By Betsy Dolan
Missouri City had an array of successful fiscal, civic, business and public safety accomplishments in 2012.
The City opened its new $50 million Regional Water Treatment Plant (RWTP), the largest capital improvement project ever undertaken by the “Show Me City”.
Other infrastructure upgrades include:
• Raised medians, new traffic signals and six Dynamic Messages Signs on Highway 6 and Texas Parkway; flashing yellow arrows on major roadways; a $2.8 million system to help synchronize traffic signals and manage traffic flow.
• Reconstruction of El Dorado Bridge and the ground breaking of Fire Station #5 in Sienna Plantation.
• Installation of the METRO Park & Ride stop at Fort Bend Parkway and Highway 6.
Missouri City successfully bid to attract Niagara Bottling Company, the second largest water bottling firm in the United States. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2013.
In the Beltway Crossing Complex on South Gessner Road, Ben E. Keith Foods will complete the first phase of its 500,000-square-foot facility in the first quarter of 2013. When complete, the company, will be the City’s largest employer.
The Missouri City Police Department opened a new Police Mini-station on Texas Parkway and held a series of safety seminars, including a citywide crime prevention meeting.
The Fire & Rescue Services hosted their inaugural annual open house and residents learned about fire safety.
The city held its 26th Annual Missouri City Police and Fire Academy.
Parks & Recreation
Missouri City opened the City Centre at Quail Valley and the Recreation and Tennis Center.
The Edible Arbor Trail, which features groves of trees and shrubs that produce edible fruits and nuts, was recognized by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Improvements were also made to the Oyster Creek Trail and the Cartwright Road Bridge.
Awards and Recognitions
A Rice University study this year found Missouri City has surpassed Houston in diversity.
Additionally, MONEY Magazine and CNN Money named Missouri City one of 2012’s Top 10 Most Affordable Cities in the nation for home buyers.
Quail Valley Golf Course won several awards from Avid Golfer magazine in 2012 including the No. 1 “Best Value Under $50”.