The first Rosenberg City Council of the year is Tuesday, and it’s going to be a special one. Literally.
Council members will hold a special city council meeting at 6:25 p.m. via Zoom teleconference.
The meeting calls for funding for the Seabourne Creek Park Nature Center design and construction, as well as a splash pad, by way of a bond election.
In December, council members discussed a May 2021 bond election to provide funding for the Seabourne Creek Park Nature Center design and construction and a splash pad.
Council has between Jan. 18 and Feb. 12 to decide whether to hold the bond election in May.
According to city staff, the benefit of funding the projects through a bond election is to provide a mechanism to pay for the projects without taking from the general fund.
The first step in building a nature center at Seabourne Creek Nature Park includes paying for a $385,000 engineering study.
Maintenance and operations costs of $125,000 per year would be expended from the city’s general fund, The nature center project would total $3 million upon completion.
The nature center would include an interactive educational space, office space, a pavilion, deep porches, a classroom, integrated solar roof panels and native plant life.
The splash pad, to be located at Travis Park, would cost $575,000.
However, last month council members agreed to fund the engineering plan of the nature center project through the parkland dedication fund.
According to Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut, the parkland dedication fund has $650,000 in it.
Mayor Bill Benton reminded council that the city is in the middle of a budget. He explained that just because the nature center was approved by voters in the election six weeks ago doesn’t mean it needs to be funded immediately.
Former Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy assured council that by funding this, it would not take away from current parkland projects in the works.
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.