Well it’s official. And it’s only taken four years, but the engineering study for the proposed Seabourne Creek Nature Center has finally been funded.

At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members begrudgingly voted in favor to fund the engineering plan of the nature center project through the parkland dedication fund.

The first step in building a nature center at Seabourne Creek Nature Park includes paying for a $385,000 engineering study.

Maintenance and operations costs of $125,000 per year would be expended from the city’s general fund, The nature center project would total $3 million upon completion.

The nature center would include an interactive educational space, office space, a pavilion, deep porches, a classroom, integrated solar roof panels and native plant life.

According to Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut, the parkland dedication fund has $650,000 in it.

This item was brought to council in December, where former Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy expressed his favor in spending the parkland dedication funds on this engineering study.

“Like our parks director at the time said, it’s a great use of this fund, so I’m definitely for it,” council member Isaac Davila said.

However, some council members did not think this project, which was approved by voters in the November election, took precedence.

Council member Kevin Raines said that they’d be putting the horse in front of the carriage if the council were to approve funding for the project immediately at a previous council meeting.

“We’ve already discussed it,” Raines said Tuesday. “It is what it is.”

Council member Tim Anders agreed, adding he was thinking the same thing Raines was thinking.

“OK, well y’all aren’t really saying what you’re thinking,” Mayor Bill Benton retorted.

“We hashed it out already,” Anders replied. “We know the voters want it.”

Davila then made a motion to fund the engineering plan of the nature center project through the parkland dedication fund. The motion was seconded by council member Susan Euton.

Benton voted against the motion, but it passed 5-1. Council member Jacob Balderas was not present for the meeting.

“We are not yet in the budget process and I think this is a little premature,” Benton said.

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