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Message from Council Member Floyd Emery to Missouri City Citizens and Residents of District D

Preparing for the 2021-2024 term in office, allow me to share accomplishments during my tenure in office and plans for the future.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

ALLIANCES HOA/CITY

I take great pride in being responsive to the Homeowners Associations and the residents they represent. In addition to attending HOA Board and Annual meetings, I respond to the concerns, suggestions and recommendations of the residents of Quail Valley, sections of Quail Valley East, Lake Olympia, Lakeshore Harbour, Creekmont South, Waterbrook(s), Silver Ridge(s)and other equally important neighborhoods in District D. With the outstanding support and solution based action of the Missouri City Staff we have made great strides in making Missouri City and District D the place to Live, Work and Play where we are proud to call it our home.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Missouri City continues to be ranked as one of the safest cities in Texas. Our police and fire personnel complimented with the latest equipment, technology and training required to protect our citizens and safety personnel, has been a major priority. .Through the support of competitive salary and benefit plans we strive to attract and retain quality personnel.  Additionally, we have provided our officers with Body and Patrol Car Cameras providing an additional level of safety and transparency for our officers and the citizens they serve. During this period we have added additional Firefighters and opened fire station #6 with the goal of maintaining our response time standards. Our Fire Department has maintained our ISO 1 insurance designation, 1 of only100 Cities across the nation to receive this highest Insurance classification. Through these initiatives and actions, Missouri City continues to maintain our ‘Safest Texas City’ designation.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Areas along the Fort Bend Toll Road, Hwy 6 south and Hwy 90 at the Beltway continues to be of prime interest to developers and businesses. Recently Missouri City attracted Amazon to build a 1 million Sq. Ft. distribution center, with no tax abatement given, along this corridor. Additionally plans have been approved and construction begun on a Fort Bend Town Center II and III. Small business initiatives continued to have a place in our economic development strategy as was Retail and commercial business along Hwy 6, Hwy 90, FM 1092 and the Texas Parkway/Cartwright corridors. Redevelopment of Texas Parkway and Cartwright Rd properties has and will continue to be a priority when developing our overall economic development plan. 

SOLID WASTE

In 2019 the City contracted with a new single waste management company. This agreement continues a  recycling program which continues to grow as our citizens recognize the value of recycling.

FINANCIAL AWARENESS

With the hiring of a new City Manager, Charles ‘Tink’ Jackson and under his direction our City Staff continues to search out opportunities to reduce cost and improve efficiencies when doing business with Missouri City. Transparency of our financial records made available to our citizens, regulatory officials and other stakeholders has been improved. As a result of our fiscal policies our Bond rating continues to be graded as AA thereby providing access to lower interest rates when borrowing is needed. 

DRAINAGE

The City is partnering with the FB Drainage District to address the Long Point Creek S. drainage issues experienced in the Newpoint Estates and Creekmont S. subdivisions. Engineering plans have been approved and work plans are being formulated and schedules developed for implementation.

MOBILITY

This continued to be a major issue and priority over the last few years due to the business and residential growth experienced in Missouri City and the surrounding areas. The City has taken action including; the installation of additional turn lanes along Sienna Parkway and at major intersections; additional left turn on yellow signals; upgrading equipment needed to synchronize traffic flow at major roads/intersections; signage, restriping and additions of Stop, Yield and speed control signage on major roadways and neighborhood streets. Additionally, certain major mobility projects including the completion of the extension of Vicksburg Blvd. to Lake Olympia Parkway, Lake Olympia Parkway widening and extension to Hurricane Lane has been completed. Traffic control improvements at intersections of Watts Plantation at Sienna Parkway and Ft. Bend Toll Road at Sienna Parkway were undertaken and completed.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Citizens of Missouri City approved a Bond initiative of $51.6 million for Transportation which includes $13 million for infrastructure needs related to mobility improvements. These items have been identified and will be implemented as funding becomes available. Detail can be found on the City Website.

QUAIL VALLEY GOLF COURSE AND CITY CENTRE

We continued to monitor the financial and operational health of this amenity. Over the last 4 years, operations and management performance reflects a range of 96% to 103% of revenue to operating cost. At its recent peak this amenity recorded over 60,000 rounds of golf, 161 corporate or charity events and 364 non golf events at the Golf Course and City Centre, thus making it the number one attraction site for visitors and residents (estimated at 130,000) to Missouri City. Many of these events draw sales tax paying visitors to Missouri City as they utilize the Golf Course, the City Centre venue for special occasions and food and beverage. Equally important is the visitor’s potential use and sales tax generation at other Missouri City retail businesses. The pandemic cut into the revenue generated from events using the event venue and food services but was offset to a large degree by the increase in golf operations. In budget year 2021 the total operating performance reflected a net profit over $200k  and the future looks promising.

My Action Plans for 2022 and Beyond

PUBLIC SAFETY

We must continue to maintain our status as one of the safest Cities in Texas. To that end I will be supporting the following actions:

Support a competitive Salary structure and Benefit package for our Public Safety personnel.

Insure adequate funding for equipment, services and training needed to perform their duties.

Support the build out of Fire Station #6 and transfer all administrative staff and functions to this location.

Provide funding for the staffing of the police and fire operations needed to meet our public safety expectations.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We will continue to evaluate those areas of developable land in our comprehensive land use plan. Areas along the Fort Bend Toll Road, Hwy 6 south and Hwy 90 at the Beltway will be of prime interest.  Small business initiatives will have an important place in the economic development strategy. Retail and commercial business along Hwy 6, Hwy 90, FM 1092 and the Texas Parkway/Cartwright corridors will continue to be an important segment in the overall economic development strategy. Redevelopment of Texas Parkway and Cartwright Rd properties will be a priority when developing our overall economic development plan. I will actively support the build-out of our Ft. Bend Town Centers II and III and there will be a residential development component in my economic development strategy.

MOBILITY

With the funding from the Bond initiative approved by the citizens I will support the projects and priorities contained in the Transportation initiative.

For safety purposes I will continue to push for the closing of Cravens Rd. at Hwy 90.

DRAINAGE

Pursue the completion of the Long Point Creek S. drainage project which addresses high water issues at Newpoint Estates and Creekmont S.

Utilizing existing funding opportunities leftover from prior Missouri City Bond initiatives we will continue to investigate major drainage flow issues to determine impact from Hurricane Harvey or other high water events. Any found will be considered as a potential candidate for remediation by the City or other governmental agencies.

INFRASTRUCTURE

We will address and fund from the $13 million dedicated to projects identified in the recent Bond initiative. We will continue to utilize the approximately $3.9 million annual rebate from Metro, existing funds from prior transportation bonds and our inter-local arrangements with Ft. Bend County where they partner with the City on mutually beneficial projects. These revenue sources are important when examining the overall cost of a major infrastructure program. 

PARKS

Missouri City is home to 20 parks covering over 400 acres. Our Parks are an important City amenity and a key factor when businesses and residents consider moving to our City. The City Council reviewed a Parks master plan and when approved I will support its findings. To address and fund these needs we will utilize the  $23 million made available in the passage on the Parks Bond initiative  in addition to using our available park funds and to reach out to our business and public partners for Grant opportunities. 

FREEDOM TREE PARK

Co-chairing with Council Member Jeffrey Boney the Freedom Tree Park Committee, comprised of public and educational officials, private citizens, and community stakeholders have agreed upon a design for this Park. Our charge was to transform the existing passive park in Lake Olympia to one that captures the history and cultural relevance of the Freedom Tree which we believe we have accomplished. With the funding of $3.5 million from the approved Parks Bond initiative we now have the funding needed to implement a reimagined design for the park.

MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT (MUD) STRATEGIC PLAN

 We currently have an established business model in place (MUD’s) that for over 30 years has adequately supplied our requirements for water and waste water including storm sewer capacity and maintenance. Any consideration to consolidate a MUD or MUD’s must provide compelling evidence of its value to the City and the Citizens of Missouri City.

ANIMAL CONTROL

I will continue to monitor the business model we put into place last year to insure it has adequate funding it continues to meet the stated goals for our Shelter.

QUAIL VALLEY GOLF AND CITY CENTRE

This City amenity continues to perform at the designed break-even or profitability goal. Any option to change the existing business model of this key City amenity that would degrade its value or scope or would create an associated negative impact on home values in Quail Valley and the surrounding neighborhoods for me will not be acceptable. 


As a caveat to the ‘Action Items for 2021 and Beyond ’, our State Legislature placed a 3.5% cap when calculating our Rollover Tax Rate. With its approval there will be a reduction in property tax revenue available to the City which can have an impact on the viability of these new offerings and on current City Services.

With the experience gained and positive results attained I am positioned to continue to work with the Mayor, my fellow Council members and City Staff as we move Missouri City forward. We have made great strides in meeting our critical needs and I look forward in continuing my service to the residents of District D and Missouri City. 

Together we will continue to make Missouri City the place to Live, Work and Play while maintaining our status of one of the safest Cities in Ft. Bend County and Texas



 

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