Rosenberg property owner Chris Junker wants to do what is best for the city and its development. Which is why he’s asking the city of Rosenberg to abandon the right-of-way running through the middle of his property.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members will consider the existence of Junker Road between U.S. Highway 90-A and the Union Pacific railroad.

Junker has requested that the city abandon the 60-foot-wide Junker Road right-of-way running through the middle of his property west of the Aldi distribution center. The road consists of 4.93 acres and is over 3,500 feet in length, beginning at Highway 90-A and continuing south to the Union Pacific railroad.

The crossing of the railroad tracks to get to Spur 529 has already been closed as a result of Union Pacific project to construct an additional track. Junker said he would like to make the property better-situated for future development by removing the public road, city staff noted.

The city is believed to have an easement interest in the road as a result of it being previously maintained by Fort Bend County and later annexed by the city in 2012.

According to city staff, a utility easement has already been granted to CenterPoint Energy for its facilities still in the roadway. CenterPoint concurs with the property owner’s request.

In other business, council members will nominate a candidate to serve on the 2020-2021 board of directors of the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District. The CAD appraises property to determine taxable values. The CAD is funded by the entities to which it provides values.

The city of Rosenberg is entitled to cast 30 votes for one or more candidates of its choice. The chief appraiser will count the votes, declare as elected the five candidates who receive the highest cumulative vote totals, and submit the results before Dec. 15 to each taxing unit.

In September, Mayor Bill Benton suggested Michael Rozell.

“He’s a good fiscal conservative,” Benton said.

The rest of council concurred. This item was brought back to council last month, but council member Richard Olson asked to table it.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

Audience members who wish to speak must sign up in advance. Citizens are given one opportunity to speak per meeting, either in general comments or commenting on a specific agenda item.

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