The city of Rosenberg will get its splash pad and nature center. But it will be a while before any progress on the projects are made.
At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members formally approved the two voter-approved projects.
“This is kind of a housekeeping item,” Mayor Bill Benton explained. “The proposition(s were) passed at a voter level.
“The item(s) will be added to a capital improvement project list and will be included in the next budget cycle after the May election.
“After that, the council will have to find a way to fund it.”
According to City Attorney Brandon Morris, there is no time line or time requirement to complete both projects.
“The voters have spoken,” council member Tim Anders said.
“The next thing we have to do is fund it, so we’ll have to talk about that later.”
Council member Kevin Raines said he doesn’t have a problem looking into funding the projects over the next two to three years.
“The voters approved it, the votes want it sooner rather than later,” said council member Isaac Davila, who has been advocating for both projects since they were first brought to council.
“I’ll make sure to keep the spotlight on (the projects).”
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 would cost $575,000 and the nature center project would total $3 million upon completion.
“You’ll have to find a way to fund it, but that will be a future discussion,” Benton reminded the council.
“That is not a tonight discussion.”
The final Rosenberg City Council meeting of the year will be held Dec. 15.
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.