Rosenberg City Council on Tuesday will officially canvass the results of the Nov. 3 election, welcoming new council members to its ranks.

Council members will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. at Rosenberg City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

As presiding officer of the election, Mayor Bill Benton is required to hold a canvass of the ballots, and he and the council must declare the election results.

The city will officially welcome newcomer Marc Morales to council, as well as former city council member Susan Euton and incumbents Tim Anders and Isaac Davila.

The newly elected members will take office on Tuesday.

In other business, council members will canvass the results of last week’s special election, where seven propositions and two resolutions were voted in favor of by the citizens.

Changes to the charter include eliminating staggered terms. Council is now allowed to hold elections on even-numbered years.

Additionally, terms have been limited. No elected official can serve for more than a total of five consecutive terms.

Council members will also start making more money. Once the results are canvassed, councilors will make $400 per month, and the mayor will earn $500 per month.

The chief of police has earned personal oversight over the police department. Police Chief Jonathan White, and all others who serve in his place after him, now have the power to appoint, discharge and remove department personnel. This power used to rest in council’s hands.

Council members can now take their oaths of office immediately following the canvassing of an election.

Constituents also voted in favor of a borrowing cap, meaning that council cannot issue certificates of obligation unless authorized by an ordinance with unanimous approval.

Finally, the splash pad and nature center are back on the table.

Citizens voted in favor of construction and maintenance of a splash pad, amounting to $575,000.

Rosenberg residents also approved construction and maintenance of a nature center with construction costs not to exceed $3 million. This includes a $385,000 design study.

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