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2018 was another banner year for the “Show Me City” as the region’s most diverse municipality again earned prestigious awards and recognitions, engaged citizens and stakeholders in a series of strategic initiatives and elected its 11th Mayor in a historic runoff election that resulted in a power shift after 24 years.
MCTX also remained one of the nation’s premier residential and commercial communities with two first-class amenities—the Recreation & Tennis Center on Cypress Point Drive and the Quail Valley Golf Course/City Centre on La Quinta Drive. On the home front, the City was ranked the no. 3 location in Texas to buy a house by www.homearea.com, an online real-estate resource for consumers and researchers; Pharr and Beaumont are the only two State cities that ranked higher.
The City also continued its economic development growth, its innovative public safety and technology programs and its transformative City Hall Complex upgrades that feature lighting, painting, signage, landscaping, an outdoor performance plaza and facility restrooms.
A focus on superior customer service and the City’s Values (mission, vision, credo, code of ideals) were priorities as all employees worked to achieve business plan performance goals and to maintain efficiencies across all operations.
MCTX had numerous accomplishments over the last 12 months, including the following gains:
These achievements are indicative of the quality public service all team members strive to provide to residents, businesses and stakeholders. To view a comprehensive list of accomplishments for each City department/division, which are also included in the Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund Adopted Budget, visit this City website page: http://bit.ly/2rRgKxN
The City experienced another historic milestone in December after a transition in Council leadership with the election of Mayor Yolanda Ford in the Dec. 8 Runoff Election. Ford, who won 51.95 percent of the vote citywide over long-serving Mayor Allen Owen, is the first female and first person of color to serve in the role.
After being sworn into office by Presiding Judge Debra Sinclair in the presence of hundreds of guests who filled the Chambers, the foyer and the City Hall Lobby at the Dec. 17 Regular City Council Meeting, Ford said: “I just want to take this opportunity to thank God, my parents, my family and everyone who supported me to get to this point. I sincerely appreciate it. And, I know we have a lot of differences, but with that, we have to learn to appreciate our differences so that we can work together to get things done.”
Then, Mayor Ford proceeded to conduct her first official action of the meeting by administering the oath-of-office to At-Large Position #2 Councilmember Chris Preston, who won his third term with 64.19 percent of the vote citywide in the Dec. 8 runoff contest. Later in the meeting, Preston, who also won terms in 2014 and 2016, was elected by Council to be the City’s Mayor Pro Tem.
Also, as part of the City’s first November General Election cycle, Vashaundra Edwards was elected to At-Large Position #1 and Reginald Pearson was appointed by Council to fill the District A Vacancy that became available when Ford ran for Mayor.
Other current Councilmembers serving are: Jeffrey Boney (District B), Anthony Maroulis (District C) and Floyd Emery (District D).
In addition to the City’s “Show Me” spirit being in full force at the inauguration ceremony, it was also evident throughout the year as staff launched the First Annual Public Administration Day, hosted the Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration, Second Annual Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Event, Second Annual Leadership NOW Symposium, and partnered with citizens for the annual Dad & Daughter Dance, July 4th Festival, National Night Out block parties, Stuff the Squad Car & Fire Truck, Shrimp Boil Tennis Tournament and the 3rd Annual Community Night Out Festival, which drew record attendance from across the region.
“Missouri City is thriving because of our strong partnerships with citizens and stakeholders,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes, who was appointed to serve on the Board of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) in August: http://bit.ly/2Lz5uz3. “Our exemplary teams manage quality municipal programs and our stewardship of taxpayer dollars is rated at the highest standards by financial agencies nationwide. In the New Year, staff will continue to build on the City’s reputation as a safe community with beautiful neighborhoods, to attract viable commercial and retail enterprises, to renovate and maintain the infrastructure and to expand recreational opportunities.”
In 2019, citizens and City partners are also invited:
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this great City through the next phase of its growth and development in partnership with all constituencies,” said Mayor Ford. “My fellow Councilmembers and I are fully committed to help keep our budgets balanced, our streets safe, our economy thriving, and our infrastructure strong. We look forward to a progressive and prosperous New Year.”