City of Rosenberg Names Darrell Himly New Fire Chief
The City of Rosenberg announced Monday, June 12, 2017 that Darrell Himly has accepted the position as Fire Chief. Himly, who has acted as the Interim Fire Chief since February, began his career with the Rosenberg Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter, when he was just 15. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1985 and was hired on fulltime in January of 1990.
Himly has been the recipient of several awards and promotions in his time at Rosenberg. In 2002, he was promoted to a Lieutenant and in 2009 to the Assistant Chief of Fire. He has been awarded the City of Rosenberg Employee of the Year, Employee of the Quarter, and Firefighter of the Year. He has also achieved the Survivalink First Save Award, the American Red Cross CPR Award, and the Fort Bend ELKS Club Outstanding Public Servant Award.
“Darrell Himly has been an asset to the fire department and the City of Rosenberg,” City Manager, John Maresh said. “During his career, Darrell has taken the steps necessary to prepare himself to serve as the Fire Chief and we are thrilled to offer him the position and continue the excellent service that he has provided for our citizens.”
Himly, will officially begin serving as the Fire Chief on Monday, June 12, 2017. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife, Gayle and son, Connor.
“The Rosenberg Fire Department is made up of so many talented men and women,” Himly said. “I am honored to be named Chief to lead this great organization. I have seen many changes in the fire department in the last 34 years and there are many more to come as the community grows. I look forward to helping the Rosenberg Fire Department meet the challenges of a growing community and continuing to deliver exceptional services.”
ERROR IN JUNE 6 WATER BILLS:
The City of Rosenberg utility bills that were mailed on June 6, 2017 (cycle 002) contained an error. Updated, accurate billing statements were mailed on June 13, 2017 to replace the statements from June 6, 2017. Please note that any payments made after June 6, 2017, will not be reflected on the new billing statements.
We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call the Customer Service Department at (832) 595-3400.
RDC Wins Statewide Workforce Excellence Award for Collaboration with TSTC
The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) announced the annual winners of its community-based Workforce Excellence Awards (WEA) for 2017 on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) received the Workforce Excellence Award for its collaboration with Texas State Technical College (TSTC)-Fort Bend.
The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development Committee reviewed applications from twenty (20) communities. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.
In 2015, The RDC entered into a performance agreement with TSTC to provide $2.5 Million of funding over a ten-year period, to assist in funding the campus.
“We are very fortunate for the opportunity to partner with one of the states’ premier technical training institutions in TSTC,” said RDC Executive Director Randall Malik. “The campus has ensured that we can provide access to a skilled workforce for our current employers, as well as future employers. The WEA award recognizes the tremendous impact TSTC-Fort Bend has had on the local and regional economy.”
The campus, which opened in the fall of 2016, is scheduled to open a second building this fall. Ultimately, the campus is projected to have six buildings and will accommodate about 5,000 students.
“Our TEDC’s Workforce Excellence Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding work done by our communities and regions, their leaders, and their economic development professionals in the area of workforce development,” noted Carlton Schwab, President/CEO of the TEDC.”
The TEDC was organized in 1961 and provides information, education, and legislative services to its members to foster the expansion of existing businesses, the location of new firms, and the development of strategies that promote a positive business climate in Texas. With over 850 members, the TEDC is the largest state economic development association in the nation.
L to R: Fred Welch, Texas Economic Development Council Chairman; Randall Malik, RDC Executive Director; Chris Martin, RDC Board Chairman; Kent Anderson, Dallas Regional Workforce.
SAMCO Leak Detection Survey to begin Phase II of GPS Services
The City of Rosenberg has hired SAMCO Leak Detection Services, Inc., a Leak Detection/GPS Services Company to conduct a Leak Detection Survey and perform GPS Services that will aid in the creation of electronic mapping of the water and wastewater system. SAMCO will begin work on the second phase of their services May 30th in the northeastern portion of the City. Citizens should be aware that SAMCO employees will be wearing safety vests and driving clearly trucks identified as belonging to SAMCO.
Employees of SAMCO will be utilizing sophisticated equipment to listen on water meters, valves, fire hydrants, and on the ground surface to determine if an underground water leak is present. The electronic leak detection equipment receives and processes unique leakage sounds (water escaping the pipe).
Benefits of Leak Detection and Repair include:
- Conservation of valuable water resources
- Cost-Savings through reduction of treated water that is lost to leaks
- Reduced property damage from decreased water main breaks
- Reduced risk of the leak process contaminating the water system
In addition to Leak Detection, SAMCO employees will also be using GPS devices to accurately identify locations of the leaks that will be transferred to the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS); i.e., hardware and software used for electronic mapping of water and wastewater systems.
In Fiscal Year 2017, the City approved the Leak Detection/GPS Services contract with SAMCO, with the goal of completing an evaluation of the City’s entire water system over the next four years. Subsequently, the City of Rosenberg continues to be a leader in utilizing technology to solve problems, enhance water use efficiency, and maintain cost-effectiveness for its residents.
FIRE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH LOWES, GURECKY MANUFACTURING
Reminders to reset your clocks for Daylight Savings Time are everywhere you look, but how often do you see reminders to change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms?
The Rosenberg Fire Department wants to remind you to change your batteries this weekend when you set your clocks ahead. It’s a safe practice to change out the batteries twice a year in the spring and fall when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends. Smoke detectors have life spans and should be checked regularly to make sure they are in good working order. Three out of every five home fire deaths are the result of fires in homes where the smoke detector isn’t working properly, or isn’t present at all.
In 1996, after experiencing fire deaths within our own jurisdiction, the Rosenberg Fire Marshal’s office devised a program to assist the citizens of Rosenberg with fire protection. In partnering with local hospitals, mothers of newborn babies living in Rosenberg were given the option to fill out a request for a brand new, free smoke detector. The hospital forwards the requests to the Rosenberg Fire Department, and every two weeks they contact the residents to set up a time to visit with them about fire safety and to install their new smoke detector. The program, Operation Baby Safe, is one of the many ways that Rosenberg Fire Fighters are teaming up with the community to keep Rosenberg safe.
“Over the years, we have installed hundreds of detectors in the homes of newborns with the cooperation of home health care agencies,” Fire Marshal Justin Jurek said. “We’ve recently expanded the program to include all residents. We’ve also partnered with many organizations over the last several years. The American Red Cross, “Youth Can Lead”, the Lion’s Club, Wayne Wright, and Shriner’s have all partnered with us to install smoke detectors in Rosenberg.”
This year, the Rosenberg Fire Department teamed up with Gurecky Manufacturing and Lowes. These local organizations worked together to secure the purchase of smoke detectors so that the Fire Department can continue servicing Rosenberg citizens—minimizing the destructive impact of fire on life and property. Representatives from Lowes, Gurecky Manufacturing, and the Rosenberg Fire Department agree that the program isn’t just about installing smoke detectors, it is about saving lives.
For more information, contact the Rosenberg Fire Department at (832) 595-3600.
FIRE CHIEF WADE GOATES CELEBRATES RETIREMENT
Wade Goates, Fire Chief at the City of Rosenberg, retired on February 24, 2017 with plans to join the Fulshear-Simonton Fire Department. Goates joined the Rosenberg Volunteer Fire Department in 1992 and was hired as a fulltime firefighter in 1995. Throughout the course of his career in Rosenberg, Goates received several promotions and accolades for his excellent service.
“Chief Goates was known for his commitment to public service and safety,” Senior Fire Department Administrator Barbara Smolik said. “His dedication never went unnoticed. In 2001 he received the Firefighter of the Year award and the following year in 2002 he received the American Legion’s Firefighter of the Year award.”
The City of Rosenberg also recognized the level of outstanding service that Goates provided to Citizens and coworkers, awarding him the Willie D. McQueen Award in 2008 for outstanding service.
Goates was promoted several times from firefighter to Fire Marshal, and finally to Fire Chief in 2012.
“I really enjoyed working for Rosenberg Fire Department and the City of Rosenberg, and the opportunities that it brought,” Chief Goates said. “During my tenure, I was able to build and continue a career with some of the best people who truly care for the City and community. For the past 25 years, members of the Rosenberg Fire Department have been my second family and I will miss them.”
The City of Rosenberg expresses regrets at losing such a valued asset to the community and wishes the Chief well in his next ventures. The public is invited to join City staff, elected officials, friends, and family in celebration of his accomplished career at the Rosenberg Civic Center on March 23, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The Civic Center is located at 3825 Hwy 36 South in Rosenberg.
CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER PRESENTS WORKING LUNCH WITH LT. CHAD PINO
Lieutenant Chad Pino will be speaking at the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series: Business Safety and Crime Prevention, to inform attendees about crime awareness and tips to protect yourself, your business, and your employees. Tickets range are $25 for Chamber members, $35 for non-members, and $500 for sponsors.
PERMANENT CLOSURE OF JUNKER ROAD AT SPUR 529
Junker Road will be closed permanently beginning March 6, 2017. Union Pacific will be adding an additional railroad track to the existing two tracks. Since there will now be three tracks at the intersection of Junker Road and Spur 529, the trains could potentially cause further delays for drivers Union Pacific has decided to close the intersection permanently.
POSSIBILITY OF STRUCTURE FIRE CAUSES EVACUATION AT LUCY’S LEGACY
Lucy’s Legacy, a daycare at 3200 Avenue I, was evacuated as fire units arrived on scene. AT&T employees allowed the children to be evacuated into their climate-controlled building across the street.
Firefighters stated that there was smoke in the building upon entry; however, no visible flames. After a thorough search of the building, it was determined that there was no fire and the building was handed over to CenterPoint Energy in order to isolate the issue and restore power to the building. Occupants were allowed to return to the building shortly after.
WEATHER DAMAGES PROPERTY IN PORTIONS OF ROSENBERG
Stormy weather and high winds have resulted in damage to several structures in parts of Rosenberg including the Bridlewood Subdivision and Rice Dryer off of F.M. 762. Damages range from minor (downed trees, debris) to major (downed structures).
Some residents of Bridlewood have reported down power lines due to a tornado touching down and police units on the scene noted that there was damage throughout the subdivision. CenterPoint Energy has been notified and police advise citizens to stay out of the area. Contact has been made with residents who were home to ascertain safety.
“Damage is consistent with that of a tornado,” Fire Chief Wade Goates said. “However, weather authorities are the ones who confirm that it was, in fact, a tornado that touched down. The damage in the area is from the result of high winds.”
MAYOR TO HOST TOWNHALL MEETING
Mayor Cynthia A. McConathy will be hosting a town hall event for citizens to gather and hear speakers on a variety of topics on Thursday, February 16th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Rosenberg Community Church in the Fellowship Hall.
The main topic will be addressing concerns over the quality and quantity of water in the area near The Reserve at Brazos Town Center. Additional speakers are available to address concerns that the citizens have on a variety of other topics.
“With the constant changes in our city landscape due to growth, information to our citizens is ever more critical to help them plan their transportation routes, adjust to water quality being effected by hydrant flushes and construction, and other day-to-day issues impacting quality of life. It is our hope that scheduled town hall meetings throughout the City will give us a platform to address questions and concerns, but also provide needed information to members of our community.”
The Rosenberg Community Church is located at 5220 Reading Road in Rosenberg. For more information, contact City Communications at (832) 595-3526.
Construction contractor, Williams Brothers, is planning a major traffic switch on US 59 SB main lanes between Reading and SH 36 during the weekend of 1-20-17. They will start on Friday (1-20-17) at 9:00 pm. It will run thru Monday 1-23-17 at 5:00 am, weather permitting.
The traffic switch is take the traffic off the existing US 59 SB main lanes onto the new US 59 SB main lanes.
The first thing William Brothers will do is have all traffic exit on US 59 using the FM 2218 exit ramp. The traffic will have to stay on the US 59 SB Frontage road. The traffic will not be able to get back on main lanes till after SH 36 intersection.
William Brothers will have police officers stationed to help the traffic go through the US 59/FM 2218 and US 59/SH 36 intersection during the traffic switch.
While traffic is on the frontage road William Brothers will construct the ramps needed to exit from the new pavement. As soon as the ramp south of SH 36 is built; one lane on the US 59 SB main lane will be open.
A lot of work will have to happen between now on 1-20-17 (Friday) for the traffic switch to take place. If the traffic switch does not happen on the weekend of 1-20-17; it will be done the following weekend.
On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the intersection at SH 36 and US 59 will be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
No one will be able to go under the bridge. The detour for those heading south on SH 36 will require a right-hand turn onto US 59 northbound frontage road and a U-turn on the intersection at FM 2218. From there, drivers may head south on US 59 frontage road and back to SH 36 southbound.
The detour for SH 36 north will turn right on US 59 southbound frontage road and U-turn on Spur 10. From there, drivers will head north on US 59 to SH 36.
Police officers will be on duty to assist with traffic flow at the intersection and, as always, drivers are urged to be cautious.
FM 762 Southbound loop will be shut down from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. every day the week starting January 9, 2017. Crews will begin hanging bridge deck panels on the southbound frontage bridge road. The detour will be to take US 59 northbound to Williams Way to US 50 southbound.
Santa is Coming to Rosenberg
A little rain won’t stop Santa from making his annual visit to Rosenberg for the Rosenberg Christmas Nights celebration happening downtown on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd.
The event kicks off on Friday with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Third Street Art Park. Lights, music, and shopping in eclectic downtown will be the mainstay of the festival. Those who purchased tickets to Dinner Under the Stars will enjoy a meal provided by Ol’ Railroad Café, Bob’s Taco Station, Ole Main Street Bakery, and Another Time Soda Fountain and Café, followed by a one-act holiday production by CAST Theatrical. The experience includes holiday music performed by Second Street Brass inside the Vogelsang Hall at 1901 Avenue G.
With a high probability of rain in the forecast, many of the events and activities on Saturday have been moved indoors, including visits with Santa. Visitors can stay warm and dry inside, enjoying milk and cookies (provided by Whataburger) when they come for their free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Don’t miss Santa and all the fun in Historic Downtown Rosenberg this weekend. Attraction schedules include:
Friday, December 2nd
- 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Shopping and dining throughout Historic Downtown Rosenberg
- 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Terry High School Choir
- 6:00 p.m. – City of Rosenberg Christmas Tree Lighting in Third Street Park
- 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lamar Consolidated Choir
- 6:30 p.m. – Dinner Under the Stars (moved to Vogelsang Hall due to weather) with CAST Theatrical performance at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3rd
- 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Shopping, dining, exhibitions, activities, and treats throughout Historic Downtown Rosenberg shops
- 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm. Holiday musical performances
- 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Foster High School Varsity Chorale
- 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Foster High School Advanced Women’s Choir
- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Second Street Brass
- 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
- 7:30 p.m. – Children’s theater performance ($10/adult ticket and $6/child up to 12 years.)
- Additional activities include:
- Railroad Museum activities
- Get the Grinch Paintball Station
- Firetruck bringing in Santa and Mrs. Claus
Rosenberg Christmas Nights is hosted by the City of Rosenberg’s Parks and Recreation Department and made possible by the generosity of Premier Sponsor, Finnegan Auto Group, and other local contributors including Republic Waste Services, OCuSOFT, and as well as local friends and businesses: Allen, Boone, Humphries, Robinson LLP; KRB Dentistry; Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates, Inc.; NewFirst Bank; DEBO HOMES; Tanks Paintball; Whataburger; Safari Texas Ranch; CenterPoint Energy; Ed deZevallos; David Edgar; Gonzalez Construction Enterprise, Inc.; Gingerbread House & Gingerbread Kids Academy; ACE Hardware Rosenberg; Another Time Soda Fountain and Café; Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Herbert; Karl and Carol Baumgartner; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins, and Mott, LLP; Fort Bend County Parks; and Mike Davis Signs. Special thanks to Bill Butler for donating the indoor space downtown for photos with Santa.
For questions regarding the event, contact Rosenberg Parks and Rec at: (832) 595-3960.
New City Website Launches, November 7th
Coming November 7th, to a screen near you… www.rosenbergtx.gov will have a whole new look.
“The City is in desperate need of a new website,” Communications Manager Jenny Pavlovich said. “We have a ton of great information Online, but it’s way too hard to find. The new Rosenberg site will make it much easier for visitors to quickly get what they need.”
The website is in the final stages of development from MorningStar Media Group and will be launching this fall. Cleanly organized and more interactive, the new site will be the first step in stream-lining content and moving toward digital video, live streaming, and more engaging content that is adaptable to your screen size and viewing device.
“I’m really excited,” Pavlovich said. “It’s going to make a huge difference for our citizens.”
The new design and accessibility is just the first step in a major overhaul that will continue over the course of the year. Content will be updated to include newer, easier to digest information including photos and videos.
Can’t wait until November 7th? Check out some screenshots below for a sneak peak!
Proposed Elevation and Buyout Grant Program
The City has been notified by Fort Bend County that the County is preparing to submit an application to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) program, which provides funding for the mitigation of residential structures that have been damaged by flooding. If your property is determined to be eligible through the application process, you could receive the Federal Cost Share of 75% for the pre flood value of your property or 75% of the cost to elevate your home. The City is told that the County will make every attempt to support the 25% Local Match requirement in order to reduce financial burden on homeowners. It should be noted that participation in the HMGP Program is voluntary, and you may opt out at any point prior to you receiving funds or having your home elevated. This grant opportunity is on an expedited schedule, therefore your immediate and prompt response by October 8, 2016 will be required if you wish to participate and preferential treatment will be given in order that the documentation is submitted to the County.
All of the above information is contained in a letter being sent by the County to affected property owners.
Additionally, the City has already passed a resolution supporting this potential program, and City staff has sent approved Resolution No. R-2229, a list of affected properties, and substantial damage letters to Fort Bend County in support of this voluntary Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Staff has also contacted affected property owners, as best we could, to make them aware of the program. The required forms are available at the City Hall Annex (2220 4th Street), and must be submitted to the County to participate in the Program. For more information, please see the attached County homeowner outreach letter.
As discussed, forms from the County are located here. Approved Resolution No. R-2229 is also attached for reference. If you have specific questions, please contact Executive Director of Community Development Travis Tanner at 832-595-3500. Since this is a proposed County program that the City is helping to facilitate, you may choose to contact the County’s Flood Recovery Center. Per the County, “the Flood Recovery Center will be on the 1st floor of the Historic Courthouse and will be open starting September 15, 2016 on Mondays, Thursdays, from 2-7pm and the first two Saturdays of October from 8am-Noon. The County will also have additional resources at the Flood Recovery Center, should you have questions about the program or other flood recovery questions you may have.”
Rosenberg Receives Transparency Stars Award
The Texas Comptroller’s office recognizes local government entities that provide easily accessible online information about important financial data in order to be transparent. Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that Rosenberg won a star in the area of Traditional Finances in recognition of outstanding efforts to make spending and revenue information available to the public.
“By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Rosenberg has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office’s Transparency Stars program,” Hegar said. “I am pleased to award Rosenberg a star for its accomplishments.”
This is the third year that the City has received the highest form of recognition for transparency. The government agencies who are awarded these stars open their books, not only to traditional finances, but to several other areas such as contracts and procurement, economic development, public pensions, and debt obligations.
“The transparency star is a big deal because we strive to be very open with our citizens and provide them with easy access to financial information for the City,” Finance Manager Luis Garza said. “We post our financial documents, summaries, visualizations, and downloadable data online so citizens can access it easily without having to wait for public information requests.”
For questions regarding City financial documents or the Transparency Stars Program, contact Rosenberg’s Finance Department at (832) 595-3301.