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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Council Connection for Sept. 17

At their Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 Regular Meeting, City Council Members received a presentation of the Fire & Rescue Services annual report from Fire Chief Eugene Campbell Jr., unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund Budget (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019) on the first and final reading, held a second and final public hearing on the City’s proposed property tax rate of up to $0.63000; and held a public hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed groundwater pumpage fee recommended by the Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) Oversight Committee. To view the full Fire Strategic Plan presented by Chief Campbell, Click Here.

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

  • Received public comments on Animal Services Shelter operations improving with the hiring of a facility manager, adoption rates increasing, and new standard operating procedures being implemented.
  • 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:
    • A National Verizon Economic Study ranked the “Show Me City” as one of America’s best places to open a small business; the “Best Small Cities for Small Businesses” report positioned the City as No. 42 in a list of the nation’s top 50.
      • Missouri City is the only municipality in the region to make Verizon’s national list; other Texas cities recognized are: Mansfield (24) and Georgetown (28).
    • The Parks & Recreation team is partnering with the City Manager’s Office and Communications team on the KaBOOM! Grant funded through Blue Cross Blue Shield;
      • Staff will be hosting a Design Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Recreation & Tennis Center at 5 p.m. to receive citizen input and feedback on the new playground at Roane Park.
      • Then the Build Day is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 and will involve the Blue Cross Blue Shield team and local volunteers. Individuals interested in participating can apply to the Municipal Volunteer Program on the City’s website or email: volunteer@missouricitytx.gov.
    • There was a water main break at Meadow Creek and La Quinta Drive. 
      • Residents may notice discolored water due to the main sediments getting stirred as a result of the water main break; but water is safe to drink.
      • Repair work is scheduled for tomorrow morning and the discoloration will stop once complete.
    • There are a few roadway updates to be aware of while travelling in the area: 
      • The City contractors closed the Overland and Adams Street intersection to all traffic; it is estimated that this intersection will be closed for 45 days.
      • Also, 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.
      • And, the Township Lane is now accessible after the signal was repaired from the damages during a lighting strike.
    • Please mark your calendars for some upcoming events: 
      • The Community Connection forum was Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. Residents, businesses & stakeholders were 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. The “Kick Off” is on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mini-Station on Texas Parkway.
      • Lastly, 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.
    • He highlighted the following: 
      • Mayor Yang Hongtao and delegates of Zibo City for visiting us to learn about our award-winning economic stewardship, planning initiatives that are utilized to provide exemplary service to citizens, and to collaborate with business partners and stakeholders.
      • Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture for donating five new mattresses to our Fire & Rescue Services team as part of the new Adopt a Fire Station program. This is the first generous donation for this initiative and the mattresses will be used for firefighters at Station 2 in Fondren Park. Team also, presented Mattress Mack with an honorary Fire Chief helmet to thank him for his partnership.
      • The Human Resources team for organizing the Second Annual Employee Conference last Friday. Employees had a great time listening to the presentations and participating in the “Sip & Paint” sessions.
      • The Development Services team for partnering with the Communications team to host this month’s Citizens’ University class.
    • And, City Manager Snipes shared a reminder that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would be conducting a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, followed by a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.
  • Approved the Consent Agenda, which included the following:
    • Approving the minutes of the Special and Regular City Council meetings of Sept. 4, 2018; and the Special City Council Meetings of Sept. 5, 2018 and Sept. 10, 2018.
    • Approved an ordinance on the second and final reading amending 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. 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.
    • Approved an ordinance on the second and final reading amending the regulations and restrictions of PD Planned Development District No. 88 pertaining to fence regulations for the Dry Creek Village residential subdivision. The subject site is located within PD No. 88, south of Lake Olympia Parkway, east of the Olympia Estates and Vicksburg residential subdivisions, and west of the Fort Bend Parkway.
    • Approved an ordinance on the second and final reading amending Chapter 18, Businesses, of the Missouri City Code; amending regulations relating to mobile food units.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments for or against the proposed levy of assessments on certain residential lots within Section 8, Lake Shore Harbour subdivision, for public improvements in Public Improvement District No. 2, and considered an ordinance on the first of two readings.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments concerning the Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund Budget and unanimously approved the budget (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019) on the first and final reading.
  • Held a second and final public hearing on the City’s proposed property tax rate of up to $0.63000.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed groundwater pumpage fee recommended by the Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) Oversight Committee.
  • Considered nominations and casted votes for candidates to the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) Board of Trustees.
  • Authorized the execution of an interlocal agreement with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for housing county officers in a City facility.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract for sidewalk construction and repair services.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract for pavement construction and repair services.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract for concrete pavement lifting services.
  • Authorized an interlocal agreement with the City of Stafford for the use of the Missouri City Animal Services Shelter.
  • Authorized the request by Farmers Market Partners to host a farmers market on the first and third Saturday of each month at 2700 Lake Olympia Parkway.
  • Approved an ordinance on the first and final reading amending the general budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and ending Sept. 30, 2018; transferring various appropriations among accounts; appropriating supplemental revenue to various fund accounts; and authorizing the appropriate City official to take steps necessary to accomplish such transfers.
  • Approved a resolution amending the bylaws for the Missouri City Parks Foundation.

To view the full Missouri City Television video of the meeting, Click Here

The next Regular City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 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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