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					Sugar Land Today                                   Published by the City of Sugar Land

 October-November 2007

Street Flooded? It’s
Just Doing its Job
T his southeastsaw an un-
    usually large amount of
rain in           Texas, with
a few days reminiscent of the
two major rain events in 2003
when many of the streets in
Fort Bend County flooded.
Sugar Land streets are one                                                               Sugar Land Memorial Park at Brazos River,
major reason that storm                                                                  opening November 10, promises many
water did not flood homes or                                                             activities for all ages
businesses this year.
   Rain is conveyed in two                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Randy Hickey, Architect, Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
ways: Storm sewers and

roadside ditches, which are                    et back to nature at the newest park in Sugar        teach how to orienteer (similar to an outdoor
primarily designed to convey                   Land. The Sugar Land Memorial Park at                scavenger hunt), mountain bike and trail run.
less intense yet more frequent                 Brazos River Park will have its grand opening           REI, the recreational equipment company,
rain events, such as a 2-year                  during Veteran’s Day Weekend                                    will be doing PEAK (Promoting
event (50 percent chance of                    on Saturday, November 10, at            Citizens will enjoy     Environmental Awareness in Kids)
occurrence in a given year).              the intersection of Commonwealth two-and-a-half miles of presentations in the REI tent
They allow for traffic move-                                                         walking/jogging trails,
                                          and University Boulevards.                                           where you can learn the seven
ment. During more severe rain                                                       a picnic pavilion, canoe
                                             The day will be filled with free                                  principles of Leave No Trace as
events—the 25-year, 50-year                                                           launch, playground,
                                          activities that include canoeing on                                  well as about protecting outdoor
and 100-year (storms that                                                             open space for sport
                                          the lake, rockwall climbing, fishing          activities and the
                                                                                                               recreation resources.
have a 4 percent, 2 percent,              demonstrations, an archeological                                        Sea Center Texas’ booth will
                                                                                        beauty of the lake
and 1 percent chance of oc-               dig led by the Fort Bend Archeo-                                     feature a “touch tank” with various
                                                                                       and natural areas.
currence in any given year)—              logical Society and much more. There                                 underwater creatures to observe
our streets are designed to               will be an adventure racing clinic for all ages           and actually feel. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful,
handle excess rainfall. In those          with sessions throughout the day. Professional            Mothers for Clean Air, the Fort Bend Museum,
major events when capacity                coaches from USA Fit Adventure Racing will                                           See “Brazos” on page 12
           See “Streets” on page 12

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                                                                 dear residents

                                              Council meetings a month,                But constituents regu-            Sugar Land
                                              invariably there are other
                                              meetings and presentations
                                                                                   larly ask City Council mem-
                                                                                   bers questions about City
                                              requiring their time – to say        services—getting a sidewalk           • Well-planned community
                                              nothing of copious amounts           repaired, for example, or             • Safest city in the area
                                              of reading material.                 inquiring about a new building        • Strong local economy
                                                                                                                         • Responsible city government
                                                  City Council comprises           project nearby. It’s not the job      • Mobility for people
                                              the membership of the Sugar          of Council members to know            • Livable neighborhoods
                                              Land Development Corpora-            all the details of City projects
                                              tion which provides guidance         —their concerns are larger.              City Council
                                              and funding for the opera-           But I am always struck at how
                                              tions of the City’s economic         much detail Council members           David G. Wallace

             uring our budget                 development program. They            do know! And how much of              Mayor
             workshops in August,             all participate on at least one      their personal time is devoted        Thomas Abraham
             it was apparent how              Council committee – Eco-             to residents, seeking their input     At-Large Position One
     hard working and dedicated               nomic Development Business           and concerns. Council relays
     our City Council members                 Incentives, Intergovernmental        community feedback to me              Daniel O. Wong
                                                                                                                         At-Large Position Two
     are. Each member spent a                 Relations, Finance/Audit and         for any further action required
     great amount of time on                  Compensation. These com-             by the City. As you can see,          Dennis C. Parmer
     the budget, analyzing it and             mittees serve as a resource to       our council is committed to           Single Member District One
     readying questions for the               the city manager and staff in        looking after the best interests      Mayor Pro Tem
     budget workshops with staff.             their review and recommen-           of the Sugar Land community           Donald G. Olson
        For me, it is a real pleasure         dation on matters brought            and its residents.                    Single Member District Two
     working with our Council.                before them. Council mem-                A successful City also
     They give generously of their            bers also serve as liaison to        requires an engaged citizenry         Russell C. Jones
                                                                                                                         Single Member District Three
     time and knowledge, fre-                 the City’s various boards and        – we can’t do it without you.
     quently sacrificing time with            commissions and regionally           There are many opportunities          Michael S. Schiff
     their families and their busi-           have responsibilities on the         for citizen involvement, includ-      Single Member District Four
     nesses. Their responsibilities           Houston-Galveston Council            ing Sugar Land 101, an in-depth,
     are never-ending.                        of Governments, among other          16-week course about your lo-              City
        Now that they have ap-                organizations.                       cal government. Many program            Management
     proved the City’s 2007-2008                  Council rarely becomes           graduates continue to stay
     annual budget, this fall,                involved in the day-to-day           involved, seeking an appoint-         Allen Bogard
                                                                                                                         City Manager
     Council begins establishing              management of the City. The          ment to a board, a commission
     priorities for the follow-               City Manager is hired by City        or signing up for one of the          Karen Glynn
     ing year’s budget activities.            Council and I report to them.        several public safety programs        Assistant City Manager
     Council also works with                  In turn, City staff reports to       for citizens.                         Karen Daly
     City management to assure                me. I have the responsibility            Together, we can continue         Assistant City Manager
     the success of our long-range            to keep Council up-to-date           to make Sugar Land one of the
     plans—drainage, surface                  on budgetary matters, the            best places to live in Texas, if
     water, annexation, parks                 progress of their annual work        not the U.S.                        Contributors
     and recreation and utilities,            plan and the projects that are                                           Matt Aust, Justin Bower,
     to name a few. In addition               a part of that plan, and other                                           Jennifer Brown, Anne Gaines,
     to preparing for three City                                                                                       Mike Goodrum, Stacie Henderson,
                                              City activities.                                                         Kathryn Ketchum, Shashi Kumar,
                                                                                                                       Mike Leech, Jennifer May, Regina

        Applications Available for SL 101 Class of 2008                                                                Morales, Andy Peal, Kelly Penewitt,
                                                                                                                       Keisha Seals, Tracey Siu, Adam
           The next Sugar Land 101             Sugar Land resident for at least    informative and fun!” “Little did   Smith, Sabine Somers-Kuenzel,
                                                                                                                       Sandra Stroud, Kimberly Terrell,
        class begins February 13, 2008,        one year, a registered voter and    I realize that committing myself    Mike Wilkinson
        but applications are available         you must commit to attending        to this class would provide
        now at the City’s Web site and at      the 16 sessions. Applications       such an enjoyable learning
        City Hall. This class is extraordi-    close Oct. 31. Here are two         experience.”
        narily popular so don’t wait too       actual testimonials from the last       You can see the SL 101 syl-      Sugar Land Today is published every
        long to fill out your application.     SL 101: “This is an outstanding     labus at;       two months by the City of Sugar Land.
           To apply, you must be a             program! It is well organized,      go to Citizen Involvement.                Send your comments to:

2   October – November 2007 • Sugar Land Today •

Pictured, l to r: Jeff Sokoloff, ADL Development Director; Linda Chapman, ADL Office Manager; Adam Segal, ADL Board Member; Michele
Croft, ADL volunteer; FBISD Superintendent Tim Jenney; Mayor David Wallace; Martin Cominsky, ADL Southwest Regional Director; Susan
Shaw, ADL Associate Director of Education; Jodi Bernstein, ADL Senior Associate Director; and Sue Hauenstein, ADL Board Member.

       SL Truly a Community of Respect
                        1ST City to be Recognized by Anti-Defamation League

       t the Oct. 2 City Coun-     citizens of Sugar Land who        continue to be a community        and small businesses. The
        cil meeting, the Anti-     signed the Resolution of Re-      of respect. This was the first    information also was posted
          Defamation League        spect and who have worked so      in a series of initiatives that   on the City’s employees’
presented the City of Sugar        hard to create an atmosphere      were required to attain the       Intranet. The Community
Land with a banner announc-        of inclusiveness and diversity    recognition.                      of Respect was featured at
ing the City as the first in the   in their city.”                       The Community of Respect      the Big Day Out, a family
nation to gain the recognition         “We can never underesti-      initiative has its roots in the   event held April 15 in Oyster
as a Community of Respect®,        mate the harm that bigotry        ADL’s “No Place for Hate”         Creek Park and sponsored by
a Southwest Region initiative.     and intolerance can cause,”       school program. In the ADL’s      the Mayor’s Youth Advisory
   “Sugar Land’s commit-           said Mayor David Wallace.         Southwest Region, more than       Council. A huge letter of
ment to the Community of           “Sugar Land’s citizens, busi-     100 schools have been recog-      commitment was available
Respect® program comes from        nesses and schools embraced       nized for completing the series   for signature, and residents
the top down and permeates         the Community Respect             of ADL-approved “No Place         rapidly added their names
the community,” said Martin        initiative from the very begin-   for Hate” anti-bias activities.   to the poster. The City also
Cominsky, ADL’s Southwest          ning, so to be the first commu-       Following City Council’s      co-sponsored a Diversity
Regional Director. “You see        nity to be recognized by the      proclamation in March,            Summit in May that focused
that commitment in Mayor           ADL is very gratifying.”          letters of commitment             on workplace diversity, and
Wallace and his promotion of           On March 6 City Council       were sent to the City’s faith     the Sugar Land Police Depart-
the program, but you also see      approved a proclamation           leaders, to news media who        ment has initiated hate-crime
that commitment in the many        stating Sugar Land is and will    live in or near Sugar Land,       training for officers.

                                                                                 281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007   3

     Airport Receives Two Federal Grants; Work Continues on GA

              he Sugar Land Region-         The second grant, in the
              al Airport has recently    amount of $59,000, is for
              received two grants        professional engineering ser-
     from the Federal Aviation           vices for the design of emer-
     Administration (FAA), ad-           gency standby generators for
     ministered through the Texas        airfield operations and termi-
     Department of Transporta-           nal building operations. The
     tion (TxDOT) Aviation Divi-         airport is a critical evacuation
     sion. The first is for $350,000     point for aircraft owners in
     for design/engineering of the       the southwest Texas region.
     new corporate taxiway “Ju-          In addition, the airport has
     liette.” (Airports customarily      received $2.73 million in dis-
     identify runaways by numbers        cretionary funding from the
     and taxiways by letters, but        FAA to construct 175,000           SLRA recently opened a gourmet coffee shop.
     because letters are sometimes       square feet of additional ter-
     audibly confusing, they are         minal apron pavement.              pleted in November, followed       Airport displays local art
     also given names—Juliette for                                          by the final phase, the con-          The airport terminal is cur-
     taxiway “J.” The other three        T-hangar update                    struction of 100 t-hangars. At     rently showing an art display
     SLRA taxiways are Foxtrot,             The new t-hangar project        its completion, the investment     by the Conroe Art League
     Hotel and Charley.) The taxi-       has been delayed by the rains      will exceed $24 million and        entitled “Texas Images.” The
     way will allow the develop-         in July and August, but the        represents the largest project     public is invited and welcome
     ment of approximately seven         contractor is back on site         undertaken in the history of       to come and view the art.
     lease sites for corporations to     preparing to pour the last         TxDOT Aviation. The City’s         The terminal is open from
     build large hangars to house        two-thirds of the concrete.        share of $7.4 million is funded    6 a.m.-10 p.m., and now has a
     their company aircraft and          This current phase (weather        through fuel sales and certifi-    gourmet coffee shop serving
     aviation departments.               permitting) should be com-         cates of obligation.               breakfast and lunch.

     Serve Sugar Land: A New Kind of Volunteer Program
                                              ooking for a new              short-term project for a few          One of the objectives of
                                              volunteer opportunity?        days or an ongoing assign-         the program is to increase
                                              Consider Serve Sugar          ment. Diverse opportunities        public awareness of municipal
                                        Land, the new City of Sugar         are available in a variety of      services, functions and re-
                                        Land program that matches           City Departments. Some             sponsibilities. Brenda Frye,
                                        volunteers with various City        require no prior experience or     retired public health volunteer
                                        departments in need of as-          maybe you have a professional      coordinator, enjoys being on
                                        sistance. Residents of the City     degree or certification or a       the “other side of a volunteer
                                        who would like to become            specific skill such as speaking    program.” Despite being a long
                                        more involved are encouraged        a second language that could       time resident, Brenda shares
                                        to explore this new program.        be of service.                     that she has learned so much
                                        Once an application has been           Julia Lawrence, a retired       about how the City of Sugar
                                        received and confirmed, the         school administrator, began        Land operates since beginning
                                        volunteer office will review        volunteering with the Mu-          her volunteer service.
                                        the current list of volunteer       nicipal Court as a way to             Applications are available
                                        opportunities and match the         “continue her education.” She      on line at the City’s Web site.
                                        applicant with the best fit op-     “recognized the importance         Look for “Citizen Involve-
     At Municipal Court, Julia Lawrence portunity.                          of parents volunteering in her     ment” on the home page or
     (left) and Brenda Frye. Opportun-     Volunteer opportunities          school,” and she wanted to vol-    go to
     ities are available at many City   range from one day of service       unteer to help her new com-        programs/serve_sugarland/
     departments for volunteers.        such as a special event, to a       munity here in Sugar Land.         index.asp.

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                                        community development

SL opens detention                                                                                       “No Smoking”
pond at 59 & 90A                                                                                          Ordinance Goes
                                                                                                          into Effect Dec. 31

        etention ponds are         way. By slowing                                                            A new smoking ordinance
        an important part of       and restricting                                                        in the City of Sugar Land
        Sugar Land’s Drainage      the amount of                                                          further regulates smoking in
System. We see them every-         water released,                                                        public places beginning De-
where, some as just ponds          these ponds                                                            cember 31, 2007. Prohibited
and others as lakes. They are      help in lower-                                                         areas include public places
very attractive features of the    ing the flooding                                                       such as restaurants, business-
Sugar Land landscape and           potential of                                                           es, public parks, Town Square
encourage natural aquatic          our bayous and                                                         Plaza and outdoor arenas.
life and aquatic plants and        waterways.                                                             The ordinance was adopted
are very useful in protecting          The City re-                                                       by City Council at its Septem-
water quality by removing          cently completed                                                       ber 4, 2007, meeting.
certain pollutants, sediment       construction                                                               The ordinance does in-
and heavy metals. Many mu-         of the regional                                                        clude exemptions for country
                                                                                                          clubs, retail tobacco stores,
nicipalities have detention ba-    detention pond
                                                                                                          tobacco bars, stage areas
sins, large areas with no water    just west of the
                                                                                                          for theatrical performances
but designed to hold excess        intersection of                                                        and bars in operation on or
rainwater in a flood event as      U.S. 59 and                                                            before December 31, 2007.
well as retention basins which     U.S. 90A. The                                                          (A “bar” is defined as an
maintain a certain water level     pond performed                                                         establishment deriving at
for aesthetic purposes.            quite well dur- The recently completed detention pond near             least 60 percent of its gross
                                                      the intersection of U.S. 59 and U.S. 90A.
    Importantly, detention         ing the heavy                                                          revenues from the sale
ponds capture large amounts        rains of late                      minimize developmental              of alcoholic beverages to
of storm water runoff,             June and early July, holding       impacts in the upstream             customers for on-premises
minimizing flooding in that        much of the stormwater that        areas. The City is proactively      consumption.) Smoking is
general area. A well-designed      would have otherwise made          looking at other areas where        also allowed in the outdoor
detention pond will release its    its way to the downstream          detention ponds can be built        seating areas of restaurants.
water slowly into a canal or       Jane Long Lake. This deten-        to accommodate drainage,                Enforcement measures
a storm sewer that will take       tion was part of the overall       while also enhancing the            will include posting “No
the water to a larger water-       improvements planned to            aesthetics in the area.             Smoking” signs or the
                                                                                                          international “No Smoking”
                                                                                                          symbol in every place where
Construction of New Animal Shelter is Approved                                                            smoking is prohibited as well
                                                                                                          as not allowing the use of
                                                                                                          ashtrays or other extinguish-
S   ugar Land City Council gave the formal
    go-ahead at its September 4 meeting for
construction of the City’s new animal shelter, at
                                                    space for our volunteers and for residents to
                                                    visit with the animals.”
                                                       Sugar Land’s Animal Services staff works
                                                                                                          ing devices.
                                                                                                              The owner of any
                                                                                                          premises where smoking is
a cost of $761,580. Completion is expected in       with area rescue groups to attract prospective        prohibited is the first line of
late December.                                      pet owners. The shelter had 153 adoptions as of       enforcement. Owners are
   The 4,300 sq. ft. shelter is specifically        August 31, already more than the entire num-          required to request that a
designed and constructed for animal service         ber in 2006. In addition to pet adoption and          violator immediately extin-
needs. It will have a capacity for approximately    managing the lost and found program, the staff        guish any burning tobacco
40 dogs and 30 cats, plus areas for sick animal     performs animal rescues almost daily, be it a         product. Failure to comply is
isolation and office/reception areas.               stray dog or cat or ducklings trapped in a sewer.     an offense. A person found
   “This will be a major improvement over           Ketchum and the staff also plan to provide edu-       guilty of violating this ordi-
the current facility, and all the animals will be   cational programs to area schools in the future.      nance will be fined not more
housed inside away from inclement weather,”            “We are eager to open the new shelter and          than $500 for each offense
says Kathryn Ketchum, the City’s Animal             give these animals a second chance at a good          by the City of Sugar Land.
Services Manager. “We will also have increased      home,” says Ketchum.

                                                                                  281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007   5

                                                                                                                  SLFD Visits 3rd
                                                                                                                  Grade Classes
                                                                                                                      The Sugar Land Fire
                                                                                                                  Department is joining the
                                                                                                                  National Fire Protection
                                                                                                                  Association (NFPA) and
                                                                                                                  other safety advocates to
                                                                                                                  remind children and adults
                                                                                                                  about fire safety during
                                                                                                                  October. This year’s theme,
                                                                                                                  “Practice Your Escape Plan,”
                                                                                                                  highlights the importance
                                                        “It is an exciting undertaking, preserving the past,”     of all families developing
                                                         says City Manager Allen Bogard. “While we have our       and practicing a home fire
                                                         sights fixed on the future, we always will recognize     escape plan. SLFD will be
                                                         our strong heritage.”                                    visiting area elementary
                                                                                                                  schools presenting fire

     Heritage Project to Retrieve Historical
                                                                                                                  safety information exclu-
                                                                                                                  sively for the third grade.
                                                                                                                  The department’s First

     Artifacts at Imperial Sugar Company
                                                                                                                  Annual Open House Oct.
                                                                                                                  20 and a third-grade poster
                                                                                                                  contest to commemorate

                                                                                                                  Fire Prevention Week Oc-
             he first steps in a         documentation of the prop-           sion of the artifacts and ready-    tober 7-13 are among the
             community effort to         erty before work commences.          ing them for future exhibit.        many planned activities.
             preserve the historic       There will be a complete                The City’s role in this              Fire Prevention Week
     artifacts at the Imperial Sugar     electronic record of all artifacts   project is to serve as tempo-       commemorates the Great
     Company and forming a com-          and documents as well as digi-       rary custodian of the Imperial      Chicago Fire of 1871, in
     munity heritage foundation          tal photos of each item.             artifacts until the Sugar Land      which more than 250
     are underway. The City con-             “The Imperial property           Heritage Foundation (SLHF)          people died, 100,000 were
     tracted for services with the       defines the history of our city,”    can be formed and operational.      left homeless and more
     Fort Bend County Museum             says City Manager Allen              The artifacts will then be          than 17,400 structures were
     Association to retrieve and         Bogard. “It is essential that we     gifted to the SLHF for use in       destroyed. According to the
     store artifacts, photographs        preserve as much of our past         a future Sugar Land museum          NFPA, Fire Prevention Week
     and documents from the Im-          as we can. Cherokee is giving        on the Imperial site which will     is the longest running
     perial Sugar Company prop-          us time to do a thorough job,        be created and managed by the       public health and safety
     erty. Cherokee Investments,         and the Fort Bend County             community heritage founda-          observance on record.
     who acquired the Imperial           Museum Association are the           tion. The City is providing the
     property in July, has provided      best people to do that.”             seed funding to act as a catalyst
     a time period for the preserva-         Sugar Land is paying the         in the formation of a heritage
     tion project to take place prior    museum $40,000 for the proj-         effort for Sugar Land which
     to Cherokee’s remediation           ect. The first and most labor        will include participation from
     efforts on the site.                intensive phase of the project       Cherokee Investments, Impe-
         Large amounts of archival       is expected to take 60 days and      rial Sugar, Fort Bend County
     documents and photographs           is underway; this will include       Museum Association and
     are located throughout the          identification of artifacts,         community representatives.
     property’s offices and out-         documentation and inventory,            “It is an exciting undertak-
     buildings. Artifacts range          sorting into categories and          ing, preserving the past,” says
     in size from large pieces of        packing and transfer to a stor-      Bogard. “While we have our
     machinery to small office and       age facility. The second phase       sights fixed on the future, we
     personal items. The museum          of the project will involve the      always will recognize our
     is conducting a thorough video      proper conservation and acces-       strong heritage.”

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                                                                                                               Numbers Show
  SLFD’s First Annual Open House                                                                               No Need For
       The Sugar Land Fire            Preparedness Office. “We               cooking pan fire demon-
  Department’s first-ever Open
  House on Oct. 20 is an op-
                                      will have firefighters coming
                                      by throughout the event to
                                                                             strations and portable fire
                                                                             extinguisher demonstra-
                                                                                                               Teen Curfew
  portunity for citizens to meet      show off our fire trucks, so           tions.                                uvenile curfew laws are a
  their firefighters, talk to SLFD    remember to bring a camera            Tours: Guided fire station            popular strategy for con-
  leaders and get a look at the       and take your photo with               tours are planned next door        trolling juvenile crime. The
  equipment used to keep the          a professional firefighter             at Fire Station #1.                public often supports the laws
  City safe.                          or Pluggie, the robot fire               Informational booths:            because they believe curfews
      From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the     hydrant.”                            Learn about the Citizen Fire         make streets safer.
  public is encouraged to join           Activities planned include:       Academy, the CFA Alumni                 Traditionally, the deter-
  SLFD firefighters at the Sugar       Kids Theater: regularly            Organization, the Home               mination of a minor’s curfew
  Land Community Center, 226            scheduled fire and life            Safety Inspection program,           has been a family issue rather
  Matlage Way, where activi-            safety videos will play in the     the Smoke Alarm Program
                                                                                                                than a matter determined
  ties are planned for people of        media room for kids of all         and the Sugar Land Citizen
  all ages. And best of all, the
                                                                                                                by government. Increases in
                                        ages throughout the day.           Emergency Response Team.
  event is absolutely free.
                                                                                                                juvenile crime and victimization
                                       Kids Coloring Contest: All             SLFD’s first Open House is
       “There will be lots of cool      children who participate           sponsored by the Sugar Land
                                                                                                                prompt communities to con-
  door prizes, food and most            in the coloring contest will       Citizens Fire Academy Alumni.        sider evening curfews as a safety
  important, we plan to have            win a prize!                       Call the SLFD Community Pre-         measure for their community
  fun,” said SLFD Capt. Michael        Fire Safety Demonstra-             paredness Office at 281-275-         and its children. According
  McLemore, of the Community            tions: These will include          2859 for more information.           to the U.S. Department of
                                                                                                                          See “Curfew” on page 13


Highway                              U.S. 59 southbound main             tion and Lexington Blvd.
                                     lanes from S.H. 6 to Univer-        intersection—have been
Improvements                         sity Boulevard are sched-           delayed due to the recent      on U.S. 90A
                                     uled to open by October.            heavy rains. These two
 S.H. 6 at U.S. 90A: The S.H.                                           projects are 60 percent
  6 overpass, crossing U.S.         Additional U.S. 59 main             completed as of October 1.
  90A and the Union Pacific          lanes crossing the Brazos
  Railroad, should be open           River are scheduled to open      Once the two S.H. 6 inter-
  to traffic by the end of Octo-     by March 2008. The project        sections are completed,
  ber 2007; the remaining            will be completed in the          work will begin on the final
  part of S.H. 6 is scheduled        summer of 2008.                   intersection, West Airport
  to be open by the end of                                             Blvd. @ Eldridge Road. The
  December.                                                            project is scheduled to last
                                   City Intersection                   six weeks.
 U.S. 90A from U.S. 59 to         Improvements
  Brooks Street: Scheduled
  to be completed by spring         Rain during June, July and
  2008. The contractor will          August has hampered the                The City of Sugar
  be opening the remaining           construction work on three
  newly constructed west-                                                   Land and TxDot                                  Information:
                                     lane improvement projects
  bound lanes by October             at City intersections. The             would like to                                   City of Sugar Land
  2007.                              Williams Trace @ Lexington             remind citizens to                               Highway Hotline
                                     Blvd. project is 100 percent           please drive with                               281-276-9959
 Additional U.S. 59 north-          completed.                             extra caution in
  bound main lanes from                                                                                                  TxDot Public Information
                                                                            construction areas.                                 Hotline:
  north of University Boule-        The two projects on S.H.
  vard have been opened.             6 –Town Center intersec-                                                               713-802-5074

                                                                                         281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007   7

     Sugar Land 2007-2008 Annual Budget Adopted by City Council
     S ugar Land$150.2 million
       adopted a
                 City Council                 Fiscal Years 06/07 and 07/08 Comparisons
                                                            FY 2006/07 FY 2007/08                                  Change
                                                                                                                                       At $27 million, the
                                                                                                                                    Capital Improvement Plan
     budget for fiscal year 2007-                                                                                                   for fiscal year 2007-2008
     2008 (Oct. 1, 2007, through        Budget                      $141.6            $150.2                  6% increase           represents one of the smaller
     Sept. 30, 2008) that effec-        Property Tax                                                                                capital improvement budgets
     tively balances achievement        Rate                       .30655            .30000                           -.00655
                                                                                                                                    of this decade. This year’s
     of community needs and             Property Tax                                                                                budget reflects a strong
                                        Revenue                      $21.8              $22.8                 4% increase
     accomplishment of Council                                                                                                      emphasis in completing very
     priorities, while maintaining      Total assessed
                                        valuation           $7.036 billion $7.579 billion                     7% increase           important road construc-
     financial strength.                                                                                                            tion improvements and the
        The fiscal year 2007-2008       Sales Tax revenue            $34.4              $41.2            19.7% increase
                                                                                       (Dollars in millions unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                    onset of new construction
     operating budget is struc-                                                                                                     that has been recommended
     turally balanced, addresses      The budget includes the                 taxpayer, based on the aver-                          through the City’s long-term
     Council priorities, and          addition of 36.5 full-time              age homestead value, is a re-                         planning efforts. There are a
     follows the guidance of the      equivalent positions.                   duction of $3.76 or 0.5 per-                          number of studies and pre-
     City’s Financial Manage-             The budget incorporates a cent compared to the 2006                                       liminary evaluations under-
     ment Policy Statements.          reduction in the ad valorem             tax bill. The budget also                             way, for which results will
     This financial plan effec-       tax rate from $0.30655 to               incorporates an increase in                           be available early in 2008.
     tively balances achievement      $0.3000.                                                            the over-age              City Council may be asked
     of community needs and           This reduc- The fiscal year 2007-2008 operating and disabled to consider mid-year capital
     accomplishment of Council        tion is in                                                          persons                   project additions to imple-
     goals while maintaining our                           budget is structurally balanced,
                                      addition                                                            exemption to ment the recommendations
     financial strengths.                                 addresses Council priorities, and
                                      to City                                                             $70,000 as                of these studies.
        The 2007-2008 an-             Council’s
                                                          follows the guidance of the City’s
                                                                                                          approved by                  The budget includes rate
     nual budget is designed          decision to          Financial Management Policy                    City Council increases for utility custom-
     to provide services for an       increase the                   Statements.                          in June.                  ers. The water/wastewater
     estimated population of          homestead                                                                The                  increase is recommended
     79,279 as of January 2008,       exemption from 1 percent                $150.2 million budget is an                           by the City’s water rate
     plus an increasing daytime       to 5 percent with a $5,000              $8.57 million or 6.05 percent study that was completed in
     workforce population as          minimum exemption. The                  increase over the total fiscal                        February 2007. The residen-
     the City becomes more of         impact of the 2007 tax rate             year 2006-2007 budget of
     an employment center. It                                                                                                       tial solid waste contract is
                                      to the average residential              $141.6 million.                                       currently being renegotiated,
     implements decisions that
     have been made                                                                                                                                  with anticipa-
     in prior years,            $0.34830                                                            Historical City Tax Rate                         tion of a rate
                                           $0.33330 $0.32886 $0.32840 $0.32568
     and ensures                                                                                    $0.31711 $0.30655                                increase to
     available fund-                                                                                                                                 go into effect
     ing for current                                                                                                                                 March 1,
     services. Where                                                                                                                                 2008.
     needed, addi-                                                                                                                                       The budget
     tions to staffing                                                                                                                               is available at
     are proposed                                                                                                                                    www.sugar-
     to maintain or                                                                                                                        
     improve cur-
     rent services,
     prepare for new
     development                2000/01     2001/02     2002/03 2003/04            2004/05 2005/06 2006/07                             2007/08
     and fund select Since 2000, Sugar Land’s property tax has lowered each year –                              Debt service            Operations &
     enhancements. representing a 13.86 percent decrease over the past eight years.                                                     Maintenance

8   October – November 2007 • Sugar Land Today •

                                                    FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008
   Total Revenues:                             $143.84 million                            Total Expenditures:                          $150.2 million
                                                    Where                                                                                      Whe
                                                               the                                                                                re t
          Income                                                     Mo                                                                                he
            2%                                 Other                   ne                 Parks & Rec                                                     M
                                 Bond                                                                                                 Fire
                                                7%                                            2%


     Fines                     Proceeds                                                                           Police              8%

      2%                         11%                                                                               13%                          Utilities

                                                                              es F


                                                        Property Tax                               Public
                                                           16%                                     Works                                               Airport
                                                                                                    8%                                                   8%
                 Charges for
                    28%                                                                               General
                                                       Sales Tax                                       17%                                Construction
                                                         28%                                                                                 21%


                   & Permits
                                       Other Taxes
                      2%                                                                   Total Expenditures includes both recurring and non-recurring uses of funds.
                                                                                           Expenditures over revenues of $6.34 million represents drawdown of existing
                                                                                           fund balances for non-recurring uses.

Property Tax: The City’s property tax         Sugar Land Regional Airport fuel sales
is levied each Oct. 1 on the assessed
value listed as of Jan. 1 for all real and
                                              and hangar rentals/leases.
                                              Fines include the City’s portion of
                                                                                             CIP Projects:                                   $27.0 million
business personal property located in
                                              municipal court fines and warrant fees.
the City. The City’s 2007 tax rate is $0.30
                                              The state requires the City to charge
per $100 taxable value. Assessed values
are established by the Central Appraisal
                                              court costs in addition to the fine, of                          Drainage
                                              which the City keeps only 10 percent.
District for Fort Bend County at 100                                                                             8%
percent of the estimated market value         Interest Income includes earnings
and certified by the Appraisal District       on invested City funds. The City has                     Airport                                Parks &
Review Board.                                 approximately $80 million in funds that                    5%
                                              can be invested, which represent fund                                                          Municipal
Sales Tax: The sales tax in Sugar Land
is 8.25 percent of goods and services
                                              balances, bond proceeds, and other                                                               24%
                                              revenues collected but not yet spent.
sold or delivered within City boundaries.
The state retains 6.25 percent and            Bond Proceeds represent the issuance                              Surface
distributes 2 percent to the City.            of long-term debt. The City sells bonds                            Water
                                              in the municipal market and receives         Sugar Land’s
Other Taxes includes Hotel/Motel                                                                                 11%
Occupancy Taxes and Franchise Fees for
                                              funds for construction projects, then        Capital                                                     Streets &
                                              repays the debt over 20 years with           Improve-
electricity, telephone and cable.
                                              interest. This allows the City to spread     ment Plan
Licenses and Permits includes fees for        out the project cost over the useful life    (CIP) includes                                                21%
                                                                                                                                  Water &
permits issued for construction activity      of the project.                              additions,
within the City.                                                                           renovations                          Wastewater
                                              Other includes Grant Revenues,
Charges for Service include fees for          Developer Fees and Employee/City
                                                                                           and upgrades                             31%
                                                                                           to streets, traffic
parks and recreation programs, fire           Contributions.                               management, parks,
protection, solid waste and utilities and                                                  utility systems, municipal
                                                                                           buildings and the airport.
Expenditures:                                                                              Citizen input is needed to
                                                                                           identify capital improvement needs.
General includes General Government,          Other includes Economic Development          Most capital projects are not finished in the year they are
Business & Intergovernmental, Support         Incentives, Insurance Coverage,              budgeted because they take longer than one year to complete. For detailed
Services, Fiscal Services and Community       Capital Replacement and Rebates &            information about current CIP projects, go to and under
Development.                                  Assignments.                                 City Services, you will find Capital Improvements.

                                                                                                      281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007           9

      County Hazmat Drill Tests Interoperability
      T    he East Fort Bend
           County Hazardous
      Materials Response Team
                                           and industry respond to a
                                           simulated hazardous materi-
                                           als scenario.
                                                                                Fresno; however, all emer-
                                                                                gency response operations
                                                                                were conducted at the Fire
                                                                                                                    dinated, efficient response
                                                                                                                    during future emergencies.
                                                                                                                       The two agencies con-
      was an important part of a              Participating response            Training Field in Richmond,         ducted preliminary table top
      recent countywide Hazmat             organizations include Cham-          where simulated victims were        drills and small-scale prac-
      drill. Located at Sugar Land         pion Technologies, Missouri          transported to three area           tice exercises last April in
      Fire Station #4 and staffed by       City, Richmond, Rosenberg,           hospitals to test their hazmat      preparation for the full-scale
      Sugar Land firefighters, the         Stafford, Sugar Land, Fort           plans. Community warning            exercise this summer. The
      hazmat team is available 24/7        Bend County Emergency                and public information was          joint exercise was designed
      for response in Fort Bend and        Management, Fort Bend                also tested at the Fort Bend        to examine and improve the
      12 surrounding counties.             County EMS, Fort Bend                County Emergency Opera-             combined crisis response
          The Fort Bend County             County Health & Human                tion Center.                        plans between the two agen-
      Local Emergency Planning             Services, Lamar Consolidated                                             cies and test the coordination
      Committee (LEPC) conducted           ISD, Fresno Volunteer Fire           Joint SLPD-Fort Bend ISD            of a multi-agency response in
      its full-scale hazmat exercise       Department, Memorial Her-            Training Targets Efficient          a crisis situation.
      Sept. 12 with funding from           mann Sugar Land, Methodist                                                  Areas of focus included
      the Texas Governor’s Division        Sugar Land, Oak Bend Medi-                                               response and mitigation
      of Emergency Management.             cal Center, Union Pacific               The Fort Bend ISD Police         strategies, as well as com-
      The exercise tested how well         Railroad and other LEPC              and the Sugar Land Police           munication among police
      emergency response and inci-         member organizations.                Department conducted a              departments, the school dis-
      dent management personnel               The scenario focused on a         joint training exercise at the      trict, City officials, parents,
      from city/county government          simulated chemical release at        Dulles Schools’ Complex             students, the media and the
      agencies, schools, hospitals         Champion Technologies in             Aug. 23 to ensure a coor-           public.

                                                                     ser vices

                                                                                       SL Promotes WaterWise Youth
         Latex Paint Collection Event on Nov. 10
             Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, the        The Fort Bend County Recycle        O    ften, we grow “too
                                                                                            soon old and too late
                                                                                       wise,” but when it comes
                                                                                                                       for each 5th grade student
                                                                                                                       as well as in-school visits
                                                                                                                       from Subsidence District
         City of Sugar Land, and Fort Bend     Center—located at 1200 Blume
         County are sponsoring a Latex         Rd. in Rosenberg—will be open           to wise use of our water        personnel.
         Paint Collection on Saturday, No-     Saturday, November 10th, from           resources, Sugar Land               The City began a spon-
         vember 10, 2007, from 10 a.m. to      8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to accept     is aiming to break that         sorship program this past
         1 p.m. at the University of Hous-     household hazardous waste. Fees         mold. The City plans to         year, and plans to expand
         ton Sugar Land campus (14000          will apply for some items. The          sign an inter-local Agree-      its support to a larger
         University Boulevard). Donations      facility is open year-round and ac-     ment with the Fort Bend         scale in the coming fiscal
         will be accepted to pay for the       cepts BOPA materials, household         Subsidence District to          year. Additionally, the
         cost of disposal.                     hazardous waste, electronics, ap-       sponsor water conserva-         City receives groundwater
             The event will be open to all     pliances and recyclables. House-        tion education for area         conversion credits for each
         Sugar Land residents. A valid Tex-    hold hazardous waste is accepted        schoolchildren.                 student it sponsors, which
         as driver’s license or other proof    only on designated days. For                The Subsidence              can be used to lower the
         of residency will be required. Only   more information or for hours of        District’s “Learning to be      cost of the City’s upcoming
         latex paint will be accepted at the   operation, call 281-633-7527.           WaterWise” program is           surface water conversion
         collection event. Oil-based paints,       For more information on             an exciting mix of multi-       process. The ability to
         solvents, flammables, pesticides,     the November 10th Latex Paint           media materials aimed at        promote water education
         herbicides and other similar          Collection, contact Keep Sugar          promoting water conser-         while lowering the cost
         hazardous materials will not be       Land Beautiful at 281-313-5752 or
                                                                                       vation awareness at a re-       of a regulatory mandate
         accepted at this event.               e-mail
                                                                                       ceptive age. The program        definitely makes this op-
                                                                                       includes educational kits       portunity a “wise” move.

10   October – November 2007 • Sugar Land Today •
                                                                   ser vices

                                                                                                                       Help “Pump” up
   Trees at Center of City, First Colony Effort                                                                        our Water Savings!
       The City of Sugar Land                  Partnering                     members at the highest levels,
   and First Colony Commu-
   nity Association (FCCA) have
   once again formed a “picture
                                                   A Series
                                       throughout the development.
                                                                              developed a program to trim
                                                                              residential street trees twice a
                                                                              year for a minimal increase to
                                                                                                                       T     he City of Sugar Land is facing
                                                                                                                             governmental requirements
                                                                                                                       to partially convert its water supply
   perfect” partnership to see         The City communicated details          annual assessments.                      from ground water to surface water.
   that the City’s Tree Trimming       of the ordinance and the                   The program has been an              City staff are working hard to find
   ordinance is implemented with       City’s expectations and FCCA           overwhelming success bring-              the best quality, lowest cost options
   as little pain and discomfort to    immediately adjusted their             ing the whole of FCCA rapidly            to ease our transition into the new
   residents and trees as possible.    existing landscape contract            into compliance. FCCA has                surface water future. If you are a
       FCCA took the initiative        specifications to ensure that          offered to assist other associa-
                                                                                                                       homeowner with an irrigation
   soon after the Tree Trim-           the “in house” tree trimming           tions and management com-
                                                                                                                       pump on Oyster Creek, or Horse-
   ming Ordinance was passed           would have the resources               panies in developing similar
   in August of 2005 to ensure         necessary to comply with the           programs or possibly “piggy
                                                                                                                       shoe, Cleveland, Alkire or Eldridge
   compliance and the well-            Ordinance. And, FCCA, in their         back” on the existing residen-
                                                                                                                       Lakes, there’s something you can do
   being of the numerous trees         continued effort to serve their        tial tree trimming contract.             to help lower the cost for yourself
                                                                                                                       and your fellow citizens.
                      For information about the Tree Trimming Ordinance, call 281-275-2450.                                The City is requesting permis-
                                                                                                                       sion to install and read meters, at

Great Water is as Close as Your Faucet                                                                                 no cost, on your existing irrigation
                                                                                                                       pumps. Under the surface water
                                                                                                                       conversion regulations, the City

       he City of Sugar Land’s            The purpose of the awards is        staff is committed to the best           receives credits for all surface water
       Utilities Depart-              to recognize the commitment             service, 24/7, and the best              that is used. If metered, the water
       ment recently received         to protecting public health, to         water. These two awards prove            you pump from Oyster Creek can
two recognition certificates          focus public attention on the           again that the finest tasting            earn these credits which in turn can
from the Texas Commission             importance of water facilities,         and safest water we can drink            be used to lower the cost of meeting
on Environmental Quality              and to provide opportunities            comes right from our faucets             our community’s surface water goals.
(TCEQ), one for Outstanding           for water systems management            at home,” says SuEllen Staggs,           If you have an existing irrigation
Public Drinking Water System          to interact with each other,            director of Utilities.                   pump on one of these water bodies
Award 2006 and one for Total          national organizations and the             In order to have received the         and would like to volunteer for this
Coliform Rule Program Award           regulatory agency.                      Outstanding Public Drinking              program, please contact the Utilities
2006.                                     “The City’s water utilities                         See “Water” on page 13   Department at 281-275-2450.

Sugar Land Hosts City Recycling Challenge                                                              Recycling Locations
A    nnually, the
      United States
Conference of Mayors,
                                                               width of Sugar Land.
                                                                  The City of Sugar
                                                               Land and KSLB will
                                                                                                       Aluminum cans will be collected October 1st
                                                                                                       to October 30th at the following locations:
Novelis Corporation,                                           recognize the individ-                  City of Sugar Land Recycle Centers
and Keep America                                               ual or group within                     	 113 Gillingham Lane
Beautiful sponsor the                                          the following three                     	 4802 Oilfield Road
Cans for Cash City                                             categories who col-                     Raising Cane’s Restaurant
Recycling Challenge,                                           lects the most alumi-                    1529 S. Highway 6
a national contest that                                        num cans and donates
rewards cities for recycling aluminum          them at the Cans Across Sugar Land                      Recycle for Reuse Event
beverage cans. As a challenge to               Collection Event on October 27th at                      October 13th (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
residents, the City of Sugar Land and          Eldridge Park:                                           FBISD Administration Building,
                                                                                                        16431 Lexington Boulevard
Keep Sugar Land Beautiful (KSLB)                Family (Up to 10 people)
are co-sponsoring the Cans Across               Business or Small Group                               Cans Across Sugar Land Collection Event
Sugar Land Recycling Challenge.                  (10 to 100 people)                                     October 27th (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Please help us collect the 63,000               Large Group                                            Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road
aluminum cans needed to span the                 (More than 100 people)

                                                                                               281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007        11

      Brazos                              doing a show about the “4
                                          R’s.” Other entertainment
       Continued from cover
                                          is being scheduled as SLT
      Fotofest and many more              goes to press. A variety of
      agencies will be hosting games      food and drink vendors will
      and activities showcasing how       be at the park throughout
      to conserve and protect the         the day.
      environment–and have fun all            While there is parking
      at the same time.                   at the park site, it may be
          There will be an educa-         advisable to park at one of
      tional area with interactive        two remote locations—the
      ecological activities and           University of Houston
      hands-on learning opportu-          campus and Fluor Corp.—
      nities. Children can explore        and take a shuttle (running On November 10, Sugar Land’s Memorial Park will officially open.
      the game area with bounce           every 15 minutes) to and
      houses and a lot of things          from the events.                  Veterans’ procession follows,   59 construction contractor,
      to discover. The main stage                                           recognizing and honoring        William’s Brothers, a 20 acre
      will feature live educational       An evening to                     those men and women who         lake has been dug. The soil
      entertainment throughout                                              have served our country.        excavated for the lake is being
                                          celebrate and                        The Veterans’ recognition
      the day. The Texas Zoo will                                                                           used for the U.S. 59 project.
                                          commemorate                       will conclude with a spectac-   Most of the land will remain
      conduct a wildlife demon-
      stration with native Texas              As dusk sets in, the official ular 20-minute fireworks dis- in its current condition as
      animals and reptiles, and           launching of the park will be     play to welcome Sugar Land’s conservation land to provide
      Last Chance Forever will            symbolized with tethered hot latest recreational area.            natural habitat. Sugar Land
      have a wild bird show. Mad          air balloons glowing to accent       Admission and all activi-    Memorial Park will provide
      Science of Houston will be          the Sugar Land sunset. A          ties are free, so prepare for a many recreational opportuni-
                                                                            day filled with fun and come    ties for present and future
                                                                            out to help us launch the       generations.
                                                                            largest and most ecologically      Sugar Land Memorial
      Streets                           We saw this level of ponding
                                        several years ago during Tropi-     diverse park in Sugar Land.     Park is the first phase of one
      Continued from cover                                                                                  of the most significant projects
                                        cal Storm Allison, with rainfall
      of the storm sewer system         slightly exceeding a 100-year       History of the Park Project ever undertaken in Fort Bend
      is exceeded, the additional       event. Yet, only a handful of                                       County—to develop a linear
                                                                               In 2004, Sugar Land
      runoff is stored and conveyed     houses flooded.                                                     park and create conservation
                                                                            completed an initial plan for
      via streets in a manner that          The storm water design                                          and recreation opportunities
                                                                            the development of a conser-
      reduces structural (house)        criterion was developed in                                          along the full 9-mile stretch
                                                                            vation and recreation park      of the Brazos River through
      flooding. The overall objec-      1987, so some developments          on 420-acres located along
      tive of the combined system       before then may not meet this                                       Sugar Land. The activities
                                                                            the Brazos River corridor,      will be developed on floodway
      (storm sewers and streets) is     standard. Typically, in these       bounded by U.S. Highway
      to prevent structural flooding    older subdivisions (built prior                                     property adjacent to both
                                                                            59, the University of Hous-     sides of the river. A total of
      in an extreme event such as a     to 1987), it is not unusual to see
                                                                            ton-Sugar Land, and Uni-        3600 acres lies in the floodway
      100-year storm.                   a higher level of street ponding
                                                                            versity Boulevard. The first    boundary within the Sugar
          In other words, streets are   during minor rain events.
      engineered to move traffic and        Streets are an important        phase includes a park entry     Land’s Corporate Limits.
      rain water. Current design        part of our City’s drainage         at the current intersection of  Sugar Land has succeeded
      criteria requires that building   system—and in order for             Commonwealth and Univer-        in securing more than 1100
      slabs be elevated at least one    them to “do their jobs,”            sity boulevards. Citizens will  acres. All of the land has been
      foot above the top of the curb    storm drains must not be            enjoy two-and-a-half miles      received through donations
      (measured from the front of the   clogged with branches, leaves       of walking/jogging trails,      from the State of Texas and
      lot) or at least one foot above   and trash. Make it a habit          a picnic pavilion, restroom     parkland dedications from
      the maximum ponding eleva-        of periodically checking the        building, parking areas, ca-    developers.
      tion (during a 100-year event).   storm drains on your street—        noe launch, playground, open       For more information,
      This allows for our streets to    keeping them clear of debris        space for sport activities and  visit: or
      store as much as 18 inches        will go a long way in alleviat-     a lake. Through an agree-       call the Parks and Recreation
      during an extreme rain event.     ing flooding concerns.              ment with the U.S. Highway office at (281) 275-2885.

12   October – November 2007 • Sugar Land Today •

Water                                  Program award recognizes
                                       systems that have successfully
Continued from Page 11
                                       complied without a single
Water System award, the                violation for 60 consecutive
City had to:                           months. The TCEQ states,
 Meet the criteria for being          “In achieving this consistent
  recognized as a superior             level of compliance, these
  or approved Public Works             systems are doing an ex-
  System. These criteria are           ceptional job of protecting
  established by Texas Ad-             public health.”
  ministrative Code.
 Meet the criteria for the
  Total Coliform Rule Pro-
  gram Award.                          Curfew
 Exceed the capacity                  Continued from page 7
  requirements for total
  storage and production or            Justice, “In order to pass
  pressure storage.                    constitutional muster, laws
 Promote year-round water             that impinge on fundamental
  conservation.                        constitutional rights (like
 Implement a source water             curfews) must pass a strict
  protection program.                  two-pronged scrutiny test
 Develop and implement a              that requires jurisdictions to
  vulnerability assessment             (1) demonstrate that there is        The master plan will provide additional miles of walking trails.
  and emergency response               a compelling State interest
  plan.                                and (2) narrowly tailor the
 Have no major violations or          means to achieve the law’s           Hike and Bike Trail Plan Available
  enforcement actions for the          objective.”
  recognition calendar year.               In Sugar Land, the crime         To Review on the City’s Web site
 Have no Total Coliform               rate dropped 16.5 percent

  Rule violations for 2003-            from 2005 to 2006, and                      rails have been identi-       mination of input from many
  2006.                                incidents of juvenile crime are             fied as a high priority in    people including a citizen
 Implemented the following            minimal. Criminal Mischief                  the City’s Parks, Recre-      task force, residents, levee
  source water protection activ-       cases are often viewed as an         ation and Open Space Master          improvement districts, hom-
  ities: Emergency Response            indicator of juvenile problems.      Plan and are identified as an        eowners’ associations, City
  Plan or at least one other           Sugar Land’s rate of Criminal        objective in the City’s Com-         staff, City Council and the
  best management practice.            Mischief cases also decreased        prehensive Plan. Now, a Hike         Parks and Recreation Policy
    The Total Coliform Rule            from 2005 to 2006.                   and Bike Trail Master Plan           Advisory Board.
                                                                            has been drafted. The master            In order to formally adopt
                                                                            plan identifies off-street and       the Hike and Bike Master
  Cool upgrades coming to Imperial Park                                     on-street routes for utiliza-        Plan, the plan will be pre-
                                                                            tion by bicyclists and pedes-        sented to the Planning and
      Design is underway to add           Disc golf is similar to tradi-    trians. The main goal of the         Zoning Commission where
  trails, pavilions and disc golf to   tional golf. Instead of a ball and
                                                                            Hike and Bike Trail Master           a public hearing will be held
  Imperial Park, in accordance         clubs, however, players use a
                                                                            Plan is to plan a connected          before the Commission
  with the Imperial Park Master        disc, or Frisbee®. The nine-hole
                                                                            system of routes for pedestri-       makes a recommendation to
  Plan. The park is located at 230     course will be located in the
  Matlage Way and is also acces-       southern, undeveloped por-
                                                                            ans and bicyclists for exercise,     City Council. In order for the
  sible from Highway 90A. The          tion of the park and will wind       recreation and mobility.             master plan to be finalized it
  new eight-foot concrete trail        through existing trees. Golfers      The plan focuses on linking          has to be adopted by an ordi-
  will circle the perimeter of the     must bring their own discs.          portions of the City together        nance of City Council.
  developed portion of the park        The course will be playable          as well as connecting neigh-            Citizens who would like
  and will be approximately one        by the end of this year. All the     borhoods to parks, schools,          to comment further on the
  mile long, featuring a pedes-        Imperial improvements will           libraries, shopping areas and        master plan may do so by
  trian bridge and two pavilions.      be completed by late 2009.           other areas of interest.             sending an e-mail to parkrec@
                                                                               The master plan is a cul-

                                                                                         281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007   13

        Leisure                                  Call 281-275-2885
                                      for registration information
         Classes                           (Fees slightly higher for non-residents)      Sugar Land
                                                                                                                          Carriage Rides through Town
                                                                                                                          Square are available from

         Duplicate Bridge                     Tennis Lessons                                Town                          6 – 10 p.m. on December 1, 7, 8,

                                                                                                                          14, 15, 21 and 22.
            Sue Williams, certified ACBL      City Park Tennis Courts
            Director and Teacher              Fort Bend Tennis Services                                                   December 1
         When: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to            For more information on dates             Happenings                         Tablesalt Jazz Holiday
            12:30 p.m., 2nd, 4th and 5th        and times, call: 281-980-4219
                                                                                             For more information:         3 - 5 p.m.
            (when applicable) Thursday                                        
            of the month                      Jazzercise                                                                  December 2
            1 to 4:30 p.m.                    When: Monday, Wednesday                   October                            Photos with Santa
         Where: First Colony                    and Friday, 8:15 a.m., 9:30                                                2 – 5 p.m.
                                                                                        October 13
            Community Center                    a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:40 p.m.               Freddy-n-Friendz                 December 7
         Fees:                                  Tuesday: 5:40 p.m.                       children’s concert                Brass Quintet Holiday
            Resident - $4 per game              Thursday: 9:30 a.m. and                  11 a.m. – Noon                    Concert
         No experience? No problem!             5:40 p.m.                                                                  7 – 9 p.m.
                                                                                          Movie Under the Moon
            Play will accommodate all           Saturday: 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.                                               December 8
                                                                                          Starts at 8:30 p.m.
            levels of experience!                                                                                          Houston Choral Showcase
         Space is limited, so reserve         Where: First Colony                       October 17
                                                                                                                           3 – 5 p.m.
            your spot today!                     Community Center                        Young at Heart Expo
                                                 3232 Austin Pkwy.                       9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                  December 9
         For more information call:
                                              For more information call:                                                   Photos with Santa
            281-980-9588                                                                October 19
                                                 281-437-7157                                                              2 – 5 p.m.
                                                                                         Concert on the Plaza
                                                           7 – 9 p.m.                         Sugar Land Express Singers
                                                                                                                            3 – 5 p.m.
                                              Senior Jazzercise                         October 20
                                                                                         SLTS Second Annual Chili         December 14
                                              When: Tuesday 9 a.m.                       Cookoff                           Sugar Land First United
                                                 Thursday 8:30 a.m.                      5 – 9 p.m.                        Methodist Church
                                              Ages: 50 years and older                                                     Performance
                                              Where: Sugar Land                         October 27
                                                                                                                           7 – 9 p.m.
                                                 Community Center                        Jaguar Car Show
                                                                                         9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                  December 15
                                              For more information call:
                                                                                                                           Ann Moody Sill Holiday
                                                        November                           Dance Performance
                                                                                                                           2 – 5 p.m.
                                                                                         November 17
                                              Tai Chi                                     Food Sculpting Contest          December 16
                                                                                          9 a.m. – 5 p.m.                  Photos with Santa
                                                 Donna Kish
                                                                                                                           2 – 5 p.m.
                                              When: Wednesday                            November 29
         Ballet Flamenco                         7 p.m.: Beginner                         Christmas Tree Lighting           Williams Trace Baptist
           Yvonne Robertson                   Where: Sugar Land                           5 – 8 p.m.                        Church Performance
                                                 Community Center                                                           4 – 5:30 p.m.
         When: Monday
         Where: Lost Creek Center             Ages: 14 - Adult
          Beginner (ages 4 – 12)
            4:15 p.m.
                                              Fees: Resident - $7 per class
                                                                                      Share Your Holiday Food Drive
                                              Senior Tai Chi
         Fees: Residents - $35 per
            month                               Donna Kish
                                              When: Wednesday, 9 a.m.
                                                                                      P   lease open your heart and
                                                                                          contribute to this year’s
                                                                                      Share Your Holiday Food Drive!
                                                                                                                          8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday,
                                                                                                                          December 5, at The Sugar Land
                                                                                                                          Community Center. Cash dona-
          Intermediate I (ages 5 – 12)
                                              Where: Sugar Land Senior                Through your generous contri-       tions or checks made payable
             5:20 p.m.
                                                Center                                butions, hundreds of Fort Bend      to the East Fort Bend Human
         Fees: Residents - $70 per
                                              Ages: 50 years and older                families will be fed this holiday   Needs Ministry will also be
                                                No fee                                season. Donate canned goods,        accepted. For more information,
         For more information on attire
             call: 281-460-2412                                                       baby formula, diapers, and other    call 281- 275-2885 or visit www.
                                                                                      non-perishable food items from

14   October – November 2007 • Sugar Land Today •

             Christmas Tree Lighting 
     Sugar Land Town Square
     Note: Streets close at 2 p.m. for Event
           From northbound U.S. 59, exit
           Highway 6 to feeder road and                   Lone Star Garage
           park in the Lone Star Garage.

           From southbound U.S. 59 (or
                                                                                                  Sugar Land
           Highway 6 going south) use City
           Walk to park in Texas Garage.

           From northbound Highway 6,                                                          CIT Y WALK
           use Town Center Blvd. to
                                               Shuttle Stop!
                                                                               Tree Lighting                                                  6
           park in Texas Garage.                                                                                                             TEXAS

                                               Skip the traffic
                                               and ride the
           Portable restrooms                  Shuttle bus from
                                                                                      City Hall
                                               Mercer Stadium.
           Traffic cones
                                                                                                                   Texas Garage
           Public restrooms
           Parking                                                   TO W N C E N T E R B LV D.

  Snowflakes will be seen fluttering through         for the kids. Santa Claus will visit the           public. For more information visit Sugar
  Town Square during the 5th annual City             Square that evening for photo opportuni-           Land Town Square’s Web site at www.
  of Sugar Land Tree Lighting Ceremony on            ties. Come be a part of this memorable    It may be easier
  Thursday, November 29th from 5 to 8 p.m.           event as we mark the start of the holidays         to park at Mercer Stadium, and there will
  There will be wonderful performances by            by lighting up the giant 40-foot tree!             be shuttle trolleys to Town Square every
  local choirs, bands, and plenty of activities      Parking and activities will be free for the        15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

                                                                              Giddings                                Sugar Land Community Center
 Senior Programs                                                               Wednesday, December 5,                 Cost: $4 single/$6 couple
                                                                               depart at 7: 30 a.m.
For information about senior activities or to sign up for “Sweet               Historic Giddings: Lee County          Senior Safety
Notes,” call 281-275-2893 or email                    Courthouse, Wendish Heri-             These free, informative
                                                                               tage Museum, the Lee County           programs provide a wealth
Port of Houston Tour                      Restaurant, Naegelin’s Bakery        Peanut Company and the
 Friday, November 2,                      and shopping in San Marcos.                                                of information.
                                                                               Serbin Painted Church.                Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
 depart at 9 a.m.                         Cost for residents: double           Cost: $65 for residents, for
 Port of Houston Boat Tour and            room, $225 per person; single                                              Sugar Land Senior Center
                                                                               transportation, tours and             Cost: Free
 lunch at Monument Inn.                   room, $275. A $100 deposit is        lunch.
 Cost: $35 for residents.                 due at the time of registration.                                           Pre-registration is requested
                                          Cost includes transportation,       Young At Heart Expo                    October 9:
Mystery Van Trip                                                               Wednesday, October 17,
                                          hotel, two breakfasts and tours.                                            2007 NFPA Fire Prevention
 Friday, November 16,                                                          9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                        Week
 depart at 9 a.m.                       Old Town Spring                        Town Square
 Cost: $35 for residents                 Friday, December 14,                                                        November 13:
                                                                               Fashion, make-up, decorating           Holiday Safety and Winter
Gruene, Wurstfest                        depart at 9 a.m.                      for the holidays, City Hall Tours      Safety
 and Shopping                            Old Town Spring and                   Cost: Free
                                         the Potatoe Patch Restaurant.                                               December 11:
 Tuesday, Wednesday and                                                       Monster Mash
                                         Cost: $12, which includes                                                    Homeland Security Color
 Thursday, November 6, 7 & 8,                                                  Wednesday, October 31,                 Alerts. Amber Alerts and
 depart Tuesday at 7: 30 a.m.            transportation, but not lunch.
                                                                               5 – 8 p.m.                             Carbon Monoxide
 Gruene, Wurstfest, Grist Mill

                                                                                              281-275-2700 • Sugar Land Today • October – November 2007   15
    Visit to confirm City events. For Town Square events, visit

               Date               Event                                                 Time                       Location
               6, 20              City Council                                          5:30 p.m.                  City Hall
               10                 Opening of Sugar Land Memorial Park                   2–9 p.m.                   Brazos River Park
                                      Park Dedication                                  6 p.m.
                                      Veterans Procession                              6: 45 p.m. (approx.)
                                      Fireworks                                        7:00 p.m. (approx.)
               10                 Latex Paint Collection                                10 a.m.–1 p.m.             U of H Sugar Land Campus

               11                 Veterans Day
               13                 Planning and Zoning Commission                        7 p.m.                     City Hall
                                  Parks Board Meeting                                   5:30 p.m.                  City Hall
               22                 Thanksgiving
                                  City offices closed; No trash collection
               23                 City offices closed
                                  Thursday’s trash collection
               24                 Friday’s trash collection
               29                 Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration                   5 p.m.                     Town Square
                                       Tree Lighting                                   7 p.m. (approx.)
               1                  2nd Annual Fort Bend Holiday Bowl                     2:00 p.m.                  Old Kempner Stadium
               4, 18              City Council                                          5:30 p.m.                  City Hall
               5                  “Share Your Holiday” Food Drive                       8 a.m. - 7 p.m.            Sugar Land Community Center

               11                 Planning and Zoning Commission                        7 p.m.                     City Hall
                                  Parks Board Meeting                                   5:30 p.m.                  City Hall
               13                 Senior Holiday Gala                                   Noon - 3 p.m.              Sugar Land Community Center
               24                 City offices closed; trash collected
               25                 Christmas
                                  City offices closed
               26                 Tuesday’s trash collection

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