Missouri City City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging the Fort Bend Subsidence District to grant a one-year deadline extension to all participants in the county’s conversion to 30 percent usage of surface water, and to also grant a three-year extension for early conversion credits.
The subsidence district has issued a regulatory plan that mandates certain entities, including the cities, to use 30 percent surface water by 2013 in order to reduce groundwater usage. Elmer said that the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg have received extensions on their conversion to surface water, placing their current deadline at 2015. Both cities have again filed for an extension with the subsidence district to move the deadline to 2016.
According to Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer, the city has spent $56.6 million to date on converting to surface water usage. The eastern portion of the county has spent an estimated $500 million, Elmer said, and many other cities and entities have expressed opposition to an additional extension for Richmond and Rosenberg.
The resolution supports an extension for all entities involved, not only Richmond and Rosenberg, for which Missouri City will not oppose an extension for the two cities.
“The best thing for us, in a compromise, is to get what we can out of the deal,” Mayor Allen Owen said.
The city council voted unanimously to promote Joe Workman from an alternate position to a regular member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and named Angela Chan as an alternate member.
The city council voted unanimously to authorize an application or grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for paying for additional officers for DWI enforcement.
The city’s police department will provide 44 percent in matching funds for the grant through benefits and vehicle mileage. The grant provides a maximum of $20,000 per agency.
The city council took no action regarding the rejection of bids for an electric generator system. The item was pulled from the agenda.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda