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Citizens unhappy with McCoy Road drainage plan

City Volunteers Wanted

Business Expo and Taste of the Town Event

Former Mayor Doyle Fenn Passes

Manvel State of the City Address

Manvel Council News

AISD requests class-size waiver

AISD to begin graduation initiative

AISD considers finances


Citizens unhappy with McCoy Road drainage plan

October 3, 2012

Manvel residents living north and adjacent to the High School along McCoy Road from Lewis to Charlotte have been in a weeks long dispute with city council and the developers of the Lakeland Subdivision.  The Lakeland development is north of Manvel High School and is currently in progress.  It is expected to contain more than 600 homes when build-out is complete.

The dispute concerns the drainage work done on the east side of McCoy.  Resident complaints include encroachment beyond the easement boundary and ditches dug too deep and steep to be able to adequately maintain.  The residents also express unhappiness that “their side” does not look as nice as the west side with underground drainage, finished sidewalks, and soon to be nicely landscaped.  Mayor Martin expressed the concern from the property owner apparently most affected that “she feels slighted, that underground culverts are addressed for everyone but her, and she is worried that you have gone too deep in her property and cut too many roots off of her trees and fear her trees may die.”

The issue is not easily reconcilable.  The developer claims to have performed “construction in good faith on approved plans” and feels the cost of any subsequent work should not be borne exclusively but should include some city participation.  The plans were approved by the city’s consulting engineer, Dan Johnson, and as he explains it the plans as originally submitted met all the required specifications as noted in the city’s Subdivision Ordinance.  “When they tried to actually put that in the field, it did not fit,” explained Johnson.  “Geometrically there was no way to do all that,” he said.

Council member Melody Hanson clarified that the inaccurate drawings were produced by the developer’s engineer and in an attempt to determine financial responsibility inquired why, at the moment it was understood that it could not be done, that the project was not determined non-compliant?  “If you could not follow the plans that were submitted to the city shouldn’t we have been notified?”  The developer of the project, Dan Rucker, justified the actions as plying new ground explaining that city rules are “ambiguous” in the city’s Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan and that this is the first test of those Plans since it was adopted. 

Johnson believes it was not the fault of the city, the developer, or the contractor, saying “it just did not fit.”  He says that everyone is now “scrambling to figure out how to make it all fit in the amount of room between the edge of the pavement and the property.”  The engineer for the developer proclaims the 2.5 foot depth requirement in the city’s Design Criteria as very restrictive and “has to be revised”.  He claims to have driven around the city and all the other ditches are “pretty deep”.  

The engineer admitted that the incorrect calculations on the approved plans were not realized until after construction began.  Mayor Martin expressed her thought there seems to be a “gap there that is not connecting” if the constructors had plans calling for 2.5 foot ditches and after realizing it would not work went ahead and dug them 4 foot anyway.  Council member Maureen DelBello said she does not understand why the work was not halted immediately when it was seen that it would not work as designed.  Property owners insisted that work was not finally halted until they began raising the issue with council.

The drainage work was required because part of the development plan approved by the city required the re-construction of McCoy Road in keeping with the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan.  If the road had been left as it was, none of the drainage work would have been required.

One affected citizen commented that the new road is “literally a foot higher or more” than their property and that “we really have to get this ditch right or we could build a dam for our entire subdivision”. 

The developer, Dan Rucker, explained to council that the primary focus is “to make sure the integrity of the system does not cause backed up water and would provide a better drainage system than the one that was in place.”  He went on to claim that aesthetics are important but constructing something that is “functional and manageable and can be maintained is paramount.”  He said that it is time to get to some sort of comfort level that the McCoy Road issue is made to work to some adequate resolution so that home construction is not delayed.

One resident complained of the process having gone on for 2 ½ months.  Rucker responded that “assuming it is physically feasible to rip every driveway out of there and come back in and bury some super elaborate storm system is a two week job at the most.”   The question posed by Rucker is “how do we do that and who is going to pay for it?”  He says he needs direction from the city as they are the “ultimate authority who is going to accept and bless the improvements.” 

Rucker said he would make whatever commitment necessary to ensure the issue is addressed to an acceptable resolution.  The most recent re-work of the drainage provides underground culverts and pipes on each affected property except one that is at the farthest end of the required slope necessary to ensure sufficient flood water evacuation.  Property owners said they initially like what they see but want to be able to look closer at the plans before making any decision.  One insisted that the process not be “piecemealed” and that they want to see the resolution work for everyone.   

Council ultimately agreed with Member John Cox in his suggestion to table the matter to allow the property owners, city representatives, and the developer to come up with a satisfactory solution.  “We are just wasting a bunch of time talking about this and going over and over and over it.  This is probably the fourth meeting I have heard about this, and enough is enough, we need to resolve it and move forward.”

Council does expect to have a final resolution to the issue on the next council agenda, scheduled for Monday, October 8.

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City Volunteers Wanted

October 10, 2012

The City of Manvel is encouraging citizens to apply for positions on various volunteer Commissions, Boards, and Committees. Volunteers are desired for the Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the city’s Planning, Development & Zoning Commission (PD&Z), and the Zoning Board of Adjustment & Appeals.

Appointments are made annually and as vacancies occur. Most terms are for two years.

According to the city’s website, volunteers play a key role in keeping the city government close to the people it serves and provides ideas, feedback, and suggestions to city council. It also serves as a sounding board for proposed policy.

The Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) claims its key objectives to be the recruiting of new businesses, creating jobs, and increasing the current tax base. It markets Manvel to prospective companies and works to retain and expand existing businesses.

The Planning, Development & Zoning Commission assists City Council, property owners, developers and all citizens in regard to growth and new development, stabilizing and conserving existing development and preserving the City's heritage. It provides current and long-range planning including administration of subdivision and zoning regulations; preparation, updating and implementation of comprehensive and policy planning; preparation and analysis of related housing, land use, and demographic information; and support to the city council.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment & Appeals serves as the final arbiter in city zoning disputes and is charged with hearing and deciding cases regarding the Manvel Zoning Ordinance.

Volunteer Applications can be printed from the city’s website at www.cityofmanvel.com or can be picked up from the City Secretary at Manvel City Hall. Call 281-489-0630 for additional information.

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Business Expo and Taste of the Town Event

October 10, 2012


The Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Business Expo and Taste of the Town event last Thursday. The event was considered a great success by event organizers as “exhibitor space was completely sold out and the attendance was amazing” according to Chamber officials.

The event was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on State Highway 6 in Alvin. Nearly 40 local business participated in the event. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to check out the products and services offered by local businesses and restaurants as free food was provided by several area eateries. There was a $500 grand prize drawing, and most every business offered an individual door prize.

The Chamber has sponsored business expo’s in the past but they were phased out due to modest success. This year, it was decided to incorporate the local eateries to make the event more appealing to a wider audience. The event’s organizer and Chamber President, Johanna McWilliams, explained that the food booths were strategically placed so that visitors could enjoy the food while exploring all of the businesses.

Total attendance numbers were not known at the time of this writing, but estimates had it between 500 and 700 people. McWilliams said she expects the event to become an annual tradition and has already begun to think about next year.

“The Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce is an all-volunteer partnership of businesses and professional people working together for the betterment of the community” and is supported by membership fees. The Chamber markets itself as a partner to local business and uses a variety of resources to help promote local commerce. For more information on the Chamber, visit their website at alvinmanvelchamber.org.

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Former Mayor Doyle Fenn Passes

October 17, 2012

Twice elected Manvel Mayor Doyle Fenn passed away last week after a short illness. He was 85-years old. In addition to his service as mayor, Mr. Fenn served as chairman of the city’s Planning, Development & Zoning Commission and recently, in 2011, volunteered his efforts as Chairman of the Home Rule Charter Commission which directed the city’s efforts to achieve Home Rule status.

Fenn moved to Manvel after retiring as a teacher and administrator in the Deer Park community in 1987. He has published five books and according to his obituary the “essence of his life was a boundless love for God.”

Current Manvel Mayor Delores Martin praised Fenn as a “tireless advocate” for the city and said the city will miss his leadership and commitment.

Fenn is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty, four children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After local services he will be buried in his native Oklahoma as was his wish.

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Manvel State of the City Address

October 17, 2012


The mayor of Manvel, Delores Martin, and city staff presented the city’s annual State of the City address to members of the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

The city’s controller, Phyllis Herbst, reported that sales tax estimates for 2012 show a marked increase from the previous year and is projected to be $966,000. While some of the gain can be attributed to more favorable economic conditions, the bulk of the increase, $191,000, is due to the allocation of additional funds to street maintenance; resulting from voter’s decision last year to take money away from the Manvel Economic Development Corporation and allocate it to street maintenance instead.

Herbst also explained that the city’s tax rate has remained constant for the past five years at .587863 per $100 appraised value. Revenues for the current fiscal year are estimated at $3,920,000 with expenditures estimated at $3,800,000. She also noted Mayor Martin’s pride in that Manvel is the only city in Brazoria County that provides a $90,000 property tax exemption for citizens over age 65 and the handicapped.

Public Works Director Jay White informed the group that over 29,000 linear feet of drainage improvements were installed and 2,200 feet of culverts. 22,000 feet of streets and roads were paved and three bridges were rebuilt on Furnace and Louisiana with help from TxDOT and Brazoria County. Lewis Lane required the replacement of 12 large box culverts and the department was able to complete the job in two weeks, ensuring the opening of the school year at EC Mason was uninterrupted.

Michael White reported on the city’s water and sewer efforts and described the addition of over 10,000 feet of water lines and over 11,000 feet of sewer lines. A new sanitary lift station was added along with a 12 inch sanitary gravity line along the south side of SH6 at Corporate Drive. Also added was a 12 inch water main serving the north end of McCoy Road that also included fire protection. And 149 radio frequency water meters were installed to better serve the community.

Police Chief Ralph Garcia touted his securing of a federal grant in the amount of $72,132 that allowed the department to acquire a LiveScan fingerprint system that lets law enforcement check in real-time fingerprints against state and federal databases. Garcia explained that it will go a long way in thwarting those arrested who attempt to conceal their identity. Remaining money from the grant will be used to equip department cruisers with updated computers providing access to local, state, and federal databases when conducting investigations in the field.

Garcia went on to explain the addition of a Certified Crime Prevention Officer who will be able to provide business and home-owners a security analysis that will provide in detail what can be done to better protect their property from the criminal element. Meeting the suggestions could make the owner eligible for an insurance discount up to 20%. The office will also be able to address issues such as identity theft, elderly scams, kids and the internet, kids and gun violence, work place violence, and more.

In the planning stages is a program called ARE YOU OK; described as a telephone reassurance program that automatically dials subscribers at pre-arranged times to check on their well-being. Garcia explained it as a great service to elderly citizens and others who live on their own and have little contact with others. Also coming soon is a Citizens Police Academy that Garcia feels will make a difference in the community we live in. These volunteers will act as the eyes and ears of law enforcement and report crimes in progress or suspicious activity directly to the police. Other activities could include traffic control, special events, and more.

Elaine Graham discussed permits, explaining 197 residential permits were issued in the last fiscal year valued at $49,153,049. Six commercial permits were issued valued at $1,902,505. All other permits issued totaled 321. The number of burn permits issued was 349, 61 other annual permits for a total of 934 permits issued. Inspectors performed 3,277 inspections.

Annie Torres presented the Municipal Court report. She explained that Michael Culling has served as the Municipal Court Judge for 16 years. An alternate Judge, Bridget Peters, was appointed in November 2011. Court sessions are held once or twice each month and the court room at the County Annex Building is used. The Municipal Court handles traffic infractions and state ordinance violations. Torres happily announced that the Court is in the process of upgrading their management software.

City Manager Kyle Jung presented the work of the city’s engineering consultant, Dan Johnson. Jung explained that Johnson worked on the city’s five-year Capital Improvements Program. The plan identifies a list of projects over the next five years that the city should consider prioritizing and funding so that those items can be included in future budgets. Johnson worked with public works on several projects already mentioned: a 4 inch water line, installed decades ago on Rogers road, was replaced with an 8 inch line that included fire hydrants as well. An extension on the west side of Rogers Road is in process that will move the water line to the other side of the road from its current placement. Gates Loop received relief from their long-standing drainage issues with the re-establishment of road-side ditches, improved culverts, and a repaved road. A sanitary sewer improvement line was put in on the south side of state hwy 6 near Corporate Drive.

In process is an impact fee structure that will charge developers with the cost of improving water, sewer, and/or drainage infrastructure that results from the impact of their plans. Four of the city’s six lift stations are undergoing improvements through the use of Water Development Board money. The staff is working on a revision to the design criteria manual that the city uses when talking with proposed developers. It sets out the specific standards the city wants for infrastructure that will impact the city’s future growth. In conjunction with MEDS, the installation of water mains from approximately Pollard Drive (near the Burger Barn restaurant) over to state hwy 288. Currently expected is a 16 inch water line and an 8 inch force main that would provide the ability for commercial development along hwy 6 from that part of the city.

Lakeland Development is nearing the sale of lots with model homes to be built soon thereafter. The development, just behind Manvel High School, will eventually contain 649 new homes on 80 foot lots. Cervelle Homes will be the builder. Three new sections in Southfork are in the planning stages and a new section in Rodeo Palms is under way. Both a new Junior High School and an Elementary School are in the works for the west side of the ETJ as well.

Mayor Martin said that “Manvel is indeed a city on the rise” as she cited EZ Line’s expansion of 27,500 square feet and the addition of 25 new jobs. She ended the address with acknowledgement to city council for their contribution to the city’s administration and praise for the pride in which city employees go about their work. “Our work is an on-going process, our future lays right before us.”

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Manvel Council News

October 24, 2012


Manvel City Council held a joint workshop with PD&Z this week to discuss revisions to both the Building Façade Ordinance and the Landscape Ordinance. Both proposals were rejected by council at previous submissions.

The purpose of the Building Façade Ordinance is to “provide regulation of the visual environment along the existing and proposed major and minor transportation corridors within the city limits of Manvel.” The authors claim the regulation is required to support the city’s vision as supported by its citizens and city council.

The regulations do not apply to single family residential property or areas governed by recorded deed restrictions. The regulations will apply to all buildings that are within 700 feet from the centerline of a major thoroughfare and 300 feet from the centerline of collector or minor transportation corridors. The Ordinance will be in addition to existing zoning regulations.

Council member Adrian Gaspar was the most vocal opponent to the previous submission feeling its requirements too onerous as it included residential property, there were no exceptions for existing businesses, and the allowed building materials were too limited. Each of those issues was addressed in the new proposal and Gaspar now expresses his support of the Ordinance saying it “improved a lot.”

Other members appeared to support the revised Ordinance except for John Cox who expressed his feeling that if a property owner wants to build their own business, they should be able to build what they want so long as all city codes are met, and should not be told by the city how it needs to be built. “It’s just how I feel,” he said.

A revised Landscape Ordinance was also presented to council for discussion. The proposal does not apply to residential properties or to projects built in a Special Development zone such as a subdivision. The purpose of the Ordinance is to “establish regulations pertaining to landscaping on commercial property within the city and to set guidelines for the protection or replacement of significant trees during construction of commercial property.”

The proposal would require commercial property developers to landscape a specific percentage of their land in order to earn a building permit. It also lays out explicit locations on the development where the landscaping must be. Authors say the intent of the Ordinance is to give property owners “as much free choice as possible regarding the selection and uses of plant material.” There are, however, recommended trees and “trees not allowed” in the proposal.

Council members were generally agreeable with the Landscape Ordinance. Both Ordinances will undergo minor revisions by PD&Z before being returned to council for a vote.

Council also received a report from Dan Johnson, the city’s consulting Civil Engineer, regarding the drainage issues on McCoy Road that had received much of council’s attention in recent months. Johnson said the effort was underway and that the Lakeland developer has gone beyond the scope of work authorized by council at a previous meeting. He described the installation of an elliptical pipe, rather than a traditional and cheaper round one, in the higher part of the drainage run to address the concern of the pipe’s exposure to the surface. The elliptical pipe affords greater ground cover so that interference with common maintenance is less likely to be a concern. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the week and initial impressions of the affected property owners appear to be good. As Johnson expressed to council, “this is the first meeting in three months with no citizen comments.”

In other council news, approval was given to the conditional acceptance of the infrastructure improvements for the Lakeland Subdivision and the commencement of the final plat recordation with the county. Dan Johnson signed off on all outstanding “punch list” issues which now allows the developer to begin lot sales to the builder so that model homes can be constructed.

Other development progress was seen in council’s required consent to the sale and issuance of bonds by Sedona Lakes Municipal Utility District No. 1. The development will soon begin construction on three additional phases of home construction.

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AISD requests class-size waiver

October 24, 2012


The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District approved an administrative request for 54 class-size waivers to accommodate continued growth in the kindergarten through 4th grade classes. The waivers are needed, administration officials say, for ten elementary schools due to a shortage of additional teachers as a result of the state’s system of funding.

AISD experienced 4% growth in the last year. Additional teachers, staff, and schools have been increased in an effort to meet the growth. The district claims they are no longer able to afford the expense of hiring additional teachers to maintain the currently mandated student-teacher ratio of 22:1. AISD begins teacher pay at $46,700 and with benefits added the cost rises to $56,988.

In justifying the request, the administration explains the district has implemented over $3 million in budget cuts and cost avoidance measures during the past couple of years including an early exit incentive program. Many central office administration positions were eliminated with attrition. With limited or no control over the cost of utilities, fuel for buses to cover 250 square miles, or property insurance, the district has little choice but to cut positions, programs, and streamline services in a time when the district continues to grow. Elementary principals cannot meet expectations if $56,988 of their operating budget is used to employ additional teachers.

The administration expounded that the district has added portable buildings to existing schools to facilitate growth. In May 2012 for the 2012-13 year, the board approved spending over $2 million for 30 additional elementary teaching positions and 8 secondary positions due to anticipated growth. In August, four additional teaching positions have been added to accommodate classes with over 22 students at Glenn York Elementary, Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary, and Hood Case Elementary. Busing and transferring students to overflow campuses has occurred across the district. Teachers have been reassigned to redistribute classes to accommodate growth and to help alleviate needing a waiver. Though these measures were taken to alleviate overcrowding, the student enrollment continues to increase with inadequate funding to hire the additional staff necessary to support the 22:1 ratio.

The district claims to “recognize its obligation and is fully committed to achieve compliance with the state class size requirements. Alvin ISD will continue to effectively serve its community and will accommodate growth as outlined in a compliance plan.”

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AISD to begin graduation initiative

October 24, 2012


In an effort to improve the graduation rate of limited English proficient (LEP) students in AISD, the Board of Trustees approved the commitment of $163,200 to fund Communities in Schools (CIS), an initiative that will place personnel in seven district campuses. Additional funding from Title I and the Criminal Justice Division from the Office of the Governor will bring the total financial commitment to the program to $326,400.

AISD is well below the 75% state average graduation rate for LEP students at just 31.4%. Research shows that instituting an effective instructional plan for a secondary ESL program has demonstrated good results toward achieving educational success while developing academic English proficiency.

According to AISD documents, the Communities in Schools program is “an “in-school” (8+ hour days, 5 days a week, year round) multi-disciplinary approach to increase each student participant’s opportunity to be successful in school by improving attendance, academic performance, and behavior. The program encompasses and encourages partnerships with federal, state and local social service agencies, as well as private and community based organizations, local colleges, the private business sector, the community, churches, and public schools. In addition, CIS programs promote and facilitate the coordinated delivery of existing health, social, education, community, and other support services on elementary, middle school, and secondary campuses for the benefit of young people and their families.”

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AISD considers finances

October 31, 2012


The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District (AISD) held a workshop last week to share information on district financial matters for discussion. The meeting follows the receipt of the annual demographic report earlier in the month which projects continued increases in student enrollment in future years.

Assistant Superintendent Tommy King described the information presented as a preparation for the years anticipated financial needs. Among the areas included in the workshop were presentations on fund balance issues, growing enrollment needs, and the options for buying down outstanding bond indebtedness. The Board recently approved a change in the fiscal year so that the budget cycle more closely matches the academic school year, meaning that the process will begin in January, several month’s sooner than in years past.

The district maintains thirty-two unique financial funds that generally must be kept separate from one another. The general fund pays for on-going maintenance and operations (M&O); the debt service fund is used for paying principle and interest for current year debt obligations (I&S); the capital projects fund includes money received from voter approved bond sales; special revenue funds are comprised of various sources, such as student activity fees and food service resources; an internal service fund comprises things such as property and casualty insurance and health insurance; agency funds and private purpose funds are managed by the district but are not owned. Examples include money from student club activities and scholarships.

The general fund is the largest of the accounts and was the most discussed at the workshop. It is funded in part by the M&O tax rate charged to district property owners. The rate has remained unchanged at 1.04 per $100 valuation since 2007. In the last fiscal year, district taxpayers funded approximately 45% of the M&O budget. State and federal funds comprised the bulk of the remaining 55%.

Three Trustees voted against the 1.04 tax rate last month, believing the fund balance maintained by the district is too large. Trustee Mike Lansford described how the unobligated fund balance for the district has steadily increased in recent years. In 2006-2007 the balance was $24.3 million. In 2010-2011 it was $55.6 million. District officials anticipate an additional $8.3 million surplus for the current tax year. Lansford espoused a reduction in the M&O tax rate of four cents (.04) in addition to the 1.5 cent reduction in the I&S rate that was ultimately approved by the Board with a 4-3 vote. Other dissenting Trustees were Sue Stringer and Eddie Martinez.

Administrators explained the current policy that the unassigned general fund balance should be maintained at a level between 60 and 90 days of total operating expenditures. The district chooses to conservatively maintain 90 days because at times in the past it has been required to float state funds before they became available. The 2006-2007 fiscal year was cited as an extreme example when more than $16 million was required to be spent from fund balance while waiting for state and federal funds to be received. The alternative is to borrow money against future tax revenue.

In explaining the current $55.6 million fund balance, administrators claim that just $13.5 million is available for spending after maintaining a 90-day reserve and accounting for various liabilities, delinquent property tax collections, and state and federal funds expected but not yet received.

Pat Miller, AISD’s Director of Support Services, discussed the issue of how many and how fast additional schools will need to be constructed to accommodate the projected growth the district aniticpates in future years. Miller explained that previous growth has been realized of just over 4% per year and the forecast for the next five years projects the 4% rate to continue. In ten years, 2022-2023, expected student enrollment is likely to surpass 28,000. The just completed 2011-2012 school year is estimated to show an audited enrollment of 18,208 students.

Miller went on to describe the district’s current building plan and explained that an additional 10,000 seats will need to be constructed in the next ten years. The west side of the district continues to lead the growth pattern and it is expected that a shortfall in elementary capacity of over 700 seats in the 2014-2015 school year will be realized. Miller explained that as nearly equivalent to an entire school building. He says projections call for a shortfall of 1,500 seats by the 2016-2017 school year. The Junior High situation is similar, though not quite as pressing, with a projected 300 seat deficit by the 2013-2014 school year.

In order for the district to be able to position itself to meet the need for elementary capacity, a new school should be open for the 2014-2015 school year. Waiting for the submission of a bond proposal to taxpayers in November 2013 would put the district behind the necessary time-line to have a completed elementary school ready in August 2014. Miller says the situation pushes district officials to be creative in trying to determine ways to be able to start an elementary school in advance of a bond election next November. Additionally, to meet the Junior High capacity, property needs to be acquired, design work completed, and civil construction commenced prior to a bond election next year.

Miller projects the cost to meet these imminent needs to be $24.8 million. Elementary 15 is currently undergoing design and site work and will have an estimated cost of $16.4 million to complete. Administrators propose to use a combination of monies from fund balance and unspent and/or unauthorized bond funds from previous issues to pay these costs.

Additional infrastructure that will need to be addressed by a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) in anticipation of a bond election next year include the construction costs for the new Junior High, land acquisition and construction of elementary 16, land acquisition for two additional elementary schools (17 and 18), Phase 1 construction costs for High School #3, and a renovation/replacement of Longfellow Elementary in Alvin. A bond proposal of $167.2 million is expected to be the minimum submitted for voter approval in 2013. Miller explained that amount only meets the immediate two-year growth projects for additional seats and fails to consider any special programs, athletics, fine arts, transportation, career, or technology requirements.

A Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will be appointed by the Board to determine district needs, prioritizing those needs, determining a bond amount, and assessing the prospects of an election. The Committee reports its results to the Board to assist in consideration of authorizing the election.

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