WATER QUALITY UPDATE
We want residents who have seen or had discolored water in their homes and businesses that we are working to resolve this quickly. First, the discolored water has not affected safety. We have completed tests and the water is safe. We are also flushing to clear the water so you might notice this during the morning. If you have any concerns or needs regarding your water, we ask you to call 979.415.2430 so we can help you faster. We have also notified HOAs so if you have one you might be able to find more information specific to your neighborhood. Thank you for your patience.
CONCERT SERIES 2022!
Enjoy LJ's breezy summertime evenings at the Doris Williams Civic Center when we begin our annual concert series. Beginning May 20 and continuing until July 8, your Fridays can be filled with good music and community. These free concerts feature everything you need to create memorable and fun events for your family and friends. Dance to live music. Feast on delicious grub from food trucks. The show goes on rain or shine! Unless otherwise noted, we rock from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Save the dates so you can dance the night away. Get the lineup.
SHRED DAY IS COMING!
Our popular Shred Day will be May 21 at the Rec Center. To accommodate our community we expanded to TWO trucks but that second truck still fills up fast so get in line early! We'll take up to FIVE large boxes per vehicle as well as eyeglasses and cellphones until the trucks fill up. We'll end the event at 11:30 a.m. Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful partners with Texas Gulf Bank to produce this community service and we thank the bank for helping us create it.
HEAVY TRASH & BRUSH SCHEDULE
The 2022 heavy trash and brush schedule has been released. This schedule will help residents understand when heavy trash is in their neighborhood. We've also placed as an image and a PDF copy on our household garbage and heavy trash website pages. It has also been posted on social media. Search for it with hashtag #LJHeavyTrashSchedule.
We will also be sending this schedule in our residential water bills.If you need any help understanding the schedule or when heavy trash will be collected in your neighborhood, you can always call us at 979.415.2400 and we'll be happy to talk to you about it. Here is a PDF copy of the schedule for your personal download.
HEAVY TRASH “RED TAG” EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
We don’t mind collecting heavy trash. We think it helps keep our neighborhoods clean and provides an important service our residents really appreciate. BUT…we don’t want our residents to put it out on the wrong day! To help residents understand when to put out heavy trash, we have started the RED TAG campaign. Our crews will be observing our streets on a regular basis and leaving RED TAGS on the doors of residents who have put out heavy trash on the wrong day. The tags also explains when heavy trash is collected in the neighborhood and that citations can be issued for repeat offenders. To make sure you understand when heavy trash is collected – and when it isn’t – visit our heavy trash website and put yours out when the crews are actually on your street.
DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT PHASE 3
Mayor Gerald Roznovsky and Assistant City Manager Meagan Borth discuss the voter-approved improvements to downtown. Slowed by COVID, the project will make significant improvements to Lake Jackson's downtown during 2022.
HOUSEHOLD TRASH VERSUS HEAVY TRASH
Not all trash is the same. In this video, Lake Jackson residents learn trash can be put at the curb and how much. They also learn how to prepare yard trash for pickup and where to take trash if they can't wait for their pickup dates.
Bathrooms can operate different during heavy rains. Big city trucks start working inside manholes in your neighborhood. Road crews are doing work in downtown and barricades are rerouting traffic.
You might wonder why is this happening! The answers to these questions and more are answered in our series "How We Work for You." It's our effort to show you how and why we operate with you in mind.
STREET UPGRADES UNDERWAY
We're beginning a new bond project for our neighborhood streets. The City of Lake Jackson has entered into a contract with Baker & Lawson, Inc. to replace sections of roadways of North Shady Oaks, Forest Oak Lane, Pin Oak Street and Pin Oak Court. Baker & Lawson, Inc.’s Survey Crew will be accessing your front yard to collect data for this design for several days beginning February 10, Thursday.
Please make arrangements to allow access for our survey crew and secure your pets. If you have questions about this project, please contact Steve Matula of Baker & Lawson, Inc. at 979-864-0810 or 979-849-6681.
Fats, oils, and grease are collectively called FOG in the Public Works world. FOG comes from meat fats in food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy, and food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, and sour cream.
When poured down kitchen drains, it sticks inside sewer pipes. As the FOG builds up, it blocks the pipe flow and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses. Not only is this a household mess, it can result in high costs for cleanup and restoration!
Once in the city system, FOG can contaminate local waters and even drinking water when manholes covers overflow into parks, yards, streets, and storm drains during heavy rains or hurricanes.
Communities spend billions of dollars every year unplugging or replacing grease-blocked pipes, repairing pump stations, and cleaning up costly and illegal wastewater spills. Excessive FOG in the sewer system can affect local wastewater rates.
So, keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps everyone. That's why we want you to BE FOGGLESS!
One of only 26 schools in the State of Texas and less than 350 nationwide, Beutel Elementary celebrated its prestigious National Blue Ribbon School recognition today. This award, given by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools that have exceptional overall academic performance or has made remarkable progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION
NOTICE is hereby given that it is the intention of the City Council of Lake Jackson, Texas (the “City”) to issue interest-bearing Certificates of Obligation of the City to be designated and known as the “CITY OF LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION, SERIES 2022” (the “Certificates”) for the purpose of providing for the payment of contractual obligations to be incurred for the design, planning, acquisition, equipping, construction, and renovation of public property, and designated infrastructure and for other public purposes specifically being the replacement and expansion of restrooms and playgrounds at park facilities; and the payment of contractual obligations for professional services in connection with such projects (including, but not limited to, financial advisory, legal, architectural, and engineering). The City Council tentatively proposes to authorize the issuance of the Certificates at its regular meeting place in the City Hall, Council Chambers, 25 Oak Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas, at a Regular Meeting of the City Council to be commenced at 6:30 p.m., on the 2nd day of May, 2022, in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000. The City Council proposes to provide for payment of the Certificates of Obligation from a pledge of an annual ad valorem tax, as well as an additional limited pledge of the surplus revenues of the City’s Waterworks and Sewer System. The Certificates are to be issued, and this notice is given, pursuant to Section 271.041, et seq., Texas Local Government Code.
In accordance with the provisions of Subchapter C of Chapter 271, Texas Local Government Code, as amended (“Chapter 271”), the following information has been provided by the City (excludes $10,184,020 principal amount of outstanding debt obligations the City has designated as self-supporting and which the City reasonably expects to pay from revenue sources other than ad valorem taxes; provided, however, that in the event such self-supporting revenues sources are insufficient to pay debt service, the City is obligated to levy ad valorem taxes to pay such debt obligations). The current principal of all outstanding debt obligations of the City is $27,650,980, the combined principal and interest required to pay all currently outstanding debt obligations of the City on time and in full is $34,181,710, the estimated combined principal and interest required to pay the Certificates of Obligation on time and in full is $4,191,524, the estimated interest rate for the Certificates of Obligation is 3.00%, and the maximum maturity date of the Certificates of Obligation will not exceed the maximum allowed by law. Market conditions affecting interest rates vary based on a number of factors beyond the control of the City, and the City cannot and does not guarantee a particular interest rate associated with the Certificates of Obligation.
/s/ Gerald Roznovsky
Mayor, City of Lake Jackson, Texas