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The water bottle sock FBISD gives reins to community as facilities & zoning work begins By Betsy Dolan Approximately 50 volunteers have been chosen to lead the charge in a mammoth undertaking to craft a five year plan for the way the district uses its facilities, handles elementary school zoning issues and plans for the future. The volunteers were chosen from a pool of 200 attendees from the Educational Futures Conference held September 18 and represent the geographic diversity of the district. The steering committee will hold six meetings between now and the end of January creating a Facilities Master Plan and the District Strategic Plan. The board will vote on the two plans in February. The elementary school boundary plan discussions will begin in mid-February. The district's timeline calls for several opportunities for community input. Four FBISD, continued on page 8 Rosenberg's State of the City address 'No more status quo' for Rosenberg Tip of the Spear, a volunteer group, sends packages and supplies to our servicemen and women serving our country in Afghanistan. There is no refrigeration so the troops in Afghanistan get a wet sock, put a water bottle in it and hang it in the shade.  It cools down the water so they can drink it. This photo was taken in the Nawa District of the Helmond province of Afghanistan. Tip of the Spear is also having their annual fundraiser October 17. One hundred percent from this fundraiser will go directly towards purchasing the contents of the packages and postage to send them. See related article concerning the upcoming fundraiser on page 5. square foot distribution facility and divisional headquarters on Highway 90, west of Highway 36 in addition to a new store on Reading Road. A new business park on FM 2218 and a new professional business park on Reading Road are important components of offering shovel Meadows Place wows audience at 28th annual Water Symposium Three gunned down at Stafford car wash By Karen Daniels By LeaAnne Klentzman By Betsy Dolan On September 17th in Denver, Colorado, Mayor Charles Jessup and Public Works Director, Dan McGraw, gave a presentation at the 28th Annual “Watereuse Symposium.” The topic, No City is Too Small for Water Reuse, is something the City of Meadows Place, a city less than one square-mile, knows a lot about. Their presentation was slated for twenty minutes of lecture and ten minutes of questions, however, the questions’ segment was extended by thirty minutes due to audience interest, which spilled over to the entire hour. From basic questions to the more complex, other cities were intrigued (and a little shocked) that a project of this magnitude, Fair Parade safety By LeaAnne Klentzman Rules? We don’t need no stink’n rules!! Or so it seemed for a float in CRIMINAL last week’s Fair OF THE WEEK parade. The story goes that participants on one float must have thought they were in a Mardi Gras! Yep, there are rules about pitch’n stuff from the floats in this parade– that’s a BIG, uh, NO!! We were told, that they were told, DO NOT DUMB FAIR, continued on page 9 involving other agencies, could be accomplished. How was it done? Mayor Jessup said, “We got very creative and put in an amenity to use and love every day.” What started with a $75K grant to the Meadows Place Parks Department from Texas Parks & Wildlife, turned into an award winning 1.5 acre lake with two wetlands and walking trail with hills. Most importantly, this project addressed the issue of subsidence. Meadows Place (along with other cities in Fort Bend County) is sinking. Since 1977 they have dropped 15 feet. Sitting in the middle of prime rail and interstate routes and with the majority of its 108 square miles of land undeveloped, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales knows the city's brightest days are ahead. "Our location is attractive to commercial and residential development," Morales told the crowd at Safari Texas during Rosenberg's State of the City Address September 30. "Between here and Houston, we have the When the parks department most undeveloped land along the announced they wanted to use I-69 corridor". the money to build a lake that Citing "phenomenal growth everyone could benefit from, in the last 10 years", Morales Mayor Jessup realized they said the city of 31,000 saw 435 would not be able to pay the new homes and 676 new platted water usage fees to keep the lake plots for 2013. In addition, the filled. But he didn’t give up there. city added 1300 new jobs and The Mayor approached Dan boasts a 6.6% unemployment McGraw who knew exactly how rate which is lower than the state to do it. Aside from outsourcing and national rates. City sales tax the plans and profile, all of the revenues increased 16% between work to build their water plant 2009 - 2012 largely because was done in-house with a crew of of the success of Brazos Town three, 312 hours of meetings, and Center. one year of planning. The project The city recently inked a deal with discount grocer, ALDI, MEADOW PLACE, continued on page 8 who plans to build a 650,000 One suspect is still on the loose Could neighborhood murder have gang overtones subdivision which is along FM 1093/Westpark Toll Road, Thursday night just minutes between Mason Road and Texas before midnight, 911 calls of 99/Grand Parkway. shots fired in the north Fort Bend The deceased man was County neighborhood of identified as George Lakemont began rolling Harold Kemp Jr., 20, in at the Sheriff’s Office. who died from multiple According to gunshot wounds. authorities, a caller on Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Granite Trails Lane Haenel said, “Witnesses reported hearing four told deputies they were gunshots behind his riding with Kemp Brandon Lacour house, looked out and in Kemp’s vehicle. saw three shirtless males, running Kemp drove to the Lakemont past his home. Another caller subdivision to confront Brandon reported the gunshots and yet Lacour over a personal matter. another caller reported seeing a Kemp parked down the street body in the street. Shortly after from Lacour’s residence and midnight when the first deputy called him on his cell phone, arrived on the scene he found challenging Lacour, 17, to a fight. the body of a man in the 7500 block of Rosepath Lane in the ONE SUSPECT, continued on page 9 After arriving for work, three men were killed by a co-worker who, just minutes before, was terminated. Sunday morning about 10 a.m., several of the employees of the Royal Wash Mobile car detailing service met at their base of operations located at 393 Avenue E in Stafford to head to Reliant Stadium. According to Stafford police spokesman Sergeant James Leedom, this team, led by business owner Harvey “Troy” Simmons, had a contract to wash and detail vehicles during ready sites in order to attract new businesses, Morales said. "What has happened to us in the last 10 years is just the beginning of what is to come," Morales said. "The challenge for us, as a city, is to figure out how ROSENBERG, continued on page 8 Texans’ games at the Reliant Stadium parking lot. However, last Sunday was a wash out due to inclement weather, so Simmons offered to pay employees just for showing up. Sgt. Leedom said witnesses indicated that tempers flared and LaMelvin Johnson was terminated by Simmons. Instead of leaving, Johnson went to his car, retrieved a pistol and began shooting. Owner Harvey “Troy” Simmons, 34, his uncle Johnny Simmons, 59, and Donntay Borom, 18, a recent Dulles THREE, continued on page 8 Business Expo draws crowd to T.E. Harman Center By LeaAnne Klentzman Shown left to right, John Sazma, Elsa Maxey, Diane Strehel, and Jerry Poscovsky of the “Fort Bend Star” at Monday’s Fall Expo Business Showcase joined many businesses at T.E. 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