You cannot help but notice all of the activity that has been going on in our community. As your District E Council Member, I take particular pride in having fought for these projects and improvements, and to finally see Kingwood get some of the attention it deserves from the city. Not only is it long overdue, it is only right that the city return some of our tax dollars to us. A number of the projects that have been undertaken since I took office in January 2008 are meant to improve traffic and mobility. These include adding dedicated right turn lanes from Kingwood Drive onto Green Oak; adding additional left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lane, sidewalk enhancements, and new energy efficient LED traffic signals at North Park and Woodland Hills Dr; closing of a median cut in front of the new cinema on North Park; significant improvements at the intersection of Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway that included construction of three dedicated right turn lanes, lengthening of all left turn lanes, new sidewalks, new LED traffic signals, removal of all overhead guy wires and installation of galvanized mast poles for all signals, and landscaping. I have to thank the Kings Crossing Community Association for bearing the costs to relocate all of the trees that would have been destroyed by these improvements. Another major traffic improvement will be the widening of North Park, from West Lake Houston Parkway to Mills Branch Road. The design work has been completed, and bids are due from the construction companies in the next few weeks. City Council should approve the expenditure of funds and issue a Notice to Proceed around the middle of December. The project should take about 12 – 14 months to complete. Extra care has been taken to include the adjoining homeowners’ associations to ensure that new sidewalks will tie into existing greenbelt trails, that monument signs are relocated, and that we allow for the installation of traffic signals for safe entry to the local villages.  We are all enjoying our new 30,000-square-foot, two story, state of the art library. This nearly 8 million dollar project was built by the city of Houston and is being operated by the Harris County Library System. This operating agreement would not have happened without the support of my friend, Commissioner Jerry Eversole. The former library was demolished a few months ago and will be the site of a new community center. The center will be 13,500-square-feet., have several meeting rooms, small craft room, large commercial kitchen, small kitchenette and expanded parking. The ribbon cutting for this project should take place in November, with construction wrapping up around November of 2011.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for the newly constructed sidewalk on Mills Branch Road. This 4,000-linear-foot sidewalk begins at Shadow Forest Elementary School and terminates at North Park. It provides a safe passage to school and is also a recreational asset to the communities along that route. The next sidewalk to be built will connect Kingwood with Lone Star Community College-Kingwood.  It will start at Chestnut Ridge, go over the railroad tracks, across Loop 494, under the freeway and terminate at the college. Work should begin around summer of 2011.  Last, but not least, is that our local police station continues to receive additional manpower. I have been fighting for additional officers that would be dedicated to patrolling the Summerwood area. That would free up officers to stay in Kingwood. I am proud to say that three new officers have been assigned to our station for the sole purpose of handling the Summerwood duties. We still have our four Mobility Response Team officers assigned to Kingwood High School to help alleviate morning congestion. We are also getting a new bike patrol sergeant for Kingwood.  And, I am very proud to say that I convinced Mayor Parker to purchase a 4-wheel drive ATV for HFD station #102. This ATV is built exclusively for EMS service. It will be able to go back onto our trails, into our parks, and anywhere else a standard ambulance cannot. It will be equipped with a special bed that will accommodate a stretcher, safety equipment, etc. This is a much needed tool for our local fire fighters to have.  It is an absolute honor to serve you as the District E Council Member. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make our community better. I can be reached at 832-393-3008, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     Houston City Councilmember Mike Sullivan represents District E, which is composed mainly of Kingwood, Clear Lake, and the South Belt areas.

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