Spring Shadows Civic Association Inc.

10355 Centrepark Drive, Suite 220
Houston TX 77043
Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm; Monday-Friday
713-460-1718 ... Fax 713-460-2399
E-mail - sscaoffice@yahoo.com


SOLICITATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

You may place your name in nomination as a candidate for a position on the Board of Directors by calling the Association office at (713) 460-1718 or by faxing the Association at (713) 460-2399 or by e-mailing the Association at sscaoffice@yahoo.com. You must submit your name by Monday, September 25th, 2017, to be placed on the ballot as a candidate. If you submit your name, your name will be placed on the ballot. If you submit your name, your name will be placed in nomination for one position in your section of Spring Shadows unless you expressly state that you would like to run for positions in other sections of Spring Shadows. If you are elected in more than one position, you must choose which position you will fill.

More information can be found here.


Super Neighborhood North

The next meeting of the Super Neighborhood North will be September 25th, 2017

Location: SSCA Office - 10335 Centrepark Drive, Suite 220, Houston 77043
Time: 6:30pm

The speaker will be:

Larry Nierth, GISP - GIS Manager, City of Houston Planning and Development (P & D) Department

Larry has been very busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey mapping the storm information and effects.

We have to ask "What is GIS and what does it do?"

      Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
      GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information or data.
The P&D Department has developed an enterprise level GIS to serve the entire City of Houston. The goal of the GIS division is to serve the geographic information system and geospatial needs of the City of Houston across departments and among all staff and citizens.

At the 2015 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) 40th Annual Conference on Neighborhood concerns, Larry Nierth presented a workshop entitled "GIS in City Support and Planning" describing how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become a prolific tool that aids in the analysis of complex spatial problems and explored how GIS can help residents and government officials study and develop strategies to address various neighborhood issues. Items discussed included:

    • Utilizing GIS for identifying locations of high-flood risk
    • Using GIS to track historical properties to aid in historic preservation
    • Utilizing GIS to test for potential ordinance violations and ordinance compliance
This workshop illustrated the use of GIS from the perspective of supporting the City of Houston’s Planning Department project goals.

A big "THANK YOU" to our own Jack Valinski with the City's Department of Neighborhoods for securing this month's speaker.

The CoH GIS website can be found here.



Special Watch for Your House

If you have to leave your house because it needs to be repaired for storm related damage, please contact the Pct 5 Constable office, 281.463.6666, and request a special watch for your house.

Trash Collection Schedule Update

On August 31, 2017, the City of Houston issued a press release, found here, which states, among other things, normal garbage schedule resumes for all collection days.

BUT Solid Waste Management Department will be suspending some of its collection services, specifically, yard waste, recycling and junk waste/tree waste until further notice. This means they will only be collecting what is in the black trash containers; they will not be emptying the green recycle trash containers, nor will they be picking up the grass/leaf/yard debris in the CoH approved bags. They are also suspending the monthly heavy trash pickups.


Wastewater Treatment Plants Are Fully Operational

As of Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m., the West District and Turkey Creek wastewater treatment plants in west Houston are fully operational.

These wastewater plants provide sanitary sewer service to zip codes: 77024, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77077, 77079, 77080, and 77094.

“Thank you to our amazing community for helping Houston Water by minimizing the amount of wastewater that entered the sanitary sewer system while repairs were made,” said Carol Haddock, Acting Director of Public Works, “take a well-deserved long shower, catch up on laundry and know that we are very grateful for your patience and help.”


What's Happening to the Pinecrest Golf Course

Meritage Homes is introducing their Master Plan for Pinecrest Golf Course

Contact Robert Moore with Meritage Homes at 713-358-0352 or robert.moore@meritagehomes.com for more information.


PIP Meetings - Positive Interaction Program

Due to the recent flooding events around Houston, we have decided to postpone our September 19, 2017 PIP meeting - The Houston Police Department is and will be on full mobilization for the near future. We regret missing a chance to interact with this community, but look forward to our next opportunity! Please mark your calendars for the next BIG event in the area.

October 12, 2017
The city of Houston District A townhall meeting will take place on October 12, 2017. This large event will have the Mayor of Houston, The HPD Chief of Police and his staff, The HFD Fire Chief and his staff, and many other notable community leaders presenting. HPD will have several static displays such as the HPD Helicopter and HPD robot out for all ages to interact with. All PIP and COP members are invited to this very informative meeting!

Location: VFW - 1506 Foley
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Questions: contact Sr. Police Officer C. Engelhardt- 832-394-0100

**for crime stats- see crimereports.com **


Security Alert

Dear Homeowners,

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we had several calls regarding burglaries of motor vehicle and thefts from vehicles. In all reports doors were left unlock and unfortunately personal property was stolen. The theft from a vehicle were auto parts.

At this time, we have no evidence or leads to help further our investigations. I have also checked with Houston Police Department due to the number of reports they have taken and they also do not have any evidence or leads.

This year, Spring Shadows has been plagued with burglary of motor vehicle calls. I can safely say that between 90-95% of these vehicle burglaries involved unsecured vehicle doors as no forced entry was made by the suspect(s).

All of these vehicle burglaries occur during the night time hours. These thieves are targeting computers, wallets, purses, cell phones, cash money and the most concerning items are firearms/handguns.

Pct. 5 Deputies are patrolling the subdivision and finding open garage doors and vehicle dome lights on. The Deputies are getting out and trying to notify owners to secure their property.

Please help curtail crime in our area by locking your vehicle doors and garages. Remove your personal property from the interior of your vehicles.

If any Resident has cameras outside their homes for security purposes, please check them out daily to look for suspicious person(s) and or vehicle(s). Please let us know as soon as possible if you have captured anything that might help in any investigation. Please check the outside of your homes to see if it is well lit and your alarms are working properly.

Remember…If you see something, say something!!

Lt. Hutter will do home inspections at no charge and will give you recommendations to secure your home (see information below).

FOR HOME SECURITY INSPECTIONS, A FREE HOME INSPECTION SURVEY, TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HOME INSURANCE OR GET SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BETTER SECURE YOUR HOME, CALL THE PCT 5 CONSTABLE’S OFFICE AT 281-463-6666 AND ASK FOR LIEUTENANT MITCH HUTTER. You can find more information on the Harris County Precinct 5 website at www.constablepct5.com.

Lastly, make sure alarm permits are current, that you activate your alarm and inform your alarm company to make the Constables your first emergency contact.

Report all suspicious persons and vehicles to the Constable's office at 281-463-6666. Your cooperation is always appreciated.

Sincerely, Sgt. Gonzales