August 19, 2019
City to Begin Smoke Testing Sanitary Sewer Lines
Crews from the city of Rosenberg Utilities Department will soon begin conducting smoke testing on the sanitary sewer lines as part of the implementation of an Inflow/Infiltration (I/I) Reduction Program. The program objective is to remove storm water sources from the sanitary sewer system, keep wastewater treatment costs and sanitary sewer rates low and protect the environment.
The testing is scheduled to begin on the north side of Rosenberg by the end of the month and move by quadrants throughout the rest of the City. Testing will be performed Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Residents should perform the following tasks to ensure smoke does not enter your home:
- Make sure all drain traps and plumbing fixtures have water in them. Fill seldom used drains (such as floor drains, garage sinks, etc.) with water by running the faucet for 30 to 60 seconds or filling the drain with approximately 2 gallons of water.
- Prepare drains as soon as you receive the smoke testing reminder notice; this only needs to be done once before testing begins. Reminder notices will be given to residents at least 24-48 hours prior to testing in specific areas.
- You do not need to be home during the smoke testing field work.
- Smoke should not enter your home; however, if it does this could be an indication of a defect in your plumbing system. This defect could allow sewer gases to enter inside your home, which is a potential health hazard. Corrections of such defects on private property are the responsibility of the property owner, and a licensed plumber should be consulted to ensure the proper corrections are made. If smoke does enter your home or building, please notify the field technicians who are conducting the test.
Smoke Testing helps locate defective openings and inappropriate connections in the sewer system that allow rainwater runoff to enter, decreasing the system’s capacity and ability to handle normal flows. Smoke testing requires crews to access manholes and force air combined with non-toxic smoke into the sewer mains to disclose the location of leaks and non-permitted connections. A defect is detected if smoke is seen coming up out of the ground or other unexpected locations.
The smoke is non-toxic, creates no fire hazard, leaves no residue, dissipates quickly and is harmless, although those with respiratory issues may wish to take extra precautions such as leaving the home for a few hours until testing is complete. The Rosenberg Police and Fire Departments have been made aware of the testing.
For more information, or if you have any further questions or concerns regarding smoke testing, please call Utilities Customer Service at 832-595-3400 or visit: http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/wastewater
July 15, 2019
Drop Box Lane Closure Notice
On Tuesday, July 16 construction will begin to relocate the customer service payment drop box to the building side of the drive through lane. The lane will be closed, but customers can still use the drop box by parking in the lot & walking to the box. The project is expected to be completed Wednesday, July 17 at which time the newly relocated box & lane will reopen.
July 1, 2019
City of Rosenberg Receives Distinguished Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the city of Rosenberg, has received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, Rosenberg had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
- a policy document
- a financial plan
- an operations guide
- a communications device
Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. The award was presented to Joyce Vasut, CPA, Assistant City Manager/Director of Finance and Luis Garza, CGFO, Finance Manager.
There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA’s website. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
Pictured (L-R) Luis Garza, CGFO, Finance Manager; DeAndra Gomez, MBA, Budget Analyst; Joyce Vasut, CPA, Assistant City Manager/Director of Finance
June 14, 2019
Special Green Waste Pick-Up Day Scheduled for Saturday, June 15
Due to the significant amount of green waste caused by last week’s storm, Republic Services has scheduled an additional one-time green waste pick-up day for Saturday, June 15. The normal green waste schedule will resume on Monday, June 17.
- Green Waste includes: grass clippings, leaves, tree and bush trimmings.
- Tree & bush trimmings must be cut to 4 feet in length, less than 3 inches in diameter.
- Trimmings must be bundled (up to 8 bundles) & tied weighing less than 50 lbs and stacked neatly.
- Grass clippings & leaves must be bagged or loose in a personal container (do not use the roll-out cart for this pick-up).
- No rocks or dirt.
- No construction material.
For more information about the weekly pick-up and recycling schedules, please visit: https://rosenbergtx.gov/trash/ or give us a call at 832-595-3300.
June 5, 2019
Rosenberg Fire Department Awarded Grant from Rebuild Texas
At the June 4, 2019 City Council Meeting, the Rosenberg Fire Department was awarded a grant in the amount of $68,638.00 from the Rebuild Texas Fund for the purchase and installation of a replacement generator at Fire Station No. 1.
The Rebuild Texas Fund was launched just days after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas communities. A collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, the initiative is dedicated to the economic recovery of hard-hit Texas communities. Funded organizations such as the Rosenberg Fire Department play a critical role as rebuilding continues in the community.
“During times of emergencies and disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, a backup power source is crucial to our ability to keep the fire stations operational so we can respond to calls for assistance from the public during some of their greatest times of need,” said City of Rosenberg Fire Chief Darrell Himly. “With the grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund and the OneStar Foundation, we are now able to provide a reliable, backup power source at our busiest fire station, Rosenberg Station 1.”
The Rebuild Texas Fund supports organizations across all five regions impacted by Hurricane Harvey and that provide services in six focus areas: community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding small businesses.
“We are excited to give the Rosenberg Fire Department this grant to continue our collective mission of helping communities rebuild after Hurricane Harvey,” said Neeraj Aggarwal, Program Director of Rebuild Texas Fund. “We know that rebuilding requires strong, creative partners from business, government, non-profit and philanthropy working together, and are excited to see how the Fire Department’s project positively impacts the community.”
For more information, to apply for a Rebuild Texas Fund grant, or to learn more about how you can help our neighbors in need, please visit www.rebuildtx.org. For more information on the Rosenberg Fire Department, visit www.rosenbergtx.gov/fire.
June 5, 2019
Applications for City of Rosenberg Hotel Occupancy Tax Funding Now Available
The city of Rosenberg’s Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for the allocation of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding for organizations, programs, projects and activities that directly promote tourism, arts and/or the convention and hotel industry.
Individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses and governmental agencies are eligible to apply for funding for proposed uses that meet the requirements of Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code, which governs the allotment of HOT dollars.
The code states that revenue from HOT funding may be used only when the proposed use of the tax meets a two-part test:
• First, the proposed use must directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry, and
• Second, the proposed use must fall into one of 12 types of activities described by the law. These types of activities include promotion of the arts, restoration or promotion of historic buildings, historic sites, museums, building, staffing convention and/or visitor’s centers or advertising to attract tourists, and development and/or promotion of certain types of sporting events and/or facilities.
The deadline for applications is Monday, July 15 at 5 p.m. For more information about the HOT fund program or to obtain an application packet, please contact Isabel Castillo with Economic Development at 832-595-3330 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Rosenberg Economic Development Office visit https://rosenbergtx.gov/economic-development/
May 29, 2019
City Council Honors First Class of the Rosenberg Fire Explorers
Rosenberg City Council recently honored the 1st class of the Rosenberg Fire Explorers! The Fire Explorers program allows high schoolers to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a firefighter. For the past 5 months, they’ve met every other Tuesday & learned the history of the Fire Department, what the daily life of a firefighter is like, as well as received various fire-related training. They also received their own gear & concluded the program with a physical fitness test similar to the firefighter’s. To learn how you can be part of the Rosenberg Fire Department Fire Explorers program, give them a call on the non-emergency number: 832-595-3600 or visit rosenbergtx.gov/fire
Front Row (L to R) Curtis Lippmann; Jacob Webb; Brandon Bolitho; Max Zapata; Hayden Keech; Alejandra Gomez; Minerva Godinez
May 23, 2019
Rosenberg Development Corporation to Host First Non-Profit Awareness Day June 20
The Rosenberg Development Corporation, in partnership with the city of Rosenberg, is hosting their first Non-Profit Awareness Day on Thursday, June 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Highway 36 South.
This free, family friendly event is designed to showcase and highlight non-profit organizations that provide services within the city of Rosenberg. Stop by and visit with local non-profits to learn about ways you can make a difference and give back to your community through various volunteer opportunities. Event attendees will also have a chance to hear about the non-profits’ individual missions and resources available to the community.
Registered exhibitors to date include the Better Business Bureau, Brazos Bend Guardianship Services, Catholic Charities, Disabled American Veterans Fort Bend, Doing Our Part, Fort Bend History Association, Fort Bend Hope, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship, Richmond/Rosenberg Boys and Girls Club, Rosenberg Police Explorers, Rosenberg Railroad Museum, Saving our Companion Animals and The Arc of Fort Bend County plus the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter will be on site offering pet adoptions.
There is no cost for qualifying non-profit organizations to secure booth space, but space is limited and allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, or to apply for booth space contact Isabel Castillo with the city of Rosenberg’s Economic Development Department at 832-595-3330 or via email at email@example.com.
May 20, 2019
Rosenberg Adopts 2018 ICC International Building & Fire Codes & 2017 National Electric Code
At the May 14, 2019 City Council meeting, City Council Members approved ordinance No. 2019-23 adopting the 2018 International Building, Fire, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Swimming Pool and Spa and Existing Building Codes, and the 2017 National Electrical Code.
According to Executive Director of Community Development Travis Tanner, “The international codes, namely the current versions recently adopted, are intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens by creating safe buildings and an overall safer community. The codes also benefit the community from the standpoint of reducing risk and thus insurance costs to citizens.”
The process of adopting the codes began in February 2019 with City staff reviewing codes internally and subsequently discussing the findings with City Council at the February 26 City Council Workshop Meeting. The proposed codes were then reviewed with the Building and Standards Board before receiving City Council’s final approval on May 14.
The implementation process of the new codes will include a 45-day grace period for ongoing projects before new submittals will be required to be in compliance. There will also be a six (6) month review process to observe the codes implementation and determine if any amendments or adjustments are needed.
For more information or questions regarding on the 2018 Code adoption, contact the Code Compliance Department at 832-595-3500 or visit the website at https://rosenbergtx.gov/development/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
May 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
April 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.