Sugar Land City Council appointed Jarvis Hollingsworth and Dr. Betty Baitland, both Sugar Land residents, to serve as co-chairs of a Citizen Bond Committee that will prioritize projects for a $50 million bond election in November.
Hollingsworth and Baitland will lead an executive committee that will also include John Heineman, Terri Wang, Tim Stubenrouch, Michael Schiff, Mona Parikh, Rodney Vannerson, Mary Favre and Greg Stirman.
Bond election projects being considered include:
• parkland development along the Brazos River that could include kayak launches and other new active and passive amenities;
• a network of hike and bike trails throughout the City that address recreational and mobility needs;
• a festival site accommodating large-scale events like the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration and other cultural and entertainment events that benefit the local economy; and
• a community sports park that could include a multi-use recreational facility and facilities for lacrosse, tennis, cricket and more.
Baitland served as the superintendent of Fort Bend Independent School District from 2001 to 2006 and interim Stafford Municipal School District superintendent during 2011. She is the owner of Betty Baitland and Associates, Inc., a leadership consulting firm focusing on public education.
Hollingsworth is a partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and counsels boards of directors/trustees of public and private companies and government and educational entities on their duties, corporate governance and director liability matters. He was elected vice chair of the University of Houston (UH) System Board of Regents for fiscal year 2013.
City Council also appointed members to sub-committees that will focus on the four quality-of-life projects, which include Brazos River Park, a community sports park, the festival grounds and hike/bike trails. Membership for these committees was chosen from online applications from citizens.
Committee members are expected to meet every two to three weeks through May as they prioritize projects, consider phasing opportunities and evaluate funding. Final recommendations will be presented to City Council for consideration.
Community input provided over years of public meetings, surveys and other forums has shaped the proposed bond election and can be seen in the diversity of the offerings in each of the proposed projects – new parks, public spaces and recreational facilities that provide friends and neighbors opportunities to connect in new and unexpected ways.
The bond election will provide an opportunity for citizens to choose whether to invest in quality of life projects that will make Sugar Land an even more attractive destination for residents, business and visitors.