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List your car for sale online FREE at The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: • Website: Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 FBISD, LCISD, SMSD among plaintiffs Judge sets school funding trial for January 6, 2014 Just after the new year, a judge will decide if state lawmakers did enough to fix Texas' public school funding issues during the last legislative session. The battle between the state and more than 600 school districts — including Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD and Stafford MSD— initially resulted in a Feb. 4 ruling by state District Judge John Dietz that the current funding system is unconstitutional. In January, Judge Dietz will 281-203-6900 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXV • No. 45 By Betsy Dolan TOM MALER update the court record before issuing a final ruling and sending the case to the Texas Supreme Court. Testimony about 83rd Legislative Session bills that made changes in graduation requirements and the impact of the partial restoration of funding for public schools will be heard. State lawmakers restored almost $4 billion dollars in public school funding--$5.2 billion was cut in 2011-- and reduced the number of high stakes tests from 15 to 5. JUDGE, continued on page 8 Stafford City Council reaches compromise on zoning meeting Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Run for Boston 5K/1K Benefits Victims and Families of Bombing Fort Bend Fit Friends got together and created a fundraiser for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. On May 19, over 500 athletics, some wearing Boston Marathon bibs, stood ready to start as Bruce Mercer sang the Star Bangled Banner. So far the event has raised over $17,495 - just shy of the $20,000 goal. Donations can still be made to "The One Fund Boston". See related article page 3. Sugar Land approves task force to begin study on red light cameras identify a meeting schedule and any other items needed Eleven Sugar Land residents to accomplish its work," will comprise an independent said City Manager Allen traffic safety task force that Bogard. "At the request will study the City's red light of the task force, we will camera program. The Sugar dedicate any city resources Land City Council approved they determine necessary to Administrator, Chris Riggs, ensure members have what By Karen Daniels reminded Mayor Scarcella and Pecan Manor lake properties with mortgage they need to provide an For a recap, at last Councilmembers about the independent recommendation." may also be required to buy flood insurance week's Planning & Zoning necessary installation of a 50 The creation of the task Commission meeting, it was foot barrier behind the proposed force follows a report to voted not to recommend the new homes for "buffering City Council on June 4 that zoning change for an additional requirements." This began a determined a petition to 35 homes in the Promenade 30 minute discussion over who prohibit the enforcement of subdivision from Primary pays, where it goes, and the Sugar Land's red cameras Corridor to Single Family differences between retail and a new federal law passed by in October 2014, these policies, was invalid because the By Elsa Maxey Residence. But they still had a light industrial. The Mayor Congress with changes to the which according to FEMA, have petition did not meet the chance to go before Stafford's put his cards on the table: he's Organized by the Greater Fort FEMA flood insurance program. not paid the full actuarial rate requirements of City Charter. City Council and try again. against the zoning change. "We Bend Economic Development The act, Biggert-Waters and are not reflective of the true H.F. Van Der Grinten and Before the public hearing are trying to preserve this city. Council (EDC), a presentation Flood Insurance Reform Act of risk of flood to that property, will Ray Patel, who launched was opened, the City's new by Carlton Watts from FEMA 2012, changes flood insurance no longer exist. the petition drive, say the Building Director and Zoning Region 6 before an audience of premium rates by eliminating the But, “the thing that Carl kept task force should have ZONING, continued on page 3 elected officials, city planners, government subsidy. Some in leading back to is there is some been formed years ago. realtors, property developers, Fort Bend have taken advantage possibility of changes. Judge "Up until now the City has mortgage lenders and assorted of obtaining a subsidized policy repeatedly ignored numerous FEDERAL, continued on page 3 others on Monday tells about for flood insurance coverage and recommendations to correct abuses in the red light camera the 27000 block of U.S. Hwy 59, system. The task force is By LeaAnne Klentzman Rosenberg, for a traffic offense.” being proposed to keep the In a traffic stop Friday, Baker said, “Upon camera revenue flowing." Rosenberg Police seize another investigation, officers located Van Der Grinten wrote in Heroin load along US 59. a hidden compartment in the a press release June 5. According to Rosenberg police vehicle containing the narcotics.” RED LIGHT, continued on page 8 spokesman Lieutenant Brain Rosenberg police have declined Baker, the nearly 21 pounds of to name the person arrested Heroin was seized, “as a result By Betsy Dolan TRAFFIC, continued on page 9 of a traffic stop of a vehicle in In her first state of the city address, Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore told a crowd of 200 people at the Fort Bend Country Club on June 12 that her By LeaAnne Klentzman late husband's favorite song was "Blue Skies" by Willie Nelson. We tell you, "I see nothing but blue skies month after ahead for our city", Moore said. month – year "That's the way Hilmar felt after year - there and that is the way that I feel. are cameras CRIMINAL Richmond has so many things E V E R Y - OF THE WEEK going right." WHERE! Moore was sworn in Dec. When you pull a stunt like 17 as Richmond's first woman this, well, there is just no mayor, succeeding her husband, excuse! Hilmar Moore, 92, who was the Yep, this week, you get a longest-serving mayor in the Dumb Criminal AND an action nation until his death on Dec. 4. The Central Fort Bend Chamber and the Rose-Rich Auto Mile presented shot! In May, Richmond voters the 2013 State of Richmond Address Wednesday at Fort Bend Country Ya’ gotta wonder, does one approved a new city charter that Club in Richmond. Shown are: Central Fort Bend Chamber Board just wake up one morning and Chair Joe Freudenberger; Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore and Chamber STINKS, continued on page 3 VOTER, continued on page 9 Heroin seized by Rosenberg Police. President Shanta Kuhl. By Betsy Dolan the formation of the task force June 18. Members are expected to be appointed on July 16. The group will work for about 120 days to develop a recommendation that could include continuing the program in its current form, modifying the program or eliminating it. According to the City, the task force will conduct its meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and provide an opportunity for extensive public input. "The task force will Federal flood insurance law changes - no more policy subsidies Traffic offense stop finds hidden Heroin by Rosenberg Police Richmond’s State of the City Voter approved charter change means growth ahead for Richmond Something stinks! 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June 26, 2013 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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