By Betsy Dolan
Missouri City has decided against a bond referendum for the May 2013 election and instead will look ahead to putting a package together for voters to consider in 2014.
Appointing members for the Bond Steering Committee was on the City Council’s agenda for their regular meeting on October 1 but Mayor Allen Owen announced that the city would postpone the bond referendum citing concerns about the number of bond measures already proposed for the May ballot and the fear that Missouri City’s referendum wouldn’t find the traction it needed to pass.
Fort Bend ISD, Fort Bend County, Houston ISD and Houston Community College have plans to include bond measures on the May ballot that would impact Missouri City residents.
“I’m thinking, and council concurs, that it is not in our best interest to throw another bond issue out there and run the risk of 1) citizens not understanding the importance of it and 2) it being defeated because there are so many other bond elections out there,” Owen announced at the meeting.
The City had hoped to put together a smaller bond package for May that focused on street and sidewalk repairs with consideration given to drainage improvements, park and trail improvements and construction of Fire Station #6, which would have been the only major capital project involved in the referendum.
But Mayor Owen said the city needed to take some additional time before putting a bond measure together to gather additional community input. Twenty-five Missouri City residents had been asked to join the Bond Steering Committee but instead of meeting weekly between now and May, they will meet monthly for the next year and will help in the design of the 2014 bond referendum.
Council approves new fire truck
The Missouri City Council approved $608,712 for the purchase of a new fire truck for the yet-to-be-built Fire Station #5 in Sienna Plantation. Some council members gave their approval reluctantly, expressing concerns about the particulars regarding the purchase agreement.
Sienna Plantation residents now pay for fire protection on their monthly water bills and because of the wording in the fire protection agreement, Missouri City will purchase the fire truck and then get reimbursed by Sienna MUD #1. The city cannot invoice the Sienna MUD district until the construction contract for Fire Station #5 has been awarded which could happen in December.
Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt expressed concerns about how such agreements limit how much capital the city has available for their own projects.
The new fire truck will be delivered in August 2013 with Fire Station #5 set to be completed in December 2013.
Demolition of old Quail Valley Golf Club approved
The Missouri City Council also awarded a $39,350 contract to JTB services for the demolition of the old Quail Valley golf course club house and pro shop. The demolition is set to begin around October 15 and will take a little over two weeks to complete. The facility was built in 1970. City Centre at Quail Valley, the new 25,000 square foot club house and banquet center opened this summer.