Rosenberg City Council members have considered purchasing a street sweeper for years, but they could never justify the cost.

At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members will once again discuss the purchasing of a city street sweeper.

This item was placed on the agenda by council member Jacob Balderas.

The city currently hires a private contractor to provide street sweeping services at an annual cost of $89,006. The estimated cost to purchase a street sweeper is approximately $250,000.

Council members will also discuss the 2020 Family Fourth Celebration event.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy, the city could limit the city’s liability, ensure not being in conflict with state guidelines for social distancing at the park, and not take risks with the safety of attendees while still having the fireworks show that is under contract.

Under this plan, residents and visitors could park at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds to view the fireworks show.

However, on Monday, Communications Director Tanya Kveton revealed that COVID-19 cases are rising in the city of Rosenberg.

According to Kveton, numbers increased from 61-80 positive cases on Friday afternoon. No one at City Hall has tested positive for the virus, Kveton said.

In other business, Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White is scheduled to give his monthly police department report and Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell is scheduled to present the monthly animal shelter report.

The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov. Meetings can 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.

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