City of Sugar Land update February 11, 2021
Extreme Cold Temperatures in the Forecast
Sugar Land emergency planners are participating in regular calls with the state operations center and the National Weather Service to maintain situational awareness on the possibility of freezing temperatures and/or wintry precipitation that could impact our area beginning Sunday night. According to the National Weather Service, a prolonged period of below normal temperatures is expected for southeast Texas during the weekend and next week, extremely cold temperatures are expected early next week with an extended period of lows below freezing across the area and there is an increased confidence for winter precipitation Sunday night into Monday that could create icy road conditions. When the temperatures drop below freezing, residents are encouraged to prepare their homes to avoid damage to water pipes, sprinkler systems, and swimming pools. The city does not turn off water at the meter to prevent frozen pipes.

Sugar Land is taking the following actions:

  • Sugar Land’s emergency operations center is prepared to support winter weather operations.
  • Public works crews are prepping city infrastructure for freezing temperatures.
  • Employees have been notified to plan for the possibility of 24-hour work schedules.
  • Dump trucks with ice chat spreaders are being staged to treat frozen city roads and bridges if necessary.
  • Staff are coordinating with the Texas Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for cold weather operations on state highways.
  • Parks is preparing for the possibility of closing pedestrian bridges and restrooms, sanding walkways and covering vulnerable plants.
  • Close communication continues with the city’s solid waste and recycling vendor to quickly communicate service delays if necessary.


Please remember to bring pets inside; wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing if you must go outside; walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways; always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines; and drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If at all possible, stay home and avoid travel -- especially bridges and overpasses -- during icy road conditions. Check traffic and road conditions on the City of Sugar Land’s Intelligent Transportation System.

For additional information, visit: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/722/Extreme-Cold-Conditions


City of Sugar Land Update January 20, 2021
Fort Bend County Vaccine Resources
If you have questions regarding vaccine distribution and availability, here are some helpful resources:
📍 Call the Fort Bend County Vaccination Hotline at 832-471-1373. Residents can call and ask questions regarding vaccine eligibility and availability.
📍The vaccine availability map shows vaccine provider locations, doses on hand, and contact information for facilities based on your address. Access map, here ➡️ http://bit.ly/38ZJH14
📍Access vaccine hub provider phone numbers and websites, here ➡️ https://bit.ly/39Nica8

City of Sugar Land update January 7, 2021
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order with COVID Updates

Executive Order GA-32 defines parameters to suspend reopening in areas with high hospitalizations. Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q, which includes Fort Bend County, have been above 15 percent for seven consecutive days. That triggers a provision of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening order that requires new restrictions. Based on our Trauma Service Area being identified as an “area with high hospitalizations” the governor’s Emergency Order GA-32 now requires the following restrictions for Fort Bend County … including Sugar Land … elective surgeries must cease, businesses are limited to 50 percent occupancy, and bars must close.

This order takes effect immediately.

These new restrictions will continue until our Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID- 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.

It  is clear that COVID-19 remains a threat to our community, as evidenced by the alarming increase in positivity rates we are now seeing here in Fort Bend County. The County continues to remain at a coronavirus threat level of RED, which is the highest level of community risk. We expected to see this surge during the winter flu season, mostly because of the recent holidays where more people were travelling and visiting relatives and friends, and because people are spending more time indoors due to the weather.

This means people should wear their masks, stay home as much as possible, wash their hands and avoid gatherings.

More information and resources are available at: www.sugarlandtx.gov/Coronavirus
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Here's why your water rates are going up in 2021
The City is committed to continue providing a high level of service while planning and preparing to meet future needs, like the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s groundwater reduction mandate, in order to maintain a financially sound, self-supporting utility system.

Link to Sugar Scoop: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/2074/What-is-Fort-Bend-Countys-groundwater-re 
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/SugarLandTXgov/posts/3574713285885202 
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/SugarLandtxgov/status/1343934808066412545

Sugar Land Movie Series
Enter to win a ticket to this weekend’s drive-in movie: The Karate Kid (1984)!
Here’s how to enter:

1. Like this post and share it: https://www.facebook.com/VisitSugarLand/posts/2893589267535665
2. Sign up by clicking the link: https://bit.ly/3qnziTn.
3. Tag a friend in the post from Step 1.
4. Comment on the post from Step 1, and tell us if you ever wanted to learn a form of martial arts. If so, which one?

The lucky winners will be notified on December 31st at noon!

Tickets and movie schedules can be found by visiting: https://www.visitsugarlandtx.com/events/sugar-land-movie-night-series/

City of Sugar Land update December 17, 2020
An update from Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman

Since the pandemic began, we've all eagerly awaited a COVID-19 vaccine. On December 11, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to the first of these vaccines. Several other vaccines will be available in the future. It's anticipated that somewhere around 20 million U.S. adults will be able to be vaccinated by the end of 2020. However, this is only about 6 percent of the country's almost 330 million residents.  Given that demand for the vaccine will dramatically exceed the supply for the first several months of vaccine distribution, you may be wondering when exactly the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to you.

View Mayor Zimmerman’s video here: https://vimeo.com/492205009

More information and resources are available at:www.sugarlandtx.gov/Coronavirus

Outdoor Movie Series moved to Smart Financial Centre parking lot
Get into the holiday spirit and come out to the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land to experience a drive in movie this week!

On Friday, we will be showing Disney’s Frozen, and Saturday night will feature A Christmas Story. For the finale on Sunday night, you can enjoy the modern-day holiday classic Elf!

Tickets for each night are just $20 per car. The movie series will continue to run on the following two Saturday nights, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, as well. Concessions will be available onsite. 

Visit www.sugarlandmovieseries.com for more details

Sugar Land 101 Applications close Dec. 22
The city of Sugar Land is accepting applications through Dec. 22 for the next Sugar Land 101 class scheduled to be held virtually in January through March 2021.

Sugar Land 101 participants learn about city operations from Sugar Land’s top managers. The class also includes a leadership development component as well as virtual tours of city facilities. 

Those applying for Sugar Land 101 must be a resident of Sugar Land for at least one year, a registered voter, over 21 years of age, not currently holding or running for elected office and willing to attend the 7-week session.

For more information about Sugar Land 101, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/SL101 and to submit your application, visit https://volunteer.sugarlandtx.gov/.

Solid Waste schedule changes due to holidays
The City's offices will be closed for the holidays on Thursday (Dec. 24) and Friday (Dec. 25). If your solid waste or recycling pick-up falls on Dec. 25, just roll it on over to the next day! Friday's collection will occur on Saturday.

Check out the complete holiday solid waste & recycle collection schedule {this includes extra bulk waste collection days!} by visiting www.sugarlandtx.gov/holidayschedule.

Fort Bend County has moved to the "High Community Risk" category of the Fort Bend County Public Guidance/Risk Assessment tool. Read more about this adjustment, in the link below. 

Click here for details. 

Introducing TownSq!
MASC Austin Properties, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of TownSq — a new all-in-one mobile app designed to help you connect, collaborate and stay up-to-date with your    association – any time on any device. Manage your account and access the resources you need when you need them.
Download the app and register to:
• Easily communicate with your management team
• Manage your account and pay online
• Get up-to-date news and alerts
• Request and review status of service inquiries
• Engage with others residents in your neighborhood
• Access important association documents
• And more!

To register your account, please log onto www.townsq.io, use your Account ID located above your name on the mailing label (see example), and the association zip code (77478). Set your password and account preferences and you will then be ready to start experiencing community your way with TownSq. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this new process as we are excited to offer these new services to your community.

City of Sugar Land update Oct. 6, 2020 - Outdoor Gatherings of 10 or more need approval
Per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-28, outdoor gathering of more than 10 people require review and approval by the Mayor. Should you be interested in holding an event, please contact Micaela Ortega at mortega@sugarlandtx.gov  and Carrie Paxton-Lamke at clamke@sugarlandtx.gov with details regarding your proposed event as well as your safety plan to limit the spread of COVID-19. City staff and our Health Authority will review the information prior to the Mayor’s review.


National Night Out 2020
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer places to live.

To ensure we are celebrating National Night Out in a socially-distanced way and abiding by CDC guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be virtual this year and we’re encouraging residents to gather online and meet each other!

Click to view the City of Sugar Land’s 2020 National Night Out video

Want to hold a virtual NNO gathering? Click here to learn how to sign up for a free Zoom account

Crime prevention resources

​​TRASH COLLECTION PICKUP DAYS
Trash collection reminder: Monday and Thursday are trash days, recycling day is Monday, green waste day is Monday. Bulk waste day is on the first Monday of each month.  Do not leave bulky waste out other than once a month.  If you need assistance between then contact Republic Waste and they will provide the extra service for a fee.


COVID-19 Update
Management Office: In order to maintain management responsibilities to our communities, office staff has been minimized with all other staff working remotely until authorized to return to the office. Protocols have been put into place in compliance with government guidelines as we are permitted to re-open.

Community Inspections: Community inspections are being conducted monthly, as per usual schedule.  If owners are experiencing difficulties related to the pandemic, a request for more time to cure the violation/concern can be submitted to the Board for review.

Suspension of Board Meetings: Until restrictions are amended to allow group gatherings, in-person board meetings have been suspended. Any necessary board meetings will be held by teleconference. Notice of any teleconference board meetings will be posted on the TownSq app.  The meeting notice will include information necessary for owners to participate in the teleconference meeting.

Suspension of Annual Meeting: Under the recommendations received by association attorneys, annual meetings should be suspended until the appropriate authorities deem it safe for people to meet in large groups again. It is not recommended to hold annual meetings via electronic or telephonic means, due to statutory requirements that specifically apply to non-profit corporations and POA's. Election procedures (solicitation of candidates, notice of meeting) will be followed once appropriate authorities have deemed it safe for people to meet in large groups again. 

Closure of Common Areas: The swimming pool, clubhouse and tennis court are open with capacity limitations and social distancing restrictions. The playground continues to remain closed at this time.

Suspension of Community Events: All community events have been suspended until further notice.


Congratulations to the winners for the 2020 Holiday Season Decorating Contest

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BEST RELIGIOUS-13715 Drakewood
BEST CHILDREN'S THEME-13610 Greywood
MOST BEAUTIFUL-1311 Bournewood
OVERALL BEST-1302 Ashwood

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