A global pandemic isn’t stopping Rosenberg citizens from coming together. Or at least that’s the case when it came to voting in favor of a splash pad and nature center.

These two hotly contested items have been discussed, debated, approved, disapproved, approved and disapproved again since 2018. After putting the high priced items on a ballot for voter approval, Rosenberg residents voted for what they wanted. And what they wanted were ways to keep children active in the community.

All nine propositions passed on the Nov. 3 election ballot.

Listed are the propositions and how constituents voted:

  • Eliminate staggered terms. Council would hold elections on even-numbered years — 64% for, 36% against.
  • Limit terms. No elected official could serve for more than a combined total of five consecutive terms — 81% for, 18% against.
  • Increase pay. Council members would make $400 a month and the mayor would make $500. Currently, council members make $200 and the mayor makes $300 — 62% for, 37% against.
  • Police chief personnel oversight. The chief of police would have the power to appoint, discharge and remove department personnel. Currently, this is under council’s discretion — 62% for, 37% against.
  • Oaths of office. Council members and the mayor would take their oaths of office immediately after canvassing the election — 56% for, 43% against.
  • Borrowing cap. Council could not issue certificates of obligation unless authorized by an ordinance with unanimous approval — 85% for, 14% against.
  • Splash pad. Citizens vote whether to approve construction and maintenance of a splash pad, to be paid for by the Rosenberg Development Corp. in an amount of $575,000 — 75% for, 24% against.
  • Seabourne Creek Nature Center. Citizens vote whether to approve construction and maintenance of a nature center with construction costs not to exceed $3 million, including up to $385,000 to conduct a design study — 54% for, 45% against.
  • Election amendments. Elections could be held in either May or November. Under the city charter, elections can only be held in May — 61% for, 38% against.

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