By KAROLYN GEPHART
The City of Manvel has begun working with Pomona subdivision developers on seven new phases of the neighborhood. The Pomona Parkway extension and development phases 11-16 have begun.
The Planning Development and Zoning commissioners listened to plans at their meeting Monday. City Manager Kyle Jung discussed the plans with them.
The replat request for Palm Lake development has been postponed. The developer for the property submitted a replat plan for Section 2 for the gated community at Rodeo Palms. If approved by council, the new replat would reduce lot and street sizes inside the gated community.
Residents have come forward to the PDZ and city council to oppose the replats. Comments against the plan cited safety, livability, appraisal values and quality of life inside the neighborhood as their main concerns.
City council members also approved the road and bridge agreement between Manvel and Brazoria County. The county has agreed to assist the city with road reconstruction up to two miles per year, according to city officials.
In business development in the area, fuel tanks for the gas station were placed on site and foundation pouring has begun for Big Horn BBQ. The new restaurant is set to open in late December. It is located on two acres at the corner of State Highway 6 and Masters Road across from Stripes.
Council postponed any decisions on the replat until the Mayor would return from vacation and preside over the matter.
Low water pressure was a problem recently in the city and city officials explained to residents what happened. A contractor working on the computer control system at the city’s water plant mistakenly left a water pressure sensor valve open. The sensor valve being open caused the computer to react as if there was no water in the tanks so it locked the pumps so they would not run dry and burn up.
This is a safety precaution to prevent damage to the pumping station.
Once the mistake was discovered by utility workers the next day, they took action to reset the water plant system to re-pressurize the city water system as soon as possible. The city is working with the contractor to make sure this does not happen again.
In other city news, the planning designs and drafts for the City Center Complex on 150 acres the city purchased will begin soon. City staff hopes to have a draft development plan, site layout, timeline, and estimated costs for the site for the council to consider in the next couple of months.