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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.


January 7, 2020

“A Day to Remember” Wedding & Quinceanera Expo Set for Jan. 18

Rosenberg, TX – The Rosenberg Development Corporation will host “A Day to Remember” Wedding and Quinceañera Expo Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Rosenberg Civic Center located at 3825 Highway 36 South.
Guests can visit the expo to discover local vendors that specialize in all your event planning needs. The expo is free to attend and will feature over 25 vendors for catering, desserts, floral arrangements, photography, photo booths, dance lessons, beauty products, dresses, décor, jewelry, wedding party gifts, hotel/travel accommodations and more!
To learn more about the event, or to inquire about becoming a vendor, contact Jackie Wehring at the Rosenberg Development Corporation via phone at 832-595-3330 or visit the event page at http://bit.ly/ADaytoRemember.


January 2, 2020

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION HONORING THE NEWLY APPOINTED CITY COUNCIL MEMBER:

Timothy P. Anders, Council, District 3
Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Council Chamber – Rosenberg City Hall
2110 Fourth Street
Rosenberg, Texas


December 18, 2019

Rosenberg City Council Appoints Timothy P. Anders to District 3 Position

Rosenberg City Council members voted to appoint Timothy P. Anders to serve as Councilor for District 3 at the December 17, 2019 City Council Meeting.

The District 3 vacancy was created when Lisa Wallingford resigned from the position December 10. The newly appointed position will serve the remainder of the unexpired term through May 2020. Applications for the position were accepted from interested and qualified members of the public. After review of the applications, Council selected Anders from a field of seven candidates.

Anders has been a resident of the City since 1973 and has been employed with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years. He was a member of B.F. Terry High School’s first graduating class of 1983, attended both Wharton County Junior College and the University of Houston and served in the U.S. Army. He’s a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Fort Bend County Deputies Association, the Harris County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39 and has two daughters and a grandson.

I just want to help make Rosenberg better,” said Mr. Anders. “The citizens deserve it. Rosenberg is changing and we can’t just spin our wheels. We have to make things better … and do what’s best for the citizens as a whole.”

Mayor Benton and Councilors Balderas, Davila, Olson and Raines voted unanimously to appoint Anders to the position. Councilor DeGregorio was not present at the meeting. Anders was officially sworn in immediately following the meeting and will serve in his official capacity at the next City Council Meeting to be held Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Rosenberg City Hall, 2110 4th Street.


December 13, 2019

Applications Open for Rosenberg City Council District 3 Appointment

The city of Rosenberg is accepting applications for appointment to Rosenberg City Council to fill a vacancy due to the recent resignation of Lisa Wallingford, District 3. The vacancy to be filled will require the newly appointed council member to serve until the end of the unexpired term, May 2020.

If you are interested in serving the city of Rosenberg, and meet all of the requirements set forth below, please submit a completed application to the office of the City Secretary at City Hall (2110 4th Street) by Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be obtained by contacting the City Secretary’s Office at 832-595-3340 or online at https://rosenbergtx.gov/city-government/city-secretary/. Applicants will be subject to a background check.

A new council member may be appointed at the Rosenberg City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. or within ten (10) days after the meeting.

Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a resident of District 3 of the city of Rosenberg, Texas for twelve (12) continuous months prior to appointment
  2. Be a United States citizen
  3. Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older on the date of appointment
  4. Not have a previous determination of mental incompetence by a judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction
  5. Not have a felony conviction

For more information, please contact the office of the City Secretary at 832-595-3340 or via email at dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

(District 3 Boundary Map)

 


December 3, 2019

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 December 3, 2019 and continue through December 16, 2019. 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 seek advice from professionals and visit our website at https://rosenbergtx.gov/water-disinfection/ for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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

Mantenimiento de Calidad del Sistema de Distribución de Agua del Departamento de Servicios Públicos de la Ciudad de Rosenberg

El sistema público de agua de la Ciudad de Rosenberg, ID # 0790003, convertirá temporalmente el desinfectante utilizado en el sistema de distribución de cloramina a cloro libre. La conversión comenzará el 3 de diciembre de 2019 y continuará hasta el 16 de diciembre de 2019. Durante este período, usted puede experimentar cambios en el sabor y el olor asociados con este tipo de conversión temporal de desinfectante.

Se requiere que los sistemas públicos de agua desinfecten adecuadamente su agua y mantengan un residuo adecuado de desinfectante en el sistema de distribución. La cloramina, el cloro libre combinado con amoníaco, se usa ampliamente como desinfectante porque persiste durante largos períodos, mientras que también limita la formación de contaminantes derivados de la desinfección. El uso prolongado de cloramina junto con otros factores que pueden afectar la calidad del agua, como las altas temperaturas o el estancamiento del agua, puede resultar en el crecimiento y/o la persistencia de materia orgánica dentro de las tuberías del sistema de distribución, lo que puede dificultar la capacidad de mantener un residuo adecuado de desinfectante. Una conversión temporal a cloro libre, junto con actividades de enjuague, ayuda a eliminar esta materia orgánica de las tuberías de distribución y mejora la calidad del agua en general.

Los clientes pueden notar un ligero sabor u olor a cloro en el agua de la llave durante un corto período de tiempo durante el cambio. El agua es segura para beber, usar para cocinar, bañarse y para otros usos cotidianos. Durante este período, tomaremos muestras y eximinaremos nuestra agua para monitorear la efectividad de la modificación temporal. Una vez que se complete el proceso de desinfección con cloro libre, volveremos a utilizar la cloramina como desifectante del agua.

Este cambio temporal en nuestro proceso de tratamiento se realiza de acuerdo con las regulaciones estatales y federales de agua potable. La Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), que regula la calidad del agua, ha aprobado este método para el mantenimiento de rutina de los sistemas de distribución de agua potable.

Se informa a los usuarios de máquinas domiciliarias de diálisis renal, propietarios de acuarios de peces tropicales y administradores de tiendas y restaurantes con tanques de almacenamiento de peces y mariscos que los métodos para examinar y eliminar los residuos de cloro libre difieren de los utilizados para los residuos de cloramina. Ambos tipos de residuos, si no se manejan adecuadamente, pueden afectar a los usuarios de las máquinas de diálisis renal, así como a los peces y otros animales acuáticos. Recomendamos a los clientes que puedan verse afectados por este cambio a que soliciten el asesoramiento de profesionales y visiten nuestro sitio web en https://rosenbergtx.gov/water-disinfection/  para ver las Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQs, por sus siglas en inglés).

Si tiene preguntas sobre este asunto, puede comunicarse con Heriberto “Eddie” De Leon, CPM, CWP al 832-595-3590.

 


December 3, 2019

Rosenberg Image Committee Hosts 7th Annual City-Wide Christmas Decorating Contest

The city of Rosenberg’s Image Committee is making the 7th Annual city-wide Christmas decorating contest even more fun this year! Rosenberg residents can now win a prize!

The committee will award gift cards to first, second & third place winners along with three honorable mention awards. First place will receive $500, second place $250, third place $100 and three honorable mentions will receive $50 each. Winners will also be presented with commemorative yard signs and a certificate of recognition from City Council to be presented by the Mayor at the January 7, 2020 City Council Meeting.

To nominate a home for consideration, e-mail the address of the home, the name of the homeowners and a photograph of the home to Image Committee Staff Liaison Jeremy Heath at jheath@rosenbergtx.gov by Monday, Dec. 16 at noon. All nominations must be located within the city limits of Rosenberg and will be reviewed and judged by members of the Image Committee.

The Image Committee was created to: develop and implement a beautification and clean-up plan for the City; improve Rosenberg’s image in order to help attract economic development and new residents; promote a cleaner City through various projects and public education; and to work with other City committees to improve the image of the community. The Image Committee also presents monthly renovation and landscaping awards to Rosenberg residents.

For more information about the Image Committee or the Christmas Decorating contest, call Jeremy Heath at 832-595-3330.


November 13, 2019

Rosenberg Christmas Nights Set for Dec. 6 & 7

Downtown Rosenberg will once again transform into a magical winter wonderland for Rosenberg Christmas Nights to be held Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday night festivities kick off at 6 p.m. where all are invited to gather ‘round as we light the 30-foot tall Christmas tree. Other fun activities on Friday include selfies with Santa, decorated Christmas Tree Voting, Ice Skating, Kettle Korn and a Snow Slide. Also happening Friday evening at 6 p.m. is Dinner Under the Stars. This separate, ticketed event includes dinner and a performance by Cast Theatrical Company, Inc. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 832-595-3520.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 3 p.m. and include pictures with Santa from 6-8:30 p.m., decorated Christmas Tree Voting, Ice Skating, Trackless Train, Tanks Paintball, a Snow Slide, Food and Craft Vendors, Christmas Carolers and the Downtown Merchants have fun activities planned inside their stores as well.

For more information about the event, including information on becoming a craft vendor, visit rosenbergtx.gov/RCN or call 832-595-3520.


November 1, 2019

Rosenberg Debuts New Alert Notification System for Residents

The city of Rosenberg has a new alert notification system. Residents can stay instantly informed of trusted neighborhood public safety and community information via text message, email and/or phone call. It’s free and the resident’s personal information is safe, secure and never shared.

Residents may opt-in to receive news about the City, City Special Events and alerts from the Rosenberg Police and Fire Departments by texting a keyword to 888777 or by filling out the form on: http://www.rosenbergtx.gov/alerts

Text RTOWN to 888777 for City related notifications.

Text RPDALERTS to 888777 for Police related notifications.

Text RFDALERTS to 888777 for Fire related notifications.

Text REVENTS to 888777 for City special event notifications.

When signing up for the new system, residents can specify how they’d like to receive messages with options ranging from cell phone calls, text messages, emails and English or Spanish languages.

Based on what residents opt-in to, messages can be used for emergency and non-emergency notices such as traffic alerts, flooding, severe weather, utility notifications and city-sponsored event information such as Rosenberg Christmas Nights on Dec. 6 & 7.

“The City is committed to keeping our residents informed. This new, additional communication tool allows us to quickly and efficiently get a message out to citizens – whether it’s to talk about emergency situations or give an update about our next fun City event,” said Director of Communications Tanya Kveton.

For more information about this new system, contact Citizens Relations at 832-595-3301 or visit rosenbergtx.gov/alerts.


September 12, 2019

Fairgrounds Road Bridge Reopens 

The Fairgrounds Road Bridge Reconstruction Project has been completed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is now reopen for access. The original wooden bridge was replaced with a new concrete bridge structure. The bridge is open just in time for the Fort Bend County Fair which begins on September 27.

This project was completed by TxDOT with participation from the City. The TxDOT Off-System Bridge Replacement Program provides 80% Federal, 10% TxDOT and 10% City funding for the project. For this project, the City received credit for drainage structure improvements made on Louise Street at Dry Creek in lieu of the 10% cash match.



August 29, 2019

Ride to Rosenberg Car Show Returns to Downtown Rosenberg Sept. 7 

The third annual Ride to Rosenberg Car Show returns to Historic Downtown Rosenberg on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rosenberg Arts Alliance and the Rosenberg Main Street Program have partnered to bring a fun day filled with classic, modern and art cars, musical entertainment and delicious food trucks to the city.

We’re very excited to bring back the car show for a 3rd year and  showcase not only so many awesome cars, but our historic downtown as well which features amazing art, lots of food and plenty of shopping opportunities,” said Renee Butler, Ride to Rosenberg Show Co-Chairman. “Be sure to bring the family out and grab your camera! There’s so much you won’t want to miss.”

The first 150 car show entries will be accepted and registration is open to all makes and models of vehicles. Cars will be split into eight classes according to year model. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place in each class, as well as a Best of Show trophy. Swag bags and t-shirts will be given to each entry at registration which will be held at the 3rd Street Art Park located in the 800 block of 3rd Street from 8-10 a.m.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. When arriving in downtown, please note there will be street closures to accommodate for the show.

For more information, or for a registration form, please contact Renee Butler at reneebnr@yahoo.com, give the Rosenberg Main Street Program a call at 832-595-3330 or visit the Facebook Event Page: https://bit.ly/2U8NEaC.


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