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FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

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Official newspaper of Fort Bend County & Missouri City

County elected officials to get 3.37 percent pay raise

By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend County’s proposed 2019 tax rate is 46 cents per $100 valuation. Before adopting the tax rate commissioners court will hold public hearings on the tax rate. The first public hearing will be on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. and the second on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in the commissioners court room. The total tax rate comprises 44.47 cents of general fund property tax rate and 1.53 cents of drainage district rate. Last year’s total rate was 46.4 cents for $100 property valuation. It included 44.50 cents of general fund tax rate and 1.9 cents of drainage district tax rate. The county’s anticipated 2019 general fund tax revenue is $308.64 million, which means the county collects $6.94 million for a penny of tax rate. Similarly, the drainage district tax revenue is expected to be $13 million, at the rate of $6.9 million for every penny of tax rate. County Budget Director Pamela Gubbels is expected to file the formal 2020 budget with

the county clerk on Sept. 3 and it will be available for public inspection. The budget will also be posted on the county website at the same time. The 2020 county budget, including the drainage district, is expected to be a little more than $396 million. More than one-fourth of the budget goes to the sheriff’s department with $34.6 million for jail operations and $42 million for enforcement operation. The next highest allocation is for county libraries operating budget, $18.82 million, followed by EMS-Ambulance services accounting for $18 million. The Juvenile Probation department gets $15 million and $12 million goes to information technology. The District Attorney’s budget is $14.22 million. The County Judge’s office budget is $1.02 million, which is 18.5 percent more than last year’s budget of $863,637. Pct. 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales’ budget is $628,000, about 0.4 percent more than the previous year;

Pct. 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage’s budget is $699,000, about 3.5 percent more; Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers’ budget at $647,000 is 2.5 percent less than the previous year and Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant’s budget at $695,000 is 35.4 percent more than the previous year. All elected officials’ salary will increase by 3.37 percent. (See elected officials’ salary list on Page 3) The county judge’s proposed salary for 2020 is $145,268 plus juvenile board pay of $7,400 and drainage district pay of $2,400. The commissioners will get $138,351 each plus drainage district pay of $2,400 each. The sheriff’s pay is the same as that of the county judge, $145,268 and the county attorney’s pay is that of commissioner’s, $138,351. The Tax assessor/collector, district clerk, and county clerk get $134,892 and the county treasurer will get $131,433. The Justice of the Peace and the constable will get $121,057 each.

By SESHADRI KUMAR Attorney Scott West, the Court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem in the case of #Sugar Land 95, says Fort Bend ISD does not have the authority to re-bury the bodies without court approval. According to West, “The district has poured concrete over the earth that housed 95 people who were denied dignity and a voice. Once a 100-year dirt tomb now serves as the school’s walkways, driveways and building floor.” Scott was reacting to the statement from Fort Bend ISD that the district now intends to reinter the Sugar Land 95 in the spots from which each was exhumed. Further, West offered to waive his fees if the district’s Houston-based lawyers will waive theirs. The Texas Court of Appeals in Houston has issued a third stay order, this time staying all further proceedings in the unmarked cemetery case known as Sugar Land #95, at the Fort Bend ISD’s new school site in the Telfair subdivision of Sugar Land. The stay is in effect until the Court of Appeals rules on the merits of the District’s complaints. An expedited order staying the trial court’s third attempt to appoint a lawyer in the Sugar Land 95 case stayed any further court proceedings, according to a press release issued by the FBISD on Thursday. “It is expected that this order will prevent the judge from taking any additional action in the dismissed case,” the school district said. The District challenged the order and the potential assessment of costs to the district. The Houston Court of Appeals first stayed an order issued by Judge James Shoemake last December when the judge ordered the

“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.” -Sir William Ewart Gladstone. This quotation is in the answer filed by Scott West in the Texas First Court of Appeals to the FBISD’s writ of mandamus. See Page 3.

to serve as the Special Master, (namely Mike Elliott.) On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Houston Court of Appeals issued a third stay order, and requested briefing from Elliott as well. “We don’t understand why the court continues to appoint lawyers to a dismissed lawsuit. This is now the third time the court of appeals has stepped in to protect the District from the judge’s efforts to appoint lawyers in this case with the expectation that the district will pay their legal fees,” said FBISD Board President Jason Burdine. West said, “This is not about lawyers’ fees. It’s about honor and decency for the 95 human beings, and respect for Texas law. The district needs Court approval to re-bury these once-forgotten people. A better question is ‘Why don’t the district’s lawyers want the Court to oversee the plans to rebury the bodies?’” West offered to waive his fees if the district’s Houstonbased lawyers will waive theirs. West said, “Hopefully, the district’s lawyer’s will accept my offer to waive our fees. That will take the ‘lawyers’ fee spin’ out of the media.” Burdine further said, “The court of appeals’ rulings give us confidence that the District has correctly argued that the judge no longer has jurisdiction and that he has been acting without legal authority. Now that the court of appeals has stayed all proceedings in the trial court, the District will continue to focus its energies on honoring the Sugar Land 95 and ensuring that they are reinterred in their resting places as soon as possible, as the remains have been sitting on trays for a year. The District also looks forward to finalizing an agreement with the county that will provide a permanent memorial.” The District’s plans for See CEMETERY, Page 2

Sheriff Troy Nehls receives TABC Award

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls was honored to receive the prestigious 2019 Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Bert Ford Commendation during the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Conference in San Antonio on July, 30, 2019. Each year the TABC Bert Ford Award recognizes only one of the 254 Sheriffs in Texas. “We’re big believers in recognizing law enforcement leaders who exemplify the ideals of partnership and public safety,” said Bentley Nettles, Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. “Sheriff Troy Nehls has proven to be an outstanding advocate for the TABC. He requires vendors to take educational and safety

Robert Saenz, Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and Sheriff Troy Nehls. training related to the sale/ service/delivery of alcohol to ensure it doesn’t fall into the hands of minors or intoxicated patrons during community events,” added Nettles.

“I’m truly honored to receive this award. I appreciate the work TABC does to ensure those that sell and consume alcohol do so responsibly,” said Sheriff Nehls.

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Attorney challenges FBISD on Sugar Land 95

appointment of a lawyer to serve as a court master in the case. Thereafter, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill clarifying that Judge Shoemake indeed had authority to appoint the Special Master, contrary to the district’s position with the court of appeals, West said. The district had no means to appeal or complain regarding the Governor’s clarification of Texas law. The district attempted to dismiss the lawsuit by filing a “notice of nonsuit” on July 25, 2019. On July 26, 2019, Judge Shoemake signed the order appointing attorney West to serve as a guardian ad litem for the rights of the Sugar Land 95. In a briefing filed with the court of appeals, the district’s lawyers cited legal authority providing that the judge no longer has jurisdiction over the dismissed case and that his order was void and of no legal effect. On August 5, 2019, the court of appeals for the second time issued an order staying the judge’s attempt to appoint a lawyer to the case. The Court of Appeals will rule on the merits of the district’s complaints after responsive briefing is filed. The day after the court of appeals issued its second stay order, the judge signed a third order of appointment, this time reappointing the same lawyer that he previously appointed

Riley Masek and mom Patti Masek Riley Masek, daughter of OakBend Medical Center’s Patricia Masek, completed her project to receive her Silver Award from the Girl Scouts. Riley, a member of Troup 17445, put together 115 packages to be given to newborns at OakBend Medical Center. These packages included a knitted hat along with a placard that hangs from the rearview mirror stating “Remember your valuable little one” on one side and “If you see a baby or child in an unattended car please call 911” on the reverse side. Additionally, there is a card included for parents to put on their keychain to remind them to check the backseat for children or pets. On average, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. According to the Girl Scouts, the Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, giving the Cadette a chance to do big things and make her community better in the process. To earn this award, the minimum time the Girl Scout should dedicate to her project is 50 hours. Riley spent approximately 150 hours on her project. Riley has been in Girl Scouts since she was in Kindergarten

Baby Juliana Kristina Argueta receives the first hat. and is now in her 10th year. Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the most Her dedication to her community and to Girl Scouts prestigious award that Girl will take her far. Next, during Scout Seniors and Ambassadors her junior year in High School, can earn. And, Riley will no she will begin working on her doubt walk away with the Gold.

Riley Masek with her donations


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NEWS

County Judge’s initiative: Fort Bend Serves We are blessed to live in one of the most diverse and prosperous counties in America. However, the real crown jewel of our community is our people; from every background and walk of life, our residents are there for each other when times get tough. This is why I am proud to announce a new initiative: “Fort Bend Serves.” This event will be on August 17, 2019, and will coincide with National Nonprofit Day.

From 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m, participating nonprofits across Fort Bend will showcase the activities and services they provide. Fort Bend County is home to dozens of valuable nonprofits that serve a rapidly growing and diverse community. Interested individuals, groups, and families can tour the nonprofits of their choice and visit United Way Fort Bend, which is hosting nonprofits that cannot offer tours

on the weekend. Fort Bend Serves will broadcast the invaluable services our County nonprofits offer and educate the public on the impact they have on our citizens’ lives. I encourage everyone to visit the participating nonprofits’ locations and United Way Fort Bend, and to sign up to volunteer, make a donation, and become an advocate. For a list of participating nonprofits and more informa-

tion on this initiative, please visit: https://www.fbchhs. org/social-services/fort-bendserves. From the bottom of my heart, I thank our County staff and our nonprofit partners who work tirelessly to serve our community. Because of these efforts, Fort Bend remains one of the best places in Texas to live, work, and raise a family. KP George Fort Bend County Judge

Fort Bend County Alumnae Panhellenic 2019 Scholarship Winners

Cara Coffman – Delta Gamma; Lauren Sibille - Phi Mu;

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R)

The Republican Party of Fort Bend County, Congressman Pete Olson & Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers convey their best wishes on the occasion of India’s 73rd Fort Bend County Pct. 3 Independence Day on Aug. 15. Commissioner Andy Meyers

Katie Hyde – Kappa Delta; Colleen Janecek – Delta Gamma. The Fort Bend County went to Lauren Sibille, a Alumnae Panhellenic is member of Phi Mu at Texas pleased to announce its 2019 Christian University. Lauren Scholarship Winners. is a threetime scholarship This year the club awarded winner. • Katie Hyde, a member $3,000.00 in scholarship money to 4 young women of Kappa Delta at Texas A & from the community who are M University was awarded a all outstanding members of scholarship for $750.00. • Colleen Janecek, a their respective NPC Sorority member of Delta Gamma at chapters. Outgoing Panhellenic Co- Texas A & M University was President, Susan Mallios awarded a scholarship in the recently shared, “The amount of $500.00. Panhellenic Co-President scholarships are provided annually to college students Amy McInnis remarked, “It who complete applications in is a true pleasure to be able to the spring and are awarded support these young women as based upon merit. Funds they continue their education. to provide the awards are They are all an honor to their generated at fund raising respective chapters, national events throughout the year organizations and Fort Bend as well as through private County.” For more information donations.” The scholarship recipients about Fort Bend Alumnae Panhellenic, please go to are as follows: • The Diana Adams www.fortbendpanhellenic. Scholarship for $1000.00 org. Don’t forget to like us went to Cara Coffman, a on Facebook at Fort Bend member of Delta Gamma at Alumnae Panhellenic and follow us on Twitter @ the University of Arkansas. • The Delta Delta Delta FBpanhellenic and Instagram Scholarship in memory of at fbpanhellenic Neil Oatman for $750.00

Cemetery From page 1 reinterment are ongoing. District officials are in the process of procuring burial vessels and interment services. It is also in the process of transferring DNA samples to the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Curating the DNA samples with the UT archaeological research laboratory will allow future DNA testing that may help determine the identities of the Sugar Land 95 and their possible descendants. The District and county are also continuing to work on an agreement that would allow the District to transfer the cemetery to the county after the reinterment process is complete. As part of the agreement, the District is committed to conveying 10 acres of district property to the county for a memorial park commemorating the lives of the Sugar Land 95. The remains of the Sugar Land 95 were discovered during the district’s construction of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. The center will offer specialized courses available to all FBISD high school students, offering them a competitive advantage in preparing for their future, whether their plans include college, immediate entry into the workforce, or a combination of both. The District is also developing a student curriculum that teaches students about the district’s discovery of the Sugar Land 95 and the State of Texas’s

convict leasing program. “We are very excited about the opening of the James Reese Career and Technical Center and think the community will be thrilled with the state-ofthe art learning opportunities it offers our students,” said Jason Burdine, FBISD Board President. “We are also proud of the work our administrators have been doing in creating a curriculum about the discovery of the Sugar Land 95 and the State’s convict leasing program. It’s important for students to know this history.” Fort Bend Independent has reached out to Judge Jim Shoemake for his comments and has not yet heard back from him. Meanwhile, the litigation appears to be between the school district, the original plaintiff, and the judge. The court has inherent authority over the unmarked cemetery, but there is no one representing the 95 bodies. One would assume, the court would represent their interest and hence appointed a master, first, and a guardian, next. The school district claims, once it withdrew the case, the judge had no authority over the cemetery. The legal question here is whether the court lost its jurisdiction when the district filed a non-suit motion or should the judge affirmatively dismiss the lawsuit. The appeals court has merely issued a temporary stay and the merits of the case have yet to be decided.


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NEWS

Attorney West rebuts FBISD’s claims; shows district court has still jurisdiction in Sugar Land 95 case

By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend ISD’s ‘Nonsuit’ did not divest the District Court of jurisdiction to ensure the proper resettlement of the exhumed bodies and the district court has a continuing duty to oversee the reinterment of bodies exhumed by the court’s order, attorneys for Scott S. West, real party in interest in the Sugar Land 95 case, said in an answer filed on Monday with Court of Appeals for the First District in Texas. His response was to the school district’s petition challenging the appointment of a guardian and court master for the Sugar Land 95 by Fort Bend County District Judge Jim Shoemake. The law firm Hogan & Hogan from Houston is representing Scott West. (Another Real-Party-inInterest is Michael W. Elliott, court-appointed masterinchancery and his counsel on mandamus is Kristen Jernigan of Georgetown, Texas.) The court’s jurisdiction exists independently of, and survives, FBISD’s nonsuit. Here the district court’s jurisdiction is prescribed by Chapter 711 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, which confers considerable discretion on a district court to decide whether to exhume bodies; whether to remove remains from a cemetery plot; whether removal of a cemetery designation is in the public interest; whether the removal of bodies from a cemetery is in the public interest; and once exhumed, where and how bodies should be reinterred. “None of those decisions may be made by the property owner (FBISD) without the court’s approval (and, in some cases, consent by the family). To be clear, FBISD has not sought, and does not have, consent from any family member of the decedents. “ Accordingly, these decisions must be made by the district court, and it has the jurisdiction under Chapter 711 to do so, West’s attorneys argued. The Legislature has authorized district courts to designate or appoint any other person, party, court-appointed representative, or official deemed necessary in

deciding the public interest. The Legislature also enlarged the list of permissible locations in which remains that are removed from a cemetery may be reinterred. Whether exhumed bodies are to be reburied elsewhere or in the same place where they were found, in either case the district court has the authority to direct and oversee such reinterment. “FBISD has no authority to act without court approval. Conspicuously absent from this statutory scheme is any authority conferred on property owners to act without approval from a district court or family member. “Specifically, FBISD could not: remove the bodies from their graves without court order, see § 711.010; or rebury the bodies— even on its own property—once they have been removed from their graves, without court approval. “If a property owner could divest the district court of jurisdiction over exhumed bodies simply by nonsuiting its claim, the owner could effectively thwart legislative intent by acting without court approval and without regard to the public’s interests. The consequences of such a holding would be disastrous. The mere filing of a nonsuit does not completely terminate the trial court’s ability to act; it is only upon the expiration of the court’s plenary power that it loses jurisdiction. “Here, the district court has not yet signed an order of dismissal, and Relator has not asked him for such an order. “The most pressing of these questions is, of course, what should be done with 95 bodies in a storage crate sitting on a school parking lot? “Only the district court may make this decision, after deciding the best interests of the community. “The court’s resolution of that question has a very definite and practical legal effect on the property owner; on the decedents and their as-yet unidentified relatives; and on the community itself. The court retains jurisdiction to resolve these collateral, justiciable questions

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FY 2020 BUDGET FOR FORT BEND COUNTY

The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County will conduct two public hearings on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for Fort Bend County. The Public Hearings will be held before the Commissioners Court at: TIME/DATE: 5:30 PM MONDAY SEPTEMBER 09, 2019 AND 1:00 PM TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 PLACE: COMMISSIONERS COURTROOM FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE 401 JACKSON STREET, 2ND FLOOR, RICHMOND, TEXAS All interested persons have the right to give written and oral comments and to ask questions about the proposed budgets. The proposed budgets will be filed for public inspection at the Office of the County Clerk (Suite 144) 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The proposed budget will also be posted on the County’s website at www.fortbendcountytx.gov beginning Tuesday, September 03, 2019.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED FY 2020 BUDGET FOR FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT

The Drainage District Board of Fort Bend County will conduct two public hearings on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for Fort Bend Drainage District. The Public Hearings will be held before the Drainage District Board at: TIME/DATE: 5:30 PM MONDAY SEPTEMBER 09, 2019 AND 1:00 PM TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 PLACE: COMMISSIONERS COURTROOM FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE 401 JACKSON STREET, 2ND FLOOR, RICHMOND, TEXAS. All interested persons have the right to give written and oral comments and to ask questions about the proposed budgets. The proposed budgets will be filed for public inspection at the Office of the County Clerk (Suite 144) 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, September 03, 2019. The proposed budget will also be posted on the County’s website at www.fortbendcountytx.gov beginning Tuesday, September 03, 2019.

that remain after the nonsuit. “The court retains jurisdiction to resolve these collateral, justiciable questions that remain after the nonsuit.” “FBISD acknowledged that the district court’s approval was required to exhume the bodies for historical investigation. “Such exhumation was requested so that FBISD could ‘gather additional historical data regarding the FBISD Burial Site, including the sex, age, race, medical condition, and possible causes of death of the humans laid to rest at the FBISD Burial Site.’ “For this reason, the Court should lift its stay order and permit Mr. West to file his planned application for temporary restraining order, to preserve the status quo and this Court’s jurisdiction.” On June 5, 2018, the court granted FBISD’s request to exhume the Sugar Land 95. The order granting FBISD’s petition stated, in part, that “Until further order of the court, no remains or graves will be removed from the tract of real property . . . except for temporary removal for the purpose of x-ray analysis.” After laboratory testing, the bodies were placed in Conex storage trailers on the property while construction resumed. That is still the situation: the bodies of 95 humans are still “sitting in trailers” in the school parking lot. The district court held a status hearing on December 18, 2018. By then, the record reflects, FBISD knew the possible identification of at least one, and perhaps as many as twenty-one, of the bodies. One of the decedents had undergone a medical amputation that “matches up with” records in FBISD’s possession. The masterinchancery stated, “[I]t may not be DNA perfect, but I think they have a very good idea of who at least 21 of these individuals are.” The court has sought any possible information that might be used to identify the Sugar Land 95, because their descendants may have a statutory right to participate in this proceeding.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Bellaire Boulevard Street Dedication, Section 1, within Lakeview Retreat Subdivision, Precinct 2. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

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Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Mirandola Lane Street Dedication and Reserves, within Sendero Subdivision, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for River Glade Lane within Pecan Ridge at Riverstone, Precinct 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

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NOTICE OF 2019 TAX YEAR PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND A tax rate of $0.444700 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of Fort Bend County General Fund. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of Fort Bend County General Fund proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of funding Other PostEmployment Benefits (OPEB), increased operations and maintenance costs of Health and Human Services, law enforcement and other ancillary services required by the rapid growth of population in Fort Bend County. PROPOSED TAX RATE $0.444700 per $100 PRECEDING YEAR’S TAX RATE $0.445000 per $100 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE $0.428607 per $100 ROLLBACK TAX RATE $0.455017 per $100 The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Fort Bend County General Fund from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that Fort Bend County General Fund may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate. YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS: property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100 For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact: Carrie Surratt Fort Bend County General Fund tax assessor-collector 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, TX 77469 281-341-3710 Carrie.Surratt@fortbendcountytx.gov www.fortbendcountytx.gov You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate: First Hearing: August 28, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, Commissioners Courtroom, 401 Jackson Street Richmond, Texas 77469. Second Hearing: September 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, Commissioners Courtroom, 401 Jackson Street, FORTTexas BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Richmond, 77469.

This notice of proposed salaries and allowances for Fort Bend County elected officials during Fiscal

FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Year 2020 is pursuant to section 152.013 of the Texas Local Government Code. The Fort Bend

This notice of proposed salaries and allowances for Fort Bend County elected officials during Fiscal Year 2020 is County Commissioners Court will consider increasing the salaries of certain elected officials at pursuant to section 152.013 of the Texas Local Government Code. The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court regular session of the Court which will meet at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the will consider increasing the salaries of certain elected officials at regular session of the Courtndwhich will meet at Commissioners Courtroom of the Fort Bend County Courthouse at 401 Jackson Street, 2 Floor, 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Fort Bend County Courthouse at Richmond, Texas. The Elected Officials and their present and proposed salaries are listed as 401 Jackson Street, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Texas. The Elected Officials and their present and proposed salaries are follows: listed as follows:

Officials' ProposedSalaries Salaries FY2020 ElectedElected Officials’ Proposed FY2020 Adopted Proposed 2019 2020 Juvenile Drainage Annual Annual Board Board 2020 Proposed Elected Officials Salary Salary Supp. Supp. Longevity Change County Judge $140,533 $145,268 $7,200 $2,400 $0 3.37% Commissioner, Pct 1 $133,841 $138,351 $2,400 $0 3.37% $138,351 Commissioner, Pct 2 $133,841 $2,400 $960 3.37% $138,351   Commissioner, Pct 3 $133,841 $2,400 $600 3.37% $138,351   Commissioner, Pct 4 $133,841 $2,400 $0 3.37% Sheriff $140,533 $145,268 $0 3.37% County Attorney $133,841 $138,351 $120 3.37% Tax Assessor/Collector $130,494 $134,892 $0 3.37% County Clerk $130,494 $134,892 $0 3.37% District Clerk $130,494 $134,892 $0 3.37% County Treasurer $127,148 $131,433 $0 3.37% Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Pl 1 $117,110 $121,057 $0 3.37% $121,057  Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Pl 2 $117,110 $0 3.37% $121,057   Justice of the Peace, Pct 2 $117,110 $840 3.37% $121,057   Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 $117,110 $0 3.37% $121,057   Justice of the Peace, Pct 4 $117,110 $0 3.37% $121,057   3.37% Constable, Pct 1 $117,110 $0 $121,057  3.37% Constable, Pct 2 $117,110 $0 $121,057  3.37% Constable, Pct 3 $117,110 $0 $121,057  3.37% Constable, Pct 4 $117,110 $0 NOTE: Longevitypay pay Elected Officials was terminated 2007. holding All officials NOTE: Longevity forfor Elected Officials was terminated effective effective October 1,October 2007. All1,officials officeholding on office on that date were “grandfathered” at the amount they then received, and newly elected officials that date were "grandfathered" at the amount they then received, and newly elected officials will not receive longevity.will not receive longevity.


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OPINION

Trauma and grief reactions among children more apparent after Hurricane Harvey

Nearly two years after the NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on rainfall and flooding of historic LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public nd ay, hearing September 3, 2019,September at the City Council Chambers – 2Chambers Floor, –City 1522 on Tuesday, 3, 2019, at the City Council 2ndHall Floor,Building, Hurricane Harvey, Texas ChilCity Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas(FM-2234), at 7:00 p.m.

dren’s Harvey Resiliency and Program is assessPURPOSE: To receive comments or against a request by Jeremiah Asomugha OSE: To receive comments for or for against a request by Jeremiah Asomugha seeking Recovery a SUP, seeking a SUP, Specific Use Permit for an approximate 14.984 landretail restricted c Use Permit for an approximate 14.984 acre tract of land zonedacre as tract LC-1oflocal ing and treating more children as LC-1 local retail restricted andforR-3 two-family residential district center and to andzoned R-3 two-family residential districtdistrict to allow the development of a worship it did in the six to eight the development a worship to theUse extent such rezoning map than tentto allow such for rezoning deviates offrom the center Futureand Land and Character of the months immediately following deviates from Futurefor Land Use and Character map of the Comprehensive Plan, ehensive Plan, tothe provide an amendment therefrom. to provide for an amendment therefrom. the storm. OCATION: The subject site is located north of East Hampton Circle, south of Fondren Park “Currently, we’re seeing SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located north of East Hampton Circle, south of sion, east of Kathy Avenue, and west of Fondren Road. about 250 kids per month in Fondren Park subdivision, east of Kathy Avenue, and west of Fondren Road. our Trauma and Grief Center EGAL The The subject sitesite cancan bebe described SITEDESCRIPTION: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: subject describedasasbeing beingaa 11 44 .. 998844 acre tract of overall when you look at new ituated theofJames B. Murphy Texas, being out of that acre in tract land, situated in theSurvey, James B.A-581, MurphyHarris Survey,County, A-581, Harris County, called 15.055 acre tract as described in deed recorded under Clerk’s F ile No. assessments and those coming Texas, being out of that certain called 15.055 acre tract as described in deed 52 of the Official of HarrisofCounty, Texas . Records of Harris recorded underPublic Clerk’s Records F ile No. 4269652 the Official Public in for return appointments, and County, Texas . many of these children were MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available MORE information and aFriday map offrom the 8:00 subject ew FOR at City Hall,INFORMATION: Missouri City,Additional Texas on Monday through a.m.site to 4:00 impacted by Harvey,” Dr. Julie for review at City Hall, Missouri Texas on Monday through Friday ou are mayavailable call 281-403-8600 or email the City, Development Services Department-Planning Kaplow, Shannon and Mark 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 n atfrom planning@missouricitytx.gov for further information.or email the Development A. Wallace Endowed Chair in Services Department-Planning Division at planning@missouricitytx.gov for Pediatric Behavioral Health further information. at Texas Children’s Hospital, says. There are many immediate effects of a major disaster that are visible to the public eye and include infrastructure damage, flooding and public health issues, such as water contamination. The long-term psychological impacts of a major event are harder to see. In the short-term, parents and caregivers are most concerned with fulfilling survival-mode needs – restoring shelter, food and water for their families – and may not be as attuned to the mental health needs of children. As time ww.missouricitytx.gov PHONE 281.403.8600 FAX 281.208.5551 passes though, and if the effects of the traumatic event are not properly addressed, children can develop post-traumatic FORT BEND stress symptoms. Through the Harvey Resil12551 Emily Court, Sugar Land, TX 77478 iency and Recovery Program, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77478 which is part of the hospital’s Trauma and Grief Center, exwww.fbindependent.com Seshadri Kumar perts help address the mental Publisher & Editor 281-980-6745 health needs of those children Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every who survived the storm and Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend were exposed to trauma-related Independent, LLC., 12551, Emily Court, Texas 77478. risk factors that research indiPeriodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. cates are likely to predispose POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, them to long-term mental, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. emotional and physical consequences. FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The BLUE RIDGE WEST M.U.D. will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on September 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas 77489. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

Monica Rasmus, Terah Bias, Daryl Smith Jr., and Llarance Turner None None Perry Evans

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

It is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of the signs of PTSD which include the inability to sleep, nightmares, clinginess, separation distress, avoidance, and a child who refuses to talk about the event even two years later. Adults should also be mindful of their own reactions and behaviors as anxiety in caregivers will directly impact how a child copes. “Hearing about another storm coming can be a trigger. A child can recognize the look of concern or worry on a caregiver’s face and that in turn can impact how the child will react,” Kaplow says. “You can help kids feel more in control of the situation by being open and honest with them, letting them guide the conversation, and giving them choices. For instance, you can say, “It looks like a storm might be coming and it may flood, how can we help prepare together? What are some things we might need?” The Harvey Resiliency and Recovery Program uses evidence-based assessments and interventions – developed and tested at Texas Children’s – for traumatized and/or bereaved youth between the ages of 7 and 21. Through these unique evaluations and interventions, the team is able to more quickly recognize and address the needs of children who are at risk for developing PTSD and related psychological difficulties. The vast majority of kids who really need these interventions are those who had prior traumas and losses. “We know the picture is much more complex for a child when, on top of a traumatic event like Hurricane Harvey, they were previously exposed to trauma, traumatic loss and/ or severe adversity,” Kaplow adds.

Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center is one of the only health service agencies within this region of Texas that has expertise in treating both trauma and grief, and their interplay. As a result, access to care is a major area of focus. To address this substantial need, the hospital deployed Trauma and Grief Center clinicians on mobile clinics and leveraged that work to create a dedicated therapy mobile clinic. This Trauma and Grief Center mobile clinic will go to some of the more underserved schools throughout the Houston community to reach those who may not be able to seek care at the hospital. Additionally, the Trauma and Grief Center team holds large-scale trainings to equip the entire community, including school- and communitybased clinicians, with this evidence-based, trauma- and grief-informed care. “We know helping break down barriers to access is essential to reaching those vulnerable children who need us the most. This is why we are partnering with Lyft to help provide transportation to families who need it. We also cover the parking costs associated with visits for families to do what we can to decrease any additional stressors that can prevent access to mental health care,” Kaplow explains. Texas Children’s is going beyond developing assessments and treatments, and the clinicians are really focused on the long-term impact and outcomes of these children. Through measurement-based care, the team is consistently evaluating each child’s symptoms through a standardized assessment battery which includes an initial assessment, and check-ins on their symptoms every four to

six weeks to make adjustments as necessary. In addition, once a child has completed their therapy, the team brings them back six months and one year later to assess them yet again. “We know in our work with trauma and grief, we can see a resurgence of PTSD or maladaptive grief, so it’s important for us to track these kids over the longer term and intervene when necessary,” Kaplow adds. Preliminary data shows significant reductions in PTSD, depression and – for those who are grieving – a decrease in maladaptive grief over the course of their treatment. School behavior and peer relationships improved as well. The Harvey Resiliency and Recovery Program is supported by the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rebuild Texas Fund, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Meadows Foundation, JPB Foundation, Children’s Health Fund, Chevron, and Houck Family Foundation, as well as many generous individuals. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pledged an additional gift to support related Trauma and Grief efforts in Puerto Rico. Beginning this month, Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief experts will work with the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico to conduct a largescale needs assessment of the community. This will inform the dissemination of culturallysensitive, evidence-based assessments and interventions to address the ongoing mental health needs of the children impacted by Hurricane Maria and to prepare for other future disasters.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The FIRST COLONY L.I.D. #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on September 3, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at 4330 Knightsbridge Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

Ron Frerich, Christine M. Lukin and Zach Weimer None None None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year

Last Year

Total tax rate (per $100 of value) Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

$.39500/$100 $.39500/$100 Adopted Proposed

$.20000/$100 $.20000/$100 Adopted Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value Difference in rates per $100 of value

$ .00000/$100

$ .00000/$100 Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-)

Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised residence homestead value General homestead exemptions available (excluding 65 years of age or older or disabled person’s exemptions) Average residence homestead taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

This Year

This Year

0.00%

.00% $125,299

$25,060 $100,239 $395.94

Average appraised residence homestead value

$468,545

$454,565

General homestead exemptions available (excluding 65 years of age or older or disabled person’s exemptions)

$0

$0

Average residence homestead taxable value

$468,545

$454,565

Tax on average residence homestead

$937.09

$909.13

$137,305

$27,461 $109,844 $433.88

$37.94 9.58%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-)

-$27.96

and percentage of increase (+/-)

-2.98%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION

The board of directors of Blue Ridge West M.U.D. proposes to use the tax increase to provide adequate debt service on bonds issued to rehabilitate aging water and sewer infrastructure.

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

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INDEPENDENT • AUGUST 14, 2019 • Page 5

Vote, vote, vote

By FLOYD EMERY Have you ever given thought to the meaning of this word and its profound impact on how we are governed? I believe the word VOTE is an acronym for the phrase “Voice Of The Electorate.” Accordingly, unless we VOTE our voices go unheard and our goals for our neighborhood, city, state and federal governments are without voice. We have all heard the statement that one vote counts and it should not be ignored. The vote to admit Texas into the Union in 1845 was ratified when one senator changed his vote from “no” to “yes.” In 1948, one vote at the Texas Convention elected Lyndon B. Johnson US Senator over ex Gov. Coke Stevens. More locally, several positions for the Missouri City, City Council have been won or lost by less than a handful of votes. When Mark Twain commented on the importance of 1 vote he replied “A nation is only an individual multiplied.” I believe this also applies to our City and State elections. My commentary here is a call to all citizens to fulfill their civic duty to VOTE. When looking at the statistics from our recent local city elections it is obvious that we

Emery are lax or even derelict in fulfilling our responsibilities as citizens. Further, it is incumbent that we guard against APATHY or COMPLACENCY and not allow these inactions to have a negative impact on our Voter turnout. In a more direct and personal challenge, we have been given the right to elect our representatives and not to participate in this process overlooks what our country and citizens have had to endure and sacrifice to secure this right. When addressing the issue of voting, Patriotic Poet Roger W. Hancock stated “A vote not cast is a vote against your preference.” So, if we fail to exercise this right we have only ourselves to blame when conditions and events do not align with our preferences or choices. Our officials have made it efficient and straightforward to vote.

There are several methods to register to vote including an on-line option. We have early voting options at numerous local locations and absentee voting options that allow us to bypass any long lines on voting day or to vote if we should be away from our home. Expanded poll times provide a range of times that is conducive to the schedules of workers, parents and retired individuals. Bottom line, voting has been made easier and less time consuming so there is no logical reason not to vote. We are currently approaching an election to determine who will represent us at the City level. Now is the time to reverse the trend of low voter turnout, but that can only be accomplished by we the electorate. We must get involved and accept our civic responsibility by voting in the very important upcoming Missouri City November election for the four District City Council members. We must reverse the trend of low Voter turnout. (Emery is a resident of Quail Valley in Missouri City, the current Missouri City Council Member for District D and Past Board Chairman of the Houston Galveston Area Council. (H-GAC))

Master Naturalist Program--One-on-One Time with Houston’s Gardening Guru: Randy Lemmon, KTRH Garden Line Thursday, September 5 6:00 PM social, 6:30 PM program Rosenberg Convention Center, 3825 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg, TX, USA Randy Lemmon discusses Why Does It Seem That Organics Haven’t Taken Hold in this Market? And then opens the floor to all your gardening questions. His latest book will be available for purchase and signing. The Texas Master Naturalists are sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information call 281-633-7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu Free and Open to the Public Conducted by Coastal Prairie Chapter – Texas Master Naturalists Website: https://txmn.org/coastal/ FACEBOOK https:// www.facebook.com/TXMNCoastal/ CONSTABLE’S SALE Notice is hereby Given, that by virtue of a certain ORDER OF SALE Issued by the Clerk of the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, on the 6th day of AUGUST, 2019, in a certain cause number 17-DCV-241118 wherein AVALON AT SEVEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. plaintiff, and J. LUIS VARGAS AND ABELARDA ZENTENO defendant, in which cause a judgment was rendered on the 2ND day of AUGUST, 2017, in favor of the said plaintiff AVALON AT SEVEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. against said defendant J. LUIS VARGAS AND ABELARDA ZENTENO, for the sum of $6,835.15 FOR PAST DUE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS, INTEREST, REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, AND OTHER CHARGES ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY; ADDITIONAL ATTORNEY REASONABLE FEES AND COSTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00; COSTS OF COURT IN THE AMOUNT OF $328.22 AND POST JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 10% PER ANNUM ON THE TOTAL JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES AWARDED HEREIN, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID, AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $328.22, together with all costs of suit, I levied upon, and will, on the 3RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2019 within legal hours, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of J. LUIS VARGAS AND ABELARDA ZENTENO in and to the following described REAL property, levied upon as the property of J. LUIS VARGAS AND ABELARDA ZENTENO to wit: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT FOUR (4) BLOCK ONE (1), OF AVALON AT SEVEN MEADOWS, SECTION EIGHT (8), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT NO. 20070044 OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 23303 TWO HARBORS GLEN STREET, KATY, TX 77494 (PROPERTY) DATE OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 TIME OF SALE: APPROXIMATELY 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: 301 Jackson Street, William Travis Building, 1ST Floor Meeting Room in the City of Richmond, Tx 77469 TERMS OF SALE: CASH CREDIT- $0.00 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment for $6,835.15 FOR PAST DUE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS, INTEREST, REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, AND OTHER CHARGES ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY ; ADDITIONAL ATTORNEY REASONABLE FEES AND COSTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $2,000.00; COSTS OF COURT IN THE AMOUNT OF $328.22 AND POST JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 10% PER ANNUM ON THE TOTAL JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES AWARDED HEREIN, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID, AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $328.22 dollars, in favor of AVALON AT SEVEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. together with the costs of said suit, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. WAYNE K. THOMPSON Constable Pct. 3 KATY, Texas By DAVID RIVERA #1332-DEPUTY AUGUST 9, 2019

CONSTABLE’S SALE Notice is hereby Given, that by virtue of a certain ORDER OF SALE Issued by the Clerk of the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, on the 11th day of JULY, 2019, in a certain cause number 17-DCV-247356 wherein WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION plaintiff , and DANIEL COUSAR defendant, in which cause a judgment was rendered on the 29TH day of JUNE, 2018, in favor of the said plaintiff WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION against said defendant DANIEL COUSAR, for the sum of $2,160.06 AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS SECURED BY THE PLAINTIFF’S LIEN ON THE PROPERTY AS OF THE DATE THE AGREED JUDGMENT WAS FILED; REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,183.76; COSTS OF COURT IN THE AMOUNT OF $314.07, PROCESS SERVER FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $115.00, AND POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 5% PER ANNUM ON ALL AMOUNTS AWARDED IN THIS JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID., AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $314.07, together with all costs of suit, I levied upon, and will, on the 3RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2019 within legal hours, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of DANIEL COUSAR in and to the following described REAL property, levied upon as the property of DANIEL COUSAR to wit: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT SEVENTEEN (17), IN BLOCK ONE (1), OF CANYON VILLAGE AT WESTHEIMER LAKES, SECTION FOUR (4), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER PLAT NO(S), 20110142, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 11007 HAYDEN FALLS DRIVE, RICHMOND, TX 77406 (PROPERTY) DATE OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 TIME OF SALE: APPROXIMATELY 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: 301 Jackson Street, William Travis Building, 1ST Floor Meeting Room in the City of Richmond, Tx 77469 TERMS OF SALE: CASH CREDIT- $2,100.00 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judg ment for $2,160.06 AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS SECURED BY THE PLAINTIFF’S LIEN ON THE PROPERTY AS OF THE DATE THE AGREED JUDGMENT WAS FILED ; REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,183.76; COSTS OF COURT IN THE AMOUNT OF $314.07, PROCESS SERVER FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $115.00, AND POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 5% PER ANNUM ON ALL AMOUNTS AWARDED IN THIS JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID., AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $314.07 dollars, in favor of WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION together with the costs of said suit, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. WAYNE K. THOMPSON Constable Pct. 3 KATY, Texas By DAVID RIVERA #1332-DEPUTY AUGUST 9, 2019

CONSTABLE’S SALE Notice is hereby Given, that by virtue of a certain ORDER OF SALE Issued by the Clerk of the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, on the 25th day of JUNE, 2019, in a certain cause number 18-DCV-250213 wherein WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION plaintiff, and BRUCE LEVRON JR AND SARAH LEVRON defendant, in which cause a judgment was rendered on the 29TH day of JUNE, 2018, in favor of the said plaintiff WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION against said defendant BRUCE LEVRON JR AND SARAH LEVRON, for the sum of $5,506.47 AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS SECURED BY THE PLAINTIFF’S LIEN ON THE PROPERTY AS OF THE DATE MOTION FOR DEFAULT WAS FILED; REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,154.46; COSTS OF COURT AND POSTJUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 5% PER ANNUM ON ALL AMOUNTS AWARDED IN THIS JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID., AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $346.00, together with all costs of suit, I levied upon, and will, on the 3RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2019 within legal hours, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of BRUCE LEVRON JR AND SARAH LEVRON in and to the following described REAL property, levied upon as the property of BRUCE LEVRON JR AND SARAH LEVRON to wit: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT FOUR (4), IN BLOCK THREE (3), OF CANYON VILLAGE AT WESTHEIMER LAKES, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT NUMBER 20040191, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 11022 OVERLAND TRAIL DRIVE, RICHMOND, TX 77406 (PROPERTY) DATE OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 TIME OF SALE: APPROXIMATELY 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: 301 Jackson Street, William Travis Building, 1ST Floor Meeting Room in the City of Richmond, Tx 77469 TERMS OF SALE: CASH CREDIT- $0.00 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judg ment for $5,506.47 AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ON THE ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS SECURED BY THE PLAINTIFF’S LIEN ON THE PROPERTY AS OF THE DATE MOTION FOR DEFAULT WAS FILED; REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,154.46; COSTS OF COURT AND POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 5% PER ANNUM ON ALL AMOUNTS AWARDED IN THIS JUDGMENT, INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES, FROM THE DATE THIS JUDGMENT IS SIGNED UNTIL FULLY PAID., AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $346.00 dollars, in favor of WESTHEIMER LAKES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION together with the costs of said suit, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. WAYNE K. THOMPSON Constable Pct. 3 KATY, Texas By DAVID RIVERA #1332-DEPUTY AUGUST 9, 2019

Imperial Farmer’s Market: Special Sugar Land Fire Safety Demonstrations

CONSTABLE’S SALE Notice is hereby Given, that by virtue of a certain ORDER OF SALE Issued by the Clerk of the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND County, on the 7th day of JUNE, 2019, in a certain cause number 18-DCV-254930 wherein NORTH WATERFORD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. plaintiff, and MARCUS C. CHUKWU defendant, in which cause a judgment was rendered on the 5TH day of MARCH, 2019, in favor of the said plaintiff NORTH WATERFORD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. against said defendant MARCUS C. CHUKWU, for the sum of $4,349.38 FOR UNPAID MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS, ATTORNEY’S ORIGINAL FEES AND COURT COSTS ; POST-JUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 6% FROM THE DATE OF JUDGMENT UNTIL THE JUDGMENT IS SATISFIED, AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $0.00, together with all costs of suit, I levied upon, and will, on the 3RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2019 within legal hours, proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of MARCUS C. CHUKWU in and to the following described REAL property, levied upon as the property of MARCUS C. CHUKWU to wit: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT FIVE (5), BLOCK THREE (3), OF WATERFORD, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION OF 45.882 ACRES IN THE JOHN LEVERTON SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO 402, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION RECORDED IN VOLUME 26, PAGE 16, PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. SAID PLAT IS AMENDED BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER’S COURT OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, RECORDED IN VOLUME 959, PAGE 858 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ALSO KNOWN 9618 GARDEN ROW DRIVE, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77498 DATE OF SALE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 TIME OF SALE: APPROXIMATELY 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: 301 Jackson Street, William Travis Building, 1ST Floor Meeting Room in the City of Richmond, Tx 77469 TERMS OF SALE: CASH CREDIT- $500.00 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judg ment for $4,349.38 FOR UNPAID MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENTS, ATTORNEY’S ORIGINAL FEES AND COURT COSTS ; POSTJUDGMENT INTEREST AT THE RATE OF 6% FROM THE DATE OF JUDGMENT UNTIL THE JUDGMENT IS SATISFIED, AND THE FURTHER SUM OF $0.00 dollars, in favor of NORTH WATERFORD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. together with the costs of said suit, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. WAYNE K. THOMPSON Constable Pct. 3 KATY, Texas By DAVID RIVERA #1332-DEPUTY AUGUST 9, 2019

The Imperial Farmers Market, open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, is a great place to experience the great array of artisan crafts, freshly prepared meals by local chefs, and live music. The market is located at the Imperial Parks and Recreational Center at 2234 Matlage Way in Sugar Land. On Saturday August 24th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, the Sugar Land Fire Department will be providing education on the importance of fire safety and how to protect you and your family in the case of a fire, and how to prevent one from happening. This will be a great event to bring the whole family to learn about the importance of fire safety while also having the opportunity to experience a real fire truck. In addition to learning about fire safety, there will be fun filled activities for the whole family; with a live musical performance by Jan Seides. If you are interested in become a vendor or would like more information on the market, please visit our website at imperialfarmersmarket.com, or reach out by email at vendorfmi@ gmail.com.

12th Annual State of the Schools

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division will host the 12th Annual State of the Schools luncheon, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Safari Texas Ranch, located at 11627 FM 1464, in Richmond, TX. The State of the Schools luncheon brings together the Superintendents from Stafford Municipal School District – Dr. Robert Bostic, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District – Dr. Thomas Randle, and Fort Bend Independent School District – Dr. Charles Dupre, to present their plans for the future of over 110,000 students they serve in their respective districts. Join us to hear their vision and direction for our future workforce and business leaders in Fort Bend County. The luncheon is generously presented by Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. and is Underwritten by Linebarger Law Firm, LLP, LJA Engineering, Inc., Vanir Construction Management, Inc., and Wharton County Junior College. The Education Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is under the leadership of Chair, Jim Rice, Rice & Gardner Consultants. The Education Division’s passion is building awareness and connections between the business sector, community leaders, and education. By keeping its members engaged with current events impacting education on a local and national level, the division’s goal is to create opportunities for individuals to invest in education. Registration is open: Presenter Sponsor - $2,000. Underwriter Sponsor - $1,000. Corporate Table - $550. Member Reservation - $35. Prospective Member Reservation and At the Door - $45. Details of upcoming events can be found at www.FortBendChamber.com or contact Juliette Nessmith at 281-566-2161 or Juliette@fortbendcc.org.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No.134D will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Friday,September 6, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Coats Rose, P.C., 9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77046. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

S. Owen, M. Fields, C. Harris & M. Blevins

AGAINST the proposal:

(None)

PRESENT and not voting:

(None)

ABSENT: R. Hernandez The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year This Year Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

$ 1.00/$100 (Adopted)

Difference in rates per $100 of value Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) Average taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

$ 1.00/$100 (Proposed)

$0.000/$100 0.0000% $341,795

$335,895

$0 $341,795 $3,417.95

$0 $335,895 $3,358.95

- $59.00 -1.7262%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.


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FORT BEND COUNTY LEVEE IMPROVEMENT DIST. NO. 2 Third Storm Water Pump Station-Bid Package No. 3 INVITATION TO BIDDERS

Sealed Bids, in duplicate, addressed to Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2, Attention Mr. Andre McDonald, President, Board of Directors, will be received at the office of AECOM, 19219 Katy Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77094, until 2 p.m. Local Time, September 30, 2019, and then publicly opened and read for “Third Storm Water Pump Station Bid Package No. 3” for Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2, Fort Bend County, Texas. Scope of Work of the Contract covers construction of a third stormwater pump station including: (a) concrete intake structure, weir, slide gates, operation deck; (b) concrete bar screen and wet well structure with divider and baffle walls; (c) pump, electrical, and storage rooms with associated HVAC and architectural elements; (d) purchase and installation of mechanical bar screens; (e) purchase and installation of electrical equipment required for pump and bar screen operation, site lighting, and operation of all ancillary equipment; (f ) coordination of installation and testing of stormwater pumps with pump and motor vendor, Engineer, and Owner; (g) concrete outfall structure and energy dissipation structure; and (h) all civil site work associated with the construction above.. Bids received after the closing time will be returned unopened. A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on August 21, 2019, at 10 a.m. Local Time, at the storm water pump station site, 4435 Greystone Way, Sugar Land, Texas. Attendance by each prospective bidder or its representative at the pre-bid conference is MANDATORY. Each Bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond or a certified or cashier’s check, acceptable to the Owner, in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount Bid, as a guarantee that the successful bidder will enter into the Contract and execute the Bonds on the forms provided, and provide the required insurance certificates within seven (7) days after the date Contract Documents are received by the Contractor. Copies of the bidding documents may be obtained from www.CivcastUSA.com: search Third Storm Water Pump Station. Bidders must register on this website in order to view and/or download drawings and specifications for this Project. There is NO charge to view or download documents. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids and to waive all defects and irregularities in bidding or bidding process except time of submitting a Bid. The Successful Bidder, if any, will be the responsible Bidder which in the Board’s judgment will be most advantageous to the District and result in the best and most economical completion of the Project. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Walnut Creek, Section 25, Precinct 1.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Fairpark Village, Section 9, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Submitted by,

Submitted by,

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Sunrise Meadow Drive within Sunrise Meadow Sections 4 and 5, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Tamarron, Section 26, Precinct 3.

Submitted by,

Submitted by,

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION

TO ANTHONI JEROME TERRELL 3326 KALE RANCH KATY TX 77494 You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being September 02, 2019 a default judgment may be taken against you. The case is presently pending before the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas. It bears cause number 18-DCV-251526 and is styled: State of Texas vs. $2,300 U.S. Currency The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: MARK LAFORGE ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY 301 JACKSON ST RICHMOND TX 77469 281-633-7638 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows towit: WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, PETITIONER PRAYS THAT THIS PETITION BE CONSIDERED AN ORIGINAL NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND INTENDED FOREFEITURE AND THAT CITATION ISSUE TO THOSE PARTIES AS SET OUT IN THIS PETITION; THAT UPON HEARING THIS COURT FIND THAT THE $2,300.00 US CURRENCY IS CONTABAND AS DEFINED IN THE TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, ARTICLE 59.01 (2) AND THAT THE COURT ALLOW FORFEITURE OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO THE STATE OF TEXAS BY AND THROUGH THE OFFICES OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS AGENT FOR THE STATE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS LOCAL AGREEMENTS, SUBJECT ONLY TO ANY INTEREST OF THE BONA FIDE HOLDER OF THE PERFECTED LIEN OR PERFECTED SECURITY INTERESTS ON SAID CONTRABAND AND THAT THE PROPERTY BE DISPOSED OF PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 59.06 OF THE TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND ALL COSTS BE TAXED AGAINST CLAIMANT IN THIS CAUSE AND FOR SUCH OTHER RELIEF AT LAW AND IN EQUITY AS THE PETITIONER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond,Texas on this the 17th day of July, 2019. DISTRICT CLERK BEVERLEY MCGREW WALKER FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Physical Address: 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 31004 Richmond, Texas 77469 Mailing Address: 301 Jackson St., Room 101 Richmond, Texas 77469 Deputy District Clerk Autumn Dolnik (281) 233-3279

The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

INSURANCE New Texas law regarding insurance deductible rebating for home repairs fraud unit that meets with local officials after a disaster and explains steps they can take to protect residents from contractor scams. One selling point some contractors often use is offering to waive or absorb the homeowner’s deductible. The contractor then may cut corners, use lower quality products, or inflate the bill sent to the insurance company to cover the difference. It is illegal for contractors or roofers to offer to waive a deductible or promise a rebate for all or part of a deductible. Waiving insurance policy deductibles has been common place in Texas since 1989 and came about as the result of a poorly worded statute passed that same year that contractors have basically ignored. Some homeowners were lured into signing contracts with the contractors based on promises, for example, of a “free repair.” And then, homeowners as insurance

By BASIL HOUSEWRIGHT A new law in Texas that goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2019 makes it clear that it’s illegal for a contractor or roofer to waive an insurance deductible, according to the state insurance department. After a major storm, contractors including some scam artists, are quick to arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, many times this leads to shoddy repairs, fake contracts, and other problems. The Texas Department of Insurance created a special PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Bonbrook Plantation North, Section 13, Section 14, and Bonbrook Plantation South, Section 10, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Submitted by,

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

City of Missouri City DEVELOPMENT SERVICES - PLANNING DIVISION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The1522 City Council of Missouri City will hold a public TEXAS PARKWAY of the City MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489 hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by Cynthia Ramirez, STOA Architects to zone a property from LC-2, local retail district and SUP, Specific Use LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the of MissouriDevelopment City will hold aDistrict public hearing Permit No. 40 (Ordinance O-0133) to City PD, Planned to allowon Monday, September 3, 2019, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 for a unified development to include independent living and assisted living; and Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. to the extent such zoning deviates from the Future Land Use and Character map of the Comprehensive Plan, to for provide for an amendment therefrom. PURPOSE: To receive comments or against a request by Cynthia Ramirez, STOA Architects to

zone a property from LC-2, local retail district and SUP, Specific Use Permit No. 40 (Ordinance O-0133) to PD, Planned Development District for a unified to include independent SITE LOCATION: The subject siteto isallow located northdevelopment of the Enclave residential living and assisted to the extent YMCA, such zoning deviates Land Use and subdivision andliving; Fortand Bend Family south and from westthe of Future the Brightwater Character map of the Comprehensive Plan, to provide for an amendment therefrom.

residential subdivision and east of Plantation Park residential subdivision.

SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located north of the Enclave residential subdivision and Fort SITEFamily LEGALYMCA, DESCRIPTION: The ofsubject site canresidential be described as being Bend south and west the Brightwater subdivision and all eastofofReserve Plantation Park residential subdivision. A, Southminster at Brightwater Section 2 according to the map or plat thereof

recorded instrument number 20070151 of the Official Public Records of Fort Bend

SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being all of Reserve A, County, Texas. Southminster at Brightwater Section 2 according to the map or plat thereof recorded instrument number 20070151 of the Official Public Records of Fort Bend County, Texas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site

are MORE available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Fridayfor FOR INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available review City a.m. Hall, Missouri on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 fromat8:00 to 4:00 City, p.m.Texas You may call 281-403-8600 or email thetoDevelopment p.m. You may Department-Planning call 281-403-8600 or email the Development Services Department-Planning Division Services Division at planning@missouricitytx.gov for at planning@missouricitytx.gov for further information. further information.

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

DISTRICT CLERK BEVERLEY MCGREW WALKER FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Physical Address: 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 31004 Richmond, Texas 77469 Mailing Address: 301 Jackson St., Room 101 Richmond, Texas 77469 Deputy District Clerk Ashley Alaniz (281) 633-7616

City of Missouri City NOTICE OF PUBLIC- HEARING DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PLANNING DIVISION LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, 1522 TEXAS PARKWAY MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489 City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by Mary Villareal, NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Interfield Group to zone an approximate 14.11 acre tract of land from SD, suburban district to LC-3, retail district; and to the extent such zoning deviates LOCATION/DATE: CityUse Council the City ofmap Missouri CityComprehensive will hold a publicPlan, hearing from the FutureThe Land and ofCharacter of the to on Monday, 3, 2019, at therefrom. the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 provideSeptember for an amendment Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m.

SITE LOCATION: Thecomments subject site is against locateda south Vicksburg Boulevard and State PURPOSE: To receive for or requestofby Mary Villareal, The Interfield Group to Highway 6, east of theacre Oakwick Estates and west of atoFirestone zone an approximate 14.11 tract ofForest land from SD, suburban district LC-3, retailComplete district; and to Auto Care. the extent such zoning deviates from the Future Land Use and Character map of the Comprehensive Plan, to provide for an amendment therefrom. SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being a 14.11 acre

SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located south of Vicksburg Boulevard and State Highway 6, east tract out of a 49.4061 acres (called 50 acres) recorded in Volume 263, page 389, of the Oakwick Forest Estates and west of a Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Fort Bend County Deed Records, located in Moses Shipman League, A-86, Fort

Bend County, Texas. SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being a 14.11 acre tract out of a 49.4061 acres (called 50 acres) recorded in Volume 263, page 389, Fort Bend County Deed Records, located in Moses Shipman League, A-86, Fort Bendand County, Texas. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information a map of the subject site

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION

TO YUCEF PEREZ 2711 TEAGUE ROAD #428 HOUSTON TX 770800 You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being September 02, 2019 a default judgment may be taken against you. The case is presently pending before the 458TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas. It bears cause number 18-DCV-254247 and is styled: State of Texas vs 2003 Ford F-450 (Vin 1 FDXF46F93EB03016 Paper Tag No. 01691 u5) The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: MARK LAFORGE ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY 301 JACKSON ST RICHMOND TX 77469 281-633-7638 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows towit: WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, PETITIONER PRAYS THAT THIS PETITION BE CONSIDERED AN ORIGINAL NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND INTENTED FORFEITURE AND THAT CITATION ISSUE TO THOSE PARTIES AS SET OUT IN THIS PETITION; THAT UPON HEARING THIS COURT FIND THAT THE 2003 FORD F-450 (VIN 1FDXF46F93EB03016, PAPER TAG NO. 01691U5) IS CONTRABAND AS DEFINED IN THE TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, ARTICLE 59.01 (2) AND THAT THE COURT ALLOW FORFEITURE OF THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO THE STATE OF TEXAS BY AND THROUGH THE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS AGENT FOR THE STATE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS LOCAL AGREEENTS, SUBJECT ONLY TO ANY INTEREST OF THE BONA FIDE HOLDER OF THE PERFECTED LIEN OR PERFECTED SECURITY INTEREST ON SAID CONTRABAND AND THAT THE PROPERTY BE DISPOSED OF PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 59.06 OF THE TEXAS CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND THAT ALL COSTS BE TAXED AGAINST CLAIMANT IN THIS CAUSE AND FOR SUCH OTHER RELIED AT LAW AND IN EQUITY AS THE PETITIONER SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond,Texas on this the 17th day of July, 2019.

Housewright policyholders were duped into committing insurance fraud when in submitting a request pursuant to their policy for replacement cost (RCV) recoverable depreciation by failing to tell their insurance company that the deductible part of the claim had not been incurred. What this means, again for example, before the new law, is that the repair job a homeowner got where the deductible was waived, forgiven or buried in other ways in the contractor’s paperwork, will now be required as payment out-of-pocket and proof that it was paid before the insurer is obligated to pay the replacement cost (RCV) recoverable depreciation withheld. HB 2102, by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, is effective Sept. 1, 2019. Under the new law, vio-

lators could get up to a $2,000 fine and up to six months in jail. This new bill out of the 86th Texas Legislature and signed into law this month by Governor Abbott is designed to cure or at least curb the above abuses. The new law, entitled Payment of Insurance Deductible, goes into effect September 1, 2019, and will be located in Chapter 707 of the Texas Insurance Code. The first full paragraph states: “A person insured under a property insurance policy shall pay any deductible applicable to a first-party claim made under the policy” See Tex. Ins. Code §707.002. This really has always been the law but has been ignored and not enforced. Be careful when filing home insurance claims and having repairs made when dealing with these issues. Source: Texas Department of Insurance Basil Housewright is manager of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc a local Independent Insurance Agency operating in Sugar Land since 1991. He can be reached at (281) 277-7800, Fax (281) 2777801, E-Mail – basil@texansinsure.com. Visit https://www. texansinsure.com.

are available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Friday

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available for from at8:00 4:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 email review Citya.m. Hall, to Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Fridayor from 8:00 the a.m.Development to 4:00 Services Division at planning@missouricitytx.gov for p.m. You mayDepartment-Planning call 281-403-8600 or email the Development Services Department-Planning Division information. atfurther planning@missouricitytx.gov for further information.

WEBSITE www.missouricitytx.gov

PHONE 281.403.8600

FAX 281.208.5551

City of Missouri City

ORDINANCE NO. O-19-14 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, ESTABLISHING A MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT FOR A SCHOOL ZONE ON KNIGHTS COURT FOR ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY, INCLUDING DESIGNATING A LOCATION AND TIMES; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; PROVIDING A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY. I, Maria Jackson, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-19-14 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on August 5, 2019, as the same appears in the records of my office /s/ Maria Jackson City Secretary

WEBSITE www.missouricitytx.gov

PHONE 281.403.8600

City of Missouri City

FAX 281.208.5551

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES - PLANNING DIVISION

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Hamlink Road, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Submitted by,

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Heritage Bluff Drive and Trinity Woods Crossing within Westheimer Lakes Subdivision, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

Submitted by,

Laura Richard Fort Bend County Clerk No. 19-CPR-033245

IN THE ESTATE OF BOBBY WILLIAM SCHNICK IN COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 6 FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS A.K.A. ROBERT WILLIAM SCHNICK, DECEASED NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Bobby William Schnick a/k/a Robert William Schnick, Deceased, were issued on July 22, 2019, in Cause No. 19-CPR-033245, pending in the County Court at Law No. 6, Fort Bend County, Texas, to Marlene Rae Schnick. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: Stephanie J. Stigant Attorney at Law 407 Julie Rivers Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478 DATED the 5th day of August, 2019. Stephanie J. Stigant Attorney for Marlene Rae Schnick State Bar No.: 24058733 407 Julie Rivers Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478 Telephone: (281) 242-8100 Facsimile: (281) 242-7474 E-mail: sstigant@jonesattorneys.com

PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by META Planning + Design 1522 TEXAS PARKWAY MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489 LLC to zone a property from R-3, two family residential district and SD, suburban district to PD, Planned Development District to allow for a unified development to include commercial and residential uses; and to the extent such zoning deviates OF PUBLIC HEARING from the Future Land UseNOTICE and Character map of the Comprehensive Plan, to provide for an amendment therefrom.

LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing Monday, September 3, 2019, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1 SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located south of Crescent Oak Village at Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m.

Lake Olympia and Parks Edge residential subdivisions, east of Sunrise Bay at

PURPOSE: To receive commentssubdivision for or againstand a request by Olympia META Planning + Design LLC to zo Lake Olympia residential west of Estates residential property from R-3, two family residential district and SD, suburban district to PD, Pla subdivision. Development District to allow for a unified development to include commercial and residential u and to the extent such zoning deviates from the Future Land Use and Character map o SITE LEGALPlan, DESCRIPTION: The site therefrom. can be described as being a tract of Comprehensive to provide for ansubject amendment

land containing 13.356 acres situated in the David Bright League, A-13, Fort Bend

SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located south of Crescent Oak Village at Lake Olympia County, Texas being the same tract recorded in the name of Solstice Capital LLC Parks Edge residential subdivisions, east of Sunrise Bay at Lake Olympia residential subdivision Fort Estates Bend County Clerk’s File (F.B.C.C.F.) No. 20150571999 of the Official westunder of Olympia residential subdivision.

Public Records of Fort Bend County Texas.

SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being a tract of land conta 13.356 acres situated in the David Bright League, A-13, Fort Bend County, Texas being the s MOREinINFORMATION: Additional and Bend a mapCounty of theClerk’s subject tractFOR recorded the name of Solstice Capitalinformation LLC under Fort Filesite (F.B.C. No. 20150571999 Official Records of Fort Bend County Texas. through Friday are available of forthe review at Public City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday

from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Development

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are availa Services at through planning@missouricitytx.gov for for review at CityDepartment-Planning Hall, Missouri City, TexasDivision on Monday Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 information. p.m.further You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Development Services Department-Planning Divi at planning@missouricitytx.gov for further information.


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COMMUNITY Sugar Land City Manager gets Sugar Land man nabbed for child sex abuse thanks to undercover officer in Australia National Award

The International City/ County Management Association (ICMA) selected City Manager Allen Bogard to receive the Award for Career Excellence. ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments. Membership in ICMA includes more than 12,000 local government professionals. The association’s Award for Career Excellence recognizes an outstanding chief local government administrator who has fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials and by consistently initiating creative and successful programs. Bogard will be formally recognized during ICMA’s annual conference in October. Considered ICMA’s most prestigious award, the distinction caps a 40-year career in the public sector for Bogard that also included recognition as the Texas City Management Association’s Administrator of the Year Award in 2005. Bogard plans to retire on Jan. 31, 2020. He joined the city in January 1995 as a deputy city manager and was promoted to city manager in 2001. During his 40-year career in the public sector, he also served as city manager in the cities of Keller and Winnsboro, as well as executive leadership positions in the cities of Plano and Dallas. While in Sugar Land, Bogard’s implementation of City Council’s vision for the city has resulted in numerous state and national recognitions, including “Best Place to Live” and “Safest City.” “I have approached my career in city management as a noble calling,” said Bogard, who has served dozens of mayors and council members during a career dedicated to ensuring the safety and happiness of residents. “Our founding fathers said that government’s primary purpose was the safety of the people and their pursuit of happiness. City government is uniquely positioned to achieve these ends. To create an environment for the people to flourish. Over my career,

Bogard I have strived to achieve this noble purpose.” Among his many accomplishments and initiatives have been the creation of the awardwinning Sugar Land Town Square; a growing economic development program; the relocation of corporate headquarters such as Minute Maid; the recognition of Sugar Land Regional Airport as the top fixedbased operator in the Western Hemisphere; and Sugar Land’s reputation for strong financial management, low taxes, a AAA bond rating and a high level of services. The city has more than doubled in population under Bogard’s leadership and seen the addition - and expansion - of First Colony Mall, Constellation Field, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. He has provided leadership for numerous annexations, including First Colony, Avalon, RiverPark, Greatwood and New Territory. As one of the state’s fastest-growing cities, he helped transform the city from a small bedroom community of about 45,097 in 1995 to a full-service city of more than 118,000 that’s routinely recognized for transparency, innovation and responsive governance. Sugar Land has become a burgeoning employment, educational and medical center, creating thousands of new jobs, as well as becoming an entertainment destination. Other achievements under his leadership follow: *Sugar Land remains safer than ever before, an accom-

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plishment based on years of investments in infrastructure, technology and innovation. The city has the lowest crime rate in 20 years, a product of a strong police presence, community partnerships, public education, a commitment to technology, training and departmental leadership. *Ambulance service was launched after years of rapid growth in Sugar Land necessitated a change in EMS delivery. The service improved advanced life support service for Sugar Land residents. *Maintaining infrastructure, facilities and quality-of-life amenities at the high level expected by Sugar Land residents has been a priority. The creation and expansion of Sugar Land’s state-of-the art Traffic Management Center now allows traffic engineers to monitor real-time conditions and keep motorists moving. The city completed many important mobility projects, including U.S. Highway 59, U.S. Highway 90A and State Highway 6. The 10-year, half billion expansion of those three highways added 100 new lane miles of highway and frontage roads inside the city limits. *The city’s position as an economic powerhouse and financial leader - as well as a focus on strengthened resilience - now contributes to improved quality of life and minimizes the residential tax burden. Sugar Land now has more than 66,300 jobs and is home to high-profile regional and international corporations housed in more than 24 million square feet of commercial space. Sugar Land’s assessed commercial valuation has doubled in the last 10 years. *The appearance of the community and the amenities valued by its citizens have contributed to what makes Sugar Land one of a kind, including expansion of the city’s greenspaces and trail systems through the addition of signature facilities such as Oyster Creek Park, Memorial Park, Imperial Park and Cullinan Park. Extensive beautification efforts along major roadways have added to making Sugar Land a community unlike any other.

A Sugar Land man who provided child pornography to an undercover officer in Australia will spend the rest of his days in prison for two sexual offenses committed against children. A 14-year-old girl abused by the convict was rescued by the law enforcement agencies. The 400th District Court Judge Maggie Jaramillo-Perez gave the sentence to Thomas Williamson, 56, on Aug. 6. Prosecutors Melissa Munoz, Claire Andresen, and Craig Priesmeyer presented evidence to the court during a pre-trial hearing that an undercover officer in Australia made contact with Williamson via the Internet in 2016 and that Williamson provided the officer with homemade child pornography. The Houston Metro Area Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, the Sugar Land Police Department, and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, located and rescued the child in the images, who was under the age of fourteen. They also located thousands of images of child pornography on digital devices belonging to Williamson. The child was taken for a forensic interview at the Fort Bend County Children’s

Williamson Advocacy Center, where she provided details of the sexual abuse. After two days of testimony, the defendant decided to plead guilty to the first-degree felony of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child and received a prison sentence of 31 years in agreement with prosecutors. Williamson is not eligible for parole on this charge and must serve each day of his sentence. Williamson also pled guilty to the second-degree felony of Possession of Child Pornography with Intent to Promote and received an agreed sentence of 15 years. Child abuse prosecutor Claire Andresen commended the quick response of law en-

forcement. “This case exemplifies the importance of our local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Without their hard work, this defendant would have continued to abuse this child not only for his own sexual desires, but for the gratification of sex offenders worldwide.” Lead prosecutor Melissa Munoz said “No child deserves to be abused and objectified in this manner. Since this defendant is not eligible for parole, he will never again have the opportunity to abuse another child.” Munoz also praised the child victim for her bravery, stating “it is never easy to come forward about abuse, and she has shown strength and courage throughout this entire process.” District Attorney Brian Middleton commended the detectives for procuring crucial evidence in this case. “Many people are responsible for the successful resolution of the cases against Martin Williamson. I commend the many detectives who responded and secured critical evidence in this case. And we are so fortunate to have Child Advocates of Fort Bend to provide forensic interviews of children, therapy for them, and other services to children in our community,” Middleton said.

Houston man arrested for killing ex-girlfriend in Sugar Land hotel parking lot Sugar Land police arrested Sheldon Magee, 44, of Houston, for the murder of Kiva Herrera, 38, of Houston, on Aug. 11. Police responded to a shooting at the Courtyard by Marriott, 16740 Creekbend Drive, on Aug. 11 at 1:15 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing an altercation between Magee and Herrera in the parking lot of the hotel followed by the sounds of gunshots. When police arrived, Herrera was found with a gunshot wound to the head. First-responders performed CPR, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Magee One of the first officers to arrive at the hotel located Magee

near the parking lot holding a firearm. An exchange of gunfire occurred between Magee and the responding officer. Neither man was injured during the firefight, and Magee was taken into custody. Police believe the shooting resulted from a domestic disturbance. Herrera had recently ended a relationship with Magee. He located her in the parking lot, where they argued just before he killed her. Magee was later charged with murder and attempted murder of a peace officer. He remains in Fort Bend County Jail.

AUTOMOBILE: Volkswagen Jetta GLI

By BARBARA FULENWIDER The Volkswagen Jetta GLI first debuted in 1984 and was dubbed a “GLI with a trunk.” Since then and now the Jetta GLI delivers a highly accessible German performance sedan. When first built the Jetta had to be undeniably fun without sacrificing any of the usability and efficiency drivers want. While technology, efficiency, safety, and—performance have made leaps and bounds over the past 35 years, the mission of the Volkswagen sixth-generation hot sedan is the same. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is definitely a hot sedan. It comes in 2 regular trim levels—S and Autobahn—and a 35th Anniversary Edition. Pricing for the Jetta GLI starts at $25,995 with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 7-speed dualclutch automatic transmission GLI S starts at $26,795. The 2019 GLI features sporty styling, a beefed-up powertrain and sporty suspension. It sits 0.6 inches lower than a regular Jetta and the front bumper features a lower front spoiler and larger air intake than the regular Jetta. It also comes with a standard complement of fullLED lighting. Above the beltline, the GLI has black window trim, a spoiler, and GLI rear badging. The 35th Anniversary Edition takes the sporting character further

with a black roof, black mirror caps, and a black tail spoiler. A panoramic power-tilt-and-slide sunroof is standard equipment on Jetta GLI Autobahn. Befitting the aggressive appeal of the Jetta GLI are wide 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a diamond-turned surface mated to low-profile 225/45 R18 all-season tires. The 35th Anniversary Edition GLI features dark grey 18-inch wheels with a red stripe around the outer rim. Jetta GLI’s standard equipment includes keyless entry and push-button start, automatic on/off headlights, rain sensing wipers, automatic dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone Climatronic automatic climate control. Volkswagen’s Car-Net connectivity system features App-Connect, Security & Ser-

vice, and Guide & Inform. The Jetta GLI has MacPherson strut suspension mated with a multi-link independent rear suspension and it also has dual anti-roll bars and sport-tuned gas-filled shock absorbers. Larger brakes are on the Jetta GLI as well as an electronically-controlled front limited-slip differential. The front brakes are 13.4-inch diameter vented discs and rear brakes are 11.8inch diameter discs and are larger than on standard Jetta models. The GLI has a driving mode selection of Normal, Sport, Eco, and Custom. The 35th Anniversary Edition model with dynamic chassis control allows the driver to adjust damping settings and add a fifth Comfort mode. To help protect occupants, the 2019 Jetta GLI

has both passive and active safety systems that include an anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control. To meet the demands of American drivers, the 2019 Jetta GLI offers numerous standard features that include: automatic post-collision braking system, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (front assist); blind spot monitor, rearview camera and rear traffic alert. The Jetta GLI 35th anniversary edition was the test drive and looks good outside with great wheels and that red stripe on them. I also like the interior, the comfort level and the size. As I said at the beginning of this article, it’s a fun vehicle, unlike so many others that are not.


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Rosenberg animal shelter moves closer to “No kill” status

The end of July marked a milestone for Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter, whose Live Release Rate (LRR) stood above 90% for 6 consecutive months. This pattern moves the City of Rosenberg closer to a No Kill status. July was also a special time for the shelter when considering adoptions. In total, 70 animals went to loving homes, which is the shelter’s highest ever monthly adoption record. “A comprehensive adoption program is one of many elements of The No Kill Equation,” says Mara Hartsell, Director of Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter. “A number of other programs are still in their infancy, but our team is committed to developing, and continuously refining, each one. I’m proud of our progress over the past six months, but we have more work to do to reach our full potential.” Among those life-saving programs are volunteers, public relations, and medical/

behavioral interventions. “Since the beginning of this year, we’ve had nearly 100 additional volunteers apply, increased our presence in both online and real-world communities, run successful donation campaigns for sick and injured residents, and implemented new enrichment features like playgroup that cost nothing and even save time and other resources in the long-term,” she explains. Clear definitions and transparency in reporting are also important. “I believe the No Kill Advocacy Center’s ‘noses in, noses out’ formula is the best a shelter can use, and it’s the one we commit to. It’s simple and without spin. It accounts for every euthanasia, every death under care, and every escape,” she details. “It provides an easy way to examine weak or missing safety nets and invites the public to start a dialogue with us about those vulnerabilities. That leads to progress.”

Fist full of dollars, dinner, dance and auction Sept. 14

When challenges come, Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter maintains its confidence thanks to strong internal morale and outside community support. “Others may not realize we’re a team of just five staff members. Renee, Tracy, Morgan, and Samantha all push themselves and embrace the creative problem-solving necessary in this environment. People are vested in our mission, so they never hesitate to donate their time, items, or money to become involved in our life-saving efforts. We’re a small shelter with big dreams, but we’re making them happen by working together.” “City staff and volunteers are focused on achieving their goals and have done an amazing job increasing the number of adoptions from just a handful to literally dozens,” said Police Chief Jonathan White. “We’re extremely proud of the work that is happening over there.”

Join the Exchange Club of Missouri City on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. as the doors open for a great evening of dancing, food, friendship, and raising money for scholarships to present to local graduating seniors at the Quail Valley City Centre. The very talented Wade Andrew Smith and Driftwood will provide an evening of music from country to rock. The $75.00 ticket includes two drinks, dinner buffet, dancing and an awesome photo booth. Auction items to bid on are 2 weekend Beach Get A Ways, a La Cantera Resort stay with golf for 4 including Fiesta tickets, a liquor wagon, a wine wagon, a Tiki Island Home stay and various other treasures. The raffle this year is a Tailgate package consisting of a portable Honda 2200 watt quiet generator, 32 inch TV, Weber Kettle BBQ grill and a case of beer. Tickets are 10.00 each and discounted with multiple purchases. Second prize is a $200.00 gift certificate to the Quail Valley City Centre, and attendance is not required to win. The club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations and sponsorships may be deducted according to tax laws. The event is limited to 240 guest so make haste and go to the Exchange Club website (www. Exchangeclubmc.org) where you can get registered for a very fun and rewarding evening. You can also call 281-4997199 for more information.

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