Sugar Land schedules town hall meetings
The City of Sugar Land has scheduled several town hall meetings to give residents a chance to meet with elected officials and staff and to share information about various city projects.
A meeting for City Council District 1 is scheduled for Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m., at the T.E. Harman Senior Center, 226 Matlage Way. Residents are invited to attend a meet and greet from 6-6:30 p.m. to speak with District 1 Councilmember Steve Porter and city staff.
Presentations on topics such as pedestrian and bike improvements, crime statistics, a proposed texting and driving ban, Smart Financial Centre, a neighborhood Walmart grocery store, the redevelopment of the Imperial property and more will begin at 6:30 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.
A meeting for City Council Districts 3 and 4 is scheduled for Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at the First Colony Conference Center, 3232 Austin Parkway. Residents are invited to attend a meet and greet from 6-6:30 p.m. to speak with District 3 Councilmember Amy Mitchell, District 4 Councilmember Harish Jajoo and city staff.
Presentations on topics such as street and road projects, Smart Financial Centre progress, crime updates and more will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a question-and-answer session will follow.
A meeting has not yet been scheduled for District 2.
Visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/myneighborhood to verify residential addresses in each council district and other information specific to neighborhoods.
Public Art Plan
Residents are encouraged to provide comments on Sugar Land’s Public Art Plan through an Online Town Hall available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/onlinetownhall through mid October.
The Public Art Plan is intended to improve the quality of life in Sugar Land by defining a set of guidelines that beautify the city, strengthen community gathering places and build the City’s reputation as an arts and culture destination.
The current plan is a result of a survey that encouraged people to share their thoughts about Sugar Land and public art. The survey received a total of 615 responses and was available online from October 2015 through January 2016. A draft of the plan is available for review at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1430 – additional feedback is important prior to finalization of the plan.
Sugar Land 101 class
The City of Sugar Land will accept applications through Oct. 31 for the next Sugar Land 101 class scheduled to begin in January 2017.
Sugar Land 101 participants learn about city operations from Sugar Land’s top managers. The class also includes a mock city council meeting and two citywide tours, including a behind the scenes look at City facilities.
“It was great to see the enthusiasm that the speakers had for the city and for their jobs,” alumni Elaine Pascual said “I really appreciate that the city provides this class and for free; it makes the city more transparent and accessible.”
Fellow alumni Griselda Gonzales encourages residents to apply as she “really enjoyed the tours and meeting at different locations for the classes,” adding that she “became more familiar with the city.”
Those applying for Sugar Land 101 must be a resident of the City of Sugar Land, New Territory or Greatwood for at least one year, over 21 years of age, not currently holding or running for elected office and willing to attend the 10-week session.
To apply online, visit volunteer.sugarlandtx.gov. For more information about Sugar Land 101 and additional enrollment requirements, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/SL101.
Enrollment is limited.