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MAYOR BENTON SIGNS DECLARATION OF DISASTER

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (May 10, 2019): On May 7, 2019, Mayor William T. Benton signed a declaration of disaster as a result of the unfolding storm event and the ongoing potential of flooding on the Brazos River. The declaration activates the appropriate response recovery and rehabilitation aspects of the City Emergency Operations Plan and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance. By signing the declaration, Mayor Benton took necessary action to protect the public in the event of widespread damage and the threat of disaster from projected flood areas. The state of disaster remains in effect for a period of seven days from the date of the declaration and may be extended by Rosenberg City Council if needed.

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May 6, 2019
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BECERRA AND BRAZOS PARKS TO CLOSE DUE TO RISING WATER

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (May 6, 2019): In anticipation of rising water from the Brazos River, Becerra and

Brazos Parks will close for safety purposes, starting 5/7/2019, until further notice. This is being done as a

precaution as the river approaches the minor flood level in the middle to latter part of this week.

Residents are encouraged to stay away from the area and to refrain from crossing the closure barricades.

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April 1, 2019
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ROSENBERG REVISES 2018 GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE HARVEY REPAIRS

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (March 28, 2019): In February 2018, Rosenberg City Council approved participation in a grant program, which allowed property owners affected by flood damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey, to apply for up to $3,000 in funds.

In order for applications to be approved, funds needed to cover costs associated with the elevation, repair, or demolition of flood-damaged properties. As part of the requirements, applicants needed to own the property and must have acquired the permits necessary for the intended alterations.

On March 5, 2019, City Council increased the maximum grant funding to $7,000 for building elevations and demolitions. The City has also extended an offer to demolish structures that were damaged beyond repair. Demolition would be voluntary and at the property owner’s request.

In the coming weeks, the City will be mailing letters, which further explain the grant opportunities, to approximately 85 affected property owners.

For more information on how to apply for grant assistance with repairs or reimbursement costs as related to Hurricane Harvey flood damage, please call 832-595-3500. —End.

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March 6, 2019
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2019 WARRANT ROUND-UP

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (March 6, 2019): Law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas are joining forces to search for persons with outstanding warrants and make arrests.

The Rosenberg Police Department will conduct its warrant round-up March 9th – March 16th. Warrants will remain in effect until payments are received and posted. It is the warrant holder’s responsibility to confirm payment.

In order to avoid arrest, those identified with outstanding warrants must pay all outstanding fees by:

• Paying by credit card at: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/rosenbergtx.
• Calling 832-595-3450.
• Mailing full payment to: Rosenberg Municipal Court, P.O. Box 32, Rosenberg, TX 77471.
 Allow mail delivery time to ensure payments arrive prior to March 9th.
• Appearing in person at Rosenberg Municipal Court located at 2110 4th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471, open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, the Rosenberg Municipal Court has reported warrants for non-renewal of driver’s licenses to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Only full payment will clear this issue and allow renewal of the license.

For questions regarding this event, call (832) 595-3450. –End.

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February 28, 2019
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2019 STATE OF THE CITY OF ROSENBERG ADDRESS

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (February 28, 2019): Mayor William T. “Bill” Benton will host the 2019 State of the City of Rosenberg address at the Rosenberg Civic Center, located at 3825 Highway 36 South, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Mayor Benton will update attendees on the latest developments and accomplishments of the City including statistics, departmental overviews, and capital improvement projects.

Tickets for this annual event, sponsored by the Central Fort Bend Chamber, are still available at www.cfbca.wliinc18.com at a cost of $30 for Chamber Members and $50 for non-members. The event will also be streamed live, free of charge, on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv for those who are not able to attend in person.

For more information about the event, please call The Central Fort Bend Chamber at 281-342-5464.  –End

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February 6, 2019
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Dollar Tree Announces Plans for New Distribution Center in Rosenberg, Texas

~ Investment of Approximately $130 Million ~

~ Will Create More Than 300 Jobs in the Region ~

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – February 6, 2019 – Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today announced tentative plans for a new distribution center project in Rosenberg, Fort Bend County, Texas.  The Company plans to invest approximately $130 million, while creating more than 300 new jobs for the Rosenberg and surrounding communities.

The Company’s final decision to establish a new distribution facility in Rosenberg is predicated on the formal approvals of the mutually agreed upon packages with the City Council, the Rosenberg Development Corporation, and the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court.  Also required are the annexation of the 140-acre site and the creation of the Reinvestment Zones, by the City and County, as well as the successful closing on the purchase of the site.

“Dollar Tree is a large and growing organization,” said Gary Philbin, Dollar Tree’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We currently operate more than 1,600 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores in the state of Texas and we are excited about our new distribution center project in Fort Bend County.  We expect this new, state-of-the-art facility will enhance our supply chain efficiencies and provide convenient access to our network of stores through reduced stem miles, all while creating hundreds of new jobs.”

“Rosenberg has positive momentum and we’re seeing numerous businesses investing in the City which creates more jobs and revenue,” Rosenberg Development Corporation Executive Director Bret Gardella said. “When you have a company like Dollar Tree seeing the opportunity that we offer, it just adds to our strengths and builds on our assets.”

“Dollar Tree is a phenomenal company and we are thrilled to welcome them to Rosenberg,” said Rosenberg City Manager John Maresh.  “This was a project that required coordination at all levels and the joint efforts of the City, Rosenberg Development Corporation and County was excellent.  It is great to see yet another company take advantage of Rosenberg’s distribution and logistics strengths.”

Dollar Tree will invest in the construction of the new 1.2 million-square-feet distribution facility that will provide service directly to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.  Construction is planned to commence in the April to May 2019 period, with the facility expected to be operational by summer 2020.

The new distribution facility will be located on Spur 10 near Klosterhoff Road.

 

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

 

Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dollar Tree is the largest and most successful single-price-point retailer in North America.  Dollar Tree was ranked No. 134 on the 2018 Fortune 500 ranking of largest companies.  As of November 3, 2018, the Company operated 15,187 retail stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces, along with a network of 23 U.S. distribution centers.  Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

 

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:  Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate.  For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding planned costs, efficiencies and reduced network stem miles, and the dates that construction will begin and the facility will be in operation.  Our statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed March 26, 2018, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

 

CONTACT:           Dollar Tree, Inc.

Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284

Vice President, Investor Relations www.DollarTree.com

 

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January 31, 2019
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CITY OF ROSENBERG CHARTER AMENDMENT ELECTION PLACED ON HOLD

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (January 31, 2019): The City of Rosenberg Charter Review Committee proposed several amendments to the City Charter that were discussed in open session at the Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Council Workshop.

Despite Council’s consensus to place the proposed amendments on the May ballot, the City Attorney (Randle Law Firm) has since discovered that the election would fall shy of the two-year waiting period for charter revisions.

“Upon closer examination of the Texas Constitution, it was determined that the May election would not allow the required two years between Charter revisions,” Attorney Grady Randle said. “The way the dates fall from the election on May 6, 2017 to the proposed election on May 4, 2019 would leave us just shy of the State Constitutional mandates.”

Though the revisions will not be placed on the upcoming election ballot, the effort put forth by the Charter Review Committee was not in vain. The suggested changes to the Charter will still be eligible for consideration by Council to place on the ballot of a future election.

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January 29, 2019
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COUNCILOR AMANDA J. BARTA WITHDRAWS ELECTION APPLICATION DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (January 29, 2019): Councilwoman Amanda J. Barta has withdrawn her application to re-run for Councilor At-Large, Position 2 in May 2019 due to being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Barta was elected Councilor At-Large, Position 2 in May 2015 after serving as a Councilor of District 4 since June 2013. In addition to serving on City Council, she also participates in several committees including the Employee Benefits Committee, the Finance/Audit Committee, and the Charter Review Committee. Barta has served on the Parks Board since 2014 and served on the Rosenberg Development Corporation from 2014 – 2016. She served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2016-2017 and on June 5, 2018, she was unanimously elected by Council to again serve as the Mayor Pro Tem for a one-year term.

“It has been an immense honor and pleasure to serve the City of Rosenberg,” Barta said. “I want to thank my fellow council members, City staff, and of course, our citizens. It has been a challenge and a gift to help guide this growing City in the right direction.” —End.

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2019 CHOCOLATE WALK AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COMES TO DOWNTOWN ROSENBERG

The sweetest event of the year just got a little sweeter! The 2019 Chocolate Walk will take place in historic downtown Rosenberg on Saturday, February 9, 2019 beginning at Another Time Soda Fountain and Café and ending at the Fort Bend Art Center’s Anniversary Celebration.

The event will run from noon until 5:00pm with participating stores handing out varieties of chocolate to visitors. Participants can pick up their “chocolate passport” to receive stickers on their tasty journey through historic downtown. Once a passport is decorated with at least ten stickers, it may be turned in at the Fort Bend Art Center and entered into a raffle to win a prize. Celebrating their one-year anniversary at the downtown Rosenberg location, the Fort Bend Art Center has teamed up with Attack Poverty/Friends of North Rosenberg and North Richmond to put on a special art show and sale. Proceeds will be donated to Attack Poverty.

“It’s an event within an event,” Kathy Golden of the Fort Bend Art Center said. “Chocolate Walk participants are invited to come and enter their passports into the raffle and to browse the selection of art for free but those who want to purchase a box of crayons for Attack Poverty can also gain entrance to the party.”

This free, family-friendly event kicks off at Another Time Soda Fountain and Café where sweet-toothed chocolate seekers can pick up their passport and begin their journey. Participating locations include:

  • Another Time Soda Fountain and Café
  • The Barn Door
  • Gabby’s Western Wear
  • Old Main Street Bakery
  • Calla Lilies
  • Chris Dostal’s Designs in Fine Jewelry
  • Duran’s Roofing
  • Southern Sisters
  • Ruche Chartreuse
  • The Vogelsang Antique Emporium
  • Roots & Relics Antiques and Garden
  • Red Queen’s Attic Antiques, Gifts, and Collectibles
  • Fort Bend Hope
  • D&S Antiques Mall
  • Portilla Home and Garden
  • Once Again Antiques, Collectibles, and Fine Gifts
  • Copious Deli
  • Jay and Barb’s Antiques
  • Fort Bend Art center

For more information about the Chocolate Walk or Fort Bend Art Center Anniversary Celebration, call Isabel Castillo at (832) 595-3336 or visit the City of Rosenberg Facebook page: @RbergTX under the events tab.


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Rosenberg Main Street Board Members Attend Training

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (January 25, 2019): The City of Rosenberg was designated a Main Street Program City by the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) in 2016. The TMSP provides technical expertise, resources, and support to participating communities in an effort to strengthen their downtown areas.

Rosenberg’s historic and cultural downtown has seen significant growth in attendance and activity since becoming part of the TMSP. Newly appointed Chair for the Main Street Program, Kellen Dorman and Vice-Chair, Tracy Hobdy intend to work diligently with the Rosenberg Development Corporation Director to continue building on that growth and establish new goals for the program to achieve.

On January 16, 2019, Dorman and Hobdy and RDC Executive Director, Bret Gardella, attended the Texas Historical Commissions Real Places 2019 Conference: Main Street 101 – An Orientation for New Main Street Managers and Board Members.

“Kellen and I have been involved in the [Rosenberg] area for a few years,” Hobdy said. “But since we are new to the Advisory Board, we felt we needed to learn as much as possible about the benefits of our City’s participation in the Main Street Program.”

Both Dorman and Hobdy have strong ties to Rosenberg’s historic downtown. Dorman, a Rosenberg resident, works for Gurecky Manufacturing, and manages the Ebell House downtown. Hobdy is the Executive Director for the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, Chairman of the Foster FFA Scholarship Committee, Co-Founder of the Texas Rail Trail, and involved with Fort Bend ISD’s Leadership 102 program and Texas Association of Museums Finding Alternative Futures Program.

Their local ties and established experience with our downtown community, combined with the TMSP “Four-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization” ensures the continued success and growth within the program structure.

“Through participation in the Main Street Program, there is an impressive amount of support and resources available to Rosenberg’s historic downtown area and its stakeholders,” Hobdy continued. “A healthy downtown area is vital to the health of the City in general. When developers, corporations, and investors see that the City values its assets, they are more likely to invest in the area.”–End.

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Hundreds Attend First-Ever Wedding and Quinceañera Expo

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (January 24, 2019): Over 500 people and 36 vendors filled the Rosenberg Civic Center on Saturday, January 19, 2019 for the first-ever, FREE, Wedding and Quinceañera Expo.

Complete with door prizes, free make-overs, cake and catering samples, photo booths, and more, the Expo was a one-stop shop for those in the harried business of planning a wedding or quinceañera. Local vendors joined together to help the City of Rosenberg and the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) put on an event to showcase the wide range of goods and services available right here in Rosenberg’s backyard.

“This was an incredibly fun day,” event coordinator, Isabel Carranza said. “We wanted to give our citizens the opportunity to see how much Rosenberg has to offer from amazing venues to floral arrangements, and even DJs, and work out programs. Rosenberg really has it all and it is so good to shop locally.”

In August, the RDC and City of Rosenberg put on the wildly successful “Taste of Rosenberg,” a free-event showcasing local restaurants, and on March 2, 2019, the first ever Rosenberg Home and Garden show will be coming to the Civic Center.

“The City is growing so quickly,” Lilly Chapa of Lilliana Maria Photography said. “We don’t have to leave Rosenberg anymore to find great businesses and services. It’s right here in our own backyard and events like this give us a chance to show Rosenberg citizens what we have to offer.”

Follow the City of Rosenberg – Government on Facebook for photos and video highlights of the Wedding and Quinceañera Expo. If you are interested in becoming one of our local vendors for the Rosenberg Home and Garden show in March, contact Isabel Carranza at (832) 595-3336.

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RDC HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL WEDDING AND QUINCEAÑERA EXPO

ROSENBERG, TEXAS (December 17, 2018): The Rosenberg Development Corporation will host “A Day to Remember,” Wedding and Quinceañera Expo at the Rosenberg Civic Center on January 19, 2019. From 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. guests can visit the expo to discover local vendors that specialize in event planning necessities from photography to floral arrangements.

The expo is free to attend and will feature over 25 vendors for catering, venues, desserts, photography, beauty treatments, and clothing and jewelry.

To learn more about the event, contact Isabel Carranza at (832) 595-3520.

Vendor List:

  • The Ebell House
  • Palms Venue
  • Presidente Ballroom
  • Rosenberg Civic Center
  • Cindy’s Palace Banquet Hall and Venue
  • Small Cakes
  • B’s Sweet Celebrations
  • Copious Deli
  • CJ’s Catering
  • Sign Dreamers of Rosenberg
  • Inflated Design
  • Rendevous
  • Aly’s Decor
  • Texas Foto Wagon
  • Lilliana Maria Photography
  • Coral Alicia Photography LLC
  • European Wax Center
  • Studio Hair Salon by Jerry
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Je Crois Brows and Beauty Studio
  • Studio Boutique
  • Dostal’s Jewelry
  • Texas Rose Events
  • Garden Girl of Texas

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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.

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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.

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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.

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September 24, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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