Leaders from over 250 local businesses, community groups, and non-profits, attended the annual “State of the City” hosted by the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 31. The sold-out luncheon featured speeches by Mayor Pat Hallisey and Mayor John Baumgartner as well as an annual report that summarizes the City’s successes in 2019, including:
- The passage of the $145 million League City Bond to improve drainage and mobility across the City.
- The launch of a regional drainage study of Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou funded by multiple cities and agencies in the area.
- An agreement with the City of Houston, through the Gulf Coast Water Authority, that will secure a reliable and safe water supply for the future buildout of League City as well as replace an aging water line that carries 70 percent of the City’s water supply.
Citizens can pick up a copy of the annual report at City Hall or view an online version here. The event also included a ‘Year in Review” video that can be viewed below.
During his speech, Mayor Pat Hallisey addressed efforts to not only improve traffic and mobility throughout League City but also to diversify the economy from being heavily dependent on property taxes by bringing in more high-quality commercial businesses. During the luncheon, he announced a new family-friendly entertainment center that will open its doors in League City in 2020.
“I am excited to be able to announce today that the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has selected League City to the be the location of its next facility in the Houston-Galveston area,” Hallisey told the crowd at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center. “This state-of-the-art facility will not only show the latest movies, but you can order award-winning cuisine, craft beers, and drinks delivered right to your seat.”
During his remarks, City Manager John Baumgartner talked about the results from the recent Citizen Satisfaction Survey in which League City rated 23 percent above the U.S. average and 25 percent above the Texas average in the overall quality of government services. Click here to read more about the results of the 2019 Citizen Survey results.
“While the survey results validate the hard work and dedication of City employees, it also gives us a clearer picture of what we need to do better and where we need make improvements, “ said Baumgartner. “We will be focusing on these areas in 2020.”
Some of the projects the City will be undertaking in 2020, include:
- 21 drainage projects and 10 mobility projects included in the 2019 bond.
- Construction to begin late February/early March on Calder Road South from Ervin to Cross Colony.
- Ervin Street to open to two-way traffic from Hobbs to Calder in spring of 2020.
- Engineering and design work underway on bottleneck improvements along League City Parkway, FM 518, and Highway 3.
- Phase 2 and 3 of Walker Street improvements.
- Annual Reinvestment Program projects including $1 million to replace sidewalks and $3.8 million for asphalt street rehabilitation throughout the City .
- Drainage improvements in the historic district near League Park and Coryell Street.
- Renovations and improvements to League Park.
- Construction of FM 270 Hike and Bike Trail from Genco Canal to FM 518
- Expansion of City’s popular “Camp by the Creek” summer camp program at CCISD elementary school on the west side of town.
- Continued systematic replacement of police and fire apparatus including a ladder truck, high water rescue vehicle, and newly designed police vehicles.