City Matters Summer 2019

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SUMMER 2019

City Matters

After the Election

Work Already Underway

on Bond Projects

BEAT

THE HEAT

Have Fun While

Keeping Cool

July 3 Fireworks

Extravaganza

Summer Reading

A Universe of Stories

Hurricane

Preparedness

Everything You

Need to Know


MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

Dear Friends,

Summer may not officially start until

June 21, but the heat and humidity are

already here! Pre-construction design and

engineering work are already “heating

up” and underway on several of the 31

bond projects approved by voters in

the May 4 election. Less than a month

after the election, I am proud to say the

League City Council and I approved

several design contracts for drainage

projects included in Proposition A, and

more contracts are likely to come forward

for our consideration this summer. For a

timeline and more information on what

to expect moving forward in the months

ahead, see pages 3 and 4.

Along with the heat, June also ushers

in the start of Hurricane Season. While

many of us are still recovering from the

lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey,

we must remain diligent in our efforts to

protect ourselves and our families from

future storms and high rain events. Finding

a regional solution to flooding caused by

elevated water levels along Clear Creek

and Dickinson Bayou has developed

some real momentum over the past few

months. League City is leading the way

in this effort and has been working with

the Army Corps of Engineers to initiate a

study to look at drainage and flooding

issues along the two watersheds, as

well as possible solutions. Learn more

on page 5. Also, take a few minutes

to check our “flooding prevention and

preparedness” checklist on page 7, and

make sure you are signed up for the

City’s SwiftReach emergency notification

system.

Recent numbers released by the U.S.

Census Bureau place our population

at over 106,000, and with 48% of our

City yet to be developed, we expect that

number to double over the next 20 to 25

years. Ensuring our City has the water,

wastewater, and mobility infrastructure

to support our rapidly expanding

population is a top priority for myself and

Council. Over the past several months,

we’ve taken several proactive steps

to ensure developers and builders are

sharing in the cost to fund our City’s future

infrastructure and that we are reinvesting

and maintaining our current amenities

(see pages 5 and 6).

While the kids are out of school this

summer, be sure to take advantage of

all the great programs our City’s Parks

and Recreation Department is offering

to keep them entertained, educated,

and cool! A summer pool pass is only

$25 for both pools, and the pool at

Hometown Heroes Park offers swimming

lessons for children of all ages and even

adults. It’s never too late to learn. Plus,

you don’t want to miss their “dive-in”

movies throughout the summer (see page

14). Over at the Helen Hall Library,

children of all ages (and even adults)

can win prizes by participating in the

summer reading program. The theme

this year is “A Universe of Stories” and a

variety of fun-filled events and activities

are planned to commemorate the 50th

Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing

this July (learn more on page 9).

If you’ve ever been to any of the library’s

open house or volunteer events, then

chances are you met a young man by

the name of Steve Jones. Steve worked

as a page at the library for the past

fifteen years, but to everyone who knew

him, he was more than that. He was

the official greeter, ambassador, and

heart and soul of the Helen Hall Library.

He was selfless and always willing to

help someone in need, even when he

himself faced his own challenges and

obstacles in life. His smile and laugh

were contagious, and he uplifted and

enlightened everyone he met. Steve

sadly passed away last month after a

series of health struggles, but his memory

will live on in our City through the “Steve

Jones Inspiration Award.” This award will

be given annually to an individual who

is not only dedicated to serving a City

cause or project, but whose everyday

actions and contributions, no matter how

big or small, have made a lasting impact

on our community and have inspired

others to serve and engage in our

City. We hope this award will keep the

memory of Steve and his contributions to

League City alive.

Every individual has the power to inspire

others through their actions and make

a positive impact on the world around

them. Thank you, Steve for reminding us.

May you rest in peace.

Pat Hallisey

League City Mayor

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CONTACTS

League City

311

HELP HOTLINE

Have a question, concern or need

assistance related to a City service?

Call 311 from your mobile or landline

phone.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to noon.

For police or fire emergency, call 911.

CITY COUNCIL

Pat Hallisey

Mayor

281-910-0182

pat.hallisey@leaguecitytx.gov

Andy Mann

Position 1

281-299-6356

andy.mann@leaguecitytx.gov

Hank Dugie

Position 2

281-554-1028

hank.dugie@leaguecitytx.gov

Citizen Request Tracker

Is there a pothole on your street that needs to be fixed?

An overgrown drainage ditch that needs to be mowed?

Request a service from City staff and track its progress

by signing up for www.leaguecity.com/tracker.

Frequently Called Numbers

Animal Control 281-554-1377

Building Department 281-554-1429

City Hall 281-554-1000

Code Compliance 281-554-1480

Facility Rental 281-554-1193

Fire Department (non-emergency) 281-554-1465

Fire Marshal 281-554-1290

Helen Hall Library 281-554-1111

Municipal Court 281-554-1060

Parks and Recreation 281-554-1180

Planning and Development 281-554-1080

Police Department (non-emergency) 281-332-2566

Public Works 281-554-1346

Streets, Stormwater, and Traffic 281-554-1086

Utility Billing 281-554-1335

Wastewater 281-554-1320

Water Production 281-554-1041

Larry Millican

Position 3

713-828-1312

larry.millican@leaguecitytx.gov

Todd Kinsey

Position 4, Mayor Pro-Tem

832-273-9692

todd.kinsey@leaguecitytx.gov

Greg Gripon

Position 5

281-850-0753

greg.gripon@leaguecitytx.gov

Chad Tressler

Position 6

409-218-2916

chad.tressler@leaguecityx.gov

Nick Long

Position 7

281-773-8954

nick.long@leaguecitytx.gov

SOCIAL MEDIA

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION WORK UNDERWAY ON DRAINAGE

AND MOBILITY PROJECTS APPROVED BY VOTERS

On May 4, League City voters overwhelmingly approved two

general obligation bonds, something that has not been on a

League City ballot since 1992. In addition to Proposition A,

which allocates $73 million in bonds to fund drainage projects,

and Proposition B, which allocates $72 million in bonds to fund

traffic and mobility projects, voters also approved Proposition

C, which increases the City’s sales tax rate by 0.25 cents per

$1 to its maximum.

Election 2019 by the Numbers

On May 28, only 24 days after League City voters went to

the polls, design contracts for three of the drainage projects

were approved by Council. The three contracts include the first

phase of improvements to the Bay Ridge neighborhood, the first

phase of improvements to the Oaks of Clear Creek subdivision,

and initial work on the Borden’s Gully Watershed near the Bay

Colony and Dove Meadow subdivisions.

In addition to the

drainage projects in

Proposition A, League

City has already begun

pre-construction work

on some of the traffic

and mobility projects

included in Proposition

B. In March 2019, the

League City Council

approved a design

contract for the $11.2

million Grissom Road

reconstruction project,

and design work is

also almost complete

on the $7.7 million

reconstruction project of

Calder Road South. City

staff members are also

awaiting the results of an

environmental review of

the $65 million project

to connect Landing

Boulevard to Interstate

45, nearly half of which

will be funded with

“Approval of the

$145 million in bond

propositions was a

clear message from the

League City community

that improving mobility

and hardening our

City from flooding are

extremely important.

The League City

Council and I take this

charge very seriously,

and work is already

underway on several of

the 31 projects.”

City Manager

John Baumgartner

partnership dollars from TxDOT. If the City receives an all-clear

on that project, staff should have a final design contract to

present to Council this summer.

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Majority of Projects to be Completed

in Three to Five Years

Timeline for a

Typical Capital

Improvement Project

Project Concept

Funding Identification and

Authorization (includes grant

applications and exploring all

sources of funding)

Preliminary Engineering (includes

exploration of concept alternatives)

Public Input and

Consensus Building

Environmental Assessments

(includes evaluation, risk analysis,

and permitting)

Final Design

Staff from the City’s Project Management and Engineering Departments are

assembling a master timeline for all 31 of the capital improvement projects included

in the two bond propositions. Before construction can physically begin on a project,

several steps and processes involving multiple approvals and reviews must occur as

part of the City’s project management process. Design and preliminary engineering

work on projects eligible to receive grant funding will not occur until all phases of

the grant application process have been completed by City staff.

Sales Tax Increase Begins October 1, 2019

Proposition C, approved by voters in May, increases League City’s local sales tax

by $0.25. Starting October 1, 2019, League City’s combined state sales tax (6.25%)

and local sales tax (2.00%) will be 8.25%. The proceeds of the ¼ cent increase will

fund drainage and mobility projects in Propositions A and B. It is estimated that in the

first year alone, the ¼ cent increase will generate $3.3 million. As more commercial

businesses open in League City, more local sales tax will be collected, and this

revenue will increase.

Starting October 1, for every $4 you spend, 1 cent will go towards drainage and

roadway improvement projects in League City.

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Land Acquisition and Permitting

(includes permits with TxDOT,

Army Corps, TCEQ, etc.)

Relocate Franchise Utilities

Bidding

Sales Tax Fast Facts

30% of local sales tax in League City is collected from visitors.

Sales tax is NOT collected on several items, including groceries, gasoline, and

prescription medications.

Construction

*The above is a typical timeline

of the various steps involved in a

Capital Improvement Project.

Steps may vary, based on the

complexity of a project, and may

also occur concurrently.

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Taking the Lead to Find a Regional Flooding Solution

While the drainage projects approved by voters in Proposition

A will harden and strengthen neighborhoods across League

City that are prone to flooding during heavy rains and storms, it

will not solve flooding issues along Clear Creek and Dickinson

Bayou. In order to address elevated water levels along these

watersheds, a regional approach involving the participation of

multiple cities, counties, and agencies must be taken. League

City leaders are not only spearheading the development of

a regional approach to flooding along Clear Creek and

Dickinson Bayou, they are also leading efforts to find solutions

and mitigation strategies.

Since the beginning of the year, City Manager John

Baumgartner has been meeting regularly with the Army Corps

of Engineers to secure an agreement with the federal agency

to split the cost of a study to identify drainage issues in the two

watersheds. The agreement would also ensure that any future

project that might arise because of the study would meet the

corps’ grant funding requirements.

In April, the League City Council approved $500,000 to

be used towards an agreement with the corps to not only

identify drainage problems but also come up with possible

solutions to reduce flooding, such as detention basins, channel

modifications and maintenance, bypass channels, pump

stations, property buyouts, and more. Once identified, the

solutions would be ranked based on benefit, cost, community

impact, and environmental effects. League City would then

lead the way in engaging leaders in other surrounding cities

and with the Clear

Creek Watershed

and Dickinson Bayou

Watershed steering

committees to discuss

funding options for the

proposed solutions.

Unlike Harris County,

which relies on its

local flood control

district to monitor

and do work on 22

watersheds, authority

over watersheds in

Galveston County falls

under several different

entities, including

the two watershed

steering committees

and the Galveston

County Consolidated

Drainage District.

Several residents

and councilmembers,

“We’ve been talking about

a regional solution for

more than 20 years in

this area, but nothing has

really come to fruition

on a large scale. The goal

this time is to change the

way we do business, come

up with a project list, and

have an estimated impact

and cost. Commissioning

a study is the first step in

a long-term plan toward

a regional solution.”

Sources: Esri, HERE, Garmin, USGS, Intermap, INCREMENT P, NRCan, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), Esri Korea, Esri (Thailand),

OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community

— Councilman

Hank Dugie

including Larry Millican and Hank Dugie, have been actively

engaged in the two watershed steering committees over the

last year and have been attending meetings and working to

form alliances with the county’s drainage district in an effort to

move a regional solution forward.

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Funding Our Future Infrastructure

As League City’s population continues to grow, so must the

City’s infrastructure. But with only half of the City currently

developed, funding the expansion of our City’s roadways,

and water and wastewater infrastructure is a costly expense,

especially when the bulk of the City’s tax revenue currently

comes from residents.

In addition to working to diversify the City’s tax base by

increasing the number of commercial businesses, League City

is now the first municipality in the greater Houston-Galveston

area to collect Roadway Capital Recovery fees, also known

as impact fees. Starting in March 1 of this year, all developers

and builders began paying one-time, upfront fees to help pay

for roadways created as a result of new development.

In addition, the League City Council voted in April to increase

the City’s existing Water and Wastewater Capital Recovery

Fees from a total of $5,634 per connection for a single-family

home to $7,668. The new total is the maximum the City is

allowed to charge under state law. The fee is based on the size

of the water meter installed, meaning developments with larger

meters will pay a higher fee. The fee will be paid at the time of

connection to the City’s water system.

League City by the Numbers

Current population: 106,803

Population estimate at buildout: 220,000

Percentage of City land yet to be developed: 48%

Percentage of residential to commercial taxes collected: 80/20

Reinvesting in Our City

In 2017, League City created a Reinvestment Program to cash

fund projects specifically aimed at maintaining and improving

the City’s existing infrastructure. Just like an aging home needs

repairs and upgrades after a certain amount of time, so do

City facilities, parks, and roadways. Since the Reinvestment

Program began, nearly $15 million has been spent on various

reinvestment projects across the City, including:

•sidewalk replacement

•asphalt road rehabilitation

•street reconstruction (turning asphalt streets into concrete)

•concrete panel repair (cutting out failing sections of concrete

roads and repairing with new concrete)

•facilities (HVAC, roofs, major maintenance items, minor

renovations to re-purpose buildings)

•parks (replacement of broken concrete, playground

equipment, fencing, re-plaster pool, etc. to maintain our

parks)

•traffic signal reconstruction (replacing aging and outdated

equipment with the newest technology)

•drainage improvements (repairing and upgrading existing

stormwater infrastructure and drainage ditches, detentions,

and outfalls)

In Fiscal Year 2018, as part of the Reinvestment program:

•43,676 linear feet of asphalt streets were repaved

•18,978 linear feet of sidewalks were raised

•18,802 linear feet of sidewalks were replaced

•1,058 linear feet of curbs were replaced

•89 ADA ramps were replaced

Walker Pool replastering

What’s Underway as Part of Fiscal Year 2019?

Newport sidewalk and waterline

replacement

•Replastering of Walker Pool

•Renovation of Fly Ash Trail at the

Clear Creek Nature Center

•Sidewalk replacements

throughout the City

•Asphalt street rehabilitation

throughout the City

•Concrete street panel repairs

throughout the City

•Library Needs Assessment

And much more!

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HURRICANE SEASON STARTED JUNE 1

Are You Prepared For a Storm

or Flooding Event?

The majority of homes in League City are in or near a flood

hazard area and, as such, properties can be at an increased risk

of flooding. League City is also susceptible to river and coastal

flooding, as well as flooding from low lying areas. These conditions

have caused widespread flooding in the past and, because of this,

homeowners may be in a repetitively flooded area.

The City of League City wants you to be aware of ways to protect

yourself and your property in advance of future flooding events.

• Get a flood insurance policy. Basic homeowner’s insurance

does not cover damage from floods. Ask your agent for

details. Don’t delay – there is a 30-day waiting period

before a policy takes effect.

• Keep debris and trash out of the streams and ditches

so water doesn’t back up and increase the flooding risk to

nearby buildings. Also, don’t dump trash or debris in storm

drains, as they lead to Galveston Bay. It is illegal in League

City to dump any type of debris into a stream or drainage

ditch. Call the Street and Storm Water Department at 281-

554-1086 to report any dumping.

• Know the evacuation procedures for a flood and prepare

a family evacuation plan. Make an emergency supply kit

for your home. Designate a place where your family can

meet after an evacuation order has been issued.

• Visit the League City Engineering Department located at

500 W. Walker to pick up flood-related information such

as a Flood Insurance Rate Map, flood zone and floodway

locations, as well as information on local drainage problems

and natural floodplain functions.

Stay Connected

During severe weather and flooding

events, City staff will post timely and

relevant information and respond

to questions and comments from

residents, when possible, on the

@LeagueCityTX

@LeagueCityTexas

City of League City

City’s social media channels. Be sure to like and follow the City’s

official social media sites.

Reaching Our Residents During

Emergencies

League City uses a notification system called SwiftReach during

emergencies to provide automated voice and text alerts to

residents and businesses via their landline or cell phone. The

SwiftReach system allows League City to reach tens of thousands

of citizens in just a few minutes and includes a geo-fencing

feature that can be used to target information to a specific area

or neighborhood. Emergency alerts can include, but are not

limited to:

•unexpected road or street closures

•evacuation orders

•shelter in place orders

•water service suspensions

League City will also occasionally use the SwiftReach system to

send non-emergency emails and text alerts to residents. These

alerts can include important information about city events and

meetings that require citizen participation such as town halls and

citywide elections. A provision has been included in the city’s

contract with SwiftReach to maintain the confidentiality of our

residents’ personal information.

In order to receive alerts from League City, residents and

businesses must register and create a SwiftReach account, enter

their contact information into the City’s SwiftReach database, and

select how they would like to be communicated with—voice, text,

email, or all three.

In the last several months, the City has used the SwiftReach

notification system several times, including alerts regarding

the May 10 barge collision and subsequent chemical spill. If

you did NOT receive these alerts, you need to register and

create a SwiftReach account.

Registration is quick, easy and free. Go to www.leaguecity.

com/SwiftReach or download the SwiftReach 911 Public app to

your mobile device. Residents and businesses can change and

update their information or opt out of notifications by logging into

their profile on the website or app.

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Water

League City wants to remind residents that during extended

periods of heavy rainfall, water levels on our city’s streets

can quickly rise, and the rate at which water is flowing can

quickly change. Do not walk or drive into high water. When

approaching a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. More

than half of the death’s from flooding each year occur in vehicles.

A Precious Resource to Our Growing City

League City’s current population is nearing 110,000 people but

is expected to double within the next 20 to 25 years. Ensuring that

our citizens today, and in the future, receive high quality drinking

water at sufficient pressure to meet their daily needs is a top priority

for League City.

City staff are currently working with the City of Houston to finalize

an agreement that would provide enough raw, surface water

capacity for the future buildout of League City. This agreement

is expected to be completed this summer. In addition, the City

is developing a Master Water Plan to map out our City’s future

water infrastructure needs, including the expansion of the City’s

Southeast Water Purification Plant (SEWPP) as well as a new and

much larger pipeline that connects to the City of Houston. Stay

tuned for more details in the months ahead.

Did You Know?

68% percent of League City’s water comes from surface water

sources while the other 32% percent comes from groundwater. The

City purchases its surface water supply from the City of Houston,

which comes from the Trinity River, and the Gulf Coast Water

Authority, which comes from the Brazos River. The primary source

of groundwater for the City comes from the Gulf Coast Aquifer.

Interested

in having

Captain H2O

and League

City’s water

conservation

team come

present to

your school,

scout troop, or

organization?

Contact League

City Water

Superintendent

Tommy

Arredondo

at 281-554-

1040.

Become a Water Smart Superhero!

Ensuring our City has an efficient water supply for the future

is a team effort and leading the charge is Captain H2O, our

official water conservation mascot. The captain will be out and

about this summer at different City events to spread the word

about the City’s efforts to update its current water conservation

plan and to recruit other water smart superheroes. Residents

interested in serving on a water conservation focus group or

participating in water conservation surveys can email Sarah.

Greerosborne@leagucitytx.gov.

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Blast off this

Summer with the

Helen Hall Library

2019 Summer Reading Program

Registration is underway for League City’s 2019 Summer

Reading Program. This year’s theme is a “Universe of

Stories,” and participants of all ages (even adults) can

earn prizes for the reading they do from now until July 26.

Children (0 to 11) and teen (12 to 18) reading logs can be

picked up at the Helen Hall library or downloaded and

printed at www.leaguecity.com/summerreading/. Adult

reading logs must be picked up in person at the library. In

addition to earning prizes, participants will be able to take

part in a variety of activities and special events, including

space-themed programs surrounding the 50th anniversary

of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For a full list of events

each day, check out the Helen Hall library calendar at

www.leaguecity.com/librarycalendar.

Free Summer Tutoring

Looking for a way to improve your child’s academic

performance, and set them up for success in the coming

school year? This summer, the Helen Hall Library is piloting

a FREE summer tutoring program for students in 1st

through the 12th grade. Study help will be provided in

math, reading, language arts, science, and history

by adult and teen volunteers who have strengths in

the different subject areas. Tutoring help will be

offered on a walk-in basis from 5:30 to 7:30

p.m. on June 25, July 23, and July 30. No

appointment is necessary. For any questions,

more information, or to serve as a tutor, please

call Helen Hall Library Volunteer Coordinator

London Lawrence at 281-554-1116 or e-mail

him at london.lawrence@leaguecitytx.gov.

Writing and Book Clubs

Fuel your imagination this summer,

and explore your writing skills by

taking part in one of the library’s writing

or book clubs. For more information,

visit www.leaguecity.com/library

or call 281-554-1111.

Happy Hour Book Club

First Thursday of each month

5 p.m. at Craft 96 Draught House

2575 E. League City Pkwy.

This book club features titles selected by

City librarians for their potential to fuel lively

conversations over food and drinks.

Writers’ Club

Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month

6 p.m. at Helen Hall Library

This club is for current or aspiring authors

and features writing prompts.

League City Book Club

Third Monday of each month

7 p.m. at Helen Hall Library

This club has been meeting for over a decade

and features selections chosen by members

who take turns leading the discussion.

Teen and Tweens Writing Clubs

Helen Hall Library

The Tween Writing Club will meet from

5 to 6 p.m. on June 19, July 10, and

July 24. The Teen Writing Club will

meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on July 2.

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VICTORIA DE LA GARZA

& JENNIFER GONGORA

#LCLocal ResidentS & HELEN HALL LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS

For mother and daughter Jennifer Gongora and Victoria De La Garza,

every day is an opportunity to make a difference, no matter how big

or small. The two recently became volunteers at the Helen Hall Library,

where they have quickly become part of the family.

Ever since she can remember, Jennifer has had a passion for reading,

which led her to follow her dream, and pursue a career as a school

librarian. One day, while studying at the library, she decided to ask

about volunteer opportunities for herself and her 21-year-old daughter,

Victoria. “We are frequent visitors to the library, and I thought it would be

a neat way to spend time together, as well as give back to the League

City community,” said Jennifer.

Victoria is a congenital heart disease survivor with a learning disability,

but that has never kept her from pursuing her dreams. With the help of

one of her former high school teachers, she learned how to knit beanies,

a skill that quickly grew into a hobby. “I like to be creative, and I love to

knit, it helps me focus,” said Victoria. As her love for knitting grew, Victoria

and her mom worked together to open Vics Knitz, a small business that

donates beanies to non-profit organizations. Her mission is to fill the

world with love, one knit at a time.

With the help of her mother, the young entrepreneur is also active in her

community by volunteering for the Special Olympics, American Heart

Association, local food bank, and is currently studying to become a

teacher’s aide. She was recently named one of the winners of the J.J.

Watt’s foundation “Dream Big, Work Hard Contest,” which recognizes

extraordinary young people in the community.

Despite having a list full of activities, commitments, and attending college

classes, the inseparable pair always make sure they find the time to stop

by the Helen Hall Library where they help shelve and sort books in the

children’s book section.

For Jennifer, volunteering is not just a way to give back, it’s a way to

assist her daughter with learning new skills that will benefit her in her

professional and personal life. “There was a time when she wasn’t sure

she could do it, but after showing her that she can do anything she

sets her mind to, her confidence has grown, and it’s been a wonderful

experience. We love being part of this volunteer family.”

Teens (grades 7-12) and adults interested in volunteering at the Helen

Hall Library can contact the Adult Reference Desk at 281-554-1103.

Read more about Victoria & Jennifer

and other #LCLocals at

www.Leaguecity.com/LCLocals

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KEEPING OUR CITY SAFE

A Practical Partnership Between

League City Police and You!

By LCPD Officer Kelly Williamson

A recent survey released by Safehome.org ranked League City

as the No. 10 safest City in Texas. The rankings are based on

how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over

a single year and the number of police officers compared to the

population. As League City continues to grow in size, our police

force will need to grow as well in order to ensure our community

continues to make this top ten list. More importantly, however, it

is going to take a partnership between the League City Police

Department and YOU!

During my 23 years of service as a police officer, I have found

the job expectations of a patrol officer to be fluid and everchanging.

However, one thing that has not changed is that without

input, assistance, and feedback from the citizens we serve, we

cannot be successful in solving public safety problems and

community issues. The most effective, yet sometimes overlooked

way for our citizens to take part in this practical partnership is to

make themselves less of a target for those who want to hurt them

physically and emotionally or take their property.

Car Burglaries

You may be surprised to learn that car burglaries are the most reported crime in most cities, and League City is no exception. What

is even more surprising is that most of the vehicles that are burglarized in League City are those that are left unlocked. I have heard

friends, neighbors, and even strangers brag about how safe our City is, and say that there is no need to lock our car doors. The 660

people who reported car burglaries in 2018 would disagree. In addition to locking vehicle doors, we recommend that ALL valuables

be removed from or at least locked in a vehicle’s trunk and that firearms NEVER be left in a car overnight.

Residential Burglaries

Residential burglaries are another crime that can be prevented by employing a few protective measures. It goes without saying

that residents should ALWAYS lock exterior doors to their home or apartment when they leave, but other things can also be done to

safeguard your home. Start by walking the exterior of your house looking for points of easy entry that a burglar would look for. These

can include unlocked windows, unlocked garages, pet doors, and backyard access points like poorly secured fences. After securing

the exterior of your residence, look for hiding spots like overgrown landscaping and dim or unlit areas near windows or doors. Do

the same at night, and try to identify areas where a burglar could hide. Consider installing motion activated exterior lighting. Also,

consider purchasing a doorbell activated camera, which is a relatively inexpensive and simple way to add another layer of security

to your residence.

A Valuable Support Network—Your Neighbors

Lastly, police officers cannot be everywhere, all the time and stand guard over the property and possessions of our citizens 24 hours

a day, but there is a valuable asset out there that can help monitor your house and neighborhood. That asset is your neighbors.

Get to know their schedules and who should and shouldn’t be at their house. Pay attention to what vehicles they drive, so you can

recognize suspicious vehicles in the neighborhood more easily. Find out if your subdivision has an organized neighborhood watch,

and if one does not exist, consider starting one. Also, consider joining Nextdoor.com, and get to know your neighbors virtually.

Our Promise

The League City Police Department will always put forth every effort to keep our City and its citizens safe and prevent crime.

However, nothing can take the place of a vigilant citizenry taking proactive steps to make League City a safe and enjoyable place to

live. Have a healthy, happy, and safe summer.

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BENEFITS:

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•Take home car program

•Department provides equipment,

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•Tuition reimbursement for college

•Retirement with Texas Municipal

Retirement System (TMRS)

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Every summer, the League City Parks and

Recreation Department adds nearly 50

seasonal employees to work as lifeguards,

pool managers, camp counselors, and in

various other roles. Many, like Nathan Miller,

are local students who continue to come

back summer after summer to serve, and

occasionally save, the residents of League City.

How long have you lived in League City?

I moved here with my family when I was in the 6th grade. My

father got a job in Houston after retiring from the Navy. I was

actually born in Sicily, Italy and have lived in five different

cities before we moved to League City. They include Corpus

Christi, Pensacola, Panama City, Key West, and Charleston,

North Carolina. League City is the longest place I have

ever lived, and I absolutely love it here. I have been able to

establish some real roots and have made some really great

friends, many of whom I work with at League City.

When did you start working with the City’s Parks

and Recreation Department?

I started as a lifeguard when I was 16 and have worked at

both the Hometown Heroes and Walker pools. I have also

worked as a recreational aid and behind the front desk. My

co-workers call me a “jack-of-all-trades.” This year, I have

been promoted to pool manager. I am a little nervous, but I

know I will be ok. As a lifeguard, I love talking to guests and

making sure people are taken care of while they are at the

pool, so as long as I continue doing that, I think I will be ok.

Have you ever saved anyone at a League City pool?

Yes, once. A teenager, who could not swim, jumped off

the diving board into the deep end and was struggling to

make it to the edge of the pool. My training kicked in, and

everything went sort of slow motion as I jumped in and

rescued him. Ideally, if we are doing our jobs well, we

shouldn’t have to make any rescues. The goal is safety first.

I am proud to say we didn’t have to make any rescues last

summer, and I hope for the same this year.

When not at the pool, what do you do?

I just graduated from Dickinson High School and will

be attending San Jacinto College in the fall to get my

associate’s degree, and then I plan on pursuing a bachelor’s

degree in nursing. I am in the process of exploring all the

parks in League City with my girlfriend and her dog. There’s

a lot, so it’s going to take me a while.

Favorite thing about League City?

The people. Everyone is super friendly in Texas, but that is

especially true in League City.

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2019 SUMMER POOL SEASON

Beat the heat by splashing into one of

League City’s two municipal pools.

A season swim pass to both pools is $25 for residents and $45 for

non-residents.

A season pass to only the Walker pool is $10 for residents and $25 for

non-residents.

Depending on age, a daily pool pass costs between $2 and $5 for

residents and between $3 and $8 for non-residents.

Summer pool season lasts until September 2.

Learn to Swim

Hometown Heroes Park offers swim lessons for all ages—from six months

to adults. Register today at www.leaguecity.com/parks or in person at

Hometown Heroes Park.

Youth Swim (3-14) and Parent-Tot Swim Lessons (6 months to 3 years)

Space is limited, and slots are filling up quickly for the remaining sessions.

Classes are available in the morning and evening.

Session 3: July 8-18

Session 4: July 22-August 1

Session 5: August 5-15

Hometown Heroes Pool

This pool features recreational open swim

time, lap swimming, a kiddie pool (6 years

and under), pavilion rentals, and whole pool

rentals.

Kiddie pool hours: Monday through Thursday,

9:30 to 11:15 a.m and 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Open swim time from 1 to 5 p.m.

Lap swim hours: Monday through Thursday,

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a minimum of two

dedicated lap lanes for lap swim hours.

Open swim hours: Monday through Thursday,

1 to 5 p.m. Closed on Fridays, Saturdays,

and Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.

Adult Swim Class (ages 15 and up)

The next available session is from July 10-31. Classes are every Wednesday

from 6 to 7 p.m.

Family Fun Nights at the Pool

Join us at the Hometown Heroes Pool on June 21, July 12, and July 26 for a

“dive-in” movie at the pool, as well as an obstacle course, open swim, and

concession stand. Activities begin at 6 p.m., and movies will begin at sunset.

No pre-registration is required. Cost is $6 for residents and $10 for

non-residents.

Dates to Remember

Both pools will be closed

from August 19-23 and

August 26-30. Hometown

Heroes Pool will also be

closed on June 15 and 29.

For more information, call

281-554-1180 or go to

www.leaguecity.com/

poolinformation.

Walker Pool

This newly-renovated pool features recreational

open swim time, lap swimming, a kiddie pool

(6 years or younger), and whole pool rentals.

Open swim hours: Tuesday through Sunday,

1 to 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Lap swimming: Tuesday through Sunday,

1 to 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays. There is a

minimum of one dedicated lap lane for lap

swim hours.

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Feel the Thunder

Come experience the power and

speed of extreme watercraft as the

Texas Outlaw Challenge invades the

Bay Area, June 19-23, on the waters

of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay.

Win Prizes

Children, teens, and even adults can

win prizes as part of League City’s

Summer Reading Program. Pick up a

log at the Helen Hall library and start

reading from now until July 26.

Set Your Child Up for Success

Get your child ready for the coming

school year by dropping them off

for free tutoring sessions at the Helen

Hall Library July 23 and July 30 from

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Moon Landing

July marks the 50th anniversary of

the Apollo 11 moon landing. Space

Center Houston is commemorating this

historic event with non-stop activities

July 16-24.

Connect to Your Community

Discover how you can make

a difference by attending the

“Volunteer Bazaar” on Saturday,

Aug 10. Various non-profits will be at

the Civic Center from 12 to 3 p.m.

TOP

10

THINGS

TO DO

THIS

SUMMER

Paddle the Creek

Grab your canoe, kayak, or

paddleboat on August 17 and

come out to Lynn Gripon Park at

Countryside for the annual League

City Paddle Boat Race.

Discover Nature

Explore the outdoors and participate

in nature arts, crafts, and games at

the Clear Creek Nature Center. This

free program is from 9 to 11 a.m. on

the second Saturday of every month.

Step Back in Time

Stop by the Helen Hall Library the

last Thursday of every month at

7:15 p.m. for an interactive lesson on

local, Texas or American history.

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Enjoy Popcorn in the Pool

Bring the entire family out from 6 to

10 p.m. on June 21, July 12, and

July 26 for a “dive-in” movie at the

Hometown Heroes Pool. The event

also includes a pool obstacle course

and concession stand snacks.

Elevate Your Heart Rate

Get fit and cool off in the pool during

water aerobics every Monday through

Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the

Hometown Heroes Pool. Classes last

until August 15 and no registration is

required. Ages 14 and up.


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Help us empty the shelter this summer!

Saturday, July 20

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

&

Sunday, July 21

Noon to 4 p.m.

Hometown Heroes Park

1001 E. League City Pkwy.

Low cost vaccinations,

microchipping, vendors, food,

and a silent auction.

National travel blogger Ashley Donde moved to League City

three years ago with her husband and two kids, and they

absolutely love living in the Bay Area. On any given Saturday,

you can find them kayaking, fishing, trying new restaurants,

visiting museums, playing sports, or discovering another new

adventure. Lucky for us, Ashley shares her experience with us

in her blog, Adventures of a League City Local.

Check out her latest adventure at www.leaguecity.com/

adventures.

There is always an adventure around the corner;

it’s just a matter of getting out your front door to find it.

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CONNECT WITH US

Social Media Feed

Ashley

@ContentVoyager

The town I live in

(@LeagueCityTX) is so adorable

that they have a Citizen’s

University, where you learn all

about your City government. I

signed up for it, and we had our

first class last night. It was super

informative and interesting.

Denise Insall Roberts

at the League City

Mother-Son Dance

Such a cute idea!! They held the

door open and greeted Mom with

a rose. All staff was dressed in

black as waiters and had handouts

on how to treat a lady on a date.

What a neat, well-executed event!

Pat Moak

Grateful for the fantastic

employees we have!

Charles Moore

@ctcoach

League

City EMS is

hanging out @

CreekWildcats,

so our freshmen

can learn about

saving lives!

#SavingLives

Thanks for all the comments,

likes, and follows.

Keep sharing with us

on social media.

@LeagueCityTX

@LeagueCityTexas

@LeagueCityTX

City of League City

Linda B.

The Landing

Thank you so much to all our

City leaders and first responders

for being proactive and on the

ready to help keep us safe. You

are the BEST!

Hall Elementary Library

@HallElemLibrary

The mayor of League City

visited our library. Thanks Mayor

Hallisey for sharing a bit of our

history.

Did one of our

employees WOW

you with great

customer service?

Share a

“recognition

story” with

us at leaguecity.com/

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Join us LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. to learn

about important City initiatives, projects, and upcoming events. Hear directly

from League City department leaders and staff. Plus, ask your questions live.

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Love to paddle?

Bring your friends, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to this fun short

marathon event, approximately 4.5 miles on League City’s Clear Creek.

Saturday

August 17

Countryside Park

100 Alderwood

Registration at 9 a.m.

Race starts at 10 a.m.

Awards starts at 11:30 a.m.

Race will begin and end at

Lynn Gripon Countryside Park

and is open to both beginners

and novice paddlers.

For questions, contact Ashley.

Jackson@leaguecitytx.gov

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