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MISSOURI CITY NEWSLETTER

MCTX PROPOSES NEW CITY DISTRICT LINES

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Pursuant to the Charter, the City is required to redistrict its boundaries within two years following the date of each federal census, which is conducted every 10 years. The Council authorized a contract with Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP for redistricting on Nov. 15, 2021.

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On the Horizon: Texas Parkway-Cartwright Road Corridor Development The Texas Parkway-Cartwright Road Corridor Development Advisory Committee recently hosted a community open house to announce several changes and improvements coming to the area. One of the main projects will be the landscaping of eight medians along the side streets of Texas Parkway, from US 90A to Turtle Creek Drive. This includes the monument at the intersection of US 90A and Texas Parkway, as well as the “red carpet run” in front of Houston Community College. For a full list of projects and improvements for this area, scan the QR code.

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After breaking ground in spring 2021, the Fire Station 6 & Administration Building is now complete. The station, located at 18411 Parks Edge Blvd., was dedicated to the community on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. Residents and stakeholders joined the celebration, which included the ribbon cutting, station/facility tour, fire truck wipe-down ceremony and more.

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Council Connection Council connection CITY COUNCIL Yolanda Ford Mayor

Vashaundra Edwards At-Large Position #1

National Small Business Week: Mayor Yolanda Ford welcomed guests at a Leadership Luncheon with local small business owners on May 6 to provide them information on access to capital and discuss valuable insights to help strengthen their companies. The event was hosted in partnership with Chase Bank to recognize National Small Business Week, May 5-11.

Fort Bend Drug Symposium: Mayor Pro Tem Chris Preston spoke at the Fourth Annual Fort Bend Drug Symposium on April 18. He also received an award for his leadership and partnership from the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition (FBCPC), which hosted the initiative.

Keeping You INFORMED Informed KEEPING YOU CITY Council COUNCIL ACTIONS City Actions

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Help keep storm water sewer systems free of lawn clippings, pet waste and debris. Please remind landscapers that it’s against City ordinance to put pollutants in drains. And, individuals or yard crews should not blow clippings or leaves into the streets or in gutters.

City Code Enforcement Officers are citing residents straight to court for these violations:

Chris Preston

Mayor Pro Tem/At-Large Position #2

Reginald Pearson District A

Jeffrey Boney District B

MCTX CITY COUNCIL Anthony Maroulis District C Robin J. Elackatt

Mayor Floyd Emery District D

Vashaundra Edwards At-Large Position #1

CITY ADMINISTRATION City Lynn ManagerClouser Anthony J. Snipes Assistant City Manager Bill Atkinson At-Large Position #2 Assistant City Manager Glen A. Martel

Monica Riley

Visit www.missouricitytx.gov to view District A previous Council meetings.

Jeffrey L. Boney

Mayor Pro Tem/District B

NOVEMBER Maroulis 2019 Anthony GENERAL ELECTION TIMELINE: District C

Edwards-Hayes Scholarship: At-Large Position #1 Councilmember Vashaundra Edwards joined Thurgood Marshall High School Science Department Chair, Dr. Anthony Ford Hayes to present an EdwardsHayes Scholarship to senior Keyshon Limbrick for his outstanding achievements.

Confederate Street Names Give Way to Prosperity

Pulse of District A: Councilmember Reginald Pearson hosted residents, businesses and staff for change application fora District Pros-A At the April 18th Regular town hall on Saturday, March 30. Staff addressed issues Meeting, the City Council ap- perity Drive and was successin area subdivisions such as economic development/ proved an ordinance onredevelopment, the ful ininfrastructure getting and 70 public percent safety. of Staff alsoto provided on futureto projects in the district. second and final reading herinsight neighbors support the

rename Confederate Court measure. and Confederate South Drive said the process of reWhat’s theGilbo 411? Councilmember Jeffrey Boney – both public streets within guests, including citizens,“Confederbusinesses, the name the Vicksburg subdivisionaddressed – to moving stakeholders andfrom electedcommunity officials, at the District B “411” ate” streets Prosperity Court and ProsperCommunity Collaborative at the Community Center on started about Thursday,was Jan. 31. Participants wereseven able to years visit with City ity South Drive. staff on issues of interest and hear presentations on key ago by a homeowner who topics/initiatives. The change comes nearly lived on Confederate Court. a year after the Council ap- However, that effort did not proved a similar ordinance gain traction. She acknowlDistrict C Community Meeting: Councilmember edgedmet thewith change was a long to change the name of Anthony Con- Maroulis citizens at his Community butonadded, federate Drive to Prosperity Meeting intime the EOCcoming, Training Room Thursday,“It April 11. Three localwas businesses: Old Hickory Inn and worthBrandani’s, the wait.” Drive. Homeowner Rhonda Wishbone Pet Care were recognized for their successes. Gilbo spearheaded the nameAlso, staff provided updates on economic development,

In accordance the Texas Floydwith Emery Election Code, the City will hold a District D General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Council Districts A, B, C and D. The last day to file for a place on infrastructure, public safety and more. the ballot is Monday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Election Day is District D Community Meeting: Councilmember Tuesday, Nov. 5; for Floyd Emery addressed his constituents at a Community details, scan the QR MCTX Councilmembers meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month for City's Regular Meeting at the Citythe Centre at Quail Valley on CounThursday, code to the left.

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Maymeetings 23. Staff provided on priorities such as cil Meeting at the Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway. The are updates in-person and everypublic safety, economic development/redevelopment, one is welcome to attend. If you would like to listen to or watch the meeting virtually, access the the Quail Valley Golf Course, Animal Shelter operations livestream on the City website. and more. 2 2

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Walkers and joggers can enjoy the golf course cart paths during these times: Holes 1 through 9: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily and from 20 minutes after sunset to 11 p.m.; Holes 10 through 18: 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. daily and from 20 minutes after sunset to 11 p.m. Pets are not allowed on the course.

•High grass or weeds, junk cars and dirty pools.

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Residents and businesses pay $50 per year to register alarm systems. City ordinance does not allow permits to be transferred to another person or premises. Permits are valid for a 12-month period from the date they are issued, and holders are given 30 days notice of the expiration date and the need for renewal. To renew permits or obtain a new one, call 281.403.8643; pay online by going to the City website and clicking “Online Payments”; or mail a completed application to: City of Missouri City, Attn: Alarm Permitting, 1522 Texas Pkwy., Missouri City, TX 77489.

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All garbage, trash or yard waste can be placed on the curb at 6 p.m. the day before pickup. Empty trash cans must be stored out of public view by midnight the day of pickup.

NOTE: approved two strategic NOTE: City SignCouncil up for Council Connection on code enforcement ordinances; learnprovides more by the City's Website. The digital report visiting www.missouricitytx.gov. a quick overview of MCTX Council Meetings.

For a second violation, the following will be cited to court: •Trash cans, yard waste or any type of garbage left out in public view, except during allowed times.

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City Council approved a sidewalk policy to include the following provisions: Property owners should mitigate the roots of trees/ landscaping prior to City repair of sidewalks; the City should not issue citations or liens against property owners to secure mitigation of root problems; and if root problems are not mitigated within 30 days of owners being notified, the sidewalk should be replaced by the City in order of priority based on severity by either edge grinding, slab lifting or with a crushed granite or similar material. The policy also states that in cases of tree root mitigation, if the property owners agree to indemnify the City for any loss, staff will mitigate the root problem and repair the sidewalk.

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City Council approved a no-smoking ordinance, including electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, that prohibits lighting up in most public places, including restaurants and educational facilities. Smoking is also banned within 20 feet of the playing surface or competition area during a youth sporting event at a City park. Violations are subject to a fine of up to $500.

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City Council passed a texting ordinance that bans motorists from using wireless communications devices to view, send or compose electronic messages while driving and when stopped at stop signs and traffic signals. Violations are subject to a fine of up to $500. City ordinance stipulates where registered sex offenders may reside in the City; it establishes a 2,500foot buffer zone around parks, schools, swimming pools, recreational facilities and other public places where children gather.

City Council approved an ordinance requiring metal recycling and crafted precious metal dealers to obtain a dealer permit from the City. The law allows police officers or Staff to inspect such businesses and requires that all transactions be reported via a webbased database designated by the Police Department.

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Want to Meet Your Leaders? Coffee with MCTX Leadership is a casual morning event for residents and stakeholders to meet and network with City officials and staff. This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with City leadership and voice your opinion or ask questions. Mark your calendars and join us at 7:30 a.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy.

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Small Businesses Find Their Footing in MCTX Missouri City is on the move! In case you’ve missed the flurry of economic activity the past several months, a variety of small businesses have recently opened throughout the City, and more are opening soon. “There’s no need to leave town to enjoy your next great meal or take care of business,” said Aubrey Nettles, Director of Economic Development. “We are working hard for the residents to ensure you have everything you need right here.”

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The list of businesses that have opened in the City grows larger by the day. Nettles said supporting these local entrepreneurs means revenue for the owners but also tax dollars for the community. “When you shop local in Missouri City, you are supporting your friends, family and neighbors who own, operate, and work in these businesses,” she said. “Local shopping also generates sales tax, a portion of which goes to fund essential government services such as police, fire, and parks.”

Why is the City redistricting? By law, the City must redraw its City Council districts at least once every 10 years. The purpose of redistricting is to have – to the degree possible – an equal number of people in each City district. Based on an initial assessment of the City’s boundaries, the City needs to redistrict

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For the latest details, including all of the proposed maps, recommendations and new boundaries, scan this QR code.

What is redistricting? According to the Texas Comptroller’s website, redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral district boundaries for voter representation.

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Since then, staff has been working with their team on the initial assessment, presentations, proposed maps and more. Per direction from Council, several outreach meetings – including virtual and in-person sessions, as well as required public hearings – were held to get feedback from the community on this vital topic.

FAQ...

I love where I live. Will redistricting change my neighborhood? No, redistricting will not change your neighborhood. Redistricting will not change the physical location of your property, your zip code, nor your county.

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Nettles said more than 17 percent of Missouri City's annual revenue comes from sales tax. “When local sales tax are strong, we rely less on other revenue sources, which benefits us all,” she added. “Please join us in welcoming these new members of the community.”

Recently Opened: Big Mammas Home Cooking Dave’s Hot Chicken Micheaux’s Southern Cuisine Gong Cha Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids Primary Urgent Care Sip and Sweets Daiquiri Bar

Swamp Chicken MoCity Restaurant and Bar Crawfish Bistro Candy Shack Daiquiris Uncorked Daiquiris & More Happy Crab Pet Supplies Plus

COMING SOON: Main Squeeze Mamas Café and Brews Johnny Tamale Cantina Dog Haus Biergarten

Swamp Chicken Dutch Bros. Coffee Bounce Bounce Kolache Factory

For more information on economic development in Missouri City, visit www.missouricitytx.gov.

THE "SHOW ME CITY" IS HIRING The City of Missouri City currently has openings in many departments. Our city is a great place to live, work and play. Working for the City provides a dual reward: it’s a way of giving back to our community while advancing your career. Join our more than 300 full-time employees who enjoy a great benefits package, including paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, dental and vision insurance; employee wellness programs; and educational reimbursement. Check out the current postings and apply! Log onto missouricitytx.gov, click on “How Do I” – “Become” – “an Employee.”

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2022 HURRICANE SEASON: BE PREPARED Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. That’s a full six months, including the most active period of late summer and early fall. Which is why being prepared is so important! Follow these simple preparation tips now. If you remain ready, you won’t have to get ready. Tip 1: Determine your hurricane risk – Do you live near the coastline or in a flood zone? Tip 2: Assemble disaster supplies – Make a list of emergency items to buy or replenish, such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, first-aid kits, cell phones, chargers, etc. Tip 3: Develop an evacuation/emergency plan – Are you in an evacuation zone? Plan multiple escape routes. Pack an emergency bag. What will you do with pets? Sit down with family and loved ones to decide what you will do in case of an emergency, where you will go, and how you will contact each other. Keep a written copy of this plan in your emer-

gency supply kit or another safe place. Tip 4: Get an insurance checkup – Do you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property? Tip 5: Strengthen your home – Cover your windows, move cars to a safe location, trim trees, secure loose outdoor items, etc. Tip 6: Help your neighbor – Assist with their storm prep, and be ready to help them evacuate or check in with them after the storm passes. For more tips, visit www.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep

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STAY IN THE KNOW HOW TO CONNECT WITH MCTX

SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS Facebook – @MissouriCityTX Twitter – @MissouriCityTX (main account) Twitter – @MissouriCityEM (emergency management) Instagram – @MissouriCityTX

MCTX FAMILY FUN! EXPLORE THINGS TO DO IN the "show me city" Summer Camps for Everyone Keep kids active and entertained this summer! Beginning June 6, the Parks & Recreation team is hosting several camps that parents may choose from, depending on their children’s age and interests. In addition to the traditional Summer Day Camp, there are other new choices, including Summer Sports, All-Star Dance, Boredom Busters, Outdoor Explorers and more. For details and to register, visit www.mctxparks.com.

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PUBLICATIONS MCTXPRESS Digital Newsletter Bi-weekly digital showcase of City news and more “Show Me” Citizen Newsletter & In Focus: Annual Report & Strategic Update Printed copy mailed to all residents and businesses

WEBSITES www.missouricitytx.gov – The main City website www.missouricityready.com – The emergency management website www.showmecity.com – The comprehensive plan update website

MCTV Channel 16 on Comcast Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse Livestream on City website

RADIO WQMN-1690 AM – The City’s radio station Scan the QR code on top of the page to subscribe to MCTX news and to stay up-to-date on City programs, initiatives, emergency alerts and more.

MEET KELLY MATTE, THE CITY'S HOA LIAISON

2022 Juneteenth Celebrations The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation – in partnership with the City – is hosting this year’s festivities beginning Friday, June 10, through Saturday, June 18. Juneteenth became a federal holiday last year. This year, since June 19 falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20. For more details on scheduled events, visit www.missouricityjuneteenthcelebration.com.

MCTX mULTI-gOLF pARK Missouri City opened its MultiGolf facility in MacNaughton Park, 3047 Hampton Dr. – the first in the United States! If you’ve never heard of MultiGolf, it is an innovative, family-fun activity that puts three forms of golf together in a way not seen before: foot golf, disc golf and park golf. MultiGolf fairways are much shorter than those of traditional golf, allowing people of all ages and physical abilities to participate, and also challenging a wide spectrum of players at different skill levels. To learn more about MultiGolf, visit www.discgolfpark.com/multigolf/.

MCTX INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL The “Show Me City” skies will light up on July 4th for the MCTX Independence Day Festival. This year it will be held at the City Hall Complex located at 1522 Texas Pkwy. There will be live entertainment and various food trucks. The festival will close out with the H-E-B Fireworks Show beginning around 9:15 p.m. For more details, visit www.mctxparks.com.

Community engagement and partnership continues to be a priority and having a central contact for our community is vital. The City’s HOA Liaison Kelly Matte serves as the link between the City and residents, stakeholders, and businesses. If you need assistance with a community project/concern or would like for a City representative to attend your meeting, please contact Kelly at 281.403.8533 or email Kelly.Matte@missouricitytx.gov.

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CODE ENFORCEMENT UPDATE: SEECLICKFIX PICKS UP THE PACE If you recently reported a code violation via SeeClickFix, you may have noticed a new process in place, resulting in quicker response times. Code Enforcement Supervisor John Harrist explained that the department updated their SeeClickFix process to include discussing the violation or concern directly with the resident and developing a plan to fix the issue. In most cases, the resident has up to 10 days to take care of the issue. “SeeClickFix also allows us to mark each submission as Opened, Acknowledged or Closed,” Harrist said. “We want to keep the residents updated, and we do that through the status and comments section of the report.” SeeClickFix is a platform which allows people to report non-emergency neighborhood issues to the city. According to Harrist, the number of reports submitted each week depends on the time of year, noting that with summer time approaching, he expects 75 to 100 each week. After four years working with the city and two months serving as Interim Code Enforcement Supervisor, Harrist gladly accepted the Supervisor position in April.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Upcoming Office Closures

MCTX Job Fair

All non-emergency City offices will be closed for the following holidays:

Resume & Interview Training on June 13 @ 10AM- 5PM Workforce Solutions, 3823 Cartwright Rd.

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Monday, June 20 – Juneteenth Monday, July 4 – Independence Day NOTE: Quail Valley Golf Course & the City Centre, 2880 La Quinta Drive, will be open regular hours during these holidays. To book a tee time, visit www.golfquailvalley.com.

Job Fair on June 14 @ 10AM - 2PM City Centre at Quail Valley , 2880 La Quinta Dr. Gentle Yoga Wednesdays @ 10:30AM Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr.

Edible Earth Fest

Senior Bingo

May 14 @ 9AM - 12PM Oyster Creek Trail, 4433 Cartwright Rd.

Third Thursdays @ 9AM Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr.

This publication is produced by the Communications team. For questions, email Tara Crain at Tara.Crain@Missouricitytx.gov

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