CLEAR CHANNEL AGREEMENT APPROVED FOR SECOND DIGITAL BILLBOARD
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (December 7, 2018): On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Rosenberg City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2018-39, which allows for the placement of a second, double-faced, 14’x48’ digital billboard. An agreement between the City and Clear Channel Outdoor will allow for the installation of a sign with a masonry pole structure at 28150 Southwest Freeway, removing 14 sign faces along State Highway 36 and U.S. Highway 90A, respectively.
The placement of an additional digital billboard will allow space for the City to advertise public events or emergency notices as well as reduce sign blight. Additionally, the ordinance and agreement with Clear Channel provides for an annual permit fee to the City of $1,000 per digital display face.
City Council approved Resolution No. R-2613 for the new sign agreement on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 allowing Clear Channel 180 days to remove the 14 sign faces prior to the start of construction. —End.
CENTERPOINT ENERGY POLE CONVERSION PROJECT TO BEGIN IN ROSENBERG
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (December 4, 2018): Beginning in January 2019, CenterPoint Energy will begin to replace existing transmission infrastructure in portions of Rosenberg, running from North to South near and along TX-36.
The project aims to modernize and build a stronger electric system, converting wood poles to concrete and steel, which will better serve the current and future customer load, as well as provide better resiliency against weather-related damage.
Expected to last approximately three months, the project will require cranes and heavy equipment that may cause intermittent traffic disruptions along TX-36 and a portion of the alleyways along that location. CenterPoint Energy will notify businesses and residences who may experience traffic or targeted, scheduled outages in advance. This project is not expected to cause any widespread outages.
The project will cover approximately three miles within the City limits of Rosenberg and result in greater grid integrity, more resilient transmission poles, and fewer power outages as the City population grows. For questions regarding the CenterPoint electrical transmission reconstruction project, please see the attached map or call Richard Gaido at (713)207-6498.—End.
BEARDEN BREAKS GROUND AT ROSENBERG BUSINESS PARK
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (September 25, 2018): A strategic investment by the City of Rosenberg and the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) is about to start yielding dividends.
Bearden Investments broke ground Tuesday, September 25, 2018 on the first development in the 184-acre, deed-restricted Rosenberg Business Park located between Danziger and Bryan Roads on FM 2218. The Bearden project will consist of three buildings and at total buildout will encompass more than 105,000 square feet. Century A/C Supply will anchor the main building, a 61,440 square-foot office and warehouse. The other two buildings, 26,000 and 18,000 square feet, respectively, will be subleased by Bearden.
TRS Construction, Inc. is the General Contractor. The project, which is scheduled for completion in summer of 2019, will have a mix of grade-level service center office and warehouse spaces of 8,600 square feet and up, as well as 28-foot clearance height, and dock high distribution spaces of 19,200 square feet and up.
“Bearden Investments is excited to bring this mix of office and warehouse development to the busy Rosenberg market,” said Bearden Investments Vice President Bill Hall. “Along with providing the new location for Century A/C Supply, our goal for the project is to offer quality lease space to local business owners who prefer to office near where they live rather than commuting to Houston. It will also present options for regional or national distribution branches with easy access to US59/I-69 with the amenities of a modern, fire-sprinkled dock-high distribution facility.”
As part of a joint venture between the City of Rosenberg, the RDC, and the developer, the RDC and the City of Rosenberg committed to fund $3.4 million dollars to extend the water and sanitary sewer lines to the site. Bearden subsequently purchased the 7.6 acres from the project developer, Fuller Realty, in 2015 as a result.
“We’re appreciative of Bearden Investments choosing Rosenberg to build Class A Commercial space,” said RDC Executive Director Bret Gardella. “Since they already have one tenant (Century A/C) ready to expand here it shows the desire and demand for our City. Rosenberg is growing and this is the first of many opportunities coming here.”
Fuller Realty has sold 111 of the 184 acres. For information about Rosenberg Business Park, call Bill Smith at 713-854-6942. —End.
Photo: From left: Ted Garcia, Rosenberg Development Corp.; Kristin Weiss, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Darrell Himly, Rosenberg Fire Department; John Maresh, Rosenberg City Manager; John Herne, RDC; Ian Knox, Rosenberg Planning; Ron Thigpen, RS Construction; Shane Thigpen, TRS Construction; Ken Schreiber, Century A/C; Renata Morgan, Century A/C; Randy Vance, Vance A/C; Steve Darnell, Fuller Realty; Bret Gardella, Rosenberg Economic Development; Bill Hall, Bearden Investments; Stewart Smith, Fuller Realty; Mayor William T. Benton, Rosenberg.
September 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RAINED OUT FAMILY 4TH FIREWORKS RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 DURING FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (September 24, 2018): After a rained out Family Fourth event celebrating Independence Day, the much-anticipated fireworks display has been rescheduled for approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018, weather permitting, during the Fort Bend County Fair “Sneak-a-Peak” day.
Due to wet and muddy conditions and inevitable increase in the amount of mosquitoes, Seabourne Park Creek Nature Park and Sports Complex (as well as the Park parking) lot will be closed. Citizens will be able to see the fireworks from the Fair parking lot located at 4310 TX-36 in Rosenberg. —End.
September 20, 2018
ROSENBERG APPROVES AMENDED WATER-WASTEWATER IMPACT FEE ORDINANCE
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (September 20, 2018):
City council voted to enact an amendment to the water-wastewater impact fee ordinance on September 18, 2018. The amendment provides for an exemption to the water-wastewater impact fees for individual single-family dwellings which are using private water wells and septic systems and desire to connect to the City’s water and sanitary sewer utilities. The Living Unit Equivalents (LUEs) for such single-family structures would be defined as zero, having no impact on the system capacity, and impact fees would not be collected. The amendment only applies to single-family structures that were in existence prior to January 1, 2008. The required public hearing was held on September 18, 2018 and council unanimously approved the amendment.
Note: The waived impact fees for the eligible structures do not include tap fees.
September 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSENBERG APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 BUDGET WITH THREE-CENT TAX CUT
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (September 5, 2018): Rosenberg City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget at the Tuesday, September 4, 2018 regular council meeting. A public hearing allowed the opportunity for public comment prior to adopting the budget, which lowered property taxes from 46.2 cents to 43.0 cents (per $100 valuation). This was the largest property tax cut in approximately 30 years, lowering the rate below the effective rate of $0.445 and the rollback rate of $0.435.
While lowering the tax rate, council also increased the homestead exemptions for citizens over 65 years of age from $30,000 to $45,000 and reduced the debt by $8 million (saving citizens approximately $700,000 in interest over the next ten years.)
The new budget will go into effect on October 1, 2018 and end on September 30, 2019. Key changes to the budget include funding for seven additional personnel, including school resource officers; a cost-of-living (COLA) increase of one and a half percent (1.5%) for all full-time employees; and a TMRS retirement contribution rate increase from 6% to 7% for employees.
Additionally, several capital improvement projects were funded including sidewalks; road improvements and drainage; railroad quiet zones; and water and sanitary sewer line improvements, to name a few. The budget includes water/wastewater projects and construction projects in partnership with TXDoT, the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC), and Fort Bend County. For a complete list of projects and the distribution of budgeted funds for fiscal year 2019, visit the City website at: https://rosenbergtx.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FY19-Budget-Book-PROPOSED-1.pdf.
The adopted budget includes projected revenues and expenditures for City operations while remaining mindful of anticipated growth and increased demand for services.
“We’ve been blessed with sales tax increases, our sales tax nearly doubling in the last ten years,” Mayor William T. “Bill” Benton said. “We needed to lower taxes for our citizens and we did that without compromising services. We had to prioritize our spending, funding first our needs before our wants. The government can’t always give a tax break, but when they can, they should. I think we have a moral obligation to try.”
August 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TXDoT Agrees to Pay City of Rosenberg $975,000 to Settle Condemnation Lawsuit Related to One-Way Pair Project
TXDoT has agreed to pay the City of Rosenberg almost $1 million for nearly 3 acres of City-owned property condemned by the state that is being used in the One Way Pairs Project. TXDot sued the City of Rosenberg for a 2.8 acre parcel of land to be used as a crossover between Louise Street and Damon Street. In 2014, Rosenberg residents voted not to donate this property to TXDoT for the One-Way Pairs Project.
The election was initiated under a City Charter provision, which allowed citizens to petition for a Special Election. Shortly after the Special Election, another citizen petition was presented, and accepted, by the Rosenberg City Council at that time. That petition mandated that no City-owned property was to be sold, traded, or donated for the purpose of the One-Way Pairs Project; however, on May 22, 2015 TXDoT filed its petition for condemnation against the City of Rosenberg.
On July 16, 2018, City staff negotiated a settlement of $975,000 with TXDoT. Each party agreed to pay their own legal fees. The City will net about $900,000. This is about ¾ of the original cost that the City spent to obtain the property. TXDoT had originally only offered to compensate the city $624,000.
August 16, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSENBERG CHICK-FIL-A SPONSORS SPIRIT NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF ROSENBERG ANIMAL CONTROL AND SHELTER
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (August 16, 2018): Chick-Fil-A Rosenberg hosted “Spirit Night” in support of the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter on Wednesday, August 15th.
Receipts from purchases at the Rosenberg location were placed in a box and a portion was donated to the shelter for medical expenses for dogs. The incredibly successful event raised $453.53 in a single evening.
The City of Rosenberg and the Animal Control and Shelter express their sincerest gratitude to Chick-Fil-A for helping with their amazing donation efforts. Donations of any kind help the Department to support and care for the large number of animals they receive on a daily basis. The money raised by Chick-Fil-A Rosenberg and their customers will provide heartworm treatment for the longest-term residents of the shelter.
For information on how to donate and support our local pets in need or to find a fur-ever friend to your family, contact the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter at (832) 595-3490 or visit www.rosenbergtx.gov.
August 7, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST ANNUAL TASTE OF ROSENBERG BRINGS OVER A THOUSAND TO SAMPLE FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS
ROSENBERG, TEXAS (August 7, 2018): The first-ever Taste of Rosenberg was held at the Rosenberg Civic Center on August 6, 2018. The event kicked off Rosenberg Restaurant Week, which will be held August 6-13, 2018, encouraging citizens to explore the diverse culinary treats that Rosenberg has to offer.
With live music performed by Kirk Roberts and door prizes provided by Legacy Ford, guests were treated to food samplings from 13 area restaurants. An estimated 1200 guests attended, more than expected for a first-time function, but the idea of bringing together the community sparked a lot of media attention and blossomed into a large-scale gathering.
“The turn out was fantastic,” Event organizer, Isabel Carranza said. “I can foresee this event growing and improving in the future. It was a wonderful event for the community.”
Samples included cupcakes, pork roast, sandwiches, jalapeno poppers, tamales, bacon cheddar grits, pan dulce, gumbo, and endless other options. The event included something for everyone, including a little impromptu dancing!
“The music was just right for the event,” City of Rosenberg Economic Development Director, Bret Gardella said. “With all the different food offered, everyone was happy. There was a lot of visiting and mingling… this is one of the ways that Rosenberg holds onto that small town charm, despite being one of the fastest growing cities in Fort Bend County.”
The event was put on by the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) in partnership with the City of Rosenberg. Special thanks to the guests and restaurants who made the event such a wonderful success. The RDC and City would like to thank: Bob’s Taco Station, The Ice House DD and Snack Shack, Lupita’s Panaderia, Small Cakes, Brazos River Provisions, Joe’s Oyster Bar, Lost Cajun, Panera Bread, Chick-Fil-A, Holy Roast Coffee House, Ol’ Railroad Café, Pollos Asados El Regio, and Karlito’s Grill Taqueria. They would also like to thank the staff, and volunteers including Legacy Ford who donated raffle prizes and drinks, jazz guitarist Kirk Roberts, event organizers Isabel Carranza and Dan Kelleher, Bret Gardella, Jeremy Heath, Republic Services, Jenny Pavlovich, Lorenzo Lerma, Jenny Carranza, Josy Castillo, Amy Carranza, Tyson Lopez, Luca Jalowy, Joe Reyna, Sr., Travis Tanner, Darren McCarthy, Carrie Kmiec, Michael Nelson, Angelica Guzman, Bob Kinsey, Teresa Lee, Justin Jurek, Lt. Eder, Officer Torres, Officer Matthems, and the Rosenberg Police Department.