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Tender Care Ambulance Services 281.742.0210 Non Emergency Medical Transportation! • No Out of Pocket Expense for the patient! All Insurances Accepted (excluding Medicare) 104 Industrial Blvd, Suite L Sugar Land, Texas 77478 • Trained EMT on board at all times. 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 Volume XXXV • No. 52 The Sugar Land City Council got the chance to hear what their constituents think about a proposed $50 million dollar bond referendum expected to be included on the November 5 ballot. The measure will be presented as three separate options: an 281-203-6900 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Public hearing on bond referendum reveals early support and a few concerns By Betsy Dolan TOM MALER outdoor festival site which would include Phase 2 of the Brazos River Park project; a community park in Telfair; and a series of hike and bike trails throughout the city. The majority of those who spoke at the hearing were excited about the proposed community park in Telfair which would include areas for a variety of Rosenberg postpones November bond election pulled from the county's Mobility By Betsy Dolan Bond Election. Rosenberg's City Council The projects affected include has decided to cancel plans for Herndon Drive/Mustang Avenue, a November bond election and Airport and Bryan Road. move forward with a proposal for In addition, the city has yet to the May 2014 election instead. issue all the debt from the 2006 The City's bond referendum bond election. would have been at the same “City staff has not finalized time as Fort Bend County's bond the city improvements program election but finance director priorities for Fiscal Year 2014 Joyce Vasut was told several Rosenberg road projects had been ROSENBERG, continued on page 8 international sports such as lacrosse, soccer and cricket as well as tennis courts. "Eighty percent of tennis is played in public parks not in private clubs," said Cindy Benson with the U.S. Tennis Association's Texas section. The community park plan also calls for a historic prison cemetery to be preserved and recognized. But Sugar Land resident Reginald Moore wants the bond measure to include a museum that calls attention to Sugar Land's role in the convict lease program. "I'm trying to get those men acknowledged because they died out there in those fields and there is no recognition and no memorial", Moore said. "Shame on the city for not being proactive in getting this done." Other residents expressed hope that easy access to the Brazos River in Sugar Land would finally be realized. "(Getting) to the Brazos River PUBLIC, continued on page 8 Twenty one percent of juror compensation checks never clear new payment solution system to pay jurors, “a more efficient It’s going to cost more up front way to pay jurors,” said County for Fort Bend County to use a Auditor Ed Sturdivant. card payment solution to pay Precinct 2 County jurors. In fact, it will now cost Commissioner Grady Prestage over twice as much. Fort Bend presided over the court’s regular County Commissioners last week meeting during Judge Bob authorized spending close to Hebert’s absence as it was stated $24,000 instead of the estimated he was out of town. $11,000 the county currently Under the county’s present spends annually by going to a juror compensation system, By Elsa Maxey checks are mailed, most of them for six dollars for the one day that prospective jurors spend at what is pejoratively referred to as “the cattle call.” That’s when those summoned for jury duty show up en masse to find out whether they will be picked to serve on a jury. Most of them are not picked, but they are mailed a six dollar 21%, continued on page 8 Sugar Land to get Veterans Memorial for area park By Betsy Dolan When hundreds of contractors, suppliers and other experts in the tilt-wall concrete industry return home in late September after their national convention in Sugar Land, they’ll leave behind something for everyone to enjoy: a new Veterans Memorial at Sugar Land Memorial Park. The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation presented a $107,500 donation to the City Council August 6 from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) for the design and construction of the monument. This rendering shows what the new Veterans Memorial could look like once it is completed at Sugar Land Memorial Park.  The design concept VETERANS, continued on page 9 is still being finalized. Bees removed at Historic Moore Home On Thursday, August 8, Gillen Pest Control removed bees that had been nesting in one of the columns of the historic Moore Home at Fort Bend County Museum. The bees built a gigantic hive, full of honey combs. Claire Rogers, Site Manager for Fort Bend County Museum expressed her thanks to Thomas and Anthony, employees of Gillen Pest Control, who took great care in removing the hive with minimal damage to the column. Sugar Land’s $83m Performing Arts Center ready in 2016 By Elsa Maxey For a plan that has been in the making since 2008 after bond referendum authorization, a development agreement between the City of Sugar Land and ACE Sugar Land, LLC (ACE Theatrical) has now been approved for Sugar Land’s Performing Arts Center. It’s being called the framework for the performing arts center. Development and construction plans call for substantial completion by September 2016. The facility is projected Another Subway store robbed in Sugar Land By LeaAnne Klentzman Over the weekend yet another Subway sandwich shop in Sugar Land was robbed by an armed gunman. Police were called to the Subway sandwich shop along the Southwest Freeway in the Riverpark Shopping Center Saturday night. Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said, “A man entered the store at 9:50 p.m., displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the cash register and fled the store in an unknown direction". Adolph described the suspect as black male, with light skin, short hair and a goatee. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a blue Nike sweater, white muscle shirt with red letters across the front, baggy blue jean shorts, tennis shoes and brown-framed women’s sunglasses. Neither employee was physically assaulted, however the emotional trauma of the incident was too overwhelming and EMS was called to the scene. When asked if this robbery could be linked to the others, he responded, “The circumstances are similar.” Gold & Silver Refinery (By Kroger at Settler’s Way) 2 8 1 . 3 1 3 . 9 9 9 9 • w w w. k k b g o l d r e f i n e r y. c o m CORRECTION The 411 on Stafford news By Karen Daniels Smoking Ordinance As of August 1, the smoking ordinance that was passed earlier this year has officially gone into effect. Mayor Leonard Scarcella reminded businesses that as part of the ordinance a sign must be affixed to the outside of their place of business designating themselves to the public as either a smoking or non-smoking establishment. Bars that earn 70% or more of the earned Bring 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! Sugar Land, Texas 77478 ART CENTER, continued on page 9 Last week, "The Star" ran a story about a fatality accident in the Texas Hill Country that claimed the life of one Foster High School teen and hospitalized 5 of his friends.  In revenue from alcohol sales are that story it was reported that the exempt. boys were part of the senior class of Fines for smoking in non2014.  That was incorrect; they are exempt retail places are at the “rising juniors” which makes them discretion of a judge, however, part of the 2015 senior class at their the penalty can be "up to $2,000." respective Foster and Lamar High Train Incident Schools.  Further, while the boys On July 26 around 7:30pm had all been together on a river a train incident occurred at the vacation; at the time of the accident South Gessner intersection that they were headed to a Hill Country involved the clipping of an aerial ranch. By press time next week the fiber-optic line. Charles Russell, DPS accident report should be City Engineer, explained that completed and “official” details of the accident will be available for 411, continued on page 8 public release.  Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! 3599 Highway 6 to cost $83,650,000 and it will sit on acreage purchased by the city from Newland at the southeast corner of University and U.S. 59, both views of the new facility. Funding sources for the new performing arts and live entertainment facility will come from ACE as an equity partner, the Sugar Land Development Corporation, which will issue sales tax revenue bonds, the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), and Certificates of Obligation (Cos) supported by the rent payments for the venue. Financing will also include a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) for that area. In a presentation before city council, Economic Development Director Regina Morales stated that no property taxes would be used to finance Bring We also buy DIAMONDS Bring No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! worth of Gold or Silver, get $20! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $50! extra worth of Gold or Silver, get $ extra 80! Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 8-31-2013

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