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Bond Advisory committee presents $50 million wish list By SESHADRI KUMAR Twelve tennis courts, a cricket field, a lake for Dragon Boat races, a festival site, and a hike and bike trail that goes under U.S. Highway 59 to connect to Highway 6 and Highway 90 are among the projects recommended by the Sugar Land Citizen Bond Advisory Committee for inclusion in a proposed $50 million parks bond referendum. Sugar Land City Council established the Citizen Bond Committee to prioritize projects for a bond election in November. Jarvis Hollingsworth and Dr. Betty Baitland, both Sugar Land residents, served as co-chairs of an executive committee comprising John Heineman, Terri Wang, Tim Stubenrouch, Michael Schiff, Mona Parikh, Rodney Vannerson, Mary Favre and Greg Stirman. Four subcommittees with several interested citizens studied the proposals. The committee studied the following four projects:

Parkland development along the Brazos River that could include kayak launches and other new active and passive amenities; A network of hike and bike trails throughout the City that address recreational and mobility needs; A festival site accommodating large-scale events like the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration and other cultural and entertainment events that benefit the local economy; and A community sports park that could include a multi-use recreational facility and facilities for lacrosse, tennis, cricket and more. The committee’s recommendations were presented to city council on June 18. Stubenrouch presented recommendations regarding a 77acre community park in the Telfair subdivision, estimated to cost about $17 million. The park will include 12 tennis courts,($1.4 million) a cricket field,( $735,000) a

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CommunityPark BrazosRiverPark Hike&BikeTrails FestivalSite Issuance/Escalation TOTAL Artist’s sketch of the proposed park in Telfair soccer field, a multipurpose field tee did not have any information including soccer ($2.9 million), a on operation costs either. Howcommunity park building ($1.25 ever, the committee was made million), landscaping and irriga- aware of tennis courts like the one tion ($2 million) and infrastruc- in New Territory, which generates ture and lighting ($2. 4 million). adequate revenue to maintain. The The community park project idea of so many tennis courts was also includes improvements and to make it a venue for major tourbeautification of a cemetery in naments and league matches. At this juncture, city officials Telfair. The committee did not have in- clarified that the list of projects formation on the use of other ten- and cost estimates were provided nis courts in the city. The commit- by the city to the committees. Committee members did not have any input in the design or other elements. Nor did they change any cost estimate provided by the city. Within the budget allocated to each of the four projects, with the total not exceeding $50 million, 3.5 million will move into the the committees simply prioritized ten-county area as a whole. How various components within each will the region accommodate that project. growth? If meaningful alternatives to car-centered suburban sprawl are not made more widely avail- By SESHADRI KUMAR Amidst accusations of misable for those who would choose fear-mongering, them, much of the county’s re- information, maining farmlands, prairies, bullying, and angry exchanges, forests, and marshes will surely Missouri City City Council apdisappear into subdivisions and proved rezoning of a parcel of parking lots, according to Kline- land along the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road and Highway for berg. The challenge today is not in apartments. The vote was 5-2. The second and final reading finding people who want to live in more compact, urbanized com- of the ordinance elicited widemunities, but in building places spread email communications across the region that can accom- among different sections of Missouri City residents, urging city modate them, he said. Attitudes toward immigration council not to approve the apartand diversity have improved sig- ments. Increase in crime rate, nificantly over these years, the falling home values, school overcrowding, missed opportunity for survey shows The proportion of area resi- a ‘town center’ were among the dents who would like to see the most common reasons cited by United States admit more or the opponents of apartments. Two Fort Bend ISD trustees same number of immigrants in the next ten years as were admit- Jenny Bailey and Dave Rosented in the last ten years grew from thal, who are also Missouri City residents, with other residents 37% in 1995 to 68% in 2013. The percent in favor of “grant- Noel Pinnock and Kris Allfrey ing illegal immigrants a path to spoke at the council meeting, oplegal citizenship if they speak posing the apartment project. “We have a right to expect our English and have no criminal record” increased from 64% in leadership to hold a vision to our community...We want a com2009 to 83% in 2013. In 2013, 61% asserted that the munity that is good for business, increasing immigration into this good for jobs, good for our chilcountry today “mostly strength- dren, good for those who protect ens” (rather than “mostly threat- us and good for those who need ens”) American culture, up from protection. We depend on our leaders to deliver a better city,” 51% in 2009. The number of area residents Pinnock said in his remarks. Pinwho consider homosexuality to nock has plans to run for mayor. Bailey, speaking as a resident be “morally wrong” dropped from 59% in 1997 to 43% in this and not a trustee, said Missouri City residents want a leisure year’s survey. In 1997, only 32% agreed that destination like the Sugar Land “marriages between homosexu- Town Center as such centers inals should be given the same le- creased “community cohesion.” gal status as heterosexual mar- She believed the best place for riages.” Support for same-sex such a development is Highway marriage grew to 37% in 2001 6/ FB Toll Road intersection. Sugar Land understood that a and to 46% in 2013.

‘Alternatives to car-centered suburban sprawl needed’ By SESHADRI KUMAR The single, most ethnically diverse county in the United States is Fort Bend County. The county’s population is almost equally divided among four ethnic groups, Anglos 36 percent, Latinos 24 percent, African Americans 21 percent and Asians 19 percent. Houston area’s destiny is to be the ethnic center of the demographic revolution and be the microcosm of the world, says Stephen Klineberg, Rice University researcher and codirector of Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. Klineberg presented the findings of the 2013 Houston Area Survey conducted by the Kinder Institute at a luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce at Safari Texas Ranch recently. Through 32 years of systematic research, the annual Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey has measured this region’s remarkable economic and demographic transformations and recorded the way area residents are responding to them. The study is now reaching representative samples of residents from the entire 10-county Houston metropolitan region, including Harris and Fort Bend Counties. Houston has been a great magnet for immigrants and no other city has benefited due to immigration like Houston, Klineberg said. Demographically no city has been transformed as irreversibly as Houston in the last 30 years. “We are a special place,” Klineberg said. Harris County residents today are feeling better about the area’s economic prospects. In 2012, respondents identified the economy as the city’s biggest concern at 37%. This year, respondents’

concerns are more diversified, and only 26% identify the economy as the biggest problem. In the 2013 survey 73% agreed that, to succeed in today’s world, “it is necessary to get an education beyond high school.” Fewer than one in four believed instead that “there are many ways to succeed with no more than a high school diploma.” Houston is arguably the most sprawling, least dense, most automobile-dependent major city in America. It is the epitome of the new and now-dominant form of urban settlement in America, known as the “MCMR” (the Multi Centered Metropolitan Region). Houston area contains some 15 to 18 important “activity centers,” concentrations of employment, retail outlets and residences that are spread over an area of more than 10,000 square miles, larger than the entire state of New Jersey. Surveys have documented a strong preference for the option of “walkable urbanism.” Only 47% of the respondents in 2012 said they would prefer to live in “a single family home with a big yard, where you would need to drive almost everywhere you want to go.” More than half (51%) would opt instead for “a smaller home in a more urbanized area, within walking distance of shops and workplaces.” In 2013, fully half of respondents indicated an interest in living in “an area with a mix of developments, including homes, shops and restaurants.” Areas like Sugar Land and Pearland are providing this alternative, Klineberg said. In the course of the next 20 years, the Houston-Galveston Area Council forecasts that Harris County will add another one million residents, and another

Next, Michael Schiff presented the plan on the proposed Brazos River Park, Phase II. This included a lake for Dragon Boat races, at a cost of $3.7 million. The total project cost for the Brazos Park, including access road and parking is $13.3 million. Heineman presented the plan on connecting existing hike and bike trails at a total cost of $9.2 million. The Ditch H trail, including the U.S. 59 underpass would cost about $6 million. The hike and bike trail would be 10-footwide, concrete pavement. Finally, the 52-acre festival site would include a 32-acre site for the festival itself. It will have an 80-foot road and a 65-foot access drive. There will be no structure on this site. Preparing

$16,802,491 $13,379,200 $9,213,765 $5,929,200 $4,672,715 $49,997,371 the ground, building parking lots and access roads and laying water lines and power lines would cost about $6 million. Suggestions for permanent restrooms were ruled out because the existing terms agreement with the University of Houston regarding the site usage, excludes any permanent structure on the site. The city plans to implement the new park projects over five years and the potential impact on the debt service tax rate is likely to be about 5 cents per $100 property valuation. The next steps are acceptance of the recommendations by city council (July 16) and a public hearing on Aug. 6, following which city council is expected to call for a bond election on Aug. 20.

Council votes 5-2 on apartments town center would enhance the quality of life in the community and the city even removed a golf course to accommodate more businesses, she said. Bailey also expressed concern that the proposed apartments, being built across the street from Hightower High School would have a major impact on the attendance boundary. The transient nature of apartment residents would not help create a cohesive community, she said. Rosenthal also echoed Bailey’s sentiments regarding the potential impact on Hightower High school if the apartments are built. Mayor Allen Owen engaged in a lengthy exchange with Bailey and Rosenthal and sought to educate them on the issues and concerns they raised. Such dialogues are unusual during public comments. A town center is planned elsewhere in the vicinity, Owen said. Missouri City has 88 percent of the people living in their own homes and only 3.8 percent live in apartments. In Sugar Land, 11 percent live in apartments, Owen said. Allfrey, who has been spearheading a campaign against the apartments, began his angry remarks by accusing the mayor of “bullying” the two school board trustees. “You are talking down on these people. I get offended. I don’t appreciate it,” Allfrey said. Councilman Don Smith asked Allfrey not to yell. Allfrey said the hundreds of apartments proposed would burden law enforcement as the city is already 30 police officers short. Ten years from now the city will have run down apartments, af-

fecting home values, he said. “We want high income individuals living here,” he said. “Quail Valley residents have everything they want; the rest of the city does not,” Allfrey said. Councilman Robin Elackatt said he listened to his constituents and they did not want the apartments. Apartments should not be built merely to support a shopping center, he said. Also, the city has a shortage of police officers, he said. He praised the development in Sugar Land and wanted Missouri City to emulate it. He described the land under discussion as one of the last remaining major piece for development. He voted against the proposed change of zoning. Councilman Jerry Wyatt, who has never before voted for apartments in Missouri City, citing all the misinformation, decided to change his mind and voted for the apartments for the first time. Councilman Danny Nguyen, who voted previously for the project, changed his mind saying the project would not contribute to economic development or improve the quality of life. Yolanda Ford, who took office Monday night as Dist. A councilwoman, replacing Bobby Marshall, cast her vote in favor of the project, with Owen, Wyatt, Smith and Councilman Floyd Emery. Four weeks ago, during the first reading, Wyatt and Elackatt voted against the project. Two weeks ago, when the item came up for a second and final reading, Elackatt tagged it. This gave an opportunity for the opposition to organize.


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News Missouri City adopts revised emergency services fee By BARBARA FULENWIDER Missouri City councilmen at a recent council meeting approved revising some of the fees the city will charge for emergency response services provided by the fire department. They adopted the resolution to charge fees only for certain fire department services in March in order to recoup a part of the costs. After council approved adoption of the fees, they told staff to wait 60 days before charging them in order to evaluate the program. During March and April the program was evaluated and Fire Chief Russell Sanders told council the fire department responded to a total of 836 incidents. Forty-eight of those, he said, were in the cost recovery program. Additionally, the department responded to 16 vehicle accidents at which no one was injured. Sanders said many of the vehicle accidents were handled by a single fire engine because a command vehicle wasn’t necessary. He told council that the city could have invoiced $25,950 during those two months and conservatively recovered $10,380, after the fee from the billing company was taken out of the total. What council approved at Sanders’ request was reduce the number of fee tiers from four to three by moving all vehicle accidents from Tier II to Tier I. The fee for a Tier I event is $500. The events and fees charged in the other two tiers were not changed. Sanders also told council that fees would only be assessed for motor vehicle accidents if the fire department examines a person for injuries, treats a person for injuries, mitigates a minor hazardous materials spill caused by a vehicle and does not require a hazardous materials response team, responds to the collision of a motor vehicle with a pedestrian, illegal burning and a motor vehicle fire. No fee will be charged for motor vehicle accidents where the fire department takes no actions. Tier II events are extricating someone from a motor vehicle collision and a collision involving a vehicle and a building. The fee for those services is $1,000 per response. Tier III events include a motor vehicle collision that results in a fatality and an event requiring a specialized team other than the hazardous materials team. Events in Tier III cost $2,000 each. Other events Missouri City will charge an itemized fee for are a pipeline leak, an event requiring people to shelter in place or evacuate and one that requires a response by a hazardous materials team. The fees associated with these events range from $75 to $500 an hour for use of fire department apparatus. If any equipment has to be replaced those fees are also itemized and start at $6 for Latex gloves and go to $535 for a 100-foot section of five-inch fire hose. There are more itemized fees for replacing rescue and protective equipment and for inspecting, cleaning and decontaminating protective equipment. Background information to council says the estimated annual revenue expected from the city’s new fee recovery program is $50,000. The fire chief said the conservative figure of $50,000 is based on a 50 percent collection rate. The collections will be man-

aged by a third party company hired by the city. Questions Sanders said his department has received from residents during the two-month evaluation included asking who will get the invoice for costs associated with emergency services provided. The answer is the atfault party’s insurance company will get an invoice. No resident will receive an invoice. If an insurance company refuses to pay the charges billed, no further collection action will be taken. Residents also asked if the city will open a claim on anyone’s insurance and Sanders said, “No. The only time cost recovery will be sought is if a claim has been opened by another party.” Sanders also said that an individual’s insurance premium is not likely to be increased if they are involved in an accident and their insurance company receives a bill. The fire chief told council, “Research shows that insurance providers have not increased premiums based on cost recovery programs but rather on at-risk driving habits and behavior. Currently, most liability insurance covers the fee.” Sanders also told council that in 2012 the Missouri City Fire Department responded to 5,036 incidents and of that total, 261 met the criteria for the cost recovery program. The department also responded to 91 motor vehicle accidents that would not have resulted in an invoice being sent to the driver’s insurance company. Missouri City’s cost recovery program only involves fire department services. No fees will be charged for a police department response unless an incident requires the dive team, which includes police and fire members. Other towns in Texas that have put in cost recovery programs for emergency services include Bellaire, Georgetown, Marshall, Bryan, College Station, Channelview and Greenville. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Roesner Road East of Spring Green STD, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Obituary: Marilyn Smith Walsh Glover Marilyn Smith Walsh Glover, was born in Galveston, Texas, Galveston, County, on April 8, 1945, and placed in the care of loving parents, Melvin Sam Smith (deceased) and Viola Smith. She attended Lincoln High School in La Marque, Texas, and graduated with honors in 1963. She attended Prairie View A&M University and the University of Houston. Marilyn later embarked upon a successful business career in Human Resources at Control Data Corporation, a top 500 company. Marilyn was an active leader, a participant, and an advocate for women and children in Fort Bend County for more than two (2) decades. She served as President of the YMCA Board of Directors; Vice President of the Board for the Fort Bend Independent School District; Board member for the Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, Fort Bend Family Health Center, Child Advocacy Board, and past President of the Advisory Council for Child Advocates of Fort Bend County. She was the first recipient of the “Partners in Courage” award given by the State of Texas for volunteer dedication. She served in many other capacities in Fort Bend County. She was politically active at the local, state, and national levels serving in various positions such as State Convention Delegate, Senatorial Convention Delegate, and other notable positions. Marilyn Smith Walsh Glover peacefully entered into God’s care and eternal rest on June 27, 2013. Left in God’s care to cherish her memory and to continue her legacy is a devoted and loving husband, Albert Glover; sons, Calvin Glenn Smith, Bertram Glover, and Brian (Shirlette) Glover; her mother, Ms. Viola Smith; one sister, Rose Marie Bell; and brothers, Melvin (Helen) Smith, and James Smith; grandchildren, Maya Glover, Calvin Glenn Smith II, Cameron Samuel Smith; a godson, Adrian Taylor, a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. Her father, Melvin Sam Smith, a daughter, Akua Walsh, and a grandchild, Trenton Lavais preceded her in eternal rest. Visitation 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Windsor Village UMC, 6000 Heatherbrook Drive, Friday, July 5, 2013. Interment, Houston Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Fort Bend Women’s Center or to Fort Bend Child Advocate. Arrangements provided by McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home, Inc., 4918 Martin Luther King Blvd., 77021, 713-6597618.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plan for Fort Bend ISD Hodges Bend Middle School to install unprotected crosswalk at the intersection of Hodges Bend Drive and April Falls Trail crossing April Falls Trail and install “No parking during school zone times” signs on the east side of Hodges Bend Drive, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. RFP 13-072 – BUS WRAPS FOR TRANSIT VEHICLES A pre-RFP conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:00PM (CST). The pre-RFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Public Transportation Department located at 12550 Emily Court, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Following the pre-RFP conference vehicle site visits will be held at both Emily Court and 1809 Eldridge. All vendors are encouraged to attend; this is the only day that will be scheduled for vehicle viewing. Detailed unit pricing is required. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

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Notice of Public Hearing Release for Public Review and Comment City of Sugar Land Annual Action Plan For Use of CDBG Funds A public hearing will be held to give all Sugar Land residents an opportunity to voice opinions on the Annual Action Plan for the use of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and proposed projects for the upcoming program year. We would like to hear your comments on how we should prioritize programs for the coming year and how we plan to spend CDBG funding. Each year, the City of Sugar Land drafts an Annual Action Plan that prioritizes the use of CDBG funds. A draft of the Annual Action Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning June 24, 2013 through July 23, 2013. The draft plan may be found on the City website www.sugarlandtx.gov and in the Office of the City Secretary, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. In addition, the City will host a public hearing to further explain the CDBG process and solicit comments and feedback from residents concerning the proposed activities. Comments will be taken into consideration for any changes to the draft plan before submittal to HUD. All attendees are invited to speak on the subject of CDBG at the public hearing on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:00 PM Imperial Park Recreation Center 234 Matlage Way Sugar Land, Texas 77478 Residents may also send comments to the City of Sugar Land Community Development Department, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 or P.O. Box 110, Sugar Land, Texas 77487 0110. Residents may also fax their comments to the City at (281) 275-2771. All comments must be received by the end of the comment period on July 23, 2013 in order to be considered and included within the City’s Annual Action Plan. CDBG Program Background The national objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate-income persons. Eligible activities include but are not limited to: public facility construction and improvements; handicapped accessibility; operational funding for non-profit agencies servicing primarily low and moderate income persons; rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing; housing development assistance; enforcement of city codes; clearance and demolition; infrastructure improvements; business development and job creation activities. Not less than 70% of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons. Fair Housing Issues The Public Hearing will also be a forum regarding input on fair housing and related issues. Citizens with suggestions and/or concerns will be provided opportunity to voice those issues during the last portion of the public hearing. Note: In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, this facility is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive services must be made at least 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact Stacie Henderson at (281) 275 2170 or by FAX at (281) 275-2771.

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Opinion AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOODS Quail Valley: More Golf Stories By CAROLYN BOWDEN PGA TOURNAMENT 1973-74 PRO AM: In the 1950’s Mack Dougherty bought property in Missouri City. He built a house for his family and a barn and stables for his quarter horses. The reputation of Dougherty and his daughter were renowned for their ability to train horses and their riders for competition at rodeo events throughout the state of Texas and beyond. In the late 1960’s he sold the majority of his property to the developer of Quail Valley Subdivision. He kept the acreage where he had built a larger home for his family and the buildings, stables and corral used for horse training. When the golf course was built, the Hole # 18 on the El Dorado Course was a “stone’s throw” from their property. The day of the PRO AM his daughter, Roann, and his granddaughter, Scarlet, (age 7) rode their horses up to the course and remained seated on their horses which gave them a good view to watch the tournament. One of the celebrities, while waiting to resume play, walked over to Scarlet and asked: “Do you know who I am?” (Assuming that since he was a film star in many western movies and she was on horseback, he thought she would be excited to meet a movie star that played a cowboy.) Scarlet thought for a minute and then replied: “Yes, a golfer”. Everyone within hearing distance got a big chuckle out of it…..including the actor. The golf attire worn by the celebrities, at times, was out of the ordinary. For example, Bum Phillips, head coach of the Houston Oilers Football Team, had unique golf shoes that were a pair of boots with cleats on them. On one of the holes, there was an elderly lady watching the play who was surprised to see a player with long hair

Bowden and dressed in shabby clothes. She asked her son: “Who is that and why would they allow a caddy to dress that way?” Her son answered: “Mom, that is the Country Western singer, Willie Nelson.” BICENTENNIAL GOLF CART: Privately owned golf carts were allowed. Many residential garages were designed to store a golf cart. There was a fee charged by the Golf Course which the owners had to pay in order to use their “personal” carts. In 1976 a golfer bought a golf cart and she paid $1976.00 for it. She always called it her “Bicentennial” cart. (I wonder if it was painted red, white and blue?) FOURTH OF JULY GOLF SCRAMBLE: After golf one day several gals were sitting around talking in the Ladies’ locker room. The idea of a Fourth of July couples’ scramble was brought up. There were teams of 4 in each group. The day would start with a Bloody Mary “Contest”. This is how the contest worked: Four individuals would volunteer to mix up a Bloody Mary recipe and bring it in a pitcher. A fifth member of the scramble would volunteer to be the JUDGE and select the winning recipe. The person who won the contest got a little stuffed gorilla which was kept by the contest winner until the next year when

it was passed on to that year’s winner. The “Host Home” for the breakfast and the ”Host Home” for the dinner remained the same through the years. Both meals were a “covered dish”. After breakfast the group “paraded” to the golf course in decorated golf carts using a patriotic theme. After golf, the group got together for dinner. In the beginning the host home was one which had a pool. As the members got older, the pool became less important! The group remained active for 25 years! THE GOLF “HORSE RACE”: The “Can-Can” golf tournament was just lots of fun for participants and spectators. At one of the tournaments a couple was watching the” Horse Race”. This is where two competing teams play what is called a “shootout” because they have the same score. (For non-golfers this is known as a “play-off”) By this time sun light is fading. To help the players, everyone lined up their golf carts so that their cart lights gave light to the #18 green. That way the teams could see to finish. There were probably 200 people in golf carts watching the play, laughing, drinking, and “catcalling.” A man’s wife turned to him and said: “if we could bottle and sell this “atmosphere,” Quail Valley would be so popular that there would be no houses available for sale.” Those days are missed, along with, the camaraderie of the Quail Valley Country Club members. Contributions to this column courtesy of Roann (Cartwright, Stoner) Crawford, Bill Wright, Martha McDonald and Wayne Stevens. NEXT COLUMN: (July 17th) Quail Valley – Miscellaneous “One” Write to: CVBNeighbors@ aol.com about this column

Back to School Back Pack Supply Drive Each year, Women’s Council of Realtors, Fort Bend partners with a non profit organization to provide appropriate school age supplies to deserving families in the community. Sometimes the only difference between an A+ student and a failing student is having basic supplies to do homework and participate in class. We are asking you to help a child in need get off to a great start for the NEW School Year! Ways you can help: Bring your supplies or dona-

tions to WCR Fort Bend Luncheon Date: July 11, 2013 Place: Churrascos 1520 Lake Pointe Pkwy Sugar Land, TX 77478 Time: 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Cost: Members $10.00: Guest $15.00 RSVP: wcrfortbend@gmail. com Send your donations to: Thomasine Johnson 2700 Lake Olympia Pkwy Missouri City, TX 77459 Donations will be accepted

from now until July 18, 2013. Please note that all checks are to be made payable to Fort Bend Women’s Center. School Supply Wish List includes: Back Packs, Binders, Colored Pencils, Construction Paper, Dividers, Folders, Glue, Notebook Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Spiral Notebooks, Pens and Pencils etc… If you have any questions or need additional information you may contact community service. Thomasine Johnson Missouri City

Skeeters win first half Freedom Divison championship With an all-time best firsthalf record of 47-23, the Sugar Land Skeeters have officially clinched an Atlantic League postseason playoff spot and been named first half Freedom Division Champions. The title marks the first-ever playoff berth for the young franchise in just its second season as a part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Despite the movement of five members from the club’s roster to Major League organizations in 2013, the Skeeters established a new Atlantic League record for wins in a first half with a 47-23 record. The previous record for wins in a first half was held by the Lancaster Barnstormers (45-25) in 2012, while the record for most wins in any half was set by the Atlantic City Surf (48-22) in 2001. Atlantic League Divi-

sion Series play will begin the week of September 16, with the Skeeters hosting two games at Constellation Field on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Should the Skeeters advance further into the playoffs, the Atlantic League Championship Series will take place the week of September 23. Fans are encouraged to continue checking the Skeeters website for updated information on the League’s playoff schedule. The Skeeters organization will also announce on-sale dates for playoff tickets in the coming weeks, giving fans the most opportunity to secure their seats in witnessing Sugar Land baseball history. For more information about the Atlantic League, the Sugar Land Skeeters or how to purchase tickets, visit the team’s website at www.sugarlandskeeters.com or call the Skee-

ters ticket office at 281.240. HITS. The Sugar Land Skeeters, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the-art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land – just 20 minutes from downtown Houston. The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 15 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.

LETTERS

Opposition to apartments grows in Missouri City Dear Fort Bend Leaders Missouri City needs your help. On July 1 our Council will have the opportunity to Vote on the apartments at Hwy 6 and the Fort Bend Tollway. This topic has many residents concerned. Residents are organizing, the Lake Olympia HOA has a meeting set up and a heated discussion on Facebook is taking place. (Missouri City Concerns) I would like to provide my concerns of the proposed apartments at Hwy 6 and the Fort Bend Tollway directly to you. First and foremost this property is premium property for something better than Apartments. I am not a plan-

ner but one with common sense could envision a mixed development/ Commercial corridor. We need the revenue! Second, in general apartments are a place for temporary living and for those in transition. There is a high turnover rate and we need stability. Lastly no matter what the rent is today Apartments eventually decline. Fort Bend Leaders if approved, we as Missouri City residents know our leadership will not hire more Officers or Firefighters to protect and serve this complex. We as Missouri City residents know that our leadership will abate taxes and give away the farm to appease the developers.

We as Missouri City residents/FBISD tax payers will continue to carry the tax burden because the City’s mode of business is to abate thru tax incentives. Fort Bend leaders, we have a problem here. We have become a senior living hub, just google Assisted living with zip-code 77459. Our Golf Course continues to lose money. Our leaders have yet to address aging infrastructure and your constituents need your help. Please reach out to key stakeholders, rather than waiting on us to reach out to you, and promote the vote for a better idea at this Corridor.

To Missouri City City Council: Something exciting is going on. Your constituents are listening; your constituents are paying attention to what is going on in their City, not yours. Thru Social media we are able to stay engaged and come together for a common cause. Based on some recent posts on Facebook it appears that we have a litmus test that has been implemented, a leader and opponent to apartments in Jerry Wyatt and Robin Elackatt who is seeking public input. Thank you Mr. Wyatt for consistently Voting against Apartments and Robin for asking the public! The general consensus from my neighbors and close

friends is -why Apartments and can we do better? I personally think we can do better but that has to come from the top with a strong City Manager and a Mayor that can lay out a vision and a plan. My fear is that decisions are being made at a higher level and not at the resident level. Historically the common thread to your campaigns have been that of a contribution by Johnson development and developers. Hopefully this is not the case for this project and the

feedback you are receiving from your constituents will overrule. On July 1 many of us will be at kid activities and or at the dinner table with our families but you will be making a decision that will impact our City, our Schools and ultimately our kids and their future. Please look past the developer and think about the Show Me City and the people that live here. Veronica Garcia

Sgt. Edward Rutherford

City of Missouri City NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Missouri City, Texas (the “City”), will hold a regular City Council Meeting, on Monday, July 15, 2013, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall Building, Second Floor, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, to conduct public hearings on the adoption of strategic partnership agreements between the City of Missouri City and Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 4 Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 5 Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 6 and Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 7 Copies of the proposed strategic partnership agreements may be obtained prior to the hearings from the City Secretary’s office, City of Missouri City, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 281.403.8686. All residents and taxpayers of the City of Missouri City, Texas; all residents and taxpayers of Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7; and other interested persons are hereby invited to attend this and all other meetings of the City Council. /s/Maria Gonzalez City Secretary City of Missouri City mgonzalez@missouricitytx.gov 281.403.8686


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News AUTOMOBILE : Toyota Camry Hybrid

By BARBARA FULENWIDER The 2013 Camry Hybrid is a midsize sedan that achieves 43 city miles per gallon (MPG). For 2013 it gained a new soft-touch material on the front door panels replacing harder plastic material used in the 2012 models. The Camry Hybrid also got interior armrests that match interior color, replacing black. On models equipped with leather seats, the door panels feature new stitching accents. Other changes for 2013 include the display audio screen, which is now standard on the Camry Hybrid LE. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades. The new-generation Camry Hybrid debuted a highly revised version of the brand’s Hybrid synergy drive powertrain, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The EPA-estimated 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined ratings for the 2013 Camry Hybrid represent a more-than-30 percent boost in fuel economy compared to the original Camry Hybrid. The gain was largely due to the new hybrid powertrain, but also to lighter vehicle weight and optimized aerodynamics. Through its unique transaxle, the Hybrid synergy drive system combines output from the four-cylinder engine with a small high-torque electric motor. The system produces a combined 200 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed. The 2.5-liter engine, like the 2.4-liter it replaced, uses the Atkinson cycle (delayed intake-valve closing for an expansion ratio greater than compression ratio) to achieve maximum efficiency. The Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system on the intake camshaft enhances torque, which is greater than with the previous engine. An electric water pump, a rollerrocker type valvetrain and a variable-output oil pump help reduce internal friction, which boosts economy. A water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system helps to

ensure the lowest possible emissions at all vehicle speeds and increase fuel efficiency. The 2013 Camry Hybrid meets Advanced Technology Partial-credit Zero Emissions Vehicle standards. Because there are situations in which the gas engine in the Camry Hybrid shuts off, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically. New efficiency measures in the Hybrid synergy drive system include reducing internal losses in the transaxle, improving motor-voltage control and optimizing the regenerative braking. The proven nickel-metalhydride battery in the luggage compartment features enhanced air-cooling. Its more compact size, along with moving the DC/DC converter to the engine compartment, results in a trunk that is 2.1-cubic feet larger than in the previous-generation Camry Hybrid. Lighter overall vehicle weight also contributes to better performance and fuel economy. Lower rolling resistance tires, available for the first time in 17-inch size, also help boost fuel economy. An EV Drive mode allows the driver to operate the Camry Hybrid on the electric motor alone for up to 1.6 miles at lower speeds (below approximately 25 mph). The EV indicator illuminates when the vehicle is being propelled solely by the electric motor. A driver-selectable ECO mode optimizes throttle response and air conditioning output to prioritize maximum fuel economy. Applying the brake in the Camry Hybrid converts the electric motor to a generator that captures the kinetic energy from the still-spinning vehicle wheels, storing it in the hybrid battery pack. Putting the shifter into “B” uses regenerative braking as a form of engine braking for enhanced control on steep descents. Hill-start assist control helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when starting off on an incline when the brake pedal is released.

Exclusive exterior and interior design touches and badging differentiate the 2013 Camry Hybrid from other Camry models. A hybridexclusive instrument cluster with hybrid system Indicator and fuel consumption indicator helps the driver operate the car as economically as possible. Instantaneous fuel economy is shown with LEDs (light emitting diodes) around the outside of the average fuel economy gauge. The car’s multi-Information display graphically shows fuel economy in real time and can also show energy flow and cruising range information. Hybrid-exclusive trim is used on the instrument panel and door switch bases, upper console panels and shift knob. The Camry Hybrid also features its own exclusive seat fabric in ivory or light gray, and an exclusive leather and Ultrasuede® is also available. A three-dial Optitron gauge panel with chrome-accented outer rings provides an upscale appearance. The 2013 Camry offers heated seats as standard equipment on the Hybrid with variable temperature control. The console’s front section offers a 12V accessory connector and an easy-to-access USB/input jack port for connecting iPods and other media devices. A sliding rear console door, rather than the more traditional flip-up design, enables easier access from either front seat. All grades feature a standard 60/40 split folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity. The seats can be lowered by a remote release from the trunk area. Rear-seat side airbags are standard across the line along with an armrest with cupholders. All 2013 Camry models feature a standard Bluetooth® wireless connection for compatible hands-free phone calls, and a phone book transfer function is available. A standard USB port allows playing music and video from portable audio devices, using the vehicle sound system and available in-dash display screen, and includes full iPod® inte-

gration. The larger screen also offers a new value-driven navigation system and serves as a portal for Entune®, Toyota’s new multimedia system. An available HD Radio system enables CD sound quality from digital FM broadcasts, and has features that maximize analog and AM broadcast sound quality. The system includes HD Radio with iTunes® tagging and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™. The top-of-the-line audio is equipped with a new seveninch Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune®and JBL. This system offers a new split-screen feature that allows for simultaneously displaying navigation and audio information. Camry also offers the JBL GreenEdge™ audio system that combines an eight-chan-

nel amplifier and door-mounted acoustic lens speakers. The GreenEdge™ amplifier achieves a 66-percent reduction in overall mass and a 50-percent enhancement in sound efficiency, and the speakers produce a higher sound output with the same power or less consumption of conventional models. All 2013 Camry models are equipped with 10 standard airbags: dual-stage advanced SRS front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbag. The available Blind Spot Monitor detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spots. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver using indicators on the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when there is a vehicle in

the blind spot of the driver’s intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will flash. New for 2013, the system incorporates a rear cross traffic alert, which can be especially helpful when backing out of a driveway or parking slot. In vehicles equipped with one of the display audio systems and backup camera, when the vehicle is shifted into reverse, the audio display screen shows the image of what the camera captures, along with an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space and distance to obstacles. The Camry Hybrid XLE retails for $27,670. Options on the test drive XLE four-door sedan increased the price to $34,375. A Camry XLE retails for $24,855 and with options the price increased to $29,500.

House Bill 5 changes high school testing requirements and gives more flexibility in Graduation Plans Governor Rick Perry has signed House Bill 5 into law, changing high school testing requirements and providing students with more flexibility in selecting the courses they want to take in order to earn a diploma. The new state law reduces, from the current 15 to five, the number of End-of-Course (EOC) tests that students must pass in order to graduate, and it will give students more opportunities to pursue career and vocational courses. Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael L. Williams said, “House Bill 5 dramatically revises the number of high school student assessments required for graduation as well as overall graduation plans in Texas. In the longterm, these revisions will have

a great impact on the state accountability system.” Details of that will be announced sometime in the future. In the short-term, work to transition and implement the requirements of House Bill 5 is under way at the Texas Education Agency. While my staff has already been delving into those issues, we do not yet have answers to every question. However, I anticipate formally announcing the details as quickly as possible as I continue to hear from my staff, superintendents, educators and parents on the various issues important to assuring a smooth transition,” said the TEA Commissioner. Important Changes for Summer 2013: Revised Fort Bend ISD Test-

ing Schedule for STAAR EOC Testing for July, 2013 As a result of HB 5 being signed into law, Fort Bend ISD has revised the 2013 Summer Testing Schedule. Courses that have had a change in the Summer 2013 EOC testing date and time include: Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History.* Courses not listed will not be tested because they are no longer required for graduation (English III, Geometry, Algebra II, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, World History). FBISD students affected by these changes were sent a notification about the revised testing times and locations. If students have questions, they should call their home campus for testing site information.

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NOTICE OF DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENT FOR SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL USES The City of Sugar Land City Council on June 18, 2013 adopted on second consideration City of Sugar Land Ordinance No. 1908: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER TWO, ARTICLE II, OF THE DEVELOPMENT CODE BY AMENDING SECTION 2-55 LAND USE MATRIX FOR SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL USES WITHIN THE BUSINESS OFFICE (B-O), NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS (B-1), GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2), AND RESTRICTED INDUSTRIAL (M-1) DISTRICTS.

for our mortgage loan? A. The rate will “float” until you have a contract on a property and notify your loan officer to lock . The most common rate lock period is for 30 days. However, there are various rate lock programs that your lender can offer. Anyone who is thinking of buying a home should try to do so ASAP - there is currently an upward trend for interest rates in the mortgage market. Interest rates are unpredictable.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 for replat of Grand Corner Reserves, Partial Replat No. 4, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Zachariah Savory with Andrew Lonnie Sikes Inc. at 281-561-8118 for information prior to the hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 for replat of Cinco Village Center, Section 2, Partial Replat No. 2, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Jerry Scott at Terra Surveying Co. Inc. at 713-993-0327 for information prior to the hearing.

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. RFP 13-071 – GENERAL CONTRACTOR SERVICES-FORT BEND COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE STORAGE BUILDING A Pre-RFP conference will be conducted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM (CST). The Pre-RFP conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All vendors are encouraged to attend. Lump sum pricing is required. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. RFP 13-074 – ON-SITE DRUG SCREENING DEVICES FOR CSCD Detailed unit pricing is required. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agent’s Office. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. BID 13-075 – CONSTRUCTION WATER AND SANITARY SEWER FACILITIES AT KITTY HOLLOW PARK A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

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SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR YARD SETBACK 2630 COUNTRY CLUB BOULEVARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR YARD SETBACK 602 VENICE STREET

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary

Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

AHS,CHMS WEST/NW SPECIALIST

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Said ordinance is available in the Office of City Secretary, City of Sugar Land, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, (281) 275-2730, and may be examined between the hours of 8:00 o’clock a.m. and 5:00 o’clock p.m., Monday through Friday.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 for replat of Fulbrook Section 5C, being a partial replat of Fulbrook, Section 5B, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Robert Deden with Deden Services LLC at 713-461-8822 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by,

Dianna Tate

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Any person found guilty of violating this ordinance shall be fined not more than $2,000.00 for each offense.

LEGAL NOTICE REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). All submissions will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the firms made public. Submissions received after the specified time will be returned unopened. . Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. Q13-073 P R O F E S S I O N A L ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR PLATTING SERVICES FOR WESTPARK PARK AND RIDE Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

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REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENTS, 602 VENICE STREET, LOT 17, BLOCK 2, BELKNAP SECTION NINE, IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENTS, 2630 COUNTRY CLUB BOULEVARD, LOT 16, BLOCK 12, SUGAR CREEK SECTION FIVE, IN THE ZERO LOT LINE SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1Z) DISTRICT. PURPOSE:

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 17, 2013

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 17, 2013

PURPOSE:

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Silver Ranch Section 5, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Aliana Section 1, Aliana Section 12 and Aliana Binion Lane and Reserves, Precinct 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Northwest Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Cinco Trace Drive from Roesner Road to Walden Ridge Lane STD and Ranch Point Drive North of Fry Road STD, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Katy Creek Ranch Section 8, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plan for Peek Road at Emily Park Lane for placement of an uncontrolled crosswalk on the north side of the intersection, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR YARD SETBACK 5006 KINGSLAND COURT

SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR YARD SETBACK 2830 PEPPERWOOD DRIVE

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT, 5006 KINGSLAND COURT, LOT 15, BLOCK 1, BRIDGEWATER SECTION THREE, IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) DISTRICT

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENTS, 2830 PEPPER WOOD DRIVE, LOT 24, BLOCK 9, COLONY BEND SECTION ONE, IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) DISTRICT

PURPOSE:

WHERE: WHEN:

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

PURPOSE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

WHERE:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 17, 2013

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 17, 2013

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:


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