The city of Rosenberg could garner extra time to spend $300,000. Nine extra months, to be exact. Which doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult. But, there’s a catch.
At Tuesday’s regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members will consider extending the agreement with Fort Bend County in regards to coronavirus relief funds.
The city of Rosenberg received $2.1 million of the $134 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act funds allocated to Fort Bend County.
Since receiving that money in June, the city has spent $1.8 million. Initially, the agreement called for spending the funds before Dec. 30, 2020.
The city’s unspent balance is approximately $300,000. Therefore, the city requested that the county extend the agreement through the end of 2021.
Payments from the $2.1 million fund may only be used to cover costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.
Projects purchased with the CARES Act thus far include the installation of police officer body camera/in-car video systems and the installation of city facility security camera systems. Additionally, council members agreed to the purchase and installation of patrol vehicle computers.
Other expenses included automatic doors at City Hall, automatic temperature readers at entrances and sanitation services.
In other business, council members will consider taking action on the creation of Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 232.
The MUD, located on the south side of Koeblen Road between FM 2218 and FM 2977, would consist of 100 acres of development.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St. Residents wishing to speak must sign up in advance.
Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but seating will be limited and masks will be recommended and encouraged. There will also be mandatory temperature checks.
Meetings can also be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.