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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


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.