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July 31, 2020

City of Rosenberg to Hold Virtual Public Hearing on Telecommunications Tower Placement Permit and Variance Request

The city of Rosenberg will host a virtual public hearing at the Tuesday, August 4 City Council Meeting. The virtual public hearing is to consider a Telecommunications Tower Placement Permit and Variance request, which would be potentially located at 3015 1st Street. The item was previously on the July 7 City Council Meeting Agenda as Item 9, but Rosenberg City Council voted to table the item until they could receive more public input regarding the request.

The City Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The virtual public hearing will be Item 2 on the Regular Council agenda. Based on input received, City Council can decide the outcome of the variance and permit request immediately following the public hearing with Item 3.

Per Executive Order GA-23 issued by the Office of the Governor, the City may conduct meetings by telephone-video conference in order to advance the public health goal of “social distancing” to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Any member of the public has the right to present evidence or commentary for or against the Telecommunications Tower Placement Permit and Variance during the public hearing portion of the meeting. Those wishing to speak may have their comments heard as they relate to the hearing in any of the following ways:

  1. Emailing your comments to the City Secretary at dswint@rosenbergtx.gov prior to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4 to be read by the City Secretary during the virtual public hearing for official record.
  2. If you wish to speak, by dialing the public toll-free numbers listed below to participate by phone. You will be muted until the virtual public hearing portion of the agenda. When the item is up on the agenda, you will be unmuted and allowed to voice your comments either for or against the Telecommunications Tower Placement Permit and Variance.
    • 833-548-0276 or 888-788-0099
    • Meeting ID# 843 4857 7656
    • Topic: Rosenberg City Council Meeting

Meeting agendas can be found on the City’s website at rosenbergtx.gov. Additional information on the Telecommunications Tower Placement Permit and Variance application is available at the City Hall Annex located 2220 4th Street or by calling 832-595-3500. For more information on speaking and the public comment portion of the virtual public hearing, please contact Citizen Relations at 832-595-3301.


June 24, 2020

City of Rosenberg Changes July 4th Celebration Plans

Rosenberg, TX ­– Change of plans! To protect the health and safety of our community and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, Rosenberg City Council decided to modify the July 4th Celebration Event plans during the June 23 City Council Workshop meeting.

In an effort to keep everyone safe but still provide a festive evening for all to enjoy, the City will still host its spectacular fireworks show; however, Seabourne Creek Nature Park will be closed to the public. There will be no food vendors or live music as originally planned. Spectators are invited to enjoy the patriotic 25-minute show from various vantage points across the City while maintaining safe social distancing.  Fireworks are set to launch Saturday, July 4 at dusk.

The City has recently seen a spike in community-wide cases and Council felt this decision was in the best interest of everyone involved. “Our Family 4th Event typically attracts around 6,000 people,” said John Maresh, City Manager. “Although we had hoped to host the event as originally planned, we had to take into account the safety of our community and City staff, and the logistics involved in hosting an event of this size all while abiding by orders set forth by the Governor’s office.”

The City wishes everyone a safe, fun and happy Fourth of July Celebration!

For more information about the July 4th event, contact the Rosenberg Parks and Recreation Department at 832-595-3520.


June 17, 2020

Rosenberg City Council Expands Business Resiliency Grant Program

Rosenberg, TX ­– Rosenberg City Council voted to expand the Business Resiliency Grant Program in an effort to help more businesses located within the City limits of Rosenberg at the June 16 City Council Meeting. The Business Resiliency Grant is intended to assist small businesses in the City who have experienced significant revenue decline due to social distancing measures. The revised program will now pay for three month’s rent or mortgage for the business storefront within the city limits up to a maximum of $6,000 per eligible business, and now allows businesses with one employee to apply opening the doors for sole proprietorships to also receive assistance.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • have an effective Texas Secretary of State registration date of on or before April 8, 2018;
  • be operated for-profit;
  • have a loss of revenue of 25 percent or more as a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as shown by profit and loss statements;
  • have been operating within the corporate limits of the City of Rosenberg prior to April 8, 2018;
  • have a physical location within the City of Rosenberg’s city limits where business activity is conducted;
  • have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN);
  • have an active right to transact business in Texas as indicated by the franchise tax account status reported by the Texas Comptroller online using the FEIN;
  • had a combined total of no less than one and no more than 25 part-time or full-time employees as of March 1, 2020;
  • have applied for other state, federal, or lending-institution based financial resources on or after March 13, 2020;
  • have a valid commercial Certificate of Occupancy and all applicable permits of the City of Rosenberg and of the State of Texas required to operate the business; and
  • have submitted a complete application.

The Resiliency Grant Program will have $250,000 in funds available and will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted or until July 15, 2020, whichever occurs first. Applications for the COVID-19 Business Resiliency Grant Program will be available at http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/business-resiliency-grant/ and may be submitted by email to rbrg@rosenbergtx.gov beginning at 10 a.m. June 17, 2020. Businesses who previously submitted an application under the previous criteria do not need to reapply.

For more information about the grant program, or to obtain a copy of the application, visit http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/business-resiliency-grant/. Questions regarding the Business Resiliency Grant Program can be directed to the Rosenberg Economic Development Department at 832-595-3330.


June 16, 2020

Rosenberg Municipal Court to Resume In-Person Hearings

Rosenberg, TX ­– Rosenberg Municipal Court will resume in-person hearings on Tuesday, June 23, in accordance with State of Texas guidelines for reopening operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To reduce courtroom occupancy and promote social distancing, anyone that has an upcoming court date must call Municipal Court at 832-595-3450 to be assigned a time to appear.

During court hearings, the following safety measures and precautions will be in place:

  • Social distancing while in line and while seated
  • Face coverings required
  • Temperature checks will be performed on anyone entering the building
  • Hand sanitizer will be available
  • Common areas of the court building and courtrooms will be cleaned regularly
  • Court times will be staggered to ensure low occupancy
  • Limited capacity in the courtroom
  • There will be no jury trials until further notice

In an effort to operate in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone, the City of Rosenberg Municipal Court recommends that only individuals with cases before the court remain in the facility during court (parents of juveniles with cases before the court should appear with their children). While this is only a recommendation and not a directive, we hope that this request will be considered as a means to protect the health and safety of all as we navigate through this challenging time. Any individual that is ill, and/or has any of symptoms of COVID-19, should notify court personnel to have their court hearing date reset.

Individuals who are over 65 years of age and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised, such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy, are considered to be vulnerable populations. If you are within the vulnerable population, you may contact Rosenberg Municipal Court at 832-595-3450 prior to your appearance or hearing date to receive special accommodations.

PLEASE KNOW THAT THE CITY OF ROSENBERG MUNICIPAL COURT REMAINS AN OPEN COURT AND ACCESS TO THE COURT IS NOT BEING DENIED OR RESTRICTED.

For more information, please contact Rosenberg Municipal Court at 832-595-3450.


June 5, 2020

Rosenberg to Resume Utility Bill Late Fees and Disconnections

Rosenberg, TX – The grace period to avoid disconnection of City water utility services due to COVID-19 will end on Thursday, June 18 at which time past due accounts will be subject to disconnection.

If your account is past due, please contact the City to pay your balance, set up a payment plan or discuss your account to avoid disconnection of your water services. Customer Service can be reached by phone at 832-595-3400. There are several options available to pay your bill. Customers may pay via phone by dialing 832-595-3400, option 1; on the website at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/rosenbergtx; in person at City Hall (2110 4th St.) at the Customer Service counter or for contactless service, citizens may use the recently reopened drive-thru Customer Service window. We look forward to hearing from you so we can work together to address the past due amount. If your account is past due, the City will begin assessing late fees and resume disconnections effective Thursday, June 18.

Need assistance paying your bill? Fort Bend County has approved $19.5 million in funding from the federal CARES Act to support Fort Bend residents, which will help eligible citizens pay their rent, mortgage and utilities from June 2020 through November 2020. Due to high demand, Phase I of the application period ended in 4 days. Applications for Phase II will begin on Monday, July 20. Those in need should apply online as soon as the applications open at fortbendcountytx.gov or call 281-238-CARE (2273) for more information. Other organizations offering immediate assistance are: Fort Bend County Social Services 281-238-3502 (4520 Reading Rd. Ste. A900, Rosenberg), Galveston County Community Action 281-342-3012 (902 Frost St., Rosenberg) and Rosenberg/Richmond Helping Hands 281-232-4904 (902 Collins Rd., Richmond).

For more information, to check the status of your bill or reach out to one of our Customer Service Representatives, please contact us at 832-595-3400.


June 5, 2020

Service Notification Alert:

Republic Services to Delay Monday Greenwaste & Tuesday Bulky Pick-Ups 6/8 & 6/9

The City of Rosenberg has been informed by Republic Services, that Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9 residents will experience a service interruption in trash pick-ups. The Republic Services offices will be closed for the memorial and funeral service of George Floyd.

Please see the revised schedule below:

  • Monday Greenwaste Pick-up:  Moved to Saturday, June 13
  • Tuesday Bulky Waste Pick-up:  Moved to Saturday, June 13
  • Wednesday Regular Waste: As normal
  • Wednesday Recycling: As normal

For more information, please contact Republic Services at 713-726-7300.


May 29, 2020

Limited Access to Rosenberg City Facilities to Begin June 1

The City of Rosenberg will reopen limited public access to City facilities on June 1 with measures in place to help keep residents, visitors and employees safe. The reopening is in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s most recent executive order providing guidelines for a second phase of reopening the State’s economy.

The following facilities and/or services will reopen June 1:

  • Animal Control and Shelter: Call 832-595-3490 for information.
  • City Hall Lobby: Open for Citizen Relations, Water Utility Bill Payments, Requests for Service and Municipal Court payments only. In an effort to provide enhanced contactless services, the City has recently reopened the drive-thru Customer Service window for Water Utility Bill payments. As a reminder, Water Utility Bill Payments can also be made online or by calling the automated phone system at 832-595-3400, opt. 1.
  • City Hall Annex Lobby: Open for Building Permits, Inspections, Planning and Health Inspections.
  • City Council, Committee, Boards and Commissions Meetings: Attendees must wear a mask, fill out a questionnaire and have their temperature scanned upon entering.
  • Civic Center: Rentals available during normal business hours only. No after hour or weekend rentals. Classes resume June 8 with reduced capacity.
  • Fire Administration Offices
  • Police Department Lobby

The following facilities and/or services remain closed:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Municipal Court Hearings

The City continues to encourage everyone to conduct City business online, by email or by phone whenever possible. The City will monitor occupancy in buildings and regularly wipe down and disinfect frequently used surfaces. The use of face coverings, provided sanitization stations and social distancing are highly encouraged while inside all City facilities. The City asks all employees and residents to stay home if you are not feeling well and encourages all high-risk citizens to utilize virtual services when possible.

For assistance, or if you have questions regarding the City’s reopening plan, please call Citizens Relations at 832-595-3301 or email info@rosenbergtx.gov


May 18, 2020

Former Rosenberg City Secretary Linda Cernosek Passes Away

The City of Rosenberg is saddened to announce the passing of long time former employee Linda Cernosek. Ms. Cernosek was the City Secretary and retired in 2018 after 31 years of service. Due to COVID-19 and current social distancing requirements, a private family service will be held Tuesday, May 19. To allow City Council, her former coworkers and friends an opportunity to pay our final respects to Linda, the funeral procession will pass by City Hall on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend the City Hall farewell. Those that choose to attend should practice safe social distancing.


May 11, 2020

City of Rosenberg Utilities Department Water Distribution System Quality Maintenance

The City of Rosenberg public water system, (PWS) ID # 0790003, will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin on June 1, 2020 and continue through June 15, 2020. During this period, you may experience taste and odor changes associated with this type of temporary disinfectant conversion.

Public water systems are required to properly disinfect their water and maintain an adequate disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Chloramine, free chlorine combined with ammonia, is widely used as a disinfectant because it persists for long periods while also limiting the formation of disinfection by-product contaminants. Prolonged use of chloramine coupled with other factors that can impact water quality, such as high temperatures or stagnation of water, may result in the growth and/or persistence of organic matter within the pipes of the distribution system, which may hinder the ability to maintain an adequate disinfectant residual. A temporary conversion to free chlorine, partnered with flushing activities, helps to rid distribution pipes of this organic matter and improve the quality of your water overall.

Customers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water for a short period during the change. The water is safe to drink, to use for cooking, to bathe in and for other everyday uses. During this period, we will sample and test our water to monitor the effectiveness of the temporary modification. Once the free chlorine disinfection process is complete, we will return to the chloramine disinfection.

This temporary change in our treatment process is performed in accordance with State and Federal drinking water regulations. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which regulates water quality, has approved this method for routine maintenance of potable water distribution systems.

Users of home kidney dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish aquariums and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised that the methods for testing and removing free chlorine residuals differ from those used for chloramine residuals. Both types of residuals if not handled properly may affect users of kidney dialysis machines, as well as fish and other aquatic animals. We encourage customers who may be affected by this change to contact professionals, visit the website https://rosenbergtx.gov/water-disinfection/ or check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Heriberto “Eddie” De Leon, CPM, CWP at 832-595-3590.


May 5, 2020

City of Rosenberg Boards, Commissions, Committees Positions Open

Beginning Monday, May 4, the city of Rosenberg will accept applications for citizens interested in serving on various boards, commissions and committees within the City. Boards, commissions and committee members are volunteer positions essential to the operation of City government who provide valuable insight and direction on various City issues and events.

Positions currently open include:

  • Charter Review Committee
  • Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee
  • Image Committee
  • Main Street Advisory Board
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Rosenberg Development Corporation Board

Citizens interested in serving in the positions should fill out the application and submit to City Secretary Danyel Swint at dswint@rosenbergtx.gov. City Council members will review the applications and may make position appointments at a City Council meeting in June. Service on a City board, committee or commission is a privilege and responsibility, which could involve a significant time commitment. Citizens appointed are expected to attend meetings as scheduled and be an active participant.

The application can be found at https://rosenbergtx.gov/volunteer-comittees-boards-commissions/  For more information, visit the website at rosenbergtx.gov or call 832-595-3340.


April 30, 2020

Rosenberg City Council Approves Business Resiliency Grant

Rosenberg, TX ­– Rosenberg City Council recently approved a grant program for businesses located within the City limits of Rosenberg affected by COVID-19. The Business Resiliency Grant is intended to assist small businesses in the City who have experienced significant revenue decline due to social distancing measures. The Program will pay for one month’s rent or mortgage for the business storefront within the city limits up to a maximum of $6,000 per eligible business.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • have an effective Texas Secretary of State registration date of on or before April 8, 2018;
  • be operated for-profit;
  • have a loss of revenue of 25 percent or more as a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as shown by profit and loss statements;
  • have been operating within the corporate limits of the City of Rosenberg prior to April 8, 2018;
  • have a physical location within the City of Rosenberg’s city limits where business activity is conducted;
  • have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN);
  • have an active right to transact business in Texas as indicated by the franchise tax account status reported by the Texas Comptroller online using the FEIN;
  • had a combined total of no less than 2 and no more than 25 part-time or full-time employees as of March 1, 2020;
  • have applied for other state, federal, or lending-institution based financial resources on or after March 13, 2020;
  • have a valid commercial Certificate of Occupancy and all applicable permits of the City of Rosenberg and of the State of Texas required to operate the business; and
  • have submitted a complete application.

The Resiliency Grant Program will have $250,000 in funds available and will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Applications for the COVID-19 Business Resiliency Grant Program will be available at http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/business-resiliency-grant/ on Friday, May 1, 2020, and may be submitted by email to rbrg@rosenbergtx.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020. Funds would be disbursed to approved applicants beginning Friday, June 26, 2020.

For more information about the grant program, or to obtain a copy of the application, visit http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/business-resiliency-grant/. Questions regarding the Business Resiliency Grant Program can be directed to the Rosenberg Economic Development Department at 832-595-3330.


April 20, 2020

Councilor Jacob Balderas to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting Regarding Proposed Rosenberg Business Resiliency Grant Program

WHO: Councilor Jacob Balderas

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Please click the link below to join the virtual meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/92910709537

Dial (toll Free) 888 788 0099 or 877 853 5247

Meeting ID: 929 1070 9537

DETAILS: Councilor Jacob Balderas will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. to discuss the proposed Rosenberg Business Resiliency Grant Program.  The Business Resiliency Grant Program will be on the agenda Tuesday during the Special City Council meeting and can be found here: https://destinyhosted.com/rosendocs/2020/CCSPEC/20200421_917/AGENDApacket__04-21-20_0510_916.pdf

Councilor Balderas will discuss the proposed plan and answer any questions businesses may have.


April 3, 2020

Rosenberg Mayor William Benton Amends Disaster Declaration to Enforce Social Distancing

Rosenberg Mayor William Benton has amended Rosenberg’s local Disaster Declaration to enforce social distancing. Under the previous local Disaster Declaration signed March 18, 2020, social distancing was encouraged, but now is required by the amendment in an effort to alleviate the spread of COVID-19.

The new order requires that all persons within the Rosenberg city limits, including within businesses and other public locations, follow the guidelines set forth by the President of the United States and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As of now, those orders are to not gather in crowds of ten (10) or more and keep a distance of six (6) feet between each person not residing in the same household. Failure to comply with this order is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days or both the confinement and a fine.

“This is a national emergency,” said Mayor Benton. “We have to take this seriously and must have more social distancing. Stay home and save lives. If you must go out – please limit your trips to the store and distance yourself while you are there. We all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

For the most current and up-to-date information about COVID-19 and to see the latest on what the City is doing, please visit: rosenbergtx.gov/COVID-19 or call Fort Bend County’s COVID-19 call center at 281-633-7795.

See the order here:  Order Enforcing Social Distancing


April 2, 2020

City of Rosenberg Extends Facility Closures

Rosenberg, TX ­– The city of Rosenberg is extending the closure of its facilities to the public until further notice to align with the latest recommendations to extend social distancing and the current Stay-at-Home Order. As the COVID-19 situation evolves daily, the city of Rosenberg continues to work closely with the local authorities, Judge KP George, and Governor Greg Abbott to make decisions with the best interest of our citizens in mind.

City staff will continue to remain available to respond to questions or requests and we encourage all City business to be conducted online, by email or by phone. Residents needing assistance can reach the City by calling 832-595-3301. All Rosenberg Police and Rosenberg Fire services remain unchanged. Rosenberg Police non-emergency can be reached at 832-595-3700 and Rosenberg Fire non-emergency can be reached at 832-595-3600. For emergencies, please dial 911.

The City continues to urge residents to do their part to flatten the curve by being proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by following the Fort Bend County Stay-at-Home Order, as well as CDC recommendations on hand washing and social distancing.

The city of Rosenberg’s number one priority remains the well-being of our citizens and employees. The City is taking every possible precaution to protect our community while continuing to provide service to our residents in the safest manner possible.

For more information about COVID-19, and for the latest updates on the City’s response please visit https://www.rosenbergtx.gov/covid-19


March 30, 2020

City of Rosenberg May 2 Election Postponed

Rosenberg, TX ­– During a special March 24 meeting, Rosenberg City Council voted 6-1 to postpone the election scheduled for May 2 to November 3, unless an earlier date is made available, in an effort to keep voters from gathering during a time of concern over the spread of COVID-19.

On March 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott authorized those holding May 2 elections to postpone their election to Nov. 3. “I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November,” Gov. Abbott said. “Right now, the state’s focus is responding to COVID-19 – including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort.”

Several items are on the ballot for the election including the four District Councilor positions. Candidates are: District One: Keith Parker and Isaac Davila; District Two: Susan Kroll Euton and Steve DeGregorio; District Three: Timothy P. Anders and Alice Stratman Jozwiak; District Four: Richard Olson and Marc A. Morales.

Also on the ballot are nine propositions: Proposition A: Eliminate Staggered Terms; Proposition B: Limit Terms; Proposition C: Increase Council Compensation; Proposition D: Police Chief Authority Regarding Personnel; Proposition E: Expand Election Dates; Proposition F: Oaths of Office; Proposition G: Borrowing Cap; Proposition H: Splash Pad; Proposition I: Seabourne Creek Nature Center.

For more information about the elections, including the early voting locations, election day polling locations, council district maps, sample ballots and other important election and voting information, please visit: https://rosenbergtx.gov/city-government/elections/


March 26, 2020

City of Rosenberg Confirms First Coronavirus Case in City

The city of Rosenberg today confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within City limits which brings the total in Fort Bend County to 86 as of press time.

The City is continuing to coordinate with our local, state and federal public health and health care partners to combat this virus. It is imperative that citizens abide by all orders issued by governing officials set in place to help stop the spread of this virus – most importantly, the order to Stay Home to Save Lives.  If it is not necessary for you to be out, please stay home.

We continue to urge everyone to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. Fort Bend County Health and Human Services has established a call center to assist those with COVID-19 questions. They are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and can be reached by calling 281-633-7795. For a list of frequently asked questions and other helpful information, you can also visit the County’s new COVID-19 HUB information website at https://bit.ly/2UiKZNc.

As a reminder, City facilities continue to remain closed to the public, but City staff is available to assist you and encouraging all City business to be conducted online at rosenbergtx.gov, by email at info@rosenbergtx.gov or via phone at 832-595-3301.

For more information, please visit https://www.rosenbergtx.gov/covid-19


March 25, 2020

♻️Republic Services Trash/Recycling Changes♻️

Beginning Monday, March 30 Republic Services will have a temporary change in trash and recycling pick-up services.
What you need to know:
🔸Monday Green Waste: Service as usual. Some pick-ups may be slightly delayed, but will be picked up throughout the week.
🔸Tuesday Bulky Waste: No bulky waste pick-up. Please do not place bulky items at the curb. They will not be picked up.
🔸Wednesday Recycling: No recycling pick-up.
🔸Wednesday Regular Trash Pick-up: Due to the increase in household trash from residents sheltering at home you can now temporarily use your recycling bin for household trash. Both bins will be serviced on Wednesday. Carts should be curbside by 7 a.m., with 3 feet of space between carts and any other objects such as carts, mailboxes, fences, etc.

Thank you for your patience as the City works with Republic to continue to provide service to our residents in the safest manner possible.

Questions? Contact Republic Services at 713-726-7300.


March 20, 2020

News Release: City of Rosenberg Facility Closure Notice

After an extensive review of all City operations and in accordance with recommendations by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Gov. Greg Abbott, the following City of Rosenberg facilities are closed to the public effective Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until Friday, April 3, 2020.

City staff will remain available to respond to questions or requests and we encourage all City business to be conducted online, by email or by phone.

Please see the full list of departmental closures below:

  • Rosenberg City Hall –832-595-3301
    • Closed to the public.
    • Utility Bill Payments: Water Bill Payments can be made online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/rosenbergtx; via the automated phone pay system at 832-595-3400 option 1; or in the drop box located at City Hall. Cash is being temporarily accepted in the drop box. Payments will be monitored and posted throughout the day.
    • New Water Service: Customers may access the forms via rosenbergtx.gov, then email completed forms to customerservice@rosenbergtx.gov or place them in the drop box located at City Hall. Additionally, new service forms will be available outside of City Hall, or you may call 832-595-3400 to reach a customer service representative.
    • Trash services remain the same and unchanged. Monday’s Green Waste pick-up may be slightly delayed but will be picked up throughout the week.
    • Open Records Requests may be submitted online at https://rosenbergtx.gov/city-government/open-records-request/
  • Rosenberg Municipal Court – 832-595-3450
  • Rosenberg Fire Administration Office – Non-Emergency 832-595-3600
    • Emergencies dial 911
    • Closed to the public.
  • Rosenberg City Hall Annex – 832-595-3500
    • Closed to the public.
    • Permit applications and payments are still accepted via email at registration@rosenbergtx.gov and via fax at 832-595-3501.
    • All Inspection services remain the same and unchanged.
  • Rosenberg Animal Shelter – 832-595-3490
    • Closed to the public.
  • Rosenberg Civic Center – 832-595-3520
    • Closed to the public.
    • Artisan Market (March 28), Easter Egg Hunt (April 6), MLB Pitch Hit & Run (April 25) all canceled.

All Rosenberg Police and Rosenberg Fire services remain the same and unchanged. For emergencies, please dial 911. Rosenberg Police non-emergency can be reached at 832-595-3700 and Rosenberg Fire non-emergency can be reached at 832-595-3600.

The city of Rosenberg’s number one priority remains the well-being of our citizens and employees. The City is taking every possible precaution to protect our community while continuing to provide service to our residents in the safest manner possible.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit https://www.rosenbergtx.gov/covid-19


March 20, 2020

Rosenberg Reminds Residents: Wipes Clog Pipes – Do Not Flush

The Rosenberg Utilities Department would like to remind residents that wipes clog pipes. In light of events surrounding COVID-19, the use of cleaning products has dramatically increased and the shortage of toilet paper has some residents flushing more than they should down their pipes.

The city of Rosenberg has a network of sewer lines, manholes, pumping stations and other structures used to collect wastewater and transport it to a treatment plant. Wipes, cleaning cloths, paper towels, feminine hygiene products and personal care items don’t break down in the sewer pipes of your home or on the way to the wastewater treatment plant. Flushing these items can cause major problems in the City’s systems, potential costly repairs to homeowners and can cause a toilet blockage and increased chance of an overflow in the resident’s home.

According to Utilities Director Heriberto “Eddie” De Leon, “Wipes or other products aside from toilet paper do not disintegrate in the sewer system. They often twist, creating a bigger congealed mass which blocks city infrastructure creating costly breaks and repairs.”

Wipes may be labeled as “flushable,” but it only means they will fit down the piping in your toilet. Right past the toilet is where the blockages occur that can cause backups into homes. Defend your drains by disposing of these products in the trash where they belong before they cause unpleasant and expensive problems.

For more information, please visit https://www.rosenbergtx.gov/covid-19 or  https://rosenbergtx.gov/wastewater/.

 


March 19, 2020

ROSENBERG MAYOR SIGNS ORDER RESTRICTING ACCESS AND INGRESS TO CITY FOR COMMERCIAL BUS LINES

On March 19, 2020, Rosenberg Mayor William Benton signed an order restricting access and ingress to the city of Rosenberg via commercial bus lines effective immediately. The order serves to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community by limiting the access and ingress to the City of Rosenberg for the safety of individuals.

Persons traveling by way of commercial bus lines may travel through the city of Rosenberg, but shall not be allowed to disembark from any such commercial bus lines anywhere within the corporate limits of the city of Rosenberg. However; people are not prohibited from embarking on commercial bus lines from within the corporate limits of the city of Rosenberg.

The access and ingress order is effective as of 5:30 p.m. on March 19, 2020 and will end upon order of the Mayor of the city of Rosenberg or the expiration of the Declaration of Local Disaster, whichever shall occur first.

The city of Rosenberg is taking extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating disease in our community and personal actions by individuals are important to keeping themselves, their families, coworkers and our community healthy.

Please remember the following good health habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after you have used the bathroom and before eating.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. These are the primary entrance points for COVID-19 infection.
  • Do not share water bottles or similar containers.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash or cough/sneeze into your folded elbow to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Routinely clean surfaces and objects with a cleaning solution that contains bleach.
  • Call a doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches and/or fatigue.
  • Stay away from sick people. Social distancing is a concept where one attempts to remain about six feet away from others. This is one way to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus by sick persons.
  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others.

View the Order Here: Mayor – Order Restricting Access and Ingress – 03-19-2020


March 18, 2020

ROSENBERG MAYOR WILLIAM BENTON SIGNS DISASTER DECLARATION

Rosenberg, TX ­– Rosenberg Mayor William Benton has signed a local disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 disease outbreak. This action follows the lead of Fort Bend County Commissioners Court and Judge KP George, who signed an extension to the Fort Bend County disaster declaration on March 17.

The disaster declaration for the city of Rosenberg will remain in effect through Tuesday, March 24, at which time a special City Council meeting will be held to allow Council the opportunity to extend the declaration beyond the initial 7 day period, for up to an additional 30 day period.

Currently there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Rosenberg, and 12 confirmed cases in Fort Bend County. Signing the declaration allows the City to seek assistance, aid and resources from other governmental entities such as the County, State of Texas and Federal Government should the need arise.

To help combat COVID-19 the city of Rosenberg has proactively canceled or postponed the following:

  • Artisan Market (originally scheduled for March 28)
  • Easter Egg Hunt (originally scheduled for April 6)
  • MLB Pitch Hit & Run (originally scheduled for April 25)
  • All City-Sponsored Classes and Events at the Rosenberg Civic Center
  • Parks and Recreation Board Meeting (originally scheduled for March 26)
  • Main Street Committee Meetings
  • Main Street Advisory Board Meeting (originally scheduled for March 26)
  • Rosenberg Municipal Court Case Hearings (The Municipal Court window will remain open to accept payments.)

As of now, the City will continue to hold public meetings related to City Council functions. The City is asking residents who are experiencing symptoms such as fever or cough, or those who have traveled or a member of their household traveled to affected areas or outside of Texas, to refrain from physically attending these meetings and other public places. City Council meetings can be watched live on our YouTube Channel RosenbergTXGov, on the City’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the City limits.

Additionally, personal actions by individuals are important to keeping themselves, their families, coworkers and our community healthy. Please remember the following good health habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after you have used the bathroom and before eating.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. These are the primary entrance points for COVID-19 infection.
  • Do not share water bottles or similar containers.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash or cough/sneeze into your folded elbow to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Routinely clean surfaces and objects with a cleaning solution that contains bleach.
  • Call a doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches and/or fatigue.
  • Stay away from sick people. Social distancing is a concept where one attempts to remain about six feet away from others. This is one way to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus by sick persons.
  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others.

For the most current and up-to-date information about COVID-19 and to see the latest on what the City is doing, please visit: rosenbergtx.gov/COVID-19


March 17, 2020

WATER BILL PAYMENT OPTIONS

Did you know you can pay your water bill from the comfort of your home? You do not have to come to City Hall to pay. The City of Rosenberg is encouraging utility customers to take advantage of our FREE bill payment systems by:

As an additional method of encouraging social distancing, the City will temporarily accept cash as a form of payment through the Courtesy Drop Box located on the south side of City Hall. We ask that you do NOT insert coins with your payment as coins may jam the payment slot. The payments in the drop box will be monitored and posted throughout the day.

If you are having trouble logging in or need assistance, please feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives by calling 832-595-3400 or by emailing customerservice@rosenbergtx.gov.


March 16, 2020

MUNICIPAL COURT COVID-19 UPDATE FOR 3/17/2020

To encourage social distancing, Rosenberg Municipal Court Judge Ross is allowing clients to reset their court date by telephone or email without having to appear in Court at City Hall.

If you or a member of your household has recently traveled, been potentially exposed to someone with the virus, or are exhibiting signs of being ill, you will be asked to reset your court date before meeting with the Judge. If you attend court tomorrow, please be aware that no more than 10 people will be allowed inside the Council Chambers for Court at one time. Those waiting for their turn will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicle and will be contacted by cell phone when it is their turn to enter the building.

To schedule your reset, please call 832-595-3450 or email courtresets@rosenbergtx.gov


March 16, 2020

City of Rosenberg Cancels Upcoming City Special Events

Rosenberg, TX ­– To protect the health and safety of our community and to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Rosenberg has canceled the Artisan Market scheduled for March 28, Egg Hunt scheduled for April 6 and the MLB Pitch Hit Run Event scheduled for April 25.

This City has also canceled City-sponsored events and classes held at the Rosenberg Civic Center. At this time, this decision does not impact private events hosted by other organizations at the Rosenberg Civic Center. Questions regarding those reservations can be directed to the Civic Center at 832-595-3520.

As of now, the City will continue to hold public meetings related to City Council functions. The City is asking residents who are experiencing symptoms such as fever or cough, or who have traveled or a member of their household traveled to affected areas or outside of Texas, to refrain from physically attending these meetings and other public places. City Council meetings can be watched live on our YouTube Channel RosenbergTXGov, on the City’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the City limits.

Additionally, personal actions by individuals are important to keeping themselves, their families, coworkers and our community healthy.

Please remember the following good health habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Always wash your hands after you have used the bathroom and before eating.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. These are the primary entrance points for COVID-19 infection.
  • Do not share water bottles or similar containers.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash or cough/sneeze into your folded elbow to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Routinely clean surfaces and objects with a cleaning solution that contains bleach.
  • Call a doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches and/or fatigue.
  • Stay away from sick people. Social distancing is a concept where one attempts to remain about six feet away from others. This is one way to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus by sick persons.
  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others.

 


March 5, 2020

Rosenberg Main Street Program to Host Spring Artisan Market March 28

Rosenberg, TX ­– The Rosenberg Main Street Program proudly presents the Rosenberg Artisan Market to be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Historic Downtown Rosenberg – the first and only state-designated Cultural Arts District in Fort Bend County.

Downtown will transform into a unique marketplace filled with artisan goods. Spend the day strolling the streets of historic downtown while shopping, enjoying live music and great food. The downtown shops will be participating with sales and specials throughout the event and vendors will be set up with a variety of great finds including handcrafted jewelry, custom furniture, yard art, soaps, local honey and one-of-a-kind art pieces to name a  few.

If all that shopping works up an appetite, stop in to one of the excellent downtown restaurants for lunch or grab a bite from one of the delicious food trucks that will be onsite.

For more event information, or to learn how to become one of the featured artisan vendors, please visit www.facebook.com/RosenbergMainStreetProgram or email jwehring@rosenbergtx.gov.

 

 


February 21, 2020

Rosenberg Safe Harbor Warrant Day Set For February 29

Rosenberg, TX –­ If there’s a warrant for your arrest in Rosenberg, you have time to make things right before the annual warrant round-up. The city of Rosenberg’s Safe Harbor Warrant Day will take place on Saturday, February 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosenberg’s Municipal Court within Rosenberg City Hall at 2110 4th Street.

Safe Harbor Warrant Day offers those with outstanding warrants in Rosenberg an opportunity to go before the judge without fear of arrest. This is your last chance to avoid arrest warrants before the 2020 Warrant Roundup which will be held March 7-14. Arrests will be made during the Warrant Round Up.

“Don’t be intimidated,” said Judge Ross. “We understand the fear of being arrested. This is an opportunity to avoid it. Come see me and let’s work together to resolve your case. I’m here to help you help yourself.”

Payments on outstanding warrants will be expected. Please note: by law, Class B and above warrants will be enforced.

To find out if you have a warrant, or to learn more about how you can attend Safe Harbor Day, call Officer Dailey with Rosenberg Municipal Courts at 832-595-3450.

 


February 13, 2020

Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter Honored for Year of Life Saving Success

Rosenberg, TX –­ Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter was recently honored by the No Kill Advocacy Center and the Saving 90 Organization for achieving more than a 90% Live Release Rate average over a one year period. Rosenberg is one of only six communities in Texas with this distinct honor.

January 2020 marked the shelter’s 12th consecutive month of obtaining an overall Live Release Rate above 90%. The Center reported a placement rate of 97% for dogs and 90% for cats. Over the course of this year, adoptions increased by 89%.

The No Kill Advocacy Center uses an all-inclusive Live Release Rate formula that does not exclude any outcomes in the shelter, regardless of circumstance or category. Hartsell says she’s committed to increasing the placement rate even higher.

“Our small shelter continues to have big dreams when it comes to protecting the lives of those under our care,” said Director Mara Hartsell. “Staff members Mara, Renee, Morgan, Samantha, Carmin, and Valyn are very proud of this No Kill milestone and want to express gratitude to everyone in our community and beyond who has contributed to this accomplishment. We continue to strive to do everything we can, medically and behaviorally, to save more lives.” Hartsell says they look forward to using the lessons learned in 2019 to create an even better 2020.

For more information about the shelter, or to find out how you can adopt a fur-ever member of your family, visit the shelter at 1207 Blume Rd., give them a call at 832-595-3490, or visit them on social media @bergshelterpets.


January 30, 2020

Rosenberg To Save Over $1 Mil By Refunding Bonds

Rosenberg, TX –­ On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, the city of Rosenberg successfully refunded $7,785,000 of current general obligation bonds saving the City $1,027,686 over the next ten years with a present day value of $938,318 or 12.5%.

The current bonds refunded included the General Obligation Bonds Series 2010 and the Certificates of Obligation Series 2010A and 2010B. These general obligation bonds were used to fund several large projects such as: roads, drainage improvements, the sports complex, parks, sidewalks, water reuse, wastewater system improvements and city facilities.

On Nov. 5, 2019, Rosenberg City Council approved Ordinance 2019-54 authorizing the issuance of refunding bonds. Refunding opportunities allow the City to take advantage of current, lower interest rates. A total of nine bids were received which were very favorable to the City and greatly exceeded preliminary calculations which indicated a savings of approximately 8% or $650,000. This competitive rate is largely in part to the City’s AA- bond rating meaning the City boasts a high degree of creditworthiness, is generally easily able meet financial commitments and poses a lower risk of defaulting.

“Through a strong partnership between City staff and Hilltop Securities, Inc. (the City’s financial advisor) we were able to monitor the market and generate additional savings to our citizens by refunding the general obligation bonds, allowing us to save the citizens over a million dollars on funded large improvement projects,” said Assistant City Manager and Director of Finance Joyce Vasut.

For more information on the City’s budget and financial outlook, visit: https://rosenbergtx.gov/city-government/finance/ or call the Citizens Relations at 832-595-3301.


January 27, 2020

Notice of Intent – Lamar CISD School Resource Officers

The Rosenberg Police Department has served the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) for more than 20 years by providing police services. When this agreement began two officers were designated for campuses located within the City of Rosenberg.
Over the years, LCISD has grown tremendously and now serves more than 35,000 students, in over 40 campuses, dispersed throughout several law enforcement jurisdictions. LCISD spans an area of over 385 square miles of Fort Bend County and is only approximately 40% built out. As the School District continues to grow rapidly the number of Police Officers needed will have to increase significantly as well. Although the City of Rosenberg is growing, it is not growing fast enough for the police department to continue to provide these services indefinitely.
In order to make sure that LCISD has sufficient time to plan for future police services, The City provided notice that it would no longer be providing School Resource Officers beyond July 2, 2021. “We are proud of the service we have provided LCISD through our SRO program,” said Rosenberg Chief White. “The partnership has been mutually beneficial, we look forward to seeing LCISD through this transition while maintaining exceptional service on all campuses.”


January 24, 2020

Rosenberg’s 18th Annual FISH-tastic Kid’s Fishing Tournament Set for Feb. 15

Rosenberg, TX –­ Calling all kids! Head over to Seabourne Creek Nature Park located at 3831 Hwy 36 South on Saturday, Feb. 15 for the 18th annual FISH-tastic kid’s fishing tournament.

The free tournament is open to kids ages 4-14 and runs from 8-11 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow, and trophies will be awarded in numerous age divisions for the biggest fish and most fish caught along with a variety of door prizes.

Parents must attend, but are only able to supervise – the children must do all the fishing! Participants should bring chairs or blankets to sit on, as well as their own rods, reels and bait.

No pre-registration is required, but the form and more information about the tournament can be found on the event page: https://rosenbergtx.gov/fish-tastic/ or contact Carrie at the Parks and Recreation Department by phone at 832-595-3520 or via email at cmarmol@rosenbergtx.gov.


January 16, 2020

Rosenberg City Council Approves Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

Rosenberg, TX –­ The city of Rosenberg has a new vision for the future of parks and recreation after Rosenberg City Council approved the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update at the December 3, 2019 City Council Meeting.

This citizen-driven plan serves as a long-range planning document that captures the community’s desires and needs for parks and facilities, as well as a capital improvements plan for the parks system over the next five to ten years. The plan is intended to help meet the needs of both current and future residents by providing a guide for City staff, the Parks and Recreation Board and City Council’s efforts to provide high quality parks and recreation services.

In May 2019, Burditt Consultants, LLC was engaged by the City to update the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan to address needs for improvements to existing parks and facilities and to identify opportunities for new parks and amenities as desired by residents. The strategic goals of the plan were to:

  • Document the current conditions and needs within the existing parks, facilities and community
  • Listen to and record the community’s ideas, needs, concerns and desires for the park system
  • Propose a future vision for the parks and establish priorities for what areas are to be redesigned, renovated, re-imagined and programmed
  • Provide implementation guidance by developing conceptual drawings for proposed improvements along with preliminary opinions of probable cost to assist decision-makers during capital improvements, maintenance and operational planning

The Parks Master Plan Update includes recommendations for improvements to existing parks, new park developments, hike and bike trail opportunities, indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, policy recommendations and more. The plan was unanimously approved for recommendation to City Council by the Parks and Recreation Board on Oct. 23, 2019, following numerous meetings between the board and staff, and the completion of a comprehensive, community-wide online survey and public input process.

To view the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update in its entirety, please visit http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/development/parks-master-plan. For questions or more information about the plan, contact the Parks and Recreation Department by phone at 832-595-3520 or via email at RosenbergPARD@rosenbergtx.gov.


January 10, 2020

Jeremy Heath Selected as Rosenberg’s Economic Development Director

Rosenberg, TX – The city of Rosenberg is excited to announce that Jeremy Heath has been selected as Director of Economic Development. Heath was the Assistant Economic Development Director, serving as Interim Director since Aug. 6, 2019, and began his new position Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
Mr. Heath previously worked for the Central Fort Bend Chamber in Rosenberg and has been employed by the City since 2014. During that time he managed the City’s business retention and recruitment programs along with many other high profile projects. He was instrumental in the recruitment of the Dollar Tree Distribution Center and Texas State Technical College and assisted with various expansions of existing Rosenberg businesses. He currently serves on several boards including the Highway 36A Coalition, Fort Bend Transit, Fort Bend Global Initiatives and is a graduate of the Leadership Fort Bend program.
The City began the recruitment process for the director position in August 2019. Thirty-eight applications were received from highly qualified applicants. After a competitive process, Mr. Heath was selected by the City Manager for the role.
“Mr. Heath has the experience and proven track record we were looking for in the Economic Development Director,” said John Maresh, City Manager. “Jeremy’s unique expertise with the delicate balance of not only preserving the charm of our historic downtown but managing Rosenberg’s phenomenal growth including administering Fortune 500 corporations relocations to the City are just a few of the reasons we selected him for this position.”
For more information about Rosenberg’s Economic Development Initiatives or the Rosenberg Development Corporation, call 832-595-3330 or visit https://rosenbergedc.com/

About the City of Rosenberg
Rosenberg, Texas is located 25 miles west of Houston, on Interstate 69. At the geographic
and logistic heart of Fort Bend County, Rosenberg is located in one of the fastest growing
and most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. The City has experienced
phenomenal growth over the course of the last decade, thanks to our business friendly
atmosphere, strategic location, convenient access to the Port of Freeport and the Port of
Houston and a superb quality of life. The community offers unique leisure activities, family
friendly festivals and events, excellent local eateries and a growing list of recreational
activities that contribute to our friendly, laid back quality of life.

About Rosenberg Economic Development
The Rosenberg Economic Development Department promotes, assists and enhances
economic development activities that support quality of life activities and provide revenues
that help support the high level of City services residents expect. This is accomplished by
promoting Rosenberg’s business friendly environment, diverse and skilled workforce and
strategic location that makes Rosenberg ideal for manufacturing, distribution and logistics
based companies. Rosenberg maintains a large cluster of manufacturers, as well as
pharmaceutical companies, food packaging and distribution and energy service related
industries and continues to invest in infrastructure to accommodate and encourage growth.


January 7, 2020

City of Rosenberg Open Records Request Now Available Online

Rosenberg, TX – The city of Rosenberg is making transparent government more easily available for the public. Requestors of public information will now have the option of submitting Open Records Requests through an online form. While other methods for submitting requests are still available, Rosenberg is excited to be able to offer a more convenient option.
“Delivering exceptional service is one of our goals in the City Secretary’s Office and bringing the Open Records Request process online is one more avenue in which we can connect our citizens to the City,” said Danyel Swint, City Secretary. “This allows our office to streamline the open records request process for citizens and improve efficiencies with staff – saving time, money and resources.”
The online form is available on the City Secretary’s website at https://rosenbergtx.gov/city-government/open-records-request/
A public records request is a request to either inspect and/or copy public records Development Corporation via pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act which gives the public the right to request access to government information. The City processes Open Records Requests in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act.
For more information about Open Records Requests or the City’s new program, contact the Office of the City Secretary at 832-595-3340 or via email at info@rosenbergtx.gov.