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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 XXXVI • No. 1 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land A massive undertaking by Fort Bend ISD to help stabilize some of the district's more contentious topics --school boundaries and overcrowding --will involve extensive community involvement starting next month. The district is asking the community to help establish a five year plan for elementary Sugar Land Town Square recently named finalists in its 2013 Sugar Land Superstar competition. Pictured front (L-R) are Jenae’ Brown, second runner-up; 2013 Superstar Carman Hammond; and Brittany Villamil, runnerup. Pictured back (L-R) are Judges Tony Bracy, Micahl Wyckoff and Christian Taylor, and Emcee Michele Fisher. See related article on page 2. Voters to decide on financing county-wide roads and other bond projects this fall workshop and later the selection of Allen Boone Humphries Fort Bend County will proceed Robinson, LLP as bond counsel with placing a $184,900,000 bond for the ordered county-wide road referendum on the November bond election in the fall. 5 election ballot. In action The county’s last bond taken by Fort Bend County referendum in 2007 was for $150 Commissioners Court last week, million for mobility projects the unanimous action followed that are just about all complete. extensive work by the county, With voter approval, projects which most recently included a this go-round would mean that By Elsa Maxey construction could begin late next year or early 2015 for almost 60 road projects consisting of new roads, expansions and improvements due to the county’s continuing residential and commercial growth calling for an expansion of the infrastructure locally (visit for VOTERS, continued on page 8 Missouri City endorses road projects  in Fort Bend County bond referendum Hello – the o! By LeaAnne Klentzman Talk about a front row seat in the place of all things flaming! CRIMINAL So, when a OF THE WEEK Troll picks a church parking lot to expose himself – is he just try’n to get caught? Practicing handing out matchstick at the gates of Hell? Or, just too stupid to walk among us? Yep, you read that right – seems some Nasty Troll DUMB Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Community asked to take the lead on FBISD zoning and facilities decisions By Betsy Dolan They may not have liked the process, but the Missouri City Council does like the 50% off price tag for eight city road 281-203-6900 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website 2013 Sugar Land Superstar Named By Betsy Dolan TOM MALER projects that will be included in the Fort Bend County Mobility Bond Election in November. The Missouri City projects include: • Hurricane Lane extension-Trammel-Fresno to Lake Olympia Parkway • Knight Road extension--Fort Bend Toll Road to McKeever Rd. • Glenn Lakes bridges over Oyster Creek & Oyster Creek tribuary • Lake Olympia Parkway-Village Brook Dr. to Fort Bend County Toll Rd. • Independence Blvd. Segment 1 & 2--Staffordshire to Revolution • Staffordshire Rd--Scanlan St. to Court Rd. • Watts Plantation--Sienna Sugar Land police investigate a motorcycle accident the intersection of Coachlight and Hickory Run in the Colony On Thursday evening about Bend subdivision. 5:30pm, Sugar Land police were According to a city called to the scene of a single spokesperson, the motorcycle vehicle motorcycle accident near driver, Stephen Matusek, 57, of Sugar Land either stopped or swerved to avoid a vehicle and was thrown from his motorcycle. According to witnesses, Matusek was reportedly traveling at about By LeaAnne Klentzman HELLO, continued on page 4 ZONING, continued on page 8 Concerns about water bottling use by Niagara during drought coming from, they’ve asked. “Isn’t that taking from the rest of One would think that since us, our Fort Bend water supply there’s a water bottling company sold to everyone else while we operating locally, the idea of may have do without?” having water to take care of one’s This area is no doubt in a basic needs would not come up. drought, which is also the case But about a handful of residents statewide. Just last week, the Fort in Fort Bend are wondering how Bend County Commissioners it is that the newly operating Court even took action along Niagara water company in those lines by issuing a burn ban Missouri City can supply large that is to be in effect for 90 days, volumes of bottled water during prohibiting outdoor burning in this period of drought. If there’s the county due to dry conditions. a drought, where’s the plentiful Confirming the drought state water supply they need to operate of the area is the Fort Bend By Elsa Maxey County Water Control and Improvement District (FBWCID) No. 2 indicating “this is also statewide and beyond the state,” said General Manager Owen Matherne. WCID No. 2 supplies water to Niagara water bottling company “just as it does to other commercial and residential customers,” said Matherne. The agreement is just like every agreement the district has with each water customer requiring “that they have a connection and WATER SUPPLY, continued on page 8 Stafford Mayor Scarcella supports $184.9 Fort Bend Mobility Bond By Karen Daniels At the August 7 Stafford City Council meeting, concerns were noted about the upcoming mobility bond project by Councilmembers and Mayor Scarcella. At that meeting, City Engineer, Charles Russell, explained that he had been contacted by representatives of Fort Bend County to submit road improvement projects to be included in the bond for consideration. Given a two day deadline, Mr. Russell submitted two projects: 1) sidewalks down Staffordshire and 2) the extension of Cash Road. The sidewalks were accepted, but the Cash Road extension was denied. Mayor Scarcella said, "It would be unfortunate to pay taxes for 30 years and only get a sidewalk out of it." Councilman Cecil Willis felt this bond project was being rushed. He spoke about a prior bond project from the County that involved citizen committees and took 18 months to put together. This bond project was proposed by the Commissioners "in about 90 days." STAFFORD, continued on page 8 Learning to Serve Others The children at Sugar Land Baptist Church Power of Praise Camp are on a mission to learn and serve. They learned the importance of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and caring for the ill. Acting on what they learned, the kids decorated and gifted mugs to show their appreciation to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital staff for their service to patients and the community. They also made activity packages for children to do while they are here in the ER or visiting family members. Their gifts are truly appreciated for their thoughtfulness and as a reminder of the importance of serving others. Shown are Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital employees, the campers, and camp leader. Kim Sprague, Marketing Coordinator; Kaelyn Bujnoch, Marketing Coordinator; Marcia Barham, Physician Liaison; Jill Perez, Sugar Land Baptist Camp Leader with class. MAN, continued on page 9 Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! Bring 3599 Highway 6 Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (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 300 $ 500 $ 1000 $ Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! Gold & Silver Refinery elections substantially." In June, the Board of Trustees voted to postpone the construction of elementary school #46 in Aliana in order to give the district time to conduct a thorough inventory of the district's schools and facilities and to map out a long range plan for elementary school boundaries. Is the new water company sucking up our greatly needed water supply? MISSOURI CITY, continued on page 9 Man transported by Life Flight school boundaries; a five year facilities master plan; and a five year district strategic plan. "I have heard from the community that the zoning process has not been done in a way that is transparent, collaborative or well-timed", said Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre. "It is also my understanding that the boundary process has affected board 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

August 21, 2013 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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