Spring 2013 Sugar Land Today

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This is the spring 2013 issue of the City of Sugar Land's quarterly newsletter. This issue includes articles on how technology is used to enhance public safety, a new LEED-certified fire station, an update on several Master Plans and more. Residents can learn about a new irrigation zone schedule, intended reduce demand and to help the City use its water supply in the most efficient manner. This issue of Sugar Land Today was sent to all of the City's residents and made available for free at City Hall.

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Spring 2013 Sugar Land Today

  1. 1. SPRING 2013UNIVERSITYBOULEVARD SOUTHGRAND OPENINGA new 1.8-mile stretch of University Boulevard Southfrom Commonwealth Boulevard tothe Riverstone Development openedon Feb. 28. The new roadway is acritical part of what will be a regionallysignificant corridor for the Fort BendCounty area. Continued/9ELECTION CANCELED C ity Council voted to cancelthis year’s May 11 election afterno additional candidates filed for a TECHNOLOGYposition on the ballot, as allowed byState law. ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY Continued/3 Sugar Land was recently named America’s 20th Safest City and the second safest city in Texas, a distinction based on an analysis of FBI crime statistics. Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley credits a strong police presence, community partnershipsCitizen BondCommittee Formed 4 and a commitment to technology for Sugar Land’s low crime rate. Sugar Land maintains a proactive stance on public safety to protect its residents.Master Plan Updates 5 A number of departments and divisions – including Emergency Management, Police,Underway Fire, the Public Safety Dispatch Center and others – utilize advanced technology to enhance public safety.Fire Station No. 7LEED Certified 6 Patrol cars are outfitted with cameras that are mounted on the dashboard. When an officer gets out of the car and approaches a vehicle, both audio and video are recorded. If something happens to the officer, the information captured may be used 10New Neighborhood as evidence.Irrigation Zones Continued/7STAY Photo (clockwise): thermal imaging camera, red light cameras, dispatch center and patrol carCONNECTED w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 1
  2. 2. D E AR X X SIX X X X X X XXXX RE X DENTS channel, we also strive to take in 2012, over 700 people have advantage of innovative tools read Online Town Hall, and to ensure all residents may over 100 people have written communicate with us in the or supported statements – the way that works best for them. equivalent of over five hours of public comment. City Goals For instance, if you prefer • Safest City in America in-person communication, we We also conduct citizen • Responsible City Government regularly hold public meetings surveys – including a • Strong Local Economy for our highest profile projects. statistically valid, citywide • Livable Neighborhoods O Most recently, we have survey on topics from • Mobility for People ne of the things • Well-Planned Community hosted meetings on initiatives public safety to solid waste that makes local such as the Pedestrian and to parks and recreation, as government so City Council Bicycle Plan Update, the well as those that are project unique is how close it is to the James A. Thompson proposed community sports specific. Additionally, we Mayor people; it truly is the doorstep park and the City’s Cultural provide forums for residents of democracy. Though Donald L. Smithers Arts Study. In the future, we to simultaneously learn and Mayor Pro Tem officials in Austin, Texas, and will be seeking input on the provide input – such as Sugar Single Member District One Washington, D.C., work to update to our Land Use Plan. Land 101; the Citizens Police, Himesh Gandhi provide services to you each Additionally, staff regularly Fire and Airport Academies; At-Large Position One day, it is local governments attends homeowner association and volunteer opportunities, Joe R. Zimmerman that have the privilege of meetings to provide updates ranging from helping walk At-Large Position Two interacting directly with on City projects, to answer dogs at Animal Services or Bridget R. Yeung residents. Additionally, given residents’ questions and to serving on the Citizen Bond Single Member District Two the close proximity between gather public input. Election Committee. Amy L. Mitchell local governments and citizens, Single Member District Three we also have the opportunity For those whose schedules It is our hope you will Harish Jajoo to hear from residents and prevent attendance at public continue to take advantage of Single Member District Four businesses in meaningful ways meetings, we also regularly share these tools and communicate on a daily basis. information on our website and your ideas, input and questions City Management through social media outlets to us. Without a doubt, citizen Allen Bogard Knowing the importance City Manager such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, engagement is key to our of citizen engagement cannot Karen Daly YouTube and Pinterest. Further, success and instrumental in be understated, city-elected Assistant City Manager we have also begun utilizing a helping shape City policy. officials and staff continue Karen Glynn robust web-based public input Assistant City Manager to recognize it as a top We look forward to hearing system called Online Town Hall, Steve Griffith priority. Not only do we from you! which allows residents to provide Assistant City Manager utilize traditional methods of substantive feedback on projects sharing information with the such as the Crime Prevention Contributors community – such as news Camera System. Since its launch releases and the SLtv16 cable Karen Glynn, Cathy Halka, Robin Hicks, Jessica Luna, Jennifer May, Chris Mobley, Regina Morales, Stephanie Russell, Mara Soloway, Dawn Steph, ADL COMMUNITY OF Christopher Steubing, Colleen Spencer, Reena Varghese, Jason Vaughn, Pat Walsh, RESPECT® AWARD David Worley Named the nation’s first Community of Respect® in 2007, Communications Director: Pat Pollicoff Editor: Alexi Holford the City of Sugar Land was again recognized by the Anti- Design: Austin M. Pennington Defamation League (ADL) for its ongoing commitment to diversity and fostering an inclusive and respectful community. Comments The award was presented to Mayor James Thompson (right) by By email: pubinfo@sugarlandtx.gov Ian Scharfman, vice chair of the southwest region of the ADL By phone: during a City Council meeting on March 5. (281) 275-2216 Sugar Land Today is published quarterly by2 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013 the City of Sugar Land.
  3. 3. 2013 ELECTION UPDATE G OV E R N M E N T CITYWIDE ELECTION WILL NOT BE HELD Continued from cover A May election to elect representatives to the Single Member Districts One, Two, Three and Four has been canceled because no opponents filed by the March 1 deadline. As allowed by the Texas Election Code, Sugar Land City Council voted on March 5 to certify that the unopposed candidates are declared elected to the designated District offices as of May 21, 2013, and officially canceled the election. Although elections will be held for other local races, the City saved $37,592 by canceling this election. Stephen R. Porter, Council Member District One; Bridget R. Yeung, Council Member District Two; Amy L. Mitchell, Council Member District Three; and Harish C. Jajoo, Council Member District Four will be declared as elected to office for a two-year term when they are sworn into office on May 21. The terms will end in May 2015. 2013 COUNCIL MEMBERS Single Member District One Single Member District Two Single Member District Three Single Member District Four STEPHEN R. PORTER BRIDGET R. YEUNG AMY L. MITCHELL HARISH C. JAJOOSteve Porter will become District Council Member Bridget Yeung Amy Mitchell will serve her Harish Jajoo will continue toOne Councilman, as outgoing will serve her second two-year second term as council member represent Single-MemberMayor Pro Tem and Council term representing Single-Member for District Three. Mitchell is a District Four as council memberMember Don Smithers did not District Two. She is a principal with partner at Mitchell & Duff, LLC for a second term. Jajoo is aseek re-election. Porter currently Fort Bend Financial, with over 25 and served on the Texas State registered civil engineer and urbanserves as president of Gannoway years’ experience in the financial Bar Grievance Committee. Her infrastructure professional whoLake Estates Homeowners services industry. She currently community involvement includes has successfully managed publicAssociation, vice president of serves on the board of the Sugar participation in the Sugar Land works for the City of Houstonthe Burney Road Municipal Land Cultural Arts Foundation, the Exchange Club, Sugar Land 101, for 29 years. He is also a certifiedUtility District, a member of the City of Sugar Land 4B Corporation Citizens Police Academy and flood plain manager and veryCity of Sugar Land Pedestrian and the City of Sugar Land Tax Citizens Fire Academy. Mitchell active in several professional andand Bicycle Task Force and is Increment Reinvestment Zone 3. supports numerous non-profits community activities. His experiencecurrently participating in the Fort She is a past chairman of Sugar in Fort Bend and volunteers for working with municipalities includesBend Chamber of Commerce Land’s Planning and Zoning FBISD as a guest speaker and infrastructure and intergovernmentalLeadership Forum Class of 2013. Commission and the Fort Bend awards presenter. agency coordination. Chamber of Commerce. w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 3
  4. 4. G OV E R N M E N T XXXXXXXXXXXXX CITIZEN COMMITTEE FORMED FOR BOND ELECTION T he City of Sugar Land has called for a bond election in November for up to $50 million in potential City park and phasing opportunities and evaluating funding. Each committee will focus on one of the four quality-of-life projects. Final trail projects. The election will allow citizens recommendations will be presented to City to choose whether to invest in quality of life Council for consideration in June. projects that will make Sugar Land an even Baitland is the owner of Betty Baitland more attractive destination for residents, and Associates, Inc., a leadership consulting businesses and visitors. The projects include: Co-chairs Jarvis Hollingsworth and Dr. Betty firm focusing on public education. She Baitland address the Citizen Bond Committee „„ parkland development along the at the first meeting. served as the superintendent of Fort Bend Brazos River that could include Independent School District from 2001 to kayak launches and other new active Since the announcement of the bond 2006 and interim Stafford Municipal (playgrounds, soccer fields) and passive election at the State of the City event in School District superintendent during (green spaces, picnic areas) amenities; January, a Citizens’ Bond Committee has 2011. She served as an adjunct professor been formed. An executive committee and at the University of Houston and Houston „„ a network of hike and bike trails two co-chairs will guide the overall process. Baptist University. throughout the City that addresses City Council appointed Jarvis Hollingsworth recreational and mobility needs; Hollingsworth is a partner in the law firm and Dr. Betty Baitland, both Sugar Land of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and counsels „„ a festival site accommodating large- residents, to serve as co-chairs of the boards of directors and trustees of public scale events like the City’s annual Citizens’ Bond Committee. The Executive and private companies and government Fourth of July celebration and other Committee will also include John Heineman, and educational entities on their duties, cultural and entertainment events that Terri Wang, Tim Stubenrouch, Michael Schiff, corporate governance and director liability benefit the local economy; and Mona Parikh, Rodney Vannerson, Mary Favre matters. He was elected vice chair of the UH and Greg Stirman. „„ a community sports park that could System Board of Regents for fiscal year 2013. include a multi-use recreational facility Four subcommittees with 95 volunteer Hollingsworth was appointed to the board and facilities for lacrosse, tennis, members are tasked with prioritizing the in 2009 by Texas Governor Rick Perry. cricket and more. projects being considered, identifying Final Open House for invited to provide feedback on the draft plan, a document that is in its final stage. investments, the plan will recommend future strategies for partnering with local Cultural Arts Study Throughout this project, extensive organizations to further integrate cultural arts into the community. A final open house for the Cultural Arts research and public input has been Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide is gathered. The plan defines a vision for arts For more information and to view the scheduled for March 27, at 7 p.m., at Imperial and cultural development in Sugar Land and draft plan, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/ Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way. includes a prioritized “road map.” Building culturalarts or email Residents and community stakeholders are upon the City’s existing vision and previous CulturalArtsStudy@sugarlandtx.gov.4 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013
  5. 5. X XG OV E R N MX X X X XXXXXXX ENTUPDATES TOMASTER PLANS UNDERWAY T he City of Sugar Land is currently updating several of its master plans. These documents are used for policy guidance and decision making. They describe theCity’s approach for implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that outlinesSugar Land’s vision and sets the stage for future development. Of the City’s eight masterplans, five are currently being updated: Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, Master DrainagePlan, Water Master Plan, Municipal Facilities Master Plan and Land Use Plan. The Cityencourages its citizens to provide input when the opportunity is offered.Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan - A public meeting to Atreview draft recommendations for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is scheduled for Monday,April 15, from 6 - 8 p.m., in the Cane Room at City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. The draft Constellationplan identifies a citywide network for pedestrian and bicycle routes, focusing on connecting keydestinations and crossing major barriers. For more information about this master plan, call (281) Field275-2218, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/pedbike, or email transportation@sugarlandtx.gov. Vendor S O C I A LMaster Drainage Plan - The Master Drainage Plan update willdocument drainage facility ownership and responsibilities, identify drainage improvements Thursday, April 4, at Constellation Fieldneeded for flood protection and establish policy on detention pond maintenance. Residents from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.may visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/drainage for more information, to sign up for emailupdates and to submit a request for a Capital Improvement Project. For more information, Procurement professionals andcall (281) 275-2870 or email cityengineer@sugarlandtx.gov. vendors in the Fort Bend and greater Houston areas are invited to this free event. Various cities, counties andWater Master Plan - Previously updated in 2007, the Water Master Plan school districts will be represented.documents policy direction specific to water planning and identifies the City’s long-range waterfacility and infrastructure needs. The Water Master Plan update process is divided into two Contact Purchasing at (281) 275-2734phases. Phase 1 took place in 2012 and focused on planning for growth and infrastructure needs or purchasing@sugarlandtx.gov forto support new development. Phase 2 is this year’s focus and will utilize public input to refine more information.water-related policies, such as water conservation and supply, and recommend implementationprojects. For more information on this project, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/waterplan. Batter Up!Municipal Facilities Master Plan - The Municipal FacilitiesMaster Plan will identify the City’s long-term facility needs. This typically includes propertyacquisition and building improvements necessary to serve the Police and Fire Departments,Municipal Court, Parks, Public Works and other City operations. The plan will identify a set ofprioritized recommendations for addressing these needs. Thursday, April 18, will be theLand Use Plan - The Land Use Plan provides policy guidance and will identify first Skeeters game of the season. Goingfuture efforts necessary to accomplish the City’s land use goals and objectives. The update up against the Long Island Ducks, theprocess will utilize extensive public outreach and input to ensure the plan is informed by Sugar Land Skeeters willcommunity preferences. The date for the first opportunity for public input through the be on home turf at ConstellationOnline Town Hall forum on the City’s website will be announced soon. For more information Field. For ticket information, calland to sign up for email updates, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/landuseplan. Residents 281-240-HITS (4487).may also send project inquiries to longrangeplanning@sugarlandtx.gov. w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 5
  6. 6. X X X XT Y X X X X X X X SAFE X X FIRE STATION NO. 7 ACHIEVES LEED CERTIFICATION Green design and construction features of the building. Products made from recycled positively impact both the fire station and the content and Forest Stewardship Council broader community. Buildings that are LEED (FSC)-certified wood were used. By planting certified have many benefits: lower operating vegetation that is native to the area, the water costs; reduced waste sent to landfills; energy required for irrigation was reduced by at least and water conservation; healthier and safer 50 percent. Water consumption also will be environment for occupants; and reduced harmful reduced with the installation of low-flow toilets, greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings are LEED sink faucets and shower heads. Energy efficient certified if they become more environmentally appliances will reduce energy consumption. friendly by achieving a list of requirements for There are many other sustainable features of the approved credits. The number of credits earned building that are described on plaques posted determines the level of certification. throughout the fire station. S ugar Land Fire Station No. 7 on Chatham Avenue in Telfair recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Several key sustainable features were implemented in the construction of Fire Station No. 7. Local building materials were Achieving LEED certification is an important milestone in the City’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. To find out more about Environmental Design (LEED) certification. incorporated. For example, all of the brick was LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building This is the first LEED-certified City building. manufactured by a supplier within 500 miles Council’s website at http://new.usgbc.org. PUBLIC SAFETY 2012 IN REVIEW SUGAR LAND FIRE DEPARTMENT Keeping Sugar Land’s residents safe is the number one priority of the Sugar Land Fire Department (SLFD). In 2012, SLFD continued to strive for excellence in providing emergency services that protect lives, health, property and the environment. The fire department responded to 6,671 calls for service, including 4,109 emergency medical responses, 101 hazardous materials responses and 26 structural fires. The number of structural fires remains a very low percentage of all fire calls. The average response time to calls in the City was 5.2 minutes and 5.5 minutes to calls in Extraterritorial Jurisdictions. Fire prevention officers actively engaged with the community by providing 22 fire extinguisher trainings and 12 fire evacuation drills to schools and businesses last year. Five new emergency medical technicians were certified. The department also increased its firefighter training hours by 20 percent in 2012. Safety, quality training and public education ensure Sugar Land remains a “Safe City.” SUGAR LAND POLICE DEPARTMENT Since 2008, Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land have dropped 18 percent. Part 1 crimes include assault, auto theft, home and auto burglaries, homicide, shoplifting and robbery. Last year, Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land increased 8.6 percent from an all-time low in 2011. Burglaries are largely responsible for this increase. The average response time to emergency calls in 2012 was 2:45 minutes, down from 2:56 in 2011 and 4:42 in 2009. To reduce residential burglaries, SLPD created a task force that includes a criminal investigations division and crime prevention and patrol officers. An additional officer was added to SLPD’s impact team, a group of officers who focus on “hot spots” of criminal activity such as vehicle burglaries or residential burglaries. This team has been successful in catching criminals before they commit crimes.6 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013
  7. 7. X X X X X X X X SAFE TX XXXX YTECHNOLOGY ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY Continued from coverLeft to right: LPR cameras, Lieutenant Tomlinson demonstrating a thermal imaging camera, and a red light camera Radios are essential to communication, calls 911, the dispatcher enters information introduction of the cameras has shown thatespecially in emergency situations. Sugar into the system while talking to the caller. they are helpful tools in the identification ofLand Police and Fire Departments used the As the call is being entered, firefighters vehicles used in the commission of crimes.High Tech Replacement Fund to reband and and police officers are receiving the report. Much of the crime in Sugar Land isreprogram radios and switch from analog Immediate action is taken. This system saves committed by those who travel from outsideto digital radios. The City also received a lives by decreasing response time. the community. New LPR systems will beHomeland Security Grant for radio upgrades. Traffic is another part of public safety installed on major streets and intersections In 2012, the City replaced 43 mobile that requires numerous officers on the that lead into and out of the city. The use ofradios and 80 portable radios for the fire and street. Safe Light Sugar Land is a program LPR cameras for crime prevention gives SLPDpolice departments. The analog radios that used to improve the safety of high-volume another valuable tool to help catch, arrestwere replaced were given to non-emergency intersections in the City. Since the installation and convict criminals. To find out more aboutdepartments, such as Public Works, Animal of Sugar Land’s red light cameras, accidents the Crime Prevention Camera Program, visitServices and Engineering. The upgraded have decreased more than 58 percent at www.sugarlandtx.gov/crimecameras.digital radios make it possible for police targeted intersections. The analysis charts Battling fires requires very specializedofficers and firefighters to access other City accident data back to 2009, when the last of equipment. In order to see if there arechannels during emergency situations. This the current cameras were installed. Red light people trapped in a burning building,interoperability enhances teamwork during cameras also allow police officers to focus on thermal imaging cameras are used. Infrareddisasters such as hurricanes or gas leaks. other important efforts, such as special teams radiation is turned into visible light, allowing that focus on burglaries and other areas of Sugar Land’s state-of-the-art emergency firefighters to see areas of heat through emphasis. More information on the Safe Lightnotification system, Blackboard Connect, smoke and darkness. Sugar Land program can be found on theenables first-responders to quickly send police department’s website at During a fire, a Telemetry Passive Alertalerts and messages to the entire City or www.sugarlandtx.gov/safelight. Safety System (TPASS) is used to maintainspecific target areas. Residents are urged communication with each firefighterto register their cell phones and emails Another valuable camera project uses inside a burning building. The incidentat www.sugarlandtx.gov. Look for the License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. commander, who would be outsideEmergency Notification box on the left The LPR cameras scan license plates and the structure, uses TPASS to identify thehand-side of the homepage to sign up. notify officers of stolen vehicles, amber alerts firefighters and monitor what is happening. and more. For the last five years, SLPD has In 2012, public safety dispatchers been using LPR systems. Five mobile systems Keeping Sugar Land safe is the goal ofanswered close to 50,000 emergency 911 were installed on police vehicles and three the City’s emphasis on technology, and withcalls, and 139,000 non-emergency calls using fixed systems were installed at locations in smart people and smart technology, the Citycomputer-aided dispatch. When someone the Town Square/First Colony Mall area. The continues to succeed. w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 7
  8. 8. X X XB I X X X X X X X X X M O X LI T Y CONSIDERING ROUNDAB UTS T hroughout the nation within the last few decades, roundabouts (aka traffic circles) have Unlike traffic signals, become a popular alternative to four-way roundabouts do not stops. Roundabouts are even becoming involve hardware a familiar sight here in Sugar Land. The most notable intersection is the multilane or major equipment roundabout at Imperial Boulevard and installation. Stadium Drive (near Constellation Field). A single-lane roundabout is also located on Savannah Heights Drive in Telfair, These studies showed that if a roundabout and a new roundabout opened in had been constructed, these intersections February at Lexington Boulevard and would have cut vehicle delays by 62 percent, Oxbow Drive in First Colony. driver wait time by 325,000 hours and fuel consumption by 235,000 gallons per year. One of the major benefits of roundabouts Unlike traffic signals, roundabouts do is increased safety. When two vehicles cross not involve hardware or major equipment paths, an accident may occur. Roundabouts installation, saving money with lower have fewer of these accident prone spots, with maintenance costs and a longer service life only eight as opposed to 32 in a four-way stop. (approximately 25 years versus 10 years with a traffic signal). Since there is no need to stop in a roundabout, traffic moves continuously. As roundabout intersections become There are fewer delays and there is less more available in Sugar Land, residents traffic than at stop lights. With no need to will see the benefits that roundabouts idle at a red light, vehicles also use less fuel can provide, including improved and produce lower emissions. The Institute travel conditions along city streets and of Highway Safety completed case studies thoroughfares, while maintaining the of 10 intersections where other intersection quality of life with the adjacent businesses controls were used instead of roundabouts. and neighborhoods.8 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013
  9. 9. X X X X X X X XO B IX X X M X X LI T Y UPDATE S TO CITY ROAD PROJECTS Sugar Land’s New Water Storage Tank Great strides are being made on the new 2 million-gallon elevated storage tank that is currently under construction along U.S. Highway 59 at the Brazos River. This will be the last elevated storage tank needed to provide Sugar Land residents with a consistent water supply as growth continues. Its location was selected based on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) height clearance requirements for airport flight paths. The new tank is a composite elevated tank that looks different than the existing spheroidal elevated tanks within the City. This tank consists of a concrete pedestal and a steel bowl that will hold the water up to 160 feet above ground. This new elevated tank required to maintain water system pressure throughout the service area. The purpose of the project is to extendLexington Boulevard University Boulevard North University Boulevard from its current terminus The roundabout at the intersection The City recently received authorization (in the vicinity of Sam’s Club) to U.S. 90A. Theof Lexington Boulevard and Oxbow Drive from the Texas Department of Transportation project includes construction of approximatelyopened in February (see previous page). The to proceed with the University Boulevard 1,100 feet of four-lane divided roadway withwestbound leg of Lexington that connects to North project. The construction of this project a bridge crossing over Ditch H. This projectUniversity Boulevard opened in early March after will complete the “University Boulevard Loop” is designed to increase mobility and reducecompletion of the road and bridge. Combined, as identified in the City’s Thoroughfare Plan. congestion in the general area. Constructionthe total investment for this roadway section and The road will originate from U.S. Highway is anticipated to begin in April 2013 and beintersection surpassed $4 million. These projects 90A at the north, extend through Telfair and completed in approximately nine months.demonstrate the City’s commitment to existing Riverstone and connect to State Highway 6 atresidents while preparing for the growth and the southern end.future development of our community.U NIVERSI TY B O ULE VA R D S O U T H GR AN D OP E N IN GContinued from cover Construction for the project began inFebruary 2011 with funding from Fort BendCounty Mobility Bonds and the City of SugarLand’s Capital Improvement Program. Thenew roadway includes four lanes divided bya median, three bridges and traffic signals atthe intersections of University Boulevard at Council members, community leaders and residents cut the ribbon at the University Boulevard Sneak Peek event.Commonwealth and University Boulevard at for new businesses like Texas Instruments, Fluor current plans for the future Performing ArtsElkins Road. and Costco that recently relocated to the area. Center that will continue to build on successful “University Boulevard is a great example venues that are making Sugar Land one of the The newly expanded roadway providesof the City’s efforts toward its goal of ‘Superior region’s premier destination locations. additional access for vehicles, bicyclists andMobility,’” said City Manager Allen Bogard. pedestrians to enjoy the Brazos River, where The City hosted a “Sneak Peek” event to The project improves mobility by allowing the City is planning extensive parkland give residents a preview of the finished road.motorists to avoid the more heavily travelled expansions that include a festival site for Residents gathered at Elkins Road and joinedState Highway 6 corridor. The University events. University Boulevard and the extension City officials for a short walk on the UniversityBoulevard extension was also an important factor of Lexington Boulevard are important to Boulevard expansion. w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 9
  10. 10. SE RVX CE S X X X X X X XXX I XXX C I T Y I M P L E M E N T S IRRIGATION ZONE SCHEDULES H ot and dry weather patterns are characteristic of Sugar Land’s summers, and residents are all too familiar The Irrigation Zone Schedule has been developed for simplicity. The City is divided into four different zones. Neighborhoods The City recommends with the cost of irrigating withering lawns may be in one or split between two zones, and landscapes. The City of Sugar Land plans therefore neighbors will water on the same that homeowners use the for increased water demands during the days of the week. Following the schedule cycle and soak method, summer months, drought and higher than allows more flexibility in the time of day you normal temperatures. This means the City’s can water, however watering after 10 a.m. an effective practice water production and delivery facilities will and before 7 p.m. is strongly discouraged. that will help grass and be working overtime to curb pressure drops and provide water to meet high demands. The City recommends that homeowners plants develop deeper use the cycle and soak method, an effective The water industry estimates that 50 practice that will help grass and plants root growth. percent of the water used for landscape develop deeper root growth. Deep roots irrigation runs off lawns and into storm are vital to healthy, drought-tolerant lawns drains. The reality is that we overwater our and landscapes. Plus, you will save on your lawns and unintentionally waste water. The water bill. The Cycle and Soak Method works I R R I GATI O N ZO N ES City’s new Irrigation Zone Schedule aims to well enough that watering twice a week is reduce daily water demands and promote sufficient for a healthy and beautiful yard. responsible water use year round. By following The City has an irrigation schedule in place the voluntary two days-a-week irrigation zone that tells you which two days are designated schedule, residents contribute to: for your neighborhood to water. „„ reducing peak daily water demands; When using an automatic sprinkler, calibrate it so that it is set to two 5-minute „„ protecting the integrity and extending cycles with an hour break between the the lifespan of the City’s water wells cycles. This strategy allows the water to and infrastructure; penetrate into the soil. A third 5-minute „„ circumventing groundwater withdrawals cycle may be needed to reach depths of to meet high peak demands; six to eight inches. If watered more than that, the water does not have time to soak „„ achieving long-term water into the soil. Excess water runs off lawn, conservation and reductions in per into the street and down the storm drain. capita water demand; Essentially, the water is wasted. „„ increasing irrigation efficiency This map illustrates the different irrigation Your watering schedule can be found throughout the City; zones in the City of Sugar Land. Find your at www.sugarlandtx.gov/irrigation. If you neighborhood watering days here: „„ ensuring water is available for fire have any questions, please call the Water www.sugarlandtx.gov/irrigation. or emergency uses and adequate Utilities Department at (281) 275-2450. drinking water.10 SUGAR LAND TODAY Spring Sp r in g 2013
  11. 11. SE RV I CE SF I X THE DRIP DRINKING WATER UPDATE The average American householdunknowingly wastes more than 10,000gallons of water each year. Across the 2 Fix simple leaks. Use inexpensive pipe tape to stop leaks at fixture connections. Remove the plumbing The City of Sugar Land began building a new Surface Water Treatmentcountry, household leaks can add up to more fixture, apply the tape and tightly Plant (SWTP) last year in order to meetthan 1 trillion gallons of water lost every screw the fixture back on. The tape the Fort Bend Subsidence District’syear. The City of Sugar Land is proud to be a will seal the fixture and stop small mandated 30 percent reduction inWaterSense partner, promoting water-saving leaks. Larger leaks may require a groundwater usage. The plant, expectedappliances, prompting residents to fix leaks professional. to be operational later this year, willand encouraging the efficient use of water. supply 9 million gallons of drinking waterBe an advocate for water conservation andstart saving as much as 10 percent on your 3 If you cannot fix the drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense models that use at least per day from the Brazos River through the Oyster Creek canal system.water bills with these three simple steps: 20 percent less water and perform as The City is changing the disinfectant1 Check your home for leaks. „„ Toilets – Add a few drops of food well or better than standard plumbing fixtures. For example, replacing an old inefficient showerhead with a used to clean water from chlorine to chloramines. Sugar Land is not alone in making this conversion. Houston, Missouri coloring to the toilet tank and wait WaterSense model can shrink your City, Fort Bend County WCID #2 and 15 minutes. Before flushing, check to household’s water footprint by almost Pecan Grove have already made the change. see if any colored water appears in 3,000 gallons annually while providing the bowl. If so, your toilet has a leak. The change to chloramines will a shower with power. reduce the levels of disinfectant „„ Faucets – Examine each faucet More water conservation information byproducts in the water while still in the house for drips to ensure can be found on the City’s website at providing protection from disease. water is not leaking. www.sugarlandtx.gov under the However, the change to chloramines can „„ Outside pipes and spigots – Water Utilities Department link. cause problems for people dependent Check each outside spigot for You can also find water saving tips at on dialysis machines. It is important drips and look for any areas in www.epa.gov/watersense. that dialysis units have some means, the lawn that are always wet. such as a charcoal filter, of removing the chloramine. Medical facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medical equipment. Call for Photos Aquarium owners need to be aware The City’s communication department that chloraminated water may be toxic encourages residents to submit photos to fish. Make sure to use chemicals and/ of Sugar Land events, residents, parks or filters that are designed for water that and landmarks. Share them on the has been treated with chloramines. City’s Facebook and Flickr pages for our next calendar and other publications For more information on this project, by Oct. 18. Pictures can also be emailed call the Utilities Department at to pubinfo@sugarlandtx.gov. (281) 275-2450. w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 11
  12. 12. SE RVX CE S X X X X X X XXX I XXX UTILITY BILL PAYMENT OPTIONS T he City of Sugar is pleased to offer its residents several convenient options to pay their water bills. If you have any questions, you may call Treasury at (281) 275-2750 or email Treasury@ sugarlandtx.gov for assistance. Online - A simple and convenient option is to pay your bill online. Go to the City’s SUGAR LAND website and click on Departments, scroll down to Treasury and click Pay Your Water Bill. In order to log in, you will need to request a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Once you EARTH DAY have access to your account, you will find a summary of your consumption as well as your average daily usage, periodic usage and last meter reading. We accept American Express, CELEBRATION MasterCard or Visa. S AT U R D AY, Automatic Bank Draft - To save time and avoid late fees, you can set up an APRIL 20 automatic draft from your checking or savings account. There is no cost to enroll. Payments are drafted on the Friday before the due date each month. Customers still receive monthly bills to 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. monitor water usage and as a reminder of the deduction. To enroll, complete the online bank R E C Y C L E draft form (www.sugarlandtx.gov/treasury/waterandwasteWaterPayments.asp). C O L L E C T I O N E V E N T AT By Phone - The City’s automated phone system provides account information and MERCER STADIUM accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express payments. To pay by phone, call (281) 275-2750. ACCEPTED ITEMS INCLUDE: In Person - Payments can be made at City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North • household electronics during business hours (Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). • paper for shredding • clothing • household goods By Mail - To submit your payment by mail, send your check or money order and the for reuse bill stub to Treasury, P.O. Box 5029, Sugar Land, TX 77487. • BOPA: Payment Depositories - „„ Sugar Land Police Station/Municipal Batteries, Another option is to deposit your payments Court, 1200 Hwy. 6 South Oil, Paint, and in one of the City’s six payment drop boxes. „„ Fire Station No. 4, 2100 Austin Parkway Antifreeze You can find them throughout Sugar Land in the parking lots at the following locations: „„ Fire Station No. 3, 2255 Settlers Way 2 - 6 P.M. „„ City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North „„ City Hall Fire Administration, 10405 ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITY Corporate Drive BOOTHS & PERFORMANCES „„ Senior Center, 226 Matlage Way ON THE PLAZA Go Green with Paperless Billing! AT SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE Residents can now receive their water bills via email. After you sign up, you will receive a paper statement for three months as well as the e-bill email. After this time, you will no FOR MORE INFORMATION: longer receive your bill in the mail. When you decide to go paperless, you will pay your bill (281) 275-2450 or online. Call Treasury at (281) 275-2750 or email treasury@sugarlandtx.gov to enroll. www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste. To ensure that you receive the best service possible, please make sure that all of the information on your water bill is up-to-date.12 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013
  13. 13. X X X X X X X X X X XCE S SE RV I X X RECYCLING The curbside recycling program now Be a Friend to Wildlife accepts all colors of glass as well as green SUCCESS waste. The addition of a green waste program ensures all grass clippings, leaves, IN 2012 brush, tree limbs, etc. will be recycled rather than sent to a landfill. Prior to launching the new program, residents recycled 34 pounds of waste per household per month. This number jumped to 83 pounds per household per month in 2012. Spring is in the air a little early this year, giving urban wildlife a head start. Warmer “The new solid waste and recycling weather means that animals will soon be program has been a huge success, which is having babies. To avoid having a springtime due to the residents accepting the changes nursery, here are some tips to make sure and educating themselves about what the “No Vacancy” sign is clearly displayed. should be recycled,” said Dawn Steph, environmental manager. “The City is proud „„ Do not keep food for pets of the response and dedication shown by outside overnight. our residents and hopes it will continue to „„ If you feed birds, take down or increase our diversion rate!” empty the feeder(s) each night. S ugar Land residents are embracing going green in a big way, nearlytripling the amount each household recycles Residents currently receive automated recycling collection once per week utilizing a city-issued 35-, 65- or 95-gallon recycling Sweep up any seed on the ground, if possible, as it will attract nocturnal animals like raccoons and opossums.over totals from just a year ago. In 2012, carts. Green waste collection is also The feeders can be put out again orresidents recycled more than 12,655 tons provided weekly. Green waste materials refilled in the morning for the birds.of trash, including 5,811 tons of recycled such as grass clippings and leaves should „„ Repair any holes in roofing ormaterial and 6,844 tons of green waste. That be placed in a reusable container or in tied eaves before wildlife finds themtranslates to more than 32 percent of the City’s bags; compostable bags are not required. and moves in.residential waste being diverted from landfills. For more information on City ofSugar Land expanded its recycling program in „„ Install a chimney cap. Sugar Land’s recycling program, visitDecember 2011. Residents quickly embraced www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste. „„ Trim tree branches away from thethe new easier recycling, helping Sugar Land house to minimize access for animalsbecome a greener community. to your roof. „„ Keep trash and garbage around your yard contained and picked up.ENERGY CONSERVATION PROJECT PAYS OFF „„ Keep compost in a container. Sugar Land’s project to reduce energy The City of Sugar Land contracted with „„ Close off crawl spaces under porches,consumption saved the City $85,137 in McKinstry to design and construct the decks and sheds. Wildlife will use2012, exceeding expectations by $20,000. improvements, which consisted primarily these as dens for resting and raisingIn 2010, the City applied for and received of interior and exterior lighting changes their young.funding from the Department of Energy at nine of the City’s largest facilities as „„ F ence gardens, pick up fallen fruitto implement a program to decrease the well as building automation system and NEVER feed wildlife.City’s use of electricity. Since the project enhancements at the police and courtwas completed in 2011, Public Works facility. Building automation systems ensure Spring into action quickly and makeand McKinstry Essintion, Inc. have closely that office temperatures and lights are sure your home is not a stop for wildlife.monitored the improvements and the adjusted according to need – for example, For more tips or for help with wildlifeassociated electric consumption. thermostats set according to work schedules issues, call Animal Services at and motion-activated lights. (281) 275-A-DOG (2364). w w w. su g a r l a n d t x . g o v 13
  14. 14. X XRV IX X X X X X X X X ????????????????? SE X X CE S 2013 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT LIST (includes carryover projects) CIP No. PROJECT TITLE CIP No. PROJECT TITLE CIP No. PROJECT TITLE AP1001 Runway Rehab/Repair ST1203 Comprehensive Mobility Plan WA1007 University Blvd South 20" Water AP1002 Smithville Land Acquisition ST1204 Hwy 6 Improvements-Brooks St Line AP1201 Parallel Taxiway Relocation to Lexington Blvd WA1101 Utility Security Phase III AP1202 Runway / Approach Lighting ST1205 Sweetwater Reconstruction WA1103 Motor Controls - Woodchester AP1204 Terminal Parking Lot Expansion ST1207 University Blvd N to Imperial WP & Other Wells AP1301 Airport Storage Hangers ALD #4 ST1302 Sidewalk Rehabilitation WA1201 Water Master Plan Update and ALD #11 ST1303 Pavement Rehabilitation WA1202 Water Storage Tank Rehabilitation DR0803 Sugar Mill Drainage ST1304 Design Standard Update w/ WA1203 Distribution System Water Main Improvements Phase II Comprehensive Mobility Plan Rehab Program DR1001 Sugar Creek Drainage ST1305 Street Reconstruction WA1204 River Park Interconnect Improvements Phase II TR1003 Rail Monitoring WA1205 Automated Meter Reading DR1202 Oyster Creek Remapping TR1004 Traffic Signal Management/ITS WA1206 Evaluate & Replace Defective DR1204 Ragus Lakes Drainage TR1102 Wayside Horn-Prison Drive Hwy 59 Waterline Crossings DR1301 Localized Drainage TR1103 Wayfinding Phase I (TxDOT WA1207 Well Rehabilitation Improvements Routes) WA1301 Elevated Storage Tank Rehab DR1302 Covington Woods Drainage TR1201 Street Light Replacement WA1302 Well Rehabilitation Improvements TR1202 Traffic Evaluation & Safety WA1303 Elevated Storage Tank MU1105 Land Acquisition - Telfair Option Improvements Interconnect Improvements Tract TR1301 Government / Community & WA1304 Austin Parkway Groundwater MU1106 District 1 License Plate Destination Signage Plant Booster Pump Rehabilitation Recognition TR1302 Long Lines Pavement Markings SW0801 Surface Water Conversion MU1201 Facility Renovations Upgrade Transmission Line (A-2) MU1202 Public Works Service Center TR1303 Wayfinding Phase II (Local Routes) SW0802 Surface Water Treatment Plant MU1203 Facilities Master Plan Update TR1304 Reed Rd. at Jess Pirtle Wireless SW0804 Non-Potable Water Opportunities MU1205 Concert Venue Communications SW1001 Water Plant Upgrades for Surface MU1301 PARD Demolition & Relocation to TR1305 Traffic Evaluation and Safety Water Conversion Admin Annex Improvements SW1101 North WWTP Reclaimed Water MU1302 Public Works Service Center TR1306 US 59 at SH 99 U-Turn SW1201 Non-Potable Reuse Study for MU1303 Facility Renovations Deceleration Lane Extension South WWTP & Riverstone PK0902 U.S. Highway 59 Beautification WW0802 Collection System Rehabilitation SW1202 SCADA Communication Phase III Program Conversion PK1103 Town Center Pedestrian and WW0901 WWTP Diversion North to West SW1203 SWTP O&M Manual and SOP Bicycle Project WW1001 NWWTP Chlorine Bldg. and Gray SW1301 SWTP Computerized PK1104 Brazos River Park – Phase II Water System Maintenance Management PK1203 SH 6 Landscape Rehabilitation WW1002 Lift Station Rehab Design/ System PK1204 ROW Planting & Irrigation Rehab Construction SW1302 SWTP Study and Tracer Testing PK1206 Telfair Park Development WW1101 Collection System Rehabilitation SW1303 AMIL Gates Replacement Study PK1301 Parks Assessment Program SW1304 Surface Water Treatment Plant WW1103 Lift Station Rehabilitation Raw Water Monitoring System PK1302 ROW Planting & Irrigation Rehab WW1201 Lift Station Rehabilitation SW1305 Sugar Lake Non-potable Water PK1303 Park Infrastructure Rehabilitation WW1301 Lift Station Rehab - 2013 Pump Station Construction PK1305 Mayfield Park Improvements WW1302 Replace Odor Control SW1306 SWTP Membrane Acceptance PK1306 Canoe Launch on the Brazos Equipment at NWWTP and LRV Demonstration Testing PK1307 Ditch A-22 Hike & Bike Trail WW1303 Rehab of 24-In FM Lexington LS ST0701 Lexington Boulevard to Sweetwater LS WW1304 WWTP Nutrient Removal, LEGEND ST0703 Burney Road Widening Loading Capacity & Dissolved Airport Surface Water ST0801 Dulles Ave Oxygen Study ST0802 Meadowcroft WA0503 2 MG Elevated Storage Tank Drainage Traffic ST0805 University Boulevard Thru Brazos WA0901 Groundwater Well Replacement Municipal Water Landing WA0902 Sugar Creek Replacement Well Parks Wastewater ST0901 University North Streets14 SUGAR LAND TODAY Sp r in g 2013

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