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GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image © 1999-2012. © 2012 GEICO. Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Sugar Land Town Square hosts the Holiday Dance Showcase Sugar Land residents got into the holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Dance Showcase at Sugar Land Town Square. The free event featured the talent of local dance studios including DanceZone, DanceTech by Hillary, Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio, Dance Dimensions, Laeral Dance Studios, and more. Dancers from local studios entertained the crowd at the annual Holiday Dance Showcase at Sugar Land Town Square. Dances were performed by DanceZone, DanceTech by Hillary, Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio, Dance Dimensions, Laeral Dance Studios, and more. Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Opponents say death proves Red Light Cameras don't save lives By Betsy Dolan A fatal accident on December 8 at an intersection with red light cameras, has reinvigorated the program's opponents who refute the Sugar Land's position that the program saves lives. Sugar Land Police say that footage from the red light cameras at U.S. 90A and Dairy Ashford show that 25-year old Carlos Ybarra of Alamo, died after he ran a red light and hit a woman driving a Chevy Tahoe. A witness at the scene originally told police that the woman ran the red light. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash. The City of Sugar Land has maintained that red light cameras have reduced accidents by 58% and are an important safety tool at high volume intersections. But Helwig Van Der Grinten (Captain Van), who is leading the charge to eliminate the program, says the December 8 fatality is a good example of how red light cameras don't save lives. "Typically this type of accident occurs well into the red light period and these violations are caused by an impaired or distracted driver," Captain This week the Fort Bend County Appraisal District (CAD) will be announcing its new board of directors for the 2014 and 2015 terms of office. Earlier this month Fort Bend County Commissioners Court voted to cast the county’s ballots in favor of electing five members to the Fort Bend CAD Board of Directors - Al Abramczyk, Albert Glover, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis and Rhonda Zacharias. This was done the last time the commissioners met at the Travis Building on the 7th floor before moving across the street into the newly renovated courthouse, where they met for the first time last week. The previous CAD board members consisted of Al Abramczyk, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis, Kraig Warren, and Rhonda Zacharias. Albert Glover from Missouri City was selected as the candidate to be placed on the general election ballot as everyone else on the existing board except for Warren agreed to serve again if nominated, according to reports. This local board of directors governs the appraisal district and the five members serve a two-year term beginning January 1 of even-numbered years. The taxing entities have a total of 5,000 votes determined on the percentage of the taxes levied. Those taxing entities with the largest number of votes are the Fort Bend Independent School District with 1,365 votes, Fort Bend County with 845 votes, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District with 600 votes, and the conservation districts (MUDs and LIDs), which have a total of 1,075 cumulative votes. The City of Sugar Land has 130 votes. By Betsy Dolan In the ongoing battle over how best to meet groundwater reduction rules by 2016, the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg have decided to sue the Fort Bend Subsidence District (FBSD). At issue is the district's recently amended regulatory plan which the cities say limits their options to explore alternative water sources and steers them toward building an expensive surface water treatment plant. “The FBSD Board has previously been made aware that the cities would pursue legal action if the District’s By Karen Daniels December 17, 2013 was officially proclaimed Fire Rescue Appreciation Day by the City of Meadows Place. Mayor Charles Jessup and City Council presented Chief Larry Di Camillo of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department with a certificate recognizing that fighting fires is one of the most hazardous professions requiring physical strength, stamina, extensive training, courage and a selfless concern for the welfare of their citizens. MEADOWS PLACE, continued on page 5 of once Tang City Plaza By Elsa Maxey Bordering what used to be Tang City Plaza in Missouri City is U.S. 90A, and the name change of three streets in that area will have practically wiped out, in a physical sense, the memory of what used to be and could have been. Recently, the Missouri City City Council adopted an ordinance changing the name of Tang City Drive, Lo Yang Drive and Changan Drive to Dream Court, Pheasant Valley Drive and Paloma Bend, respectively. There are some that may STREET NAMES, continued on page 5 WHO, continued on page 5 Fort Bend Star will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in Celebration of hristmas Day regulatory plan was amended in such a way that would eliminate available options for alternative water sources,” said Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. According to Patrick Lindner, the cities’ legal counsel on the item, the purpose of the suit is to “protect the rights of the cities and their citizens and water customers.” The FBSD had no public comment on the proposed lawsuit. All large water users in Texas must convert 30% of groundwater usage to an alternate source by 2016, and 60% to an alternate source by 2025. Richmond and Rosenberg want to hire Houston-based Electro Purification LLC to drill 10 commercial wells in Austin and Waller counties. But area ranchers, farmers and the city of Simonton are concerned that removing large quantities of water--20 million gallons a day-- will increase the threat of subsidence, or land sinking, which can lead to flooding. There are also concerns about a diminished and lower quality water supply. O.K. LAWSUIT, continued on page 5 The Star office will open Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Meadows Place dedicates Fire Rescue Appreciation Day RED LIGHT, continued on page 5 Richmond, Rosenberg, O.K. lawsuit against Fort Bend Subsidence District Who will govern the Fort Bend appraisal district for next two years? Street names last to go By Elsa Maxey Van wrote in an email to the "Star". "When a traffic light turns yellow drivers must base a snap stop-or-go decision on where they think they might be when the light changes to red". Special Crime Alert! By LeaAnne Klentzman Fort Bend County Crimes Stoppers, Inc. has announced they will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in several fraud cases in Fort Bend County and the Greater Houston area. Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said detectives are looking for a woman and two men who have stolen personal information of Fort Bend County residents using that information to obtain credit cards and make purchases Shown are Chief Larry Di Camillo, of the Stafford Fire Department and with the fraudulent cards. Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup. Haenel explained that one victim was not alerted to the fraud until she began receiving bills from companies from which she Woman Suspect had no contact. According to Haenel, stores such as Sears, JC Penney, Sam’s Club and others were targeted in this fraud scheme and their losses exceed $9,000. The suspect using the fraudulent cards in these cases appears to be a middle-aged white female with closely ALERT, continued on page 5 Fashion statement or faux pas?                      By LeaAnne Klentzman Seems a pack of fashion savvy burglars hit a home over on the CRIMINAL far west side OF THE WEEK of Fort Bend County near the tiny hamlet of Needville. Imagine the burglar’s surprise, when sag’n their pants, look’n their best… try’n to liberate a TV - in a house they thought was empty - they are asked by a youngster… “What’cha do’n?” OOPS! DUMB FASHION, continued on page 5

December 25, 2013 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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