Scout applauds city council action

Dear Editor,

My name is Andrew Sobrinho and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 1631 in Sugar Land. I am contacting you as I am currently working on my Boy Scout’s Communications merit badge.

One of the requirements for the merit badge is “writing to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose.”
To meet this requirement, I attended the Sugar Land City Council meeting on June 7, 2016, at Sugar Land City Hall.

One of the items presented that was of concern to me was one of the Projects listed in the Agenda Item VIII-B – Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program Project List (University Blvd South Improvement) costing approximately $305,000.

The project includes modifications to the current University Blvd. between Commonwealth Blvd. and the city limits near the Riverstone entrance. The City of Sugar Land proposed the solution of reducing the lane size from 12 feet to 10 feet, median changes and left handed turn at the Monarch Drive intersection. A right turn lane onto Monarch Drive from University Blvd. would also be included to ensure safe entry into the Brazos Landing subdivision.

Councilwomen Amy Mitchell and Bridget Yeung asked the city if these steps were adequate to ensure safety of pedestrians especially students that have to cross University Blvd. to get to Fort Settlement Middle school. They asked if the city could also reduce the speed limit overall, to which the city responded that they would first see if reducing the lane width solved the problem and then if that didn’t work they would revisit the idea of reducing the speed limit.

The next steps would be a budget detail workshop to finalize the budget and approve it.

I am very happy that the city is finally taking action on this subject as in the past students have had near collisions with drivers at the intersection of University Blvd. and Elkins Road, in front of Fort Settlement Middle School.


Andrew Sobrinho
BSA Troop 1631

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