When it comes to the community, Rosenberg City Council member Kevin Raines said public safety is the number one priority.
And with a recent shooting in the city, that can get a little difficult to maintain. At Tuesday’s meeting, council members agreed to authorize an agreement with the Rosenberg Futbol Club.
The Rosenberg Futbol Club established a soccer program in Rosenberg and requested an agreement similar to the Rosenberg National Little League and Rosenberg Roughnecks Youth Football agreements.
According to city staff, the agreement is for the use of designated fields at Macario Garcia Park, Sunset Park, and Travis Park for a one-year term.
This item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning it was not intended to be talked about during the meeting, but Raines brought it up for discussion.
“We had an incident over at Seabourne,” he began. “Are we requiring them to have security of some sort for those events?”
According to City Manager John Maresh, the answer is no.
And as for the “incident” in question?
A Travis High School coach was gunned down at a Rosenberg sports complex last month by the father of his step children, authorities reported.
Derwyn Lauderdale, 29, was shot to death in front of one of the children, Rosenberg police reported.
Police were summoned to the Seabourne Creek Sports Complex around 10:30 a.m. that fateful Saturday to answer a “shots fired” report and found Lauderdale suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He later died from his wounds.
“Right after that incident, staff met with RPD and every week that that particular event is out there, they have to have two officers (present),” Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy clarified.
“So they’ve had two officers for the past couple weekends.”
Mayor Bill Benton encouraged Raines to get in contact with Police Chief Jonathan White to go over security at the parks further.
“Sometimes things happen and then we kind of react to them and then they never happen again,” Benton said. “Security in a city facility is never a bad idea, but it usually comes with a cost.”
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference Nov. 17.