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Subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image ©1999-2014. © 2014 GEICO Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website FortBendStar.com Volume XXXVI • No. 27 Flap those hands and fling your fringe for education Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Missouri City voters to see $40 million bond proposal on May ballot By Betsy Dolan The Missouri City City Council voted 5-2 on February 17 to approve an ordinance that places four propositions on the May 10 general election ballot. The four propositions include: • Drainage projects--$6.5M • Mobility & Photo by Mary Favre and Liz Furman Transportation--$22.8M What a decade full of free-wheeling fun! The Fort Bend Education Foundation and Perdue Brandon • Construction of Fire Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP are pleased to present the Roaring 20’s Gala. This keen evening will be held on March 1, at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel. Fort Bend Education Foundation gala sponsors get their wiggle on for education. Front row sitting (l-r): FBEF Gala Co-Chair Terrie Gorney, Manmeet Likhari, Linda Kilgore-Aliana. Second row (l-r): Harry Munday-Munday Architects, LC, FBEF Gala Co-Chair Patty Godfrey, Mike Siwierka-Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, Sonny Roncancio-Fresh Air Air Conditioning, Priscilla Heistad-Noble Corporation. Back row (l-r): Wes Cowen-Cigna, Ray AguilarClassic Chevrolet, Lina Sabouni-AUTOARCH Architects. See related article on page 12 Station #6--$5M • Facilities--$5.7M The majority of the sometimes heated discussion centered around the transportation and facilities projects. Councilman Don Smith, who represents District B in the eastern part of the city, questioned why so many of the road projects in the bond proposal were in Sienna Plantation and Quail Valley. "The lions share, $6M of this transportation money, is going to two projects: La Quinta Drive and the Knight Road extension", said Smith. "My constituents are telling me, we need to do more on my side of town and on this side of town (Texas Parkway) and I have to be extremely vocal BOND, continued on page 4 Stafford Council discuss the costs of preserving an ISO Rating 1 Primary’s early voting ends Friday Numbers foretell low turnout expected on Election Day That’s just 10 percent of the electorate in Fort Bend County Forecasting the voter turnout in registered to vote and expected to Fort Bend County for the Texas cast a ballot in the Texas Primary. Primary, Elections Administrator Oldham said the turnout also John Oldham says it is “a lot seems very light throughout less than I thought a month the state. “Both gubernatorial ago.” The experienced elections candidates seem focused on executive said that at the current November and are not devoting pace, referring to the early voting money to the Primary,” he numbers, “we will be hard added. The focus is up ahead, pressed to hit 35,000,” out of even in relation to early voting 349,736 eligible for this election. participation now. Some local By Elsa Maxey voters say they’re still receiving candidate flyers by mail and reviewing them as well as paying attention to political ads on TV before they go vote. Fort Bend County’s daily posting of the early voting turnout at 17 sites shows highest turnouts at Cinco Library, First Colony and Rosenberg with corresponding numbers of 856, EARLY VOTING, continued on page 8 Mayor Jessup proclaims Lillian Cox Day for her 107th Birthday By Karen Daniels Born on February 22, 1907, in Quincy, Florida, Ms. Lillian Cox celebrated her 107th birthday at The Hamptons in the City of Meadows Place, where she has lived since moving to Texas at 104. Currently it is said that she holds the title as oldest resident in Fort Bend County, but you wouldn’t know it. Her skin is smooth and glowing. Her hair is silvery and upswept. She simply defies age. Ms. Cox has been called the “savvy centenarian” LILLIAN COX, continued on page 4 Man convicted in 4th DWI was again convicted only In the same court where, less this time he was than a month ago, a former sentenced to 15 At her celebration Ms. Lillian Cox deputy sheriff was sentenced years in prison. is shown with Meadows Place to probation for killing his Gamez’s last Mayor Charles Jessup. girlfriend/ co-worker in a drunk DWI, and the driving accident, another local one that has Jamie Lee Gamez man is sentenced to 15 years for earned him his fourth DWI. prison time, began in August of Four times Jamie Lee Gamez, 2012 when he was stopped by 37 of Needville, has been arrested Sugar Land Police officers for and convicted of DWI. On his fourth run before the courts he DWI, continued on page 4 By LeaAnne Klentzman Hoodies… what is it with hoodies? By LeaAnne Klentzman What’s up with Hoodies? When did they become the go-to ensemble for CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK crooks? Was it that long ago that only athletes would be caught in public in such a get-up? Now, more often than not, when the description of a suspect is given…someone is sport’n a Hoodie. DUMB HOODIES, continued on page 8 An eight year old child killed in traffic accident By LeaAnne Klentzman Early Tuesday morning an eight year old child was killed in a traffic accident in north Fort Bend County. At press time no details on the identity of those involved were available. According to authorities, the accident occurred about 6:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, near the intersection of Falcon Park Drive and Bay Hill Boulevard near Katy. Reportedly, a truck and car collided near that intersection and one child died at the scene. Another unidentified person involved in the accident was transported to a local hospital. Sheriff’s deputies, constable’s deputies, State Troopers and assorted fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene. No further details were available. as Stafford, putting their At last month’s Annual Town department Hall Meeting, one of the future in the .001% goals listed by Mayor Scarcella of the entire was whether or not to preserve county. the Rating ISO-1 that the City A perfect currently holds. At that town hall Leonard Scarcella score in Texas meeting, the Mayor said, “Each is 106.5. It year cities are required to do consists of 50 points for fire more and more” often placing department capabilities, 40 for financial burdens on their water supply and distribution, budgets. The difference between 10 for receiving and handling the 1 and 2 rating does not effect homeowner’s insurance; however businesses could see a spike in costs between 1% and 8%. Since the City of Stafford has such a large commercial base, this topic is important to many. A presentation at last week’s By Betsy Dolan Stafford City Council meeting was led by Fire Chief Larry Rosenberg voters will decide Di Camillo, with Police Chief whether to give the controversial Bonny Krahn, to explain to "One-Way Pairs" road project the Council and the Mayor how green light in a May 10 special important and rare a Rating-1 election. is. There are over 47,000 fire Voters will decide whether to stations across the nation prohibit the city from donating that must be scored on fire land to TxDOT for the proposed suppression (1 being the best;10 project, which would turn being the worst.) Only 40 of Avenues H and I into one-way these departments have a rating streets in order to alleviate of 1, and of them, only 4 are congestion. volunteer fire departments such The property is on Damon and By Karen Daniels fire alarms, and 6.5 for fire safety education, building code enforcement, fire prevention code enforcement and fire investigation capabilities. To obtain a rating 1, departments in Texas must score 90 or higher. Last year, the City of Stafford hired consultant, Mike Pietsch, to asses and ensure they keep their high rating. He identified ISO RATING, continued on page 4 Rosenberg voters to decide fate of TxDOT One-Way Pairs project Louise Streets and would be used as a crossover for the one-way streets. "The one-way pair conversion would involve simply placing a new asphalt surface on the existing roadways, re-striping them for one-way operation, constructing new signals at the signalized intersections and building a one-way to two-way connection in the city block between Damon and Louise ONE-WAY PAIRS, continued on page 4 Kids for Kindness Collects "GROOVY" hats for kids with cancer LCISD’s Campbell Elementary is the GROOVIEST place to be in school. Students dressed in their GROOVIEST attire, including: tie-dye t-shirts, vests, bell bottom pants, go-go boots, wigs, glasses, & hats. The Kids for Kindness Club sponsored a “school-wide” GROOVY PARTY throughout the day, with an optional hat donation. They collected over 250 hats for the Snow Drop Foundation. Snow Drop is dedicated to assisting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center through funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer. For more information, please visit: www.snowdropfoundation.org. They are proud of our kids helping other kids. Snow Drop has planned an upcoming hat delivery to boys and girls at Texas Children’s Hospital. Isn’t that groovy? Campbell students shown: 1st row: Eric Krush & Alyssa Merkt, 2nd row: Ava Crain, Faith Holzer, Kylie Stubbs, Kaylie Nguyen, Charley Daugherty, Zachary Moreland, & Caitlin Wilson, 3rd row: Suzanne Stavinoha, Counselor; Ethan Nguyen, Reagan Nichols, Caitlin Kurtz, Jaden Araiza, Nina Reid, Chase Gonzales, Amanda Grayson, Olivia Chaveleh, Caden Klamert, & Elijah Wahome., 4th row: Liam Mulvey, Vicky Baez, Sydney Stribling, Mady Carpenter, Walker Thornton, Marissa Mueller, Abigail Little, Savannah Flores, & Michelle Koerth, Principal.