State of the city

Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton delivered his state of the city address at the Civic Center Wednesday.

The city of Rosenberg may move its upcoming election day to the fall.

Rosenberg City Council members are holding a special meeting on Tuesday where they will consider postponing the May 2 city election until Nov. 3.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m.

According to city staff, this item was placed on the agenda in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed last Wednesday that local governments can move general and special elections to the next uniform date in November without otherwise adjusting the term of office.

Under the city charter, Rosenberg elections can only be held in May.

However, on the ballot is an election amendment proposition, where elections could be held in either May or November.

Up for election are District 1-4 council spots, currently filled by Isaac Davila, Steven DeGregorio, Tim Anders and Richard Olson.

Davila and newcomer Keith Parker have filed for District 1.

Former council member Susan Euton will face incumbent DeGregorio for the District 2 position.

Anders will face former council member Alice Jozwiak.

And Olson will face Marc Morales.

Also, voters will cast ballots on nine propositions.

are:

  • Eliminate staggered terms. Council would hold elections on even-numbered years.
  • Limit terms. No elected official could serve for more than a combined total of five consecutive terms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oaths of office. Council members and the mayor would take their oaths of office immediately after canvassing the election.
  • Borrowing cap. Council could not issue certificates of obligation unless authorized by an ordinance with unanimous approval.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend Tuesday’s meeting of the Rosenberg City Council but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

City council 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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