Serving as your Mayor for the past 16 years, I have had the opportunity to work with the community to develop Manvel as a forward thinking city. We have accomplished so much in such a short time. We have transformed from a farming community to a bustling surburban area with hopes and dreams of our forefathers who laid the foundation for us to finish the job. The residents wanted good schools, attractive shopping areas, parks and trails, easily traveled roads, a city that was unique and inviting and attractive. This was a large agenda for a city in 2001 that had a budget of a negative $100,000 with a huge debt left by the previous council. We tightened our belts and set out to change our course. Today we have a budget of $5,990,841.00 and a bond rating of AA+. As Benjamin Franklin said, “You make plans to prepare or you make plans to fail.”
To call attention to our city, we contacted TexDot about putting up the blue signs along the highway advertising what we had to offer such as gas, food and lodging. Networking was next. Finding out what worked in other cities and how it would benefit ours. We knew infrastructure was important and how you would pray for it. Our tax rate was .58 and wanting to keep it low for our residents, we came up with a $90.000 exemption for our seniors over 65 and the handicapped. This was a foundation to build on. We borrowed money from the Texas Water Development to drill another well and made provisions to expand our wastewater plant. Planning for future development came next. We did a comprehensive plan as to where the development should occur. This opened the door to endless studies that would benefit our growth pattern. We also set out to bond with our residents. We began our Manvel at Christmas parade and raising money for a fireworks display. This was greatly received. We than added a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, singing and dancing. Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress and Working together is success.”
Development was coming closer and we were ready for the growth. Our blank slate was filled with studies to manage the anticipation of what was to occur. We were in charge of our future and the future was now. Now in 2017, we have development standing in line. We realize growth makes many demands. In the past several months, we have issued over 300 home permits. This means increased police personnel as well on demands on the EMS and Volunteer Fire Department. You must serve what is increasing your area. It has been a challenge, we have laid the groundwork and will provide. Our population has gone from 3,000 to 10,000 plus. Our doors are open and the WELCOME sign is out. Manvel is the City on the Rise.
Mayor Delores Martin