Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting – This Friday, Dec 6th
**Please note information below re: shuttle service
Santa and Mrs. Claus are bringing their holiday magic to Sugar Land Town Square for the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m. http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1344
The steps of City Hall will light up with holiday cheer and entertainment as various groups fill the stage with some of the community’s most popular performances, including the 2018 and 2019 winners of Sugar Land Superstar, Sartartia Middle School Sweethearts, Fort Bend Christian Academy, EPIC Center for Dance, Commonwealth Elementary Fifth Grade Chorus and Recorder Choir, Anjuli Perubhatla, Sugar Land Middle School Cheer, Inspiration Stage, Sugar Land Sound Chorus, NuBirth Children’s Choir from the Fountain of Praise Church and Tropical Rhythms.
The Christmas spirit will come alive during the event with holiday-themed, walk-around entertainment. Throughout the event, families will have the opportunity to take free photos at different stations, including the chance to get a photo with Santa. This year’s event will incorporate special elements to honor the city of Sugar Land’s 60th Anniversary, including signature 60th Anniversary ornaments, a ‘Happy Birthday’ song tribute during the program’s intermission and special sweet treats for sale by local eateries, including The Sweet Boutique Bakery, Turquoise Grill & Bar, Kilwin’s, Decadent Coffee and Dessert Bar and Stacked Ice Cream.
As the evening comes to an end, families and friends will gather around the spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree located in the middle of Town Square plaza to help Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome the season with the annual lighting of the tree. Those who don’t want to miss the Christmas tree lighting finale are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 p.m. The lighting will end with a short fireworks display and a special surprise to conclude the event.
The event is open to the public. **A complimentary shuttle service will run from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town Square from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The shuttle is strongly recommended to avoid traffic. Limited parking will also be available in the Texas and Lone Star garages located at Sugar Land Town Square.
For more information or to become an event sponsor, visit www.SugarLandTX.gov/TreeLighting or give us a call at 311 or 281-275-2900. Don’t forget to like or follow the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) by searching @SugarLandParks.
Block Party Trailer Program Launched in Sugar Land
Residents now have access to a trailer full of supplies to make hosting a neighborhood block party easy and enjoyable. “The Sugar Cube,” a block party trailer intended to help foster neighborhood relationships, was created foster neighborhood relationships and as a result of a efforts to streamline the city’s special events offerings and avoid duplication of effort by leveraging existing event opportunities already occurring within neighborhoods. “The Sugar Cube provides a convenient way to bring people together where they live in hopes of finding similarities that will bring them closer together. Neighbors who connect with one another only strengthen our community,” said Community Engagement Manager Carrie Paxton-Lamke. Residents can reserve The Sugar Cube free of charge by completing an online form after their community group, homeowners’ or neighborhood association completes a short registration process with the City. “In our increasingly digital world, we often lack the opportunity to get to know our neighbors face-to-face,” said Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Kimberly Terrell, “Our goal is that The Sugar Cube inspires our neighborhoods to come outside, meet one another and recreate a National Night Out-style block party any weekend of the year.” To learn more about The Sugar Cube or to make a reservation, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/sugarcube.
Missing Lid To Your Water Meter?
In the front of everyone's home is a water meter that lives inside a plastic meter box, pictured below. During rain events when water ponds in the streets, sometimes the lids on top of the meter box float away and are lost. If you are missing your meter lid call 311 or 281-275-2900. You can also download our MySugarLand App and start a service request: https://bit.ly/2HjzizC.
Extra Sugar Land Trash Carts After The Recent Rain?
Did you end up with an extra trash cart or recycle cart after the recent rain event? Many of your neighbors are having a hard time finding their cart that washed away, and we could use your help finding them. If you got stuck with a lost cart, or if you see one laying around, we challenge you to take a picture of the cart and tag the location within the My Sugar Land App and Republic will come pick it up! Think of it like a virtual scavenger hunt. Download App: https://bit.ly/2HjzizC, Start a Service Request – Choose Solid Waste & Recycling – and choose Found/Lost Cart. Then you will be able to pin the location and upload a photo of the cart that has gone rogue. You can also drop it off at our Public Works: 101A Gillingham Ln or call 311 or 281-275-2900. *Please check in at the front desk of Building A upon arrival. There will be no winner, just the satisfaction you will receive from helping your neighbor find their orphaned cart.
City following status of events in Deer Park
The City's emergency planning division is closely following the status of events in Deer Park. We are in contact with emergency response officials in Deer Park and Harris County and have been told there’s no environmental concerns for the city of Sugar Land. Wind levels are low and they aren't blowing our way so that should bring some comfort. We will let you know if something changes. Check updates from Harris County here: https://bit.ly/2CxqEKH
State of the City
2018 was a year when we were safer than ever before, when we recovered after the worse and welcomed new neighbors. Like what you see? The full video of our 2019 State of the City is now available! Watch Mayor Joe Zimmerman and City Manager Allen Bogard present our plans for the future. Click here.
Sugar Land Police Teen Academy
The City of Sugar Land will conduct it's annual Police Teen Academy from June 10-21, 2019. Please click here for details.
Do you know your City Council District?
Did you know that your City Council District may have changed? After the annexation of Greatwood and New Territory, some adjustments needed to made, which will be effective for the upcoming May 4th election! Learn more about the new districts from the Gnome:
What district are you in? Find out: www.sugarlandtx.gov/KnowYourDistrict
Conversion of CenterPoint street lights
At the beginning of the year, CenterPoint notified the City of their standardization of the LED lamp fixture for all new street lights as well as the conversion of existing lamps. To ensure a smooth transition to minimize different lighting types, the City worked with CenterPoint on an agreement for deployment over the next year. This process will begin to take place in July, roughly following the attached map in the residential areas. Once the residential conversions are complete, CenterPoint will begin converting the lights on the larger thoroughfares, estimated to start in late August or September. Once all of the cobra head fixtures are replaced, CenterPoint will begin converting the decorative street lights. Click here for the conversion map. Please note this conversion is only for CenterPoint owned street lights, and does not affect private lighting system within the City.
City of Sugar Land's update on drainage projects during Harvey
Click here for an update from the City on Covington Woods drainage projects during Harvey.
City of Sugar Land creates new 311 Contact Center.
311 is a single, one-stop point of contact designed to make it easier for residents to know who to contact for assistance with non-emergency, city-related questions, and requests for services and also provides the ability for residents to track the progress of their requests. Please click here for details.
Hard Freeze Preparation
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. Please click here for more hard freeze preparation tips.
Rose Rosetta Disease
Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has been identified on multiflora roses since the 1940s. Distinctive characteristics of RRD include; “witches broom,” elongated stems, excessive thorn production, discoloration of the flowers & leafs, as well as dieback of the branches.
Please click here for the City of Sugar Land's Public Works Department's Action Plan for addressing this plant disease.
Land Use Plan
After four years of gathering community input, holding public meetings and an educational forum series, and discussing the land use vision for the future of Sugar Land, the citizen Land Use Advisory Committee has developed and unanimously endorsed a draft Land Use Plan and is eager to share the Plan with the rest of the community. A Public Open House to share the results of their work is scheduled for October 11 at 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard Drive.
The Land Use Plan outlines policy direction and guidance for land use decisions and is Chapter 6 of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan is the single most important document that will guide how the city positively and proactively responds to long-term market shifts and demographic trends—all with the goal of protecting our single-family residential neighborhoods and ensuring Sugar Land continues to be a premier place to live, work, shop and play in the region.
The draft Land Use Plan is available online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/LandUsePlan and feedback can be provided during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for October 26. If you can’t attend then, you can provide feedback via the Online Town Hall until October 23. Following the public hearing at Planning & Zoning Commission, the Commission will make a recommendation to City Council. The Council will hold a workshop, public hearing and consider adoption of the Plan by ordinance later this year.
More information at www.sugarlandtx.gov/LandUsePlan
Safe Return Program
The Safe Return was implemented by the Sugar Land Police Department in order to assist them during encounters with members of the community having special needs. This includes persons who are non-verbal or affected by: Autism, Alzheimer's, Dementia, or some other mental/intellectual disability. Please click here for more details.
Railroad Crossing Warning System Work
Union Pacific Railroad is currently working on the crossing warning system at Ulrich St. In addition, UP is expecting to extend this work within a couple of miles to nearby crossings throughout today (Wednesday, May 3).Residents are asked to be mindful of work crews, expect traffic delays, and when possible, avoid the area to prevent traffic congestion. Visit its.sugarlandtx.gov for more information on Sugar Land travel time data.
The Imperial Park Recreation Center offer a wide variety of youth programs for all ages! Classes and programs include:
Click here for updated class and program information.
City offers free smoke alarm check
Smoke detectors should be tested every year, and replaced every 10 years.
Sugar Land Fire-EMS offers all residents a free smoke alarm check and up to two free smoke alarms. Click hereto schedule a check.
Kempner Street Construction, Wood Street Closure Expected Soon
A construction project to realign Kempner Street between Main Street and Wood Street is expected to begin the week of Jan. 30. Pleaseclick herefor more details.
Cultural Arts Initiatives
Adopted in 2014, the Cultural Arts Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide launches a process to ensure sustainability and vitality of the city’s cultural offerings. Pleaseclick here for more details.
COUNTY LIBRARIES LAUNCH NEW ONLINE DIGITAL COLLECTION OF E-Books, E-AUDIOBOOKS
Fort Bend County Libraries announces the addition of 3M Cloud Library, a new, online collection of digital e-books and e-audiobooks that can be checked out and enjoyed from a variety of mobile devices on the go or from the comfort of home. The 3M Cloud Library collection, which includes e-books and e-audiobooks for people of all ages, is accessed through a free, easy-to-use app that can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play stores. The app links up with Fort Bend County Libraries patrons' accounts so the items are checked out just like any other library book.
The 3M Cloud Library is compatible with many devices, including Apple iPhones and iPads, Android tablets and phones, Kindle Fires, PCs and Macs (from which they can be transferred to a Nook or Kobo eReader) The set-up is simple - download the free app and log in the first time with a Fort Bend County Libraries card. Once patrons enter the library card ID (or barcode) number, they are ready to start browsing the collection's virtual shelves of fiction and nonfiction e-books and e-audiobooks anytime, anywhere.
Up to five titles can be checked out at a time, for a period of 14 days, after which the items automatically expire from the account, so there are never any late fees. The items can also be returned early so that new titles can be checked out. To browse the 3M Cloud Library collection of e-books and eaudiobooks, go to the FBCL website click on "Ebooks and Digital Media," and scroll down to 3M Cloud Library.
For more information, visit any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system, or call the library system's Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.