With 2019 well underway, let me start by saying the state of the city is both resilient and strong.
In 2017, we experienced two highly impacting weather episodes, through both the microburst and Hurricane Harvey, yet the City of Sealy continued to follow a course of strength and courage.
We are a special breed of individuals full of energy, compassion, and prayer. We work together, for each other, and therefore we endure.
During the past two years we lost two key players in the life of Austin County. Fire Chief, Eric Zapalac, and Austin County Commissioner Doug King. Chief Zapalac was both a hard worker and a dear friend, and the devotion to public service by Commissioner King is something we should never forget. Each man worked every day to protect the citizens of Sealy and Austin County. Yet, Sealy is bouncing back from the impact of both Mother Nature and personal tragedy. We are continually working toward the place we need to be.
The goal of the city is to encourage responsible development that mitigates the risk of negative impact within the community. In response to this challenge, the city council passed additional drainage requirements for new construction. To ease the burden of mitigation, we applied for, and accepted a $2 million dollar grant for Front Street drainage. Additional submitted applications include a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant for improvement to the sanitary sewer system, and a $194,936 CDBG grant for infrastructure repairs related to Hurricane Harvey. We will continue the process of applying for federal funding for additional flood mitigation and infrastructure projects.
We face the challenges before us; by working together, we grow stronger.
2018 and 2019 are shaping up to be incredible milestones in the city of Sealy. Together we
• Hired a new city manager
• Hired a new economic development director
• Implemented accounting changes
• Balanced the budget and replenished the city’s reserve funds
• Restored the Rexville water tower and refurbished additional supply tanks
• Repaved various roads throughout town
• Completed rate studies and Impact fee analysis in an effort to provide fair and equitable rates for home owners and businesses
• Worked on the plans for infrastructure on N 36 toward Jurica Road construction to begin April 2019
• Worked on the plans for infrastructure replacement of Main Street water lines. Construction to begin April 2019
• Celebrated the opening of a new coffee shop and art gallery, Studio Blend, in the downtown area
• Worked with Starbucks and Chicken Express on the construction of their new facilities
• Hosted, with the dedication and hard work of the Sealy Community Foundation, a successful Sealybration and Fantasy of Lights
• Continue to work on the Sealy Main Street Program
• Continue to host the Sealy Farmer’s Market
As the city continues to grow, we are preparing for the I-10 expansion. My priority is the safety and security of our citizens. Therefore, we are taking every precaution to avoid the potential hazardous conditions that construction brings.
In a few weeks, the council will meet to examine the priorities for the upcoming year. Items under consideration include extending Main Street infrastructure project to Columbus Road, implementing an Ethics Manual for council members, and reviewing the proposed Policy and Procedures Manual for staff.
Together we are working toward creating access to quality affordable homes, jobs, well-maintained parks, and improved infrastructure.
We care for and about our community.
We care for and about each other.
Together we are Sealy strong.