Mayor Martin delivers State of the City Address

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Mayor Delores Martin began her State of the City Address with the victory of the Manvel Mavericks winning the District 22 – 6A Championship. She thanked Coach Kirk Martin for his work in pulling the team together after Manvel High School lost students to the newly built Shadow Creek High School. Winning the Championship was an event to remember and was a crowning achievement for the City of Manvel.

“Pomona, my Woodlands of the South,” she exclaimed as she spoke of the recognition of two prestigious awards they received this year. They were honored to receive the Model Home Park Design of the Year and the Marketing Campaign of the Year. Mayor Martin took a moment to thank each of the Council members for the dedication and hard work given to the city. She stated, “Team effort… together each achieves more.”

Southfork subdivision had completed with 818 homes. Still building are Rodeo Palms at 1157, Sedona Lakes at 563, Pomona at 117 and Lakeland at 291. Future development of Blue Water Lakes 329, Newport Lakes 199 homes and South Fork Ranch Apts. 326 with rent of $1200.00 and up.

Commercial retail coming soon will be the Manvel Town Center on the Westside of State Highway 288 and State Highway 6. In will be 270 acres of retail commercial and the hope of a Kroger’s grocery store. Presidio at Manvel located at State Highway 288 and Highway 6 on the Eastside, will be 400 acres 200 in light commercial with hopes of HEB coming there and 200 in residential. The grocery stores are still in the negotiation phase. Stripes opened at FM 1128 and SH 6 and is thriving.

Future plans for Manvel include the Alvin I.S.D. CTE Building. It will be 135,000 square feet two store structure to open in fall 2017. The HCS Chemical Plant investing over $15 million in remodeling and expansion. Manvel Seafood a strip center of 10,500 sq ft. with 5,000 of that going to the restaurant, a 2000 sq. ft. meeting room and 4 rental spaces with plans to open after the first of the year. Brooke Honore to open Brooke, where Stoneco is now located, featuring mostly Cajun eats; plans are to open after the first of the year. Big Horn Bar-B-Q is reviewing locations in Manvel as well.

Sedona Lakes will deed Almost Heaven Park to the city. It consists of 21 acres: with an 11-acre lake and 10 acres of grounds. The county and the city are working together for future plans of the park.

TxDot should begin adding raised median barriers along SH 6. Brazoria County Engineer Matt Hanks update on the toll road is the Brazoria County portion of the SH 288 toll lanes project is a 5-mile segment from just north of CR 58 to the Brazoria/Harris County Line. This project will consist of 4 toll lines (two in each direction) placed in the current grassy median of SH 288. There will be four entrances and exits onto and from the toll lanes. Starting early April 2017 with both the Harris County Segment and the Brazoria County Segment estimated to be opening July 2019.

The 2015-2016 adopted budget was $6,745,068.00. The 2016-2017 adopted budget is $14,826,282.00. This includes $6.6 million in capital projects for: Water line replacement, wastewater line improvements, elevated water storage tank, funds to buy surface water rights and engineering for our regional wastewater treatment plant.

The Police Dept. is growing with the leadership of Chief Keith Taylor. The Police Dept. is now staffed with 22 employees and a fleet of 9 cars. Finally, the city has two important projects in the works; a master planned water study and a master planned waste water study.

Story by Terry Ruiz