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Phone: 281-980-6745 ww w .fbindependent.com P.O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012 VOL 5 No. 41 Official newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land Seshadri Kumar Publisher & Editor 10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Stafford, TX 77477 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487 www.fbindependent.com 281-980-6745 Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. Quail Valley October Yard of the Month goes to Monica and David Pitschman of 3538 El Dorado. The Pitschmans have used colorful mums, crotons, snap dragons and petunias adding festive fall colors to summer vinca and caladiums. Monica and David moved from Pecan Grove last January and added their special touch in- cluding a sculpture of two kids on a fence to an already well- kept garden. They received a plant from Flowers by Adela and well as a certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club, which is holding its popular By BARBARA FULENWIDER Missouri City councilmen spent a year discussing, decid- ing, tweaking their sign ordi- nance in order to get one that residents wanted but at least one councilman, Danny Nguy- en, doesn’t think it’s lenient enough. At the council’s Oct. 1 meeting, council voted 4-3 to approve on first reading a re- quest for architectural and sign deviations for a Raising Cain restaurant that will be built east of the intersection of Murphy Road (FM 1092) and Hwy. 6. The applicant, represented by Chris Ferrari, requested al- lowing Raising Cain to have fewer than the required amount of primary exterior materials, more flagpoles and flag signs, more wall signage and signage that does not consist of channel letters and logos flush mounted directly onto a building façade. Staff, in accordance with the city’s signage and architectural regulations, agreed to grant the first request to reduce the required number of primary exterior materials but not the other three. On the other hand, Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission members were far more lenient and forwarded its final report to council with “a positive recommendation for consideration.” Councilman Jerry Wyatt was the first to question Ferrari and he asked, “Why do you need these things?” Ferrari said that without all the signage design and flags, Raising Cain doesn’t do as much business. He noted that the company’s more subdued Sugar Land store hasn’t done enough business to warrant opening more Raising Cains in that town. The picture of the business’s namesake, a blond Labrador Retriever, didn’t cut the mus- tard because it’s made of a dif- ferent material other than those allowed in the city’s sign ordi- nance. The number of flags was also an issue because Ferrari was requesting three on each side of the building. Councilman Don Smith suggested the company could comply by using three flags, the brand signage and not use the picture of the dog. “Could you put a picture of the dog in a window?” he asked Ferrari, who said, yes, if the company’s design staff ap- proves. Smith said what he’s “trying to get at is to work something out so everyone feels good about it. If you put a picture of the dog in a window, then you’ve got everything.” But Councilman Bobby Marshall said, “He can’t have it all and follow the city’s ordi- nances. The mural is the maxi- mum amount of signage one can have on this entire build- ing. If you want the mural then you can’t have anything else or you can have everything else and not the mural.” Ferrari said, “Our No. 1 pri- ority is having the oval sign over the door, then the mural, then the dog.” Wyatt said he looked on the web “at a lot of your stores and very few look like this. They don’t have a lot of flags or signs on them.” Ferrari replied that the pic- ture of their store presented to council is “standard.” Wyatt continued to argue his point and Ferrari said the company “ built 82 stores very similar to the one we want in Missouri City.” Mayor Allen Owen then said that approving the changes sought “aren’t fair when we’ve told others not to do it. We ei- ther rewrite the sign ordinance again or we live with what the citizens of Missouri city want to see. P&Z didn’t follow the ordinance and staff did, which is why P&Z approved far more than staff did.” Nguyen said, “I have to go with P&Z. I think it’s ri- diculous that we over regulate signs. These are business peo- ple. I think it looks beautiful. We can’t over regulate business people. We’ve sent bad signals to the business community. We should respect P&Z. We must be flexible enough within the frame (of the ordinance).” Smith said he thought the council, city staff and applicant could make it work. “We’ve solved most of the problems (offered solutions) just by talking about them up here. Let’s ask staff to take it back and bring something to council that will work with the ordinances we have.” Owen agreed. He said, “Look at all the other busi- nesses in that center in front of Lowe’s. They are living with the ordinance we put in place and I bet Cains will do the same thing. I think there is a compromise.” Wyatt’s motion to approve it only with staff recommen- dations allowed staff to make changes on it. Owen said, “If something different comes back (to coun- cil) we have the ability to vote on it” at the Oct. 15 meeting.” The winners of the first “Show Me City” Parks Photo Contest have been selected: Cindy Cheng won first place, Jose Salas won second place and Alicia Blum won for the “Most Popular” Facebook photo. “A lot of pictures sub- mitted were scenic and showed the beauty of our parks,” said Recreation Specialist Lauren McKinnis. The community competi- tion was designed to highlight the year-round beauty and fun that can be found in the City’s 22 beautiful parks, in the new Recreation and Tennis Center at 2701 Cypress Point Dr. and on scenic nature trails around the area. The competition began in April and ran through Aug. 31. “I believe our winners, all of whom are residents, were out enjoying our parks with their pets or family and friends and saw the perfect photo opportu- nity,” McKinnis said. “Show Me City” Parks Photo Contest Winning Entries Business signage splits Missouri City City Council A team of national assessors from the Commission on Ac- creditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Nov. 4 to examine the Sugar Land Police Department’s policy and procedures, manage- ment, operations and support ser- vices. The site visit is part of a re-accreditation assessment that occurs every three years. SLPD was first accredited by CALEA in March 2001, one of the highest law enforcement rec- ognitions. As part of the on-site assess- ment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. Comments may also be provided by phone at (281) 275- 2909 on Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. All comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address SLPD’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Contact Sgt. Yolanda Davis, Accreditation Manager, at (281) 275-2615 for a copy of the stan- dards. Written comments should be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155. The assessment team will in- clude law enforcement profes- sionals from out-of-state agencies that are similar in size to Sugar Land. The assessors will review written materials, conduct inter- views and conduct site visits. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attest- ing continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. Left, Jose Salas won second place and a $25 Amazon gift card for this stunning picture “Reflection” taken at Independence Park. Cindy Cheng won first place and a $50 Amazon gift card for this colorful, creative picture she captured during Egg Palooza in March at Community Park. Photos courtesy of Missouri City Alicia Blum won the “Most Popular” Facebook photo competi- tion and a $25 Amazon gift card for this breathtaking photo of a sunset at Independence Park. Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment pre-sale of caladiums until Oct 31. Visit http://traction.typepad. com/qvgc/caladium-bulb-sales.html to learn more.
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  • FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE.

    Phone: 281-980-6745www.fbindependent.com

    P.O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012

    VOL 5 No. 41

    Official newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land

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    Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor

    10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Staff ord, TX 77477Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487

    www.fbindependent.com281-980-6745

    Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487.

    Quail Valley October Yard of the Month goes to Monica and David Pitschman of 3538 El Dorado. The Pitschmans have used colorful mums, crotons, snap dragons and petunias adding festive fall colors to summer vinca and caladiums. Monica and David moved from Pecan Grove last January and added their special touch in-cluding a sculpture of two kids on a fence to an already well-kept garden. They received a plant from Flowers by Adela and well as a certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club, which is holding its popular

    By BARBARA FULENWIDERMissouri City councilmen

    spent a year discussing, decid-ing, tweaking their sign ordi-nance in order to get one that residents wanted but at least one councilman, Danny Nguy-en, doesnt think its lenient enough.

    At the councils Oct. 1 meeting, council voted 4-3 to approve on first reading a re-quest for architectural and sign deviations for a Raising Cain restaurant that will be built east of the intersection of Murphy Road (FM 1092) and Hwy. 6.

    The applicant, represented by Chris Ferrari, requested al-lowing Raising Cain to have fewer than the required amount of primary exterior materials, more flagpoles and flag signs, more wall signage and signage that does not consist of channel letters and logos flush mounted directly onto a building faade.

    Staff, in accordance with the citys signage and architectural regulations, agreed to grant the first request to reduce the required number of primary exterior materials but not the other three.

    On the other hand, Missouri City Planning and Zoning Commission members were far more lenient and forwarded its final report to council with a positive recommendation for consideration.

    Councilman Jerry Wyatt was the first to question Ferrari and he asked, Why do you need these things?

    Ferrari said that without all the signage design and flags, Raising Cain doesnt do as much business. He noted that the companys more subdued Sugar Land store hasnt done enough business to warrant

    opening more Raising Cains in that town.

    The picture of the businesss namesake, a blond Labrador Retriever, didnt cut the mus-tard because its made of a dif-ferent material other than those allowed in the citys sign ordi-nance.

    The number of flags was also an issue because Ferrari was requesting three on each side of the building.

    Councilman Don Smith suggested the company could comply by using three flags, the brand signage and not use the picture of the dog.

    Could you put a picture of the dog in a window? he asked Ferrari, who said, yes, if the companys design staff ap-proves.

    Smith said what hes trying to get at is to work something out so everyone feels good about it. If you put a picture of the dog in a window, then youve got everything.

    But Councilman Bobby Marshall said, He cant have it all and follow the citys ordi-nances. The mural is the maxi-mum amount of signage one can have on this entire build-ing. If you want the mural then you cant have anything else or you can have everything else and not the mural.

    Ferrari said, Our No. 1 pri-ority is having the oval sign over the door, then the mural, then the dog.

    Wyatt said he looked on the web at a lot of your stores and very few look like this. They dont have a lot of flags or signs on them.

    Ferrari replied that the pic-ture of their store presented to council is standard.

    Wyatt continued to argue

    his point and Ferrari said the company built 82 stores very similar to the one we want in Missouri City.

    Mayor Allen Owen then said that approving the changes sought arent fair when weve told others not to do it. We ei-ther rewrite the sign ordinance again or we live with what the citizens of Missouri city want to see. P&Z didnt follow the ordinance and staff did, which is why P&Z approved far more than staff did.

    Nguyen said, I have to go with P&Z. I think its ri-diculous that we over regulate signs. These are business peo-ple. I think it looks beautiful. We cant over regulate business people. Weve sent bad signals to the business community. We should respect P&Z. We must be flexible enough within the frame (of the ordinance).

    Smith said he thought the council, city staff and applicant could make it work.

    Weve solved most of the problems (offered solutions) just by talking about them up here. Lets ask staff to take it back and bring something to council that will work with the ordinances we have.

    Owen agreed. He said, Look at all the other busi-nesses in that center in front of Lowes. They are living with the ordinance we put in place and I bet Cains will do the same thing. I think there is a compromise.

    Wyatts motion to approve it only with staff recommen-dations allowed staff to make changes on it.

    Owen said, If something different comes back (to coun-cil) we have the ability to vote on it at the Oct. 15 meeting.

    The winners of the first Show Me City Parks Photo Contest have been selected: Cindy Cheng won first place, Jose Salas won second place and Alicia Blum won for the Most Popular Facebook photo. A lot of pictures sub-mitted were scenic and showed the beauty of our parks, said Recreation Specialist Lauren McKinnis.

    The community competi-tion was designed to highlight the year-round beauty and fun that can be found in the Citys 22 beautiful parks, in the new Recreation and Tennis Center at 2701 Cypress Point Dr. and on scenic nature trails around the area. The competition began in April and ran through Aug. 31.

    I believe our winners, all of whom are residents, were out enjoying our parks with their pets or family and friends and saw the perfect photo opportu-nity, McKinnis said.

    Show Me City Parks Photo Contest Winning Entries

    Business signage splits Missouri City City Council

    A team of national assessors from the Commission on Ac-creditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Nov. 4 to examine the Sugar Land Police Departments policy and procedures, manage-ment, operations and support ser-vices. The site visit is part of a re-accreditation assessment that occurs every three years.

    SLPD was first accredited by CALEA in March 2001, one of the highest law enforcement rec-ognitions.

    As part of the on-site assess-ment, agency employees and

    members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. Comments may also be provided by phone at (281) 275-2909 on Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m.

    All comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address SLPDs ability to comply with CALEA standards.

    Contact Sgt. Yolanda Davis, Accreditation Manager, at (281) 275-2615 for a copy of the stan-dards.

    Written comments should be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.

    The assessment team will in-clude law enforcement profes-sionals from out-of-state agencies that are similar in size to Sugar Land. The assessors will review written materials, conduct inter-views and conduct site visits.

    Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attest-ing continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

    Left, Jose Salas won second place and a $25 Amazon gift card for this stunning picture Reflection taken at Independence Park.

    Cindy Cheng won first place and a $50 Amazon gift card for this colorful, creative picture she captured during Egg Palooza in March at Community Park. Photos courtesy of Missouri City

    Alicia Blum won the Most Popular Facebook photo competi-tion and a $25 Amazon gift card for this breathtaking photo of a sunset at Independence Park.

    Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment

    pre-sale of caladiums until Oct 31. Visit http://traction.typepad.com/qvgc/caladium-bulb-sales.html to learn more.

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    Methodist Sugar Land Hos-pitals (MSLH) new orthope-dic physical therapy residency program one of just three in the state of Texas has re-cently been credentialed by the American Physical Thera-py Association.

    Led by the board-certified physical therapists at Method-ist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), the program gives new physical therapists an opportunity to advance their clinical orthopedic skills while working and studying for 12 months alongside the MOST staff.

    We have the only accred-ited program in Texas that is not affiliated with a university or academic medical center, said Sean Croft, Director of Rehabilitation Services. This is a tremendous achievement, and it is a testament to the skills, knowledge and experi-ence of our physical therapy staff at MSLH and MOST. No one else in the greater Hous-ton area has this many skilled clinicians and this level of ex-pertise under one roof, and our

    team has created an outstand-ing curriculum for our resi-dents.

    The new program puts Methodist Sugar Land Hospi-tal in a select group of pres-tigious organizations nation-wide that offer PT residency, including New York Univer-sity, Massachusetts General

    Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Uni-versity of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ohio State University, University of Southern Cali-fornia and Kaiser Permanente.

    In addition to helping de-velop the next generation of physical therapists, the resi-dency program is designed to benefit MOST patients by add-

    ing to available staff and as-sisting in the sharing of ideas and best practices.

    We are bringing in the best and the brightest physi-cal therapists individuals who have been highly trained in modern therapy techniques and who have been caring for patients already, said Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, Clinical Residency Programs. These are therapists who are ready to move to the next level and be-come advanced practitioners. Our new program will give them that opportunity while enhancing our ability to serve the community.

    Methodist Sugar Land Hos-pitals Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab services are lo-cated at Methodist Orthopae-dic Specialists of Texas (High-way 6 and Brooks St.) and at Methodist Sugar Land Hos-pitals Spine Center off Town Center Boulevard.

    To schedule an appoint-ment, please call 281-201-0405 or for more information, visit MethodistSugarLand.com.

    OpinionMethodist Sugar Land Hospital offers new residency

    program in physical therapy

    Top- Ben Renfrow, Clinical Residency Faculty & Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, MSLH Clinical Residency Programs; Bottom- Marie Potter, Coordinator, MSLH Sports Physical Therapy Residency; Lindsay Koller, Clinical Residency Faculty & Brian Duncan, Coordinator, MSLH Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.

    Dr. Rick Barrett recently re-ceived a City Proclamation from Missouri City Mayor, Allen Owen, as a gesture of appreciation for Dr. Barrett who has been an active mem-ber of the community for 19 years. To celebrate the relo-cation of his chiropractic of-fice to Riverstone in Missouri City, Barrett hosted a party for the community and his patients at the new office with a new name, Barrett Health Centers. Missouri City police officer, Sonny McClamrock and Assistant Chief, Michael Berezin were in attendance and provided fingerprinting for the children. Dr. Barrett

    Missouri City recognizes Dr. Richard Barrett

    LEGAL NOTICEINVITATION TO BIDDERS

    Sealed Bids will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Offi ce of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specifi ed time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agents website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. BID 13-012 SEPTIC SYSTEM FOR FREEDOM PARKLump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required.Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing AgentFort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    Vote for

    Rick MilleR for State RepresentativeElection Day is Tuesday November 6. Early Voting is October 22 to November 2.

    Dear Fellow Concer

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    RickMILLERREPUBLICAN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

    Born to lead.... Prepared to serveA graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy followed by an outstanding 30-year career, retired as a Captain a successful small businessman, now a public servant. Rick is a family man with strong family values. Married to Babs, they have three children and three grandchildren. He and Babs moved to Sugar Land in1999.

    pd pol adRick Miller CampaignBruce Bond, Treasurer

    welcomes the public to visit the new office at 4642 Riv-erstone Blvd. or contact him through his website: bar-

    retthealthcenters.com. Above, Mayor Allen Owen, Dr. Rick Barrett and Dr. Richard Sil-ver.

    Pet Adoption Day at First Colony Mall

    The Houston Humane So-ciety is dedicated to helping individuals find the perfect pet companion. On Sunday, October 14 from 12 to 4 p.m., First Colony Mall will host the organizations adoption booth so potential pet owners can see animals that are available. The society will bring six to eight dogs in a variety of sizes and breeds, which are available for adoption by qualified indi-viduals.

    All dogs are neutered or spayed, current on all vacci-nations, including Rabies, and are micro chipped. Each dog will have a Rabies tag and cer-tificate.

    Individuals interested in adopting a homeless pet ani-mal must meet the require-ments of the organization.

    Adoption fees:Dogs that are 25 pounds or

    fewer or six months of age or young - $125 per dog

    Dogs that are over 25 pounds and older than six months - $95 per dog

    The Houston Humane So-ciety adoption booth will be under the canopy at Entrance Three, near Apple and Pottery Barn.

    Become a fan of First Col-ony Mall on Facebook. First Colony Mall is in Sugar Land at U.S. 59 south and Texas 6. For information and a list of retailers, call (281) 265-6123 or visit www.firstcolonymall.com.

    First Colony Mall is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States and Brazil.

  • By RUSSELL JONESDays before the first presi-

    dential debate, the Obama campaign put out the word that Romney would defeat the in-cumbent when they met face to face. At best that seemed like a joke. Nobody expected that Obama would come in a poor second, probably not even Romney. The sinister motive was obvious.

    Obama, the finest politi-cal orator since Kennedy, was a sure bet to leave Romney in his dust. Most expected him to twist Republican policy into a unrecognizable diatribe about throwing Granny over a cliff and putting unionized employ-ees out of work while lower-ing taxes for millionaires and billionaires. He was likely to dazzle undecided voters into following him down the path of class warfare by comparing Romneys economic policies to those of Bush, who, as every thoughtful American knows, is to blame for everything wrong with America.

    By spreading the tale that Romney would beat Obama, Axlerod and Obamas other propagandists, after the debate is over, could praise the Demo-crats magical ability to rise to any occasion. Wow, they could say. Obama looked bet-ter than anyone expected, and Romney looked even worse by comparison. Obamas aco-lytes were rubbing their hands and drooling over the possibili-ties.

    What they forgot, apparently, was Obamas inability to rise to the occasion without either a prepared script or a teleprompt-er. In a live debate, there would be no script, no editing of his off the cuff remarks. Obamas worst mistakes during his presi-dency have come when he went off script. The worst of all, that business owners didnt make that, was not in his prepared text.

    Surprising political observ-ers across the country, Obama really did fall flat. Even

    Obamas own camp conceded. What happened? Obamas campaign had forgotten that their candidate simply is not up to the task of understanding the great issues of the day. Just as surely, he is not able to en-ter into a conversation with an intelligent opponent who dis-agrees with him without show-ing his irritation. Three times in the first twenty minutes of the debate Obama criticized Romneys tax program, mis-stating its basic premise. Three times Romney corrected him, comparing him to a child who believes that repeating a false-hood often enough will make it true. Did Obama really not un-derstand his opponents plan?

    On another occasion, Obama discussed a portion of the tax code which, he said, actually gave businesses a tax deduction for exporting American jobs overseas. Romney responded confidently. Ive been in busi-ness for 25 years, and I have never heard of such a thing. Maybe I need to find a new ac-countant. Does the president really believe what he said? None of Obamas sycophants has yet come to his aid on that one.

    Politicizing BenghaziThe tragedy of Benghazi

    three weeks ago looks more and more like a political cover-up. Someone high in the ad-

    ministration vetoed the Ambas-sadors requests for increased security. Those requests were well known to the administra-tion. Yet, for at least eight days Obamas team denied even the possibility that al-Qaeda was behind the attack.

    Only a few days ago did the FBI actually arrive at the con-sulate where the attack occurred to begin its investigation. A state department spokesman shrugged off the delay, attribut-ing it to problems getting visas from Libya for the agents to enter the country and to get to work.

    In the meantime, the scene was unprotected and open to anyone who cared to snoop around. A CNN reporter had earlier done just that and found the Ambassadors diary, which told of communications to his family describing his security concerns and the governments refusal to come to his aid. The administration was angry that the diary was made public and publicly criticized the reporter for his effort.

    Just exactly who is cover-ing up what? Could it be that the administration is trying to downplay the continuing role of al-Qaeda in the region? Could it be that revealing that role was believed to be detrimental to the presidents re-election cam-paign? By denying the Ambas-sadors request for additional security, the administration could have used the absence of additional security as proof of a diminished threat from al-Qaeda and, consequently, as evidence of a successful Middle East policy.

    What a shame it would be if it turns out that four Ameri-cans died so that a false politi-cal statement could be put out to the public.

    Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

    Page 4 INDEPENDENT OCTOBER 10, 2012

    OpinionBy JIM RICE

    Recently there have been many public comments made concerning the pending 83rd Texas Legislative Session and how legislators will expand the School Choice options available in Texas. Some state business organizations are al-ready floating trial balloons to tout an agenda of allowing an unlimited number of open en-rollment charter schools in the State, granting vouchers for students who wish to attend private schools and allowing these same students to at-tend public schools part-time, among other initiatives.

    Before we expand the num-ber of charter schools allowed in Texas or issue vouchers to attend private schools, we should examine why the Texas Legislature enabled charter schools to be created in the first place and then ex-amine how well those charter schools have performed, both academically and cost-effec-tively. The Honorable Thom-as Ratliff, State Board of Education District 9, recently issued a news release in which he said, If a charter isnt im-proving student learning, why isnt it shut down? There are too many examples of char-ter schools NOT enhancing student performance. This seems to be in direct conflict with state law. The Legisla-ture needs to give the Texas Education Agency and/or the State Board of Education [SBOE] more authority to close these charters and pro-tect kids. And we [the SBOE] should be held accountable for the use of that authority.

    The Texas Education Agencys 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Snapshot data for open-enrollment charter schools and traditional public schools in Texas reveals that Charter schools have lower attendance rates and higher dropout rates than traditional public schools. Over the five school years analyzed, fewer charter school students passed each of the TAKS tests, espe-cially the math and science TAKS, than students in tradi-tional public schools, except on the 2011 Writing TAKS where the results were paral-lel. In addition, fewer students in charter schools met the states standards for college readiness, as measured by the

    percentage of students who took the SAT and ACT ex-ams and the average scores on each of those exams. In short, scrutiny of charter school ef-fectiveness seems to be in or-der before granting unlimited Charters.

    Another scheme to cut funding for public schools be-ing touted by some business groups is Scholarships for Excellence, simply another term for private school vouch-ers. Vouchers would help the wealthy at the expense of the poor. Under most plans, the voucher would not complete-ly fund tuition at a good pri-vate school. So, only parents who can afford the rest of the tuition could take advantage of such programs; and since most private schools dont provide transportation for stu-dents, only parents who can drive their children to and from the private school would benefit from the so-called School Choice voucher pro-gram. Public funds belong to all of us as they are contrib-uted by all taxpayers for the purpose of educating all of the five million children enrolled in Texas public schools for the collective good and future of our great state.

    Allowing students enrolled full-time in open enrollment charter schools to attend pub-lic schools part-time acknowl-edges the fact that charter schools do not have a com-plete curriculum to round out a students overall education. It will place an unfair burden on public schools to provide these students with classes in fine arts, sports and other en-richment programs that char-ter schools cannot provide.

    Vouchers will hurt, not sup-port, the states public schools and will jeopardize the quality of education available to most students. The legislature has a constitutional duty to sup-

    port and maintain a system of public schools in this state (Texas Constitution Article 7, Section 1). State statute imposes a further duty upon the legislature: The mission of the public education sys-tem of this state is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully par-ticipate now and in the future in the social, economic and educational opportunities of our state and nation (Texas Education Code 4.001).

    Just as we hold our school districts accountable for stu-dent achievement, we should also hold the State Legislature accountable for supporting a public school system that pro-vides a quality education for all students as the state consti-tution requires.

    School Choice is a broad term that in itself sounds laudable: empowering par-ents with greater choice over which school their child at-tends. However, allowing an unlimited number of charter schools that are not held to the same standards as other public schools and providing publicly funded vouchers to subsidize private school tu-ition for middle class students will be detrimental to our pub-lic schools, and thus to most of our students and families, our communities and for the State of Texas.

    The Legislature needs to uphold its constitutional duty to support and maintain a sys-tem of public schools in Tex-as, and fund it adequately and equitably. Lets not squander the next legislative session with arguments over school choice to benefit a few; rather lets focus our efforts on im-proving our public schools which do and always will educate the majority of our students. If you agree, let your legislators know.

    As the seventh largest school district in Texas, Fort Bend ISD is one of the most diverse school districts in the state. It is the school system of choice by parents of close to 70,000 students. Jim Rice was elect-ed to serve on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees in May 2010. These comments are his alone and he is not speaking on behalf of the Board.

    Jones

    School Choice is not the right choice

    By CAROLINE V. BOWDENTHE PAST: The Dewalt

    Family settled in East Fort County in the mid 1800s. Dr. Hampton C. Robinson, Jr (a descendant of the DeWalt fam-ily) grew up in Missouri City. The family home was just off Highway 59 @ FM 2234. The Robinson family built what they called a ranch house, on property which now is in the middle of Quail Valley Subdivision. It was used as a weekend get-a-way.

    THE PRESENT: Fast for-ward to the 1940s when Dr. Robinson received his medi-cal degree and after WWII he settled in Houston and became a prominent Houston surgeon. He now lived in RIVER OAKS Subdivision which was where the rich and the fa-mous lived.

    Meanwhile Dr. Robinson had started purchasing acreage around the ranch house. His dream had been to develop a luxurious residential commu-nity, similar to Rancho Mirage (where his second wife and their children had frequented) in Palm Springs. It was to be a place where River Oaks fami-lies could spend weekends in modern villas built around a golf course and imagine themselves on a Texas cattle ranch. The best part was that it was only 25 miles from their homes in River Oaks.

    In mid 1950s Dr. Robin-sons wife commissioned Wil-liam F. Cody, a Palm Springs architect, well known be-cause of his ability to design a house, in an unlikely set-ting, allowing it to embrace its

    surroundings. This house was to be a

    model for the future devel-opment that Dr. Robinson had envisioned. Therefore, only the BEST was included. This meant the inside stone for the walls and the dark lava boul-ders outside were quarried in California. When the house was completed Dr. Robinson had 1,500 live oaks dug up, by hand, in Texas and transplant-ed along the winding, oyster shell-paved drive leading to the house from Murphy Road (FM 1092).

    A Houston architectural firm was Codys local associ-ate architect, and a Houston construction company built the house. The house was built in 18 months and ready for the Robinson family to use in early 1960.

    The one-story house is built in a cruciform plan. It has four, one-room deep wings, for the living room, bedrooms, and service areas, projecting at right angles from the front

    entrance. THE FUTURE: The Rob-

    inson House was strictly a weekend house and was never lived in year-round. In 1969 Dr. Robinson sold 750 acres of his property to investors, James MacNaughton and R. W. Carey. They in turn added it to their planned community of Quail Valley. Quail Valley became a golf-course-cen-tered community developed for mid-market buyers.

    There is a house in Hous-ton (The 1951 Menil House by Philip Johnson) that draws from the 1950s one-story, qua-si-ranch house vernacular but they are on total ends of the spectrum. The Miesian Menil House has New York style. The Robinson House is like Southern California with sun, desert mountains and dry air.

    The Menil House has been restored. But the Robinson House has not. Documenta-tion necessary for the Texas Historical Commission was prepared so that the house could be renovated and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. But in 2007 all this stopped.

    We can only hope that some day the house will be restored to its original condition. Then Missouri City can finally rec-ognize what a unique architec-tural house we have and share it with those who visit Historic Places.

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    The City of Sugar Land will host the First Annual Fort Bend County Employer Career Fair on Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive.

    The career fair is being planned and organized by the cities of Sugar Land, Richmond and Rosenberg; Fort Bend County; and Workforce Solutions. Employers representing local governments, hospitals, education and private industries will be in attendance.

    The purpose of this event is to allow individuals to explore job opportunities in both the public and private sectors in Fort Bend County, as well as learn about volunteer needs in the area.

    Job applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and dress professionally. Many companies will pre-screen job ap-plicants and perform interviews during the Career Fair.

    For more information, contact the Sugar Land Hu-man Resources Department at (281) 275-2205.

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    Dulles High School presents Youre a Good

    Man, Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the gang will be on stage in the Dulles High School presentation of Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The musical comedy featuring Dulles students is scheduled for Oct. 11, 12 and 13, beginning at 7 p.m. each night. The musical, original-ly produced in 1967, is based on the characters created by cartoon-ist Charles M. Schulz in his long-running comic strip Peanuts. The Dulles production is directed by Dulles Theatre Director Dr. Deni-na Brown and Choir Director Jen-nifer Marrero. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/chil-dren and can be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/dulles. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $12 and $8. Proceeds go toward funding future musicals at Dulles High School. Contact [email protected]

    Pink Lighting event on Oct. 12After a cancellation due to weather conditions on Satur-

    day, September 29, The MD Anderson Regional Care Cen-ter in Sugar Land will host its Pink Lighting event honor-ing Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, October 12 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. During a free Music in the Plaza per-formance by Password, MD Anderson will light the Plaza and fountain in Sugar Land Town Square pink. MD Ander-son physicians and staff will be on hand during the event to pass out free educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the light of breast cancer awareness and hope.

    To learn more about the MD Anderson Regional Care Cen-ter in Sugar Land visit www.MDAnderson.org/SugarLand.

  • INDEPENDENT OCTOBER 10, 2012 Page 5

    NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o'clock a.m.,

    Thursday, October 18, 2012, for:

    MULTIPOLYMER PAVEMENT MARKING PROJECT

    Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows:

    BID NO. 2013-01 MULTIPOLYMER PAVEMENT MARKING PROJECTBIDDERS NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE

    Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected.

    Signed and sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Secretary Offi ce, on or be-fore 11:00 o'clock a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 , City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 1st Floor, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within thirty (30) days following the date for the opening of bids.

    The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifi cations prior to the date set for opening of bids. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be an-nounced by addenda or addendum to the specifi cations. Copies of such ad-denda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not aff ect the bid opening date.

    The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder.

    ITB documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land Offi ce of the City Secre-tary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at www.publicpurchase.com or https://www.bidsync.com . Reg-istration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site.

    For questions regarding this bid, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at [email protected] .

    Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAECity Secretary

    LEGAL NOTICE

    The City of Missouri City is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following:

    RFP #034-13 DEFIBRILLATORS

    The City of Missouri City is soliciting proposals to provide the Citys Fire Department with new CPR monitor/defi brillators. The proposed units shall meet or exceed all requirements specifi ed in the RFP package.Proposals will be accepted until 2 PM Local Time, October 22, 2012 and then opened.

    The RFP packages may be obtained beginning October 3rd by contacting the Purchasing Offi ce at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8626 or email [email protected]

    Proposals must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Proposals must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Offi ce, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualifi ed. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.

    Charles Oberrender, CPPBPurchasing ManagerCity of Missouri City, Texas

    City of Missouri City

    LEGAL NOTICEREQUEST FOR SEALED

    COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS

    Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Offi ce of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specifi ed time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agents website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us.

    RFP 13-009 CONTINGENCY AMBULANCE TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing AgentFort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    LEGAL NOTICEREQUEST FOR SEALED

    COMPETITIVE PROPOSALSSealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Offi ce of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specifi ed time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agents website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. RFP 13-010 WATER TREATMENT-SOFTENER FOR JUSTICE CENTERA pre-proposal conference will be conducted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:00AM (CST). The pre-proposal conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Justice Center mechanical yard located in the rear of 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle (facing Williams Way Blvd), Richmond Texas 77469. All bidders are encouraged to attend.Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing AgentFort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    LEGAL NOTICEINVITATION TO BIDDERS

    Sealed Bids will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Offi ce of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specifi ed time will be returned unopened. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agents Offi ce. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agents website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us.BID 13-011 TRAFFIC SIGNALIZATION FOR FRY ROAD AT VILLAGE CENTERA pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required.Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

    Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    LEGAL NOTICEREQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

    Rehabilitation of the Fort Bend County Courthouse Phase II. Proposal documents may be ordered at the offi ce of Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. at 9411 Hargrove Drive, Dallas, Texas 75220, (214) 902-0111, [email protected] Upon written request and payment of a non-refundable fee that includes overnight shipping and handling, drawings and specifi cations in either full size, half size, 11 x 17 or CD will be mailed. Additional Proposal Documents are posted to PIRC ftp site and are accessible by logging on as follows: Web Address: ftp.phoenix1.orgUser Name: phoenix\fortbendsubPassword: courthousePhoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd. (Construction Manager), on behalf of Fort Bend County (Owner), will accept subcontractor proposals for the follow-ing proposal packages:

    PHASE II SCOPES:

    Pre-Proposal Conferences: Pre-Proposal Conferences: Thursday, the 11th day of October, 2012, and Thursday, the 18th day of October, 2012 at 9:00 AM at the William Travis Building, 301 Jackson Street, Suite 201, Richmond, Texas 77469. The courthouse, located at 401 Jackson (across the street from the Travis Building), will be open for inspections at the conclusion of the pre-proposal meeting until 3:00 PM both days. If you are submitting a proposal for this project, please note that attendance of one of the pre-proposal meetings will be worth 5% in the scoring system used to evaluate proposals.Submission Deadline: Proposals will be received at Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd., 9411 Hargrove Drive, Dallas, Texas 75220, on Thursday, October 25, 2012 until 1:30 PM, local time (CST).The courthouse can also be made available for inspection (if arrangements are made in advance) any day (M F) between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM starting October 3 until October 22 (the day before proposals are due). Arrangements for court-house inspection need to be made (in advance) through David McClung, Site Superintendent, at 214-415-1205 or [email protected]

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

    PERMANENT ZONING 18.104 ACRESWESCOTT AVENUE AND FUTURE BRANFORD PLACE

    PERMANENT ZONING OF APPROXIMATELY 18.104 ACRES TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT (FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY LOCATED ON WESCOTT AVENUE EAST OF THE INTERSECTION WITH FUTURE BRANFORD PLACE, WITHIN THE ALEXANDER HODGE LEAGUE, A-32, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

    PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED

    PROPOSED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

    WHERE: CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

    WHEN: PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING 6:30 P.M., OCTOBER 25, 2012

    DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED ZONING MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL [email protected] THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 OCLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 OCLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON.Vicinity Map:

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

    CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WATERCREST AT SUGAR LAND

    RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY

    8.67 ACRES BROOKS STREET AND BLUEBONNET

    REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO ESTABLISH WATERCREST AT SUGAR LAND (RESIDENTIAL CARE) FACILITY ON AN 8.6753 ACRE TRACT OF LAND LOCATED ON BROOKS STREET NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH BLUEBONNET STREET IN THE SOUTH TRACT RESERVE 1 OF HIGHWAY 90A COMMERCIAL PARK IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE (B-O) DISTRICT.

    PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

    WHERE: CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

    WHEN: PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING 6:30 P.M., OCTOBER 25, 2012

    DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL [email protected] THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 OCLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 OCLOCK P.M., AND IS LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSONVicinity Map:

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffi c/safety study for Firethorne, Section 7, to add a multi-way stop at the intersection of Stonestead Drive at Chalet Ridge Drive, Precinct 3.The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffi c/safety study for Katy ISD Cinco Ranch High School driveway at Cinco Ranch Boulevard and Grand Parkway for school zone modifi cations, Precinct 3.The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffi c/safety study for the Katy ISD No. 22, Kilpatrick Elementary on Cinco Ranch Blvd. at Gaston Road for school zone modifi cations, Precinct 3.The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffi c/safety study for Katy ISD No. 23, Rylander Elementary on Westheimer Parkway at Falcon Landing Boulevard for school zone modifi cations, Precinct 3.The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffi c control plan for Long Meadow Farms, Section 19, Precinct 4.

    The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

    Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    Concerts and other events will keep the seats filled at Constellation Field, where attendance records were smashed during the Skee-ters inaugural baseball sea-son.

    Featuring a state-of-the-art staging system in center field and extra seating on the field, the first two con-certs at Constellation Field will feature REO Speed-wagon and Night Ranger on Oct. 19 and ZZ Top and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on

    Oct. 20.Produced by ACE Live as

    a part of a multi-year agree-ment, the two concerts are the beginning of a series of shows that will be presented at the stadium.

    Constellation Field and its location in Sugar Land offer a great opportunity to bring major shows to a great venue that is much closer to where so many citizens in this growing sector of Houston live, said ACE CEO David Anderson.

    We think the response will be tremendous.

    Full concessions servic-es and free parking will be available at the stadium.

    Other upcoming events include the Southland Con-ference Baseball Tourna-ment from May 22-25, 2013.

    Sugar Lands Constel-lation Field is expected to easily surpass the Citys conservative revenue pro-jections.

    Funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes, the $36 million 7,500-seat sta-dium is a year-round com-

    munity amenity that will include baseball, concerts, community events and more. The stadium is also an economic asset expected to support the regional econo-my through direct revenue from the stadium, as well as hotels, restaurants and other retail establishments.

    A feasibility Study per-formed in 2009 projected average attendance of 3,314 per game or 300,000 annu-ally.

    Using this benchmark study data, City planners forecast an annual benefit to the City of $7.7 million or a return of $169 million to our economy over 30 years.

    Actual figures for the first season showed an average attendance of 6,751 per game or a total of more than 460,000. Attendance fig-ures for Constellation Field have broken all records for the Independent Atlan-tic League of Professional Baseball.

    When compared to minor league teams affiliated with Major League Baseball, Sugar Land ranks third in

    Visitors to Fill Constellation Field During Baseball Offseason Texas behind the Triple A Round Rock Express and Double A Frisco Roughrid-ers.

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    NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION(AVISO DE ELECCIN GENERAL)

    To the registered voters of the County of Fort Bend, Texas:(A los votantes registrados del Condado de Fort Bend, Texas:)

    Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., November 6, 2012 for voting in a general election to elect presidential electors, Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county and precinct officers.

    (Notifiquese, por las presente, que las casillas electorales sitados abajo se abrirn desde las 7:00 a.m. hasta las 7:00 p.m. el 6deNoviembre de 2012 para votar en la Eleccin General pra elegir electores presidenciales, Miembros del Congreso, Miembros de la Legislatura, y oficiales del estado, distrito, condado y del precincto.)

    LOCATIONS OF POLLING PLACES:(DIRECCION(ES) DE LAS CASILLAS ELECTORALES)

    PRECINCT (Precincto)

    POLLING PLACE (Casilla Electoral)

    ADDRESS (Direccin)

    CITY(Ciudad)

    ZIP(Cdigo Postal)

    1001, 1072 George Memorial Library 1001 Golfview Dr RICHMOND 77469

    1002 Kendleton Church of God 619 FM 2919 KENDLETON 77451

    1003, 1058, 1094, 1109, 1134

    Mustang Community Center 4525 FM 521 FRESNO 77545

    1007 Cindy's Palace 1102 FM 2977 RICHMOND 77469

    1008 Orchard City Hall 9714 Kibler ORCHARD 77464

    1010 FBC Road & Bridge (Needville) 3743 School St NEEDVILLE 77461

    1012, 1054 Fellowship Church of Fort Bend 1110 Bamore Rd ROSENBERG 77471

    1013 Calvary Baptist Church 4111 Airport Ave ROSENBERG 77471

    1015, 1024 Frieden's United Church of Christ 7526 Avenue I BEASLEY 77417

    1018 Fairchilds Volunteer Fire Dept 8715 Fairchilds Rd FAIRCHILDS 77469

    1021 Brazos Bend Home & Ranch 22930 FM 1462 NEEDVILLE 77461

    1025 Agriculture Extension Building 1402 Band Rd ROSENBERG 77471

    1037 Travis Elementary School 2700 Avenue K ROSENBERG 77471

    1040 Mamie George Community Center 1111 Collins Rd RICHMOND 77469

    1048 Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex 4520 Reading Rd ROSENBERG 77471

    1067, 1085 Williams Elementary School 5111 FM 762 RICHMOND 77469

    1068 Schultz Trucking Company 18602 Highway 36 GUY 77444

    1073 Deaf Smith Elementary School 2014 Lamar Dr RICHMOND 77469

    1074 George Junior High School 4601 Airport Ave ROSENBERG 77471

    1076 River Pointe Community Church 5000 Ransom Road RICHMOND 77469

    1087 Campbell Elementary School 1000 Shadow Bend Dr SUGAR LAND 77479

    1103 Pecan Grove Baptist Church 1727 FM 359 RICHMOND 77469

    1114, 2034 FBC MUD 23/M.R. Massey Admin Bldg 1570 Raab Road FRESNO 77545

    1118, 1097 Fort Bend County Library - Sienna 8411 Sienna Springs Way MISSOURI CITY 77459

    1120 Dickinson Elementary School 7110 Greatwood Parkway SUGAR LAND 77479

    1128 Greatwood Retirement Center 7001 Riverbrook SUGAR LAND 77479

    2016 Barrington Place HOA 13318 Rosstown Ct SUGAR LAND 77478

    2017 Briargate Elementary School 15817 Blue Ridge Rd MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2022, 2096 Meadows Place City Hall One Troyan DrMEADOWS PLACE 77477

    2023 Ridgemont Elementary School 4910 Raven Ridge Rd HOUSTON 77053

    2031, 2056 Ridgegate Elementary School 6015 West Ridgecreek Dr HOUSTON 77053

    2033, 2090, 2091 Lantern Lane Elementary School 3323 Mission Valley Dr MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2036, 2116 Missouri City Baptist Church 16816 Quail Park Dr MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2043 Southwest Calvary Baptist Church 12910 West Belfort Dr HOUSTON 77099

    2050 Hunters Glen Elementary School 695 Independence Blvd MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2051 Chasewood Clubhouse 7622 Chasewood Dr MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2052 Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church 16000 Blue Ridge Rd MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2055 Willowridge High School 16301 Chimney Rock Rd HOUSTON 77053

    2059, 2075 Missouri City Community Center 1522 Texas Parkway MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2060, 2137, 2138, 2139

    Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 631 Avenue E STAFFORD 77477

    2061, 2108 Elkins High School 7007 Knights Ct MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2066 Mission Glen Elementary School 16053 Mission Glen Dr HOUSTON 77083

    2070 Houston Community College 10141 Cash Rd STAFFORD 77477

    2077 Glover Elementary School 1510 Columbia Blue Dr MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2078, 2112 Fifth Street Community Center 3110 Fifth St STAFFORD 77477

    2081 East End Annex Building 303 Texas Parkway MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2088 Stafford Civic Center 1415 Constitution Ave STAFFORD 77477

    2089 Quail Green Clubhouse 2605 Spring Place Dr MISSOURI CITY 77489

    2092, 2093 Meadowcreek Clubhouse 2410 LaQuinta Dr MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2099 Providence Community Clubhouse 9114 Woodleigh Dr HOUSTON 77083

    2100 Mission Bend Elementary School 16200 Beechnut St HOUSTON 77083

    2101 George Bush High School 6707 FM 1464 RICHMOND 77469

    2106 Barbara Jordan Elementary School 17800 West Oaks Village Dr Richmond 77469

    2115, 2136 Quail Valley East Clubhouse 2206 Turtle Creek Dr MISSOURI CITY 77459

    2123 Blue Ridge Elementary School 6241 McHard Road HOUSTON 77053

    3004 McMeans Junior High 21000 Westheimer Pkwy KATY 77450

    3005, 3057 Swinging Door Restaurant 3818 FM 359 RICHMOND 77469

    3006 Irene Stern Fulshear Community Ctr 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road FULSHEAR 77441

    3009, 3069 Sugar Creek Country Club 420 Sugar Creek Blvd SUGAR LAND 77478

    3014 Katy ISD Administration Bldg 6301 S Stadium Ln KATY 77492

    3019 Simonton City Hall 35011 FM 1093 SIMONTON 77476

    3038, 3143 Seven Lakes High School 9251 S Fry Rd KATY 77494

    3063, 3041 Austin Elementary School 1630 Pitts Rd RICHMOND 77469

    3083 Crockett Middle School 19001 Beechnut RICHMOND 77469

    3098, 3032 Townewest Town Hall 10322 Old Towne Ln SUGAR LAND 77478

    3104 Pecan Grove Elementary School 3330 Old South Dr RICHMOND 77406

    3113 Hodges Bend Middle School 16510 Bissonnet HOUSTON 77083

    3122 Fielder Elementary School 2100 Greenway Village Dr KATY 77494

    3130 Cinco Ranch High School 9th Grad Ct 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd KATY 77494

    3132, 3133 Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School 6161 S. Fry Rd KATY 77494

    3142, 3144 Beckendorf Junior High School 8200 South Fry Rd KATY 77494

    4011 Colony Bend Elementary School 2720 Planters St SUGAR LAND 77479

    4020, 3053 Sugar Land Church of God 1715 Eldridge Rd SUGAR LAND 77478

    4026 Walker Station Elementary 6200 Homeward Way Blvd SUGAR LAND 77478

    4028 Quail Valley Elementary School 3500 Quail Village MISSOURI CITY 77459

    4029, 4105 Knights of Columbus Hall 702 Burney Rd SUGAR LAND 77478

    4030 Quail Valley Middle School 3019 FM 1092 MISSOURI CITY 77459

    4035 Eldridge Park Community Center 2511 Eldridge Road SUGAR LAND 77478

    4042 Sugar Land Community Center 226 Matlage Way SUGAR LAND 77478

    4045, 4125 Garcia Middle School 18550 Old Richmond Rd SUGAR LAND 77478

    4046, 4121 Highlands Elementary School 2022 Colonist Park SUGAR LAND 77478

    4047, 4079, 4084 Colony Meadows Elementary School 4510 Sweetwater Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4049 Brightwater Clubhouse 2410 Brightwater MISSOURI CITY 77459

    4062 Palmer Elementary School 4208 Crow Valley Dr MISSOURI CITY 77459

    4064 Settlers Way Elementary School 3015 Settlers Way Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4065, 4044 Austin Parkway Elementary School 4400 Austin Parkway SUGAR LAND 77479

    4080 First Colony Church of Christ 2140 First Colony Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4082, 3095, 4117 Oakland Elementary School 4455 Waterside Estate Dr RICHMOND 77469

    4086 Rita Drabek Elementary School 11325 Lake Woodbridge Dr SUGAR LAND 77478

    4102 Fort Settlement Middle School 5440 Elkins Rd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4107, 4027 Sugar Lakes Clubhouse 930 Sugar Lakes Dr SUGAR LAND 77478

    4110 Sugar Land City Hall - Lakeview Room 2700 Town Center Blvd North SUGAR LAND 77478

    4111 Settlers Park Homeowners Assn 3010 Settlers Way Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4119 Clements High School 4200 Elkins Dr SUGAR LAND 77479

    4124, 4039 Brazos Bend Elementary School 621 Cunningham Creek Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4126, 4071 Oak Lake Baptist Church 15555 W. Airport Blvd SUGAR LAND 77478

    4127 Lexington Creek Elementary School 2335 Dulles Ave MISSOURI CITY 77459

    4129 Commonwealth Clubhouse 4330 Knightsbridge Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4131 First Colony Conference Center 3232 Austin Parkway SUGAR LAND 77479

    4135 Sartartia Middle School 8125 Homeward Way SUGAR LAND 77479

    4140 Lost Creek Park 3703 Lost Creek Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    Early Voting(La votacin adelantada)

    Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the: (La votacin adelantada en persona se llevar a cabo en el:)

    Schedule for: Rosenberg Annex Building - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX(Horario para:) Cinco Ranch Branch Library 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, TX

    Hightower High School 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TXMeadows Place City Hall One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TXMissouri City Community Center - 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TXFour Corners Community Center 15700 Old Richmond Road, Sugar Land, TX

    Day Date Hours

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    October 22 - 26, 2012(Octubre 22 - 26, 2012)

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday(Sbado)

    October 27, 2012(Octubre 27, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday(Domingo)

    October 28, 2012(Octubre 28, 2012)

    12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012(Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Schedule for: Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear, TX(Horario para:) Beasley City Hall 319 S. 3rd Street, Beasley, TX

    Lost Creek Park 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Richmond Water Maintenance Facility 110 N. 8th St., Richmond, TX

    Day Date Hours

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    October 22 - 26, 2012(Octubre 22 - 26, 2012)

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday(Sbado)

    October 27, 2012(Octubre 27, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday(Domingo)

    October 28, 2012(Octubre 28, 2012)

    CLOSED

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012(Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Schedule for: Chasewood Clubhouse -7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City, TX

    4086 Rita Drabek Elementary School 11325 Lake Woodbridge Dr SUGAR LAND 77478

    4102 Fort Settlement Middle School 5440 Elkins Rd SUGAR LAND 77479

    4107, 4027 Sugar Lakes Clubhouse 930 Sugar Lakes Dr SUGAR LAND 77478

    4110 Sugar Land City Hall - Lakeview Room 2700 Town Center Blvd North SUGAR LAND 77478

    4111 Settlers Park Homeowners Assn 3010 Settlers Way Blvd SUGAR LAND 77479

    (Horario para:) First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TXFBC Road & Bridge (Needville) 3743 School St, Needville, TX Randalls 5800 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land, TX

    Day Date Hours

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    October 22 - 26, 2012(Octubre 22 - 26, 2012)

    10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday(Sbado)

    October 27, 2012(Octubre 27, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday(Domingo)

    October 28, 2012(Octubre 28, 2012)

    12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012(Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Schedule for: Sugar Land Methodist Church 431 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX (Horario para:) Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, TX

    Harmony Science Academy 22400 Grand Corner Dr, Katy, TX (NE corner of HWY 99 and FM 1093)

    Day Date Hours

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    October 22 - 26, 2012(Octubre 22 - 26, 2012)

    10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Saturday(Sbado)

    October 27, 2012(Octubre 27, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday(Domingo)

    October 28, 2012(Octubre 28, 2012)

    CLOSED

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012(Oct 29 Nov 2, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Schedule for: Pecan Grove Baptist Church 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX (Horario para:)

    Day Date Hours

    Monday Friday(Lunes - Viernes)

    October 22 - 26, 2012(Octubre 22 - 26, 2012)

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday(Sbado)

    October 27, 2012(Octubre 27, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday(Domingo)

    October 28, 2012(Octubre 28, 2012)

    CLOSED

    Monday Tuesday(Lunes - Martes)

    October 29 - 30, 2012(Octubre 29 30, 2012)

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday(Miercoles)

    October 31, 2012(Octubre 31, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Thursday Friday(Jueves Viernes)

    November 1 2, 2012(Noviembre 1 - 2, 2012)

    7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Applications for ballot by mail should be mailed to:(Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarn adelantado por correo debern enviarse a:)

    John OldhamFort Bend County Elections Administrator301 JacksonRichmond, TX 77469Phone 281-341-8670

    Applications for ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business on October 30, 2012.(Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarn adelantada por correo debarn recibirse para el fin de las horas de negocio el da 30 deOctubre, 2012)

    Issued this the 20th day of August 2012.(Emitada este da 20 de Agosto, 2012.)

    __________________________________Robert E. Hebert, County Judge

    (Firma del Juez del Condado)

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