By KAROLYN GEPHART
Looking back on 2018, growth is the key word that was part of all 12 months in Manvel.
It has been projected that in the next 20 years, Manvel should reach a population of approximately 130,000 to 150,000. Currently the city has 10,000 residents. City officials report that the city has doubled in size since 2010.
Manvel has within its city limits 11 subdivisions under construction. Since parts of Manvel run along the Hwy 288 corridor, growth in the area will continue.
To accommodate the increasing population and its current residents, the City of Manvel began plans in 2018 to build a 150-acre City Center Complex which will include government facilities, entertainment opportunities and small business areas.
Discussion will continue into the new year on what this future area will include.
Council voted this year to raise the tax rate. This has been the first increase in 15 years, according to Manvel Mayor Debra Davison. The city approved a 12 cent increase to fund infrastructure and development in the next few years.
A city election was planned this year for two positions on city council in Positions 1 and 2. Incumbent in Position 2, Lorraine Hehn ran unopposed. With councilmember Adrian Gaspar not seeking re-election, Larry Akery ran unopposed for Position 1. The election was cancelled and the two were declared elected.
Three incumbent AISD School Board members ran opposed and were reelected. They included Julie Pickren, Regan Metoyer Peterson and Cheryl Harris. All three now serve terms that will expire in 2021.
Alvin ISD asked for a $480.5 million bond to handle growth. The bond passed and the school will use the money to build new campuses to house the 6,000 students it estimates will be attending over the next five years. Bond money will also be used for renovations for EC Mason Elementary and Alvin Primary School.
The bond was the largest asked for by the district and will not result in a tax hike for district residents.
The new Alvin ISD Heritage Complex had an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony June 21. The 94 acre complex is an extracurricular and event complex featuring the Liberty Alumni Hall, Freedom Field, and Legacy House. It is located at 10855 Iowa Colony Blvd in Rosharon.
Out of five elementary schools in Alvin ISD announced nominees for the coveted Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award for the 2018-2019 school year, three are in the Manvel area.
The Manvel area schools include EC Mason Elementary with Principal Dixie Jones, Meridiana Elementary with Principal Julie Weiss and Pomona Elementary with Principal Renae Rives.
AISD celebrated the Shadow Creek Ranch High School Sharks who competed in the State football playoffs. This was quite an accomplishment since it was the campus’ first year to have a football team.
This year Croix Park received improvements and community activities were held there, including the city’s Easter Egg Hunt. The second annual Lighted Parade for Christmas was also a success.
Heroes were welcomed and recognized at the City of Manvel’s first Hero Fest June 30 in Croix Park. The free event recognized police officers, firefighters, paramedics, all first responders, military personnel, and veterans.
Also new this year, Coffee with a Cop, sponsored by the Alvin Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce has begun with two events so far.
Also sponsored by the Chamber, Mayor Davison with City Manager Kyle Jung presented the State of the City Address at a luncheon recently.
In 2019, there is much work to begin and be done.
The future is bright for the growing area. Manvel Town Center is planned for the intersection of Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 288. The center is planned to hold retail and the first large grocery store for the city. Also the completion of the Brazoria County Expressway in 2019 will benefit the area and provide additional growth.
For Manvel, it is truly a Happy New Year.