Missouri City to host town hall meetings over May bond proposal

By Betsy Dolan 

With a $40M bond package on the table for the May 10 election, Missouri City has scheduled two informational meetings to discuss what the measure means for residents and to address potential concerns.

The first town hall meeting is slated for Tuesday, March 25 in the Community Center in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Parkway from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The second meeting is on Monday, April 14 in the Sienna Plantation H-E-B Community Room, 8900 Highway 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Missouri City’s Assistant City Manager, Scott Elmer says residents will be encouraged to provide input and ask questions. City staff will be on hand to provide information about the four proposals which include:

• $6.5 million for drainage projects

• $5.7 million for public facilities

• $5 million for Fire Station #6

• $22.8 million for transportation

The bond package was the result of an 8 month effort by the City’s Bond Exploratory Committee which was comprised of 35 homeowners representing all areas of Missouri City. • The BEC was a citizen driven process”, said Stacie Walker, Director of Communications with the City of Missouri City. “These people came together from every area of Missouri City to advise the city on the issues that need the most attention”.

Walker says the bond amount is designed based on the capacity to sell bonds during a 10-year period with no tax increase.

Part of the struggle in Missouri City is balancing the repair in the older areas with the need for additional infrastructure in the newer areas. • All four of these propositions are just as important as the other”, Elmer said. “Drainage in the northernmost part of the city involves some of our oldest sections that are in the FEMA flood plain with people not being able to get in or out during storm events. We also have significant industrial and commercial growth in that area. These are very real needs. They do not go away.”

Transportation takes up over half of the total bond amount, something Elmer says isn’t surprising when you consider that in 1970 Missouri City’s population was 41,000 and today it is 75,000. Fifty percent of the road construction costs are being shared with Fort Bend County through their mobility bond.• We’re getting $16.4 million dollars of road improvements and upgrades for half the cost”, Elmer said. $3.3M of the $22.8M will be spent on sidewalk rehabilitation.

The $5.7M Facilities portion of the bond allocates $3M for the expansion of the Public Safety Headquarters and $2.7M for immediate repairs to the roof system at the City Hall complex.

Originally, the bond proposal called for $10M for Facilities, with $7M spent on rehabilitating City Hall. But the money was moved to the Transportation part of the bond. An additional $300,000 for a utilization study was also moved to transportation.

The $5M for construction of Fire Station #6 will help the city improve its average response times from 6.5 minutes to 5 minutes, Elmer said.

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