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Friday, September 23, 2011

City Council Meeting - September 27

There is a City Council Meeting on September 27. An agenda can be found on the City Website. The Agenda includes a public hearing for an ordinance that would modify water and sewer rates. Other significant items include the appointment of a Municipal Court presiding judge, selection of a water and sewer operations company, a development agreement with Chris Cheatham and MISD.

Montgomery P&Z Meeting Monday, September 26 at 7 pm

There are three items on the agenda for Planning and Zoning Meeting Monday at 7:00 pm. A demolition permit in the Historic District for Megan Stultz (14375 Liberty), a rezone request for 15030 Liberty from Residential to Commercial (Hatchett Property at NE Corner of Lone Star Parkway and Liberty), and Villas of Mia Lago Final Plat.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

K-9 Demonstration at Lone Star Convention Center

Officer Bellard and I appeared at the Coat of Many Colors Benefit at Lone Star Convention Center on September 16 to demonstrate his skills before dozens of guests. I sent Ofc. Bellard in a few minutes early to give an introduction and allow the City Administrator time to hide his stash before I came in. When I entered the room, there was an overpowering odor of narcotics, but I patiently waited for Ofc. Bellard to allow me to search the room. I knew where the bag was immediately, but I circled the room for a dramatic effect causing an old woman sitting near the mayor to squeal. After sitting near the target, I let Ofc. Bellard play with my ball. Then came the real fun. I helped train Darrell to be a criminal. Unfortunately he was wearing a padded suit so when he threatened me, I was not able to bite him too hard, but I did knock him to the ground and growl a lot. Ofc. Bellard called me to stop, but I wasn't finished training Darrell yet, so Bellard had to pull me by the collar. The old lady squealed again. My work was done so Ofc. Bellard barked at the audience for another few minutes while I sampled the Bar B Que. Thank you to Dr. Michael Hayles and the Coat of Many Colors for all they do in helping people get training for jobs. I did my part by training Ofc. Bellard and Darrell for their jobs as police officers.

BY: KILO, Montgomery Police Dept. K-9 Unit

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Montgomery to Celebrate National Night Out on October 4th

National Night Out is a movement across the US and Canada to encourage cooperation between communities and local agencies to increase awareness of issues related to security and crime.  Montgomery will have a citywide "block party" on October 4th at the Montgomery Community Building on Texas' National Night Out Day.  City staff, officials, and police officials will be on hand to speak and listen to citizens.  The Goal of this event is to develop communication and relationships to create a partnership to stand to prevent and respond to crime in our neighborhoods.

http://www.natw.org/nno/about.html

Montgomery FY 2011 Sales Tax Beats Estimate

With the final month of sales taxes received in this fiscal year, Montgomery has received more than was estimated in the budget amendment passed in June.  The September receipts are about $10,000 less than this month in 2010, but the figures for the fiscal year $1.22 M are better than was budgeted ($1.14 M).  A history of the sales tax receipts can be found at this site:

http://www.mactexas.com/open/SalesTaxCharts/SalesTaxCharts/101295/1012046

Senator Nichols to Visit Montgomery

Montgomery will be hosting a meet and greet for State Senator Robert Nichols at the Lone Star Convention Center on Lone Star Parkway in Montgomery on Thursday, September 15, 2011 between 2:30 and 4:00 pm.  This will be a great opportunity to meet and hear from our Senator in a wonderful setting.  Please make plans to come and call City Hall at 597-6434 if you would like additional information.

Montgomery Co. Food Bank Dropoff at City Hall

Montgomery City Hall is now a location for dropping off non-perishable food for the Montgomery County Food Bank.  Please bring some canned food when visiting us to pay utility bills or for City Council meetings.  There is a box in the front hallway for these items.  The City will periodically take the items to Montgomery County Food Bank for those in need.  This is particularly important in light of the recent fires that have left so many of our neighbors out of their homes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wine and Music Festival on September 17

The Montgomery Wine and Music Festival is finally here.  This Saturday, September 17, festivities will start around 11 a.m. and continue through the day in downtown Montgomery.  Admission is free and there will be activities for the whole family.  More information can be found at the Historic Montgomery Business Association Site at http://www.hmba.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=124.

Water and Sewer Rates

City Council will consider changing water and sewer rates at its meeting on September 13 at 7 p.m.  Council appointed a committee of residents to work with staff and evaluate the rate structure.  The new rate structure recommended by the committee will reduce base rates for residential and irrigation water customers while increasing the usage fees to encourage conservation.  Commercial and Institutional rates will be increased as well to encourage conservation.  The effect of the rate changes on income to the City is negligible.

In addition to the rate modifications mentioned above, the Council will consider increasing the Groundwater Reduction Program rate from $0.55/1000 gallons to $0.70/1000 gallons to fund the City's participation in a joint Groundwater Reduction Plan in accordance with rules issued by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

After City Council hears the recommendations of the Water Committee, it will direct City staff to prepare an ordinance and set public hearings for adoption of new water rates at its September 27th meeting.

Fernland Volunteers Working Overtime

Tremendous progress has been made at Fernland as the grand opening approaches on Saturday.  Volunteers have been painting, landscaping, and completing interior renovations to get the Hulon House and Simonton House ready to display artifacts and become a living history lesson.  The City is very excited to be a part of this partnership with the Fernland corporation and Sam Houston State University.  Please come and join us as we inaugurate this beautiful historical village on September 17 at 11:30 a.m. Afterward, come and enjoy the Wine and Music Festival downtown for a wonderful Saturday in Historic Montgomery.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fires sweep through west Montgomery County

Many local families are out of their houses and a number have lost everything in the fires that are currently sweeping west Montgomery County communities.  You can help by donating to the Montgomery County Food Bank at http://www.montgomerycountyfoodbank.com/.  The United Way and Red Cross are also accepting donations.

Habitat Group at Fernland

Thank you to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter for working so hard to complete the roof on the Arnold Simonton House before the grand opening.  See Profile Picture at Blog.  It has taken many volunteers to get Fernland Park in shape over the last few days.  www.Fernland.org