What can you do about civic nuisances?

posted May 8, 2017, 9:08 PM by Charles Peklenk

From time to time we see "Bandit Signs" in our area. These are small signs illegally placed on or near public streets. If you want to help beautify the neighborhood, you can be Court-certified as a volunteer to document and confiscate these signs. You'll learn how to identify and classify illegal signage, how to document your work for potential county lawsuits against offenders, and more. To take the Bandit Sign Training and receive certification, contact the Harris County Attorney's Office.

The same office can help with many other nuisances. If you notice sexually oriented business and illegal gambling devices within the county, contact the same office for assistance.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual General Meeting

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:38 PM by Charles Peklenk

General Meeting of the Kempwood Civic Association will be held at 7:00pm on February 21, 2017 at the Fire Station at Kempwood @ Gessner for the purpose of electing officers. 2016 dues must be paid to be eligible to vote.

Water Lines to be Replaced

posted Sep 21, 2016, 10:49 PM by Charles Peklenk   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:34 PM by Charles Peklenk ]

The City of Houston has notified residents that all the water lines in the Kempwood neighborhood are to be replaced. This project starts immediately and will continue for over 1 year. Other nearby neighborhoods are included, as is a portion of Kempwood Drive east of Campbell.

You can download the city drawings related to Kempwood subdivision using the link below. Construction will be carried out on all of our streets (Lively, Crestdale, Crestdale Circle, Blankenship, Spring Valley, Rockhurst, and Springrock).

Be prepared for disruptions of traffic flow and water service with little notice. If you have any rarely-used vehicles at your property, please move them to other locations, as access to driveways may be cut off and workers or neighbors may need to park on your street temporarily.

The inconveniences will be rewarded with improved water and drainage, long-awaited upgrades to our neighborhood.

Here is an index to the attached blueprints:

1.       Title page. (Use WBS number to request full document from city if needed.)
2.       Layout
3.       Survey
4-6.    Springrock Lane
7-9.    Spring Valley Road
10-11. Rockhurst Drive
12-13. Lively Lane
14-15. Blankenship Drive
16.      Crestdale Circle
17-20. Crestdale Drive
21.      Traffic Plan
22.      Stormwater Plan (SWPPP)
23-27. Tree Protection Plan

Parking on the Street?

posted Apr 19, 2016, 1:39 PM by Charles Peklenk

Kempwood sees a lot of guest traffic, and often cars can't be parked in the garage or up the driveway. The City of Houston has a few laws that may apply to your car or those of your visitors. For instance, it is illegal to:
  • Park blocking the sidewalk.
  • Park on the street within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
    That's about the length of a compact car like a Chevy Cruze or a Ford Fusion.
  • Park on the wrong side of the street (with the car facing against traffic).
  • Park on the street for more than 24 hours.
  • Park on the street with the right side wheels more than 18" from the curb, or leaving less than 10 feet available for passing vehicles.
  • Leave a vehicle sitting on the street solely to display for sale.

In addition, the State of Texas prohibits:

  • Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.
  • Parking within 30 feet of an intersection with stop signs or traffic lights.

Stay safe out there!

City Recycling: No glass in recycling bins

posted Mar 25, 2016, 11:02 PM by Charles Peklenk

Under the city's new recycling contract, glass jars and bottles will no longer be accepted in the green recycling bins starting immediately. Please refer to this article for details.

Check this map for drop-off locations for glass items.

Time for 2016 dues

posted Mar 25, 2016, 10:44 PM by Charles Peklenk

Kempwood Civic Association dues of $35.00 per household are due to be paid by June 1st, 2016.

Friendly reminders

posted Mar 25, 2016, 10:42 PM by Charles Peklenk

It takes very little to make the neighborhood more attractive and welcoming for all.

Place trash and recycling bins at the curb between 6:00 pm the day before and 7:00 am on the scheduled collection day. Remove the empty containers by 10:00 pm. You could receive a fine if the containers are not removed.

Broken lid or other problem with the bin? Call 311 and provide the city with the bin number. Repairs and replacements are normally free.

If you see a street light does not come on, call Centerpoint Energy at 713-207-2222 and provide them with the pole number.

"HIDE IT, LOCK IT, OR LOSE IT" - Remove valuables from your car or keep them hidden from view.

Spring is here and neighbors have started "spring cleaning." Touch up paint, remove items from between your home and your neighbor's. Remove all unnecessary items from the front of your home, including keeping your trash and recycling bins out of sight.

Use the Calendar to find pick-up days for Heavy Trash. TREE WASTE includes tree limbs, branches and stumps. This waste is recycled by the city. JUNK WASTE includes furniture, appliances and other bulky material.

In Texas you can have up to two garage sales in each 12-month period that are exempt from sales taxes. If more, refer to this publication for details on collecting sales tax.

Trash Schedule

posted Jan 1, 2012, 5:56 PM by Charles Peklenk   [ updated Mar 25, 2016, 11:15 PM ]

Did you know that our Calendar page shows Civic Association meetings as well as the city's published trash days?  The 2012 trash schedule is now in the calendar.  Add this calendar to your phone or organizer - here is the KempwoodCalendar in standard iCal format.

Here is the address of the 'iCal" calendar:

Here are directions for using it with Yahoo. You can add this calendar to many other services and gadgets as well.

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