By Elsa Maxey
What do people from this area generally know about Kendleton? That it used to be a speed trap at one time is probably what most will say. Today, it’s on the verge of moving towards accomplishing the initial goals set out in a 20-year growth plan which Pct. 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison said has short, medium and long term goals.
During last week’s Fort Bend County Commissioners Court regular meeting, action was taken to authorize spending $27,000 for a contractor to implement the short term goals for the City of Kendleton. The amount on the agenda was listed as $37,000, however, Commissioner Morrison motion which was approved called for $27,000 instead as a budget transfer.
Commissioner Morrison explained that the city adopted the growth study “but they have no wherewithall to be able to carry out those short term goals.” A contractor will be paid to initiate and implement some 13 short term goals with Community Development Block Grant or what is commonly referred to as CDBG grant funds.
According to the growth study, the City of Kendleton with city limits accounting for 1.4 miles with an additional 4.1 miles in its extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), is in western Fort Bend County at U.S. 59 and FM 2919, and it borders the San Bernard River, the boundary between Fort Bend and Wharton counties. The latest census data in 2010 shows a population of 380 in the city limits and 587 in the ETJ and surrounding area.
The city’s growth study was intended to address current and future needs of the Kendleton community in keeping with development impacting the area. A future balance between its existing rural character, desired growth and transportation-based new developments were cited as aims of the study.