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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Council Connection for Sept. 4

Council Connection

At their Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 Regular Meeting, City Council Members presented Clean Restaurant Awards to local businesses, received a staff presentation on 2018 National Night Out events, received public comments on the increase in the fee structure at Sta-Mo Park and the need of structural repairs on some of the park buildings and held two public hearings.

Here is a rundown of other Council actions at the meeting:

  • Recognized Police K-9, Hector on his retirement and for his years of service
  • Thanked Boy Scout Luke Parker and the Scouts in Troop 828 for creating outdoor recreational equipment for the pets at the Animal Services Shelter
  • Presented Clean Restaurant Awards to local businesses
  • Received a staff presentation on 2018 National Night Out events; the 2018 National Night Out is on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Individuals or neighborhoods interested in hosting a block party may now register on the City website. The “Kick Off” is on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mini-Station. 1703 Texas Pkwy.
  • Received public comments on the increase in the fee structure at the Sta-Mo Sports Complex and the need of structural repairs at the park.
    • Here are some MCTX facts on the topic:
      • In Fiscal Year 2017, the City spent $55,942 on maintenance costs (utilities, repairs, cleaning of public restrooms and mowing). Stafford reimburses a percentage of the expenses. 
      • Public usage of Sta-Mo in FY2017 is as follows: Stafford residents—22 percent, Missouri City residents—27 percent, Residents from other areas—51 percent.
      • A recent City Parks Assessment identified nearly $35,000 in deferred maintenance that should be addressed at Sta-Mo, including the restroom facility, broken skylights, leaks, drainage and rust. The City has identified funding to address these items through the CDBG program and will begin the process of making needed repairs.
      • StaMo Pony Baseball will continue to operate out of the park and has been granted RSA (Recognized Sports Association) status
      • Missouri City Girls Softball Association has decided to not pursue RSA status and will no longer be operating at Sta-Mo. The MCTX Parks & Recreation Department will provide a girls softball program for the Spring 2019 season.
  • Received operational updates from City Manager Anthony J. Snipes, including:
    • This is the peak of Hurricane Season and staff is closely monitoring all developments in the Gulf. 
    • The FY2019 Budget is being finalized and there are two public hearings set for residents to express their views on the proposed tax rate: 
      • First Hearing: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
      • Second Hearing: Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
    • Congratulations are in order for the Parks & Recreation team, who recently received a competitive KaBOOM! Grant that will be funded through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and will facilitate the building of a new playground in Roane Park. 
      • Details of the initiative that will involve a “Design Day” and a “Build Day” of citizen collaborations are forthcoming.
    • The METRO Community Connector was launched on Monday, Aug. 27. 
      • This milestone event was held at the Community Center and included residents, stakeholders, elected officials, METRO representatives and media. Attendees were able to do ceremonial rides and also get more information on this new initiative.
      • Residents may now call and reserve to travel on the connector anywhere within a designated zone, seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., all for $1.25. The transit service will be rolled out in phases with the first phase currently launched; eventually all City areas will be incorporated into the service plan.
    • There are a number of upcoming events: 
      • The next Free Skills & Drills Lacrosse Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lexington Creek Park. Clinics will be every other week.
      • The Second Annual Employee Conference is set for Friday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. The guest speaker will be Mattress Mack of Gallery Furniture, who will share some words of wisdom about superior customer service with our employees.
      • The Community Connection forum is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. Residents, businesses & stakeholders are encouraged to attend this event to share ideas on how to solve community issues, build community networks and receive information on City programs & events.
      • The second annual Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the City Centre at Quail Valley. Event features authentic food, drinks, entertainment and games.
      • The second annual Job Fair & Career Development Forum is set for Friday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Centre at Quail Valley. Employers and job seeking individuals are encouraged to register on the City website.
      • The 2018 National Night Out is on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Individuals or neighborhoods interested in hosting a block party may now register on the City website. As our public safety team mentioned earlier, the “Kick Off” is on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mini-Station on Texas Parkway.
      • This year’s Community Night Out event is on Saturday, Oct. 6. Event will feature superstar performers Zapp, Cupid, Tucka and jazz greats Kyle Turner, Mark Dini and Paula Atherton. The free festivities will also include a health fair, food trucks, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, public safety apparatus, face painting and event booths.
    • An update on road work in the area: 
      • As part of the Independence Boulevard construction project, Staffordshire Road from Court Road to Independence Boulevard is closed. Also, Court Road will remain closed from Moore Road to Staffordshire.
      • Martin Lane and Adams Street intersection is now OPEN to all traffic.
    • Recognition of the following: 
      • The following businesses for choosing MCTX as their new location: Baskin Robbins, on Highway 6 in Sienna hosted their grand opening on Aug. 25; Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine, on Murphy Road in Township Center celebrated their grand opening on Aug. 30.
      • The Animal Services team for organizing the Open House on Aug. 25. It was a great opportunity to showcase the facility.
      • The New Firefighters who successfully completed the cadet training and Jonathan Sabrsula who was promoted as the new Battalion Chief at the 2018 Cadet Graduation Ceremony on Aug. 30.
      • City Secretary Maria Jackson & team for partnering with the City Attorney’s Office and Police Records Supervisor to host the public information act training sessions for employees.
      • The Communications, Parks & Recreation, Innovation & Technology teams for partnering with METRO to host the Community Connector Launch.
      • Media Relations Specialist III Cory Stottlemyer, who was a member of the Communications team for more than five years and made significant contributions in a number of key areas including the Municipal Volunteer Program, media outreach, emergency management response and the development of many citizen and business partnerships. As he moves on in a new chapter in his career as PIO in Houston’s Emergency Operations Center; the City would like to thank him for all of his hard work, dedication and team spirit. In every way, he embodied the City credo and helped us all to excel!
  • Approved the Consent Agenda, which included the following:
    • Approving the minutes of the Special and Regular City Council meetings of Aug. 20, 2018; and the Special Meeting minutes of Aug. 27, 2018 and Aug. 29, 2018.
    • Approving an ordinance on the second and final reading changing the name of Lakeshore Harbour Boulevard, a public street located in the City of Missouri City, Texas, to Trammel Fresno Road.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments for or against a request to amend the standards and regulations contained in the specific use permit for River Pointe Church to allow for the development of a fellowship pavilion and exterior sign; and approved a related ordinance on the first of two readings. The subject site is located north of Knights Court, south of Colony Lakes, east of Elkins High School and west of the center at Knights Court Shopping Center.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments for or against a request to amend the regulations and restrictions of Planned Development District No. 88 pertaining to fence regulations for the Dry Creek Village residential subdivision; and approved a related ordinance on the first of two readings. The subject site is located within PD No. 88, south of Lake Olympia Parkway, east of the Olympia Estates and Vicksburg residential subdivision, and west of the Fort Bend Parkway.
  • Approved an ordinance on the first of two readings amending Chapter 18, Businesses, of the Missouri City Code; amending regulations related to mobile food units.

To view the full Missouri City Television video of the meeting, click on this link: http://bit.ly/2wTHhNY.

City Council will hold a public hearing meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. to receive comments regarding the City’s proposed tax rate of up to $0.63000.

The next Regular City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).

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