By Karen Daniels
At the August 7 Stafford City Council meeting, concerns were noted about the upcoming mobility bond project by Councilmembers and Mayor Scarcella. At that meeting, City Engineer, Charles Russell, explained that he had been contacted by representatives of Fort Bend County to submit road improvement projects to be included in the bond for consideration.
Given a two day deadline, Mr. Russell submitted two projects: 1) sidewalks down Staffordshire and 2) the extension of Cash Road. The sidewalks were accepted, but the Cash Road extension was denied. Mayor Scarcella said, “It would be unfortunate to pay taxes for 30 years and only get a sidewalk out of it.” Councilman Cecil Willis felt this bond project was being rushed. He spoke about a prior bond project from the County that involved citizen committees and took 18 months to put together. This bond project was proposed by the Commissioners “in about 90 days.”
The following week at the August 13 Stafford Planning & Zoning meeting, Mayor Scarcella spoke of his shift in attitude, and now supports the bond mobility project. The day prior, Judge Bob Hebert invited all of the Fort Bend County Mayors to his office to discuss the bond project. During this conversation, the Mayor was able to suggest two additional projects for consideration for the City of Stafford: 1) the intersection at Avenue E and FM 1092 and 2) the intersection at West Airport and FM 1092. Both were approved (along with the sidewalks) and both projects are listed by the HGAC committee as important for traffic flow.
This $184.9 million dollar bond project will be on the November 5th ballot. The Mayor explained that the City of Stafford will be required to pay for 50% of the improvement costs at the start of construction, though he doesn’t expect the projects for the City to start for a few years. Mayor Scarcella said he was “very pleased” with Judge Hebert’s consideration of the City’s late entries and supports the passing of the mobility bond.