First responders in Rosenberg may get extra paid time off.

At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting Tuesday, council members will discuss additional paid leave time for public safety employees who worked in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This item has been placed on the agenda to allow council members the opportunity to discuss providing additional paid leave time to firefighters and police officers on duty during the time period from March 24 to May 11.

During this time period, many other city employees were placed onto an alternating work schedule to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus in the workplace.

However, city staff noted that most public safety employees were required to work their normal shifts.

If the consensus of the council is to provide additional paid leave time to employees that worked their normal shifts during this time period, this item will be placed on a regular agenda for formal consideration.

In other business, council members will discuss the cost of landscape irrigation for the live oak trees donated by Fort Bend County.

Fort Bend County Road and Bridge has agreed to give the city live oaks free of charge for center medians along major thoroughfares.

Council agreed in February that the trees would be planted along Bryan Road, Spacek Road and possibly Town Center Boulevard. City staff explained that while the trees would be free, the city would have to pay for irrigation and other upkeep.

Fort Bend County Road and Bridge will commit to up to 280 trees.

This project would be scheduled in three phases to allow the county’s contractor time to prepare the trees.

According to city staff, the public works department would excavate and prepare a hole where each tree is to be planted, backfill after planting and install the irrigation system to keep the trees alive. While public works is preparing the holes, the county’s contractor would be excavating the trees and preparing them for delivery and planting.

The trees would be planted in the following phases:

Bryan Road from FM 2218 to Spacek Road— 125 trees;

Spacek Road from Bryan Road to Reading Road— 70 trees; and

Town Center Boulevard from FM 2218 to Radio Lane— 85 trees.

The workshop meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

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Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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