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residents and business owners of Angleton
19,000 residents, the county seat, and located between the port and downtown
Houston, Angleton is positioned to experience significant growth in the coming
years. The actions or lack of actions we take to prepare for this growth will
dictate how Angleton evolves in the coming years. Change can be difficult, and
I wish to share a quote with you about change from Deepak Chopra:
great changes are preceded by chaos."
campaigning this spring, I routinely heard citizens express desire for change
in the city, and I concurred. With new management, changes are occurring. Many
times we may feel caught in the middle when change is occurring. We hear
messages that are concerning about the change, but that's typical for any
change. I assure you that the initiatives currently being implemented at City
Hall will enhance the City of Angleton and prepare the community for the
future. The following is a summary of new initiatives taking place today in the
for the past decade has had five city managers. We need to examine why we have
had a hard time retaining a city manager. Council and I will be conducting a
work session in the coming months with a consultant to examine council-manager
relations, roles, and responsibilities. This will also include evaluating the
city's charter. Our goal is to position the city's top executive with the tools
and understanding he/she needs to be successful as the city manager of
has started talks with a developer to establish a municipal utility district
that could include roughly 400 single-family residential homes. Our goal is to
have a developer's agreement for a potential MUD by the first of next year.
for Phase II of the Rosewood subdivision has been completed, which includes 18
of streets, water, sewer, and drainage for Heritage Park Phase II with 29 lots
recently approved a replat of the Angleton 288 Industrial Park (CR 341). The
replat reconfigured three lots into four lots allowing the Clay Development
Group to construct four 15,000 square feet spec buildings.
In 2017, expansion of the Union Pacific Rail Yard started with
Phase I estimated to be completed in late 2018 and Phase II completion date in
Details of the expansion are below:
9 new Classification Tracks
2 Receiving and Departure Tracks
3 Lead Tracks
A Storage-In-Transit (SIT) Yard
consists of tracks that are used to store loaded railcars of plastic resin
while they await transit to the final destination. This allows increased
capacity at the customer facility, boosting productivity. Between the years of
2013 and 2019, Union Pacific will have expanded its SIT Network in the Gulf
Region by 36% to meet the needs of the growing plastics industry.
Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT) is constructing a
new area engineer and
facility at 18671 FM 523. The entire site will encompass roughly 15 acres.
Queen is likely to open at the end of October, and the coffee shop Wakey
Wakey’s across from the museum is scheduled to open soon.
the City applied for a Livable Center grant through the Houston-Galveston Area
Council requesting $200,000 to aid the City in developing a vision and
guidelines for revitalizing the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods
year, staff will research the possibility of establishing a Texas Main Street
Department. The goal is to hopefully employee an individual who’s responsible
for overseeing the revitalization of downtown and neighborhoods around the
is focused on dedicating resources to make infrastructure improvements this
year. Next year, we will implement more infrastructure projects in the community
than any other time in the city's recent history.
recently started construction on a new sidewalk along Northridge Street (from
N. Valderas St. to Tinsley St.) and N. Valderas Street (from E. Cedar St. to
Northridge St.). The expected completion date of the 5-ft wide sidewalk is
around the middle of December.
Keep Angleton Beautiful (KAB) received an achievement award for
$180,000 that will be used to landscape areas along our local rights-of-way.
The funds will be applied to planting trees within the four largest medians of
State Loop 274 and SH 288B as well as improvements around the Angleton Plaza
heart, which will include a decorative wall, landscaping, and concrete surface
recently selected a vendor to implement the first phase of a Supervisory
Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the city’s water system, which
will allow staff to monitor and control water operations from a central
location instead of having to physically go out to each site. We anticipate
awarding a similar contract for the city’s wastewater system within the next 12
will soon approve a list of streets for reconstruction next year at a cost
between $7 and $8 million. Proceedings to issue debt for this project will take
roughly 90 days, and construction should start on the road program late spring
or early summer.
and Recreation Board is working on a design for a new park located off of CR 44
adjacent to Heritage Oaks. The park includes a 45-acre detention area and a
preliminary design for the new park should be completed in the coming months.
of Angleton will implement a fully automated residential trash and recycling
service beginning January 1, 2018. The charge for residential trash service
will increase 21 cents ($0.21) for the new automated service from $18.59 to
$18.80 monthly starting January 2018. Automated trash service are garbage
trucks that use a mechanical technique that lifts and empties carts without
drivers leaving the truck. Automation is a faster and more efficient way to
collect residential solid waste and recycling materials which will help keep
our neighborhoods neat and clean and improve safety on residential streets.
past few months, staff has been evaluating various new Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) water meters that will allow staff at city hall to monitor
and read water meters instead of having to physically go out and read water
meters. AMI enables two-way communication between the meter and city hall. The
city currently has roughly 7,000 meters, and our goal is to implement a pilot
project in the spring of roughly 1,500 new meters.
the biggest catalysts for development is the reduction of barriers-to-entry in
the marketplace. The City of Angleton's goal is to have easy-to-understand and
consistent processes and policies to streamline development services. In 2018,
the city will be evaluating existing processes and policies, and outside
consulting services necessary for implementing an Express Permitting Program.
recently completed renovations to the pool area at the recreation center and
are in the process of installing a new HVAC system at the recreation center.
September 19, City Council approved a budget of $41,822,000, which maintains
the same tax rate as last year $0.707598. A few of the notable expenditures in
this budget include a debt issuance for street improvements, funds to update
the city's Comprehensive Plan, an increase of the uniform allowance for police
officers, retire debt on the Public Works Service Building, implementation of
new automated residential trash service, employing a new water meter reading
service, and several other projects.
year's budget saw the largest annual increase in property values in the city's
history. The city's property tax value for 2017 increased by $70,000,000, which
includes roughly 38% of new construction added to the city's property tax
the City of Angleton will release its first edition of a city magazine called
Inside Angleton. The purpose of the magazine is to keep the community informed
about on-going and upcoming projects, events, and various other happenings in
the community. The city initially plans to release the publication twice a year
with an edition in the fall/winter and the other publication in the spring/summer.
Response to Hurricane Harvey
Our community did very well during the storm
and flood. We had a few events, but the impact was minimal. The city’s handling
of this event can be divided into four phases.
PHASE I - PREPAREDNESS:
The Monday before the storm, I directed city staff
to address our ditches and any debris piled up on our streets and citizens
yards. This would prevent any potential blockages and barricades in our
drainage system. The city also started to work on plans for our first
responders to stay for the event and support the city/county should the need
arise. We had discussions with many community partners to check on their
preparedness or any unmet needs.
PHASE II – THE EVENT:
During the storm, we stood up our city Emergency
Operations Center and were in constant communication with our county EOC. We
conducted daily briefings with city staff and others. Based on information obtained,
we utilized social media and our phone CTY Connect to pass on any relevant information
to the citizens. We received many compliments from citizens on the
notifications and updates. We also were contacted about several concerns during
the storm that were immediately addressed by leadership and staff. Our city was
the central hub for all staging and housing of federal, state, and local
resources for Brazoria County. The city worked with DPS, FEMA, State, and
county officials with many logistical items when it came to housing and
addressing concerns for over 300 plus responders and their assets. Thank you to
Angleton ISD and Dr. Montgomery in assisting with this and allowing us to
overtake several of your campuses.
PHASE III - RECOVERY:
With minimal impact, we have applied for FEMA
assistance and grants to assist with reimbursements and mitigation enhancements
to protect us in the future.
PHASE IV - FUTURE:
We will be conducting an after-action review to
see what we did well and where we can improve our plans. As you can see, there
were a lot of moving pieces, time, energy and effort in response to Harvey. City
leadership and staff did an incredible job, and I want to commend them. They
were all working hard for you. We should all be proud on how well we were
prepared and protected during this once-in-a-lifetime weather event.
closing, although we are developing in new areas of the community, the heart of
Angleton is in the central area. We will continue to reinvest and plan for the
revitalizing of the core area of Angleton this year and coming years.
proud to represent residents and business owners of Angleton and look forward
to welcoming new residents and businesses. I hope everyone has found this
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