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By LeaAnne Klentzman
Get A Rope! – As if paying to park on a roadway (Westpark Toll Road!) does not stand your hair on end enough, just wait. This is what happens when you leave even a quasi-government operation unattended. Here’s the deal… Seems your toll Road Authority, their Guru or their Guru’s crony on Commissioner’s Court want to break away from their association with the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCRTA). So YOUR Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA) along with its sister operation Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority (GPTRA) is changing their association from Harris County Toll Road Authority to …wait for it….New Jersey. Yes, you read that right, we, the residents of Fort Bend County and our traveling visitors and violators, have to deal with New Jersey to get anything done. Our County Commissioners have allowed the Toll Road
Authority to force WE, the taxpayers here in southeast Texas, to deal with the folks that brought us the George Washington Bridge debacle. Really? When you have a toll problem, and there are many, you have to call 855-999-2024 in Trenton, New Jersey to be told to go pound sand. And by the way, if you ask any questions, they give you the Sugar Land number for the Toll Road Authority which goes to yet another voicemail. This came to our attention when letters and phone calls arrived regarding erroneous toll violations. Seems if one has had the audacity to use those newfangled overpasses on the Grand Parkway, well it is hit or miss if your EZ Tag works. Violators that have contacted the "Star" were told they would either have to pay or get a letter from the EZ Tag folks over at Harris County Toll Road Authority proving their tag was in good standing. After several inquiries, the story is …it is a glitch in software communications. Well, sure seems like a lot
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more than that, but you can get it fixed right up with the new and improved vendor hired to collect your toll violations, good or not, they are Xerox State and Local Solutions, Inc. in Trenton, NEW JERSEY. According to the website, for the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority if you would like to handle a violation in person you can go to the nearest “MoneyGram locations and pay for the Toll Violation Notice by providing the Code 1262, Toll Violation Notice number (as account number) and your Last Name as it appears on the violation notice. For inquiries call Customer Support.” So go on, pay to drive on the road, if they want any human interaction, go on over to Walmart of Fiesta, or any of the other MoneyGram places, stand in line and still no one to help you that has a clue of what the problem is. The FBCTRA website states, “In accordance with Transportation Code 370.177, unpaid toll notices are subject to legal action. The following table shows how five (5) violations can add up to more than $250 in tolls + penalty.” They even give the example of a toll violation of over 121 days = Charge of 256.75 which includes Toll ($1.75) +Notice Penalty ($25) +Violation Penalty ($70) + Admin Hearing Fee ($160) = $256.75. Of course if you chose to just pay, even though Xerox and the Toll Road Authority acknowledge they are suffering from inadvertent tolls, you can just ring them up, give them your credit card and hope they don’t make any inadvertent charges. Who would have ever dreamed that our own leaders would outsource us to New Jersey? Get a rope! …stay tuned there will be more…. Send questions or inquiries to LeaAnne Klentzman email@example.com Fort Bend Star 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300 Stafford Texas 77477
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NEW BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A new 5,075 square foot automotive business is under construction at 3801 FM 1092 just west of Lowes, near the intersection of FM 1092 and Highway 6. TWO NEW EMERGENCY ROOMS: “First Choice Emergency Room” is the second of this type of Facility for which building permit plans have been submitted. This location would be just west of Spring Creek BBQ at 4885 Highway 6. The facility will be a 6,581 square foot emergency clinic. The other facility is planned for a location off of Highway 6 near Sienna Parkway. UPDATE ON DROUGHT CONDITIONS: Moderate drought conditions continue in Fort Bend County, and the drought conditions could continue or worsen with the approaching summer months when water demand is traditionally high. ADDITIONAL DROUGHT INFORMATION: Irrigation zone schedules and more water saving tips can be found at www.sugarlandtx. gov/sugarlandconserves or by calling (281) 275-2450. SPRING GARAGE SALE: Sell your unwanted possessions and find new treasurers! Booth spaces are on sale now at the Rec & Tennis Center. Standard spaces are $20 and premium location spaces are $30. All proceeds from spaces sold will benefit the Mayor’s Youth Commission and Missouri City Green. GARAGE SALE DATE, TIME & LOCATION: Saturday, April 26, 8 am to 1 pm at City Hall Complex of
Missouri City on FM 2234 (Texas Parkway). Additional information: Rec & Tennis Center at 281-403=3637. DIRTY POOLS SURFACE IN SPRING: When warm weather comes it is time for cleaning back yard pools. If you know of a pool that needs cleaning contact your HOA and the CITY ENFORCEMENT at 281-403-8560 where there is an answering machine for
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SLPOA announces 3rd Annual College Scholarship Program The Sugar Land Police Officers' Association has announced its 3rd annual Scholarship Program for 2014. This is the third year of the Scholarship award. The SLPOA will offer a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors of each of the five high schools in the City of Sugar Land. Graduating seniors from Dulles H.S., Kempner H.S., Clements H.S., Fort Bend Christian Academy and Harmony School of Science H.S. who are enrolled or in the process of enrolling in an accredited junior college, 4-year
college or university are eligible to apply for the scholarship. “The SLPOA is committed to building a strong positive relationship with the youth of our community.” “This is just one way we can give back through an investment of our future,” said SLPOA President Ed Aldredge. Interested seniors are encouraged to see their school counselor to pick up an application. The application deadline is May 31. Scholarship awardees will be announced at the SLPOA Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Sweetwater Country Club on June 30.
Southminster Presbyterian Church presents piano concert April 25 Very accomplished pianist, Donald Doucet , will present a concert performance of the complete "Italian Year" by Franz Liszt . The concert will be held on Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 4200 Cartwright at Brightwater, Missouri City.
This collection of seven pieces by Liszt is a series of musical remembrances of art & literary works which Liszt encountered in his travels through Italy in the 1830's. This is music of extreme virtuosity, emotional intensity, and pure piano magic. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.
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