signs repaired and cleaned as shared by Connie Savage of Sherwood Trails. "We went through … and identified all the signs that needed to be cleaned, all signs that were missing, and it was more than I had been anticipating," she said.
The project is still waiting for its money to be approved while the restoration of signs of Humble ISD schools will need to go through the district and fixed by them.
The next Public Safety meeting will be Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2038 Shadow Rock Dr. The public is invited to attend.