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Jersey Village Receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
06/11/2024

The City of Jersey Village is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This prestigious recognition highlights our commitment to excellence in budgetary practices and transparent financial management.

What is the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award?

The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is a highly respected accolade that acknowledges governments that produce high-quality budget documents. To earn this award, a budget must meet stringent criteria established by the GFOA. These criteria are designed to ensure that the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications tool. The budget documents must be clear, comprehensive, and accessible to the public, providing transparency and insight into the city's financial planning and priorities.

What Does it Take to Receive the Award?

To qualify for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, a city's budget must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines assess the budget's ability to:

  1. Serve as a Policy Document: Clearly articulate the city's goals, objectives, and policies.
  2. Serve as a Financial Plan: Provide detailed financial information, including revenue and expenditure forecasts, funding sources, and budgetary allocations.
  3. Serve as an Operations Guide: Outline the city's organizational structure, services, and performance measures.
  4. Serve as a Communications Tool: Make the budget document easily understandable and accessible to the public, ensuring transparency and accountability.

The budget document is carefully scrutinized by a panel of independent experts, who evaluate its effectiveness in meeting these criteria.

Why is This Award a Big Deal?

Receiving the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is a significant achievement for Jersey Village. This award underscores our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability. It demonstrates that our budgetary processes are not only sound and effective but also aligned with best practices in government finance.

For our residents, this award provides assurance that the city is responsibly managing public funds and making informed decisions that reflect the community's needs and priorities. It also enhances public trust by making financial information readily available and easy to understand.

This award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our city staff, particularly those in the finance department, who strive to create a budget that serves as a comprehensive guide for city operations and a clear communication tool for our residents.

We invite everyone to review our award-winning budget document and learn more about how Jersey Village is planning for a sustainable and prosperous future. For more details, visit our financial reports page on the city's website. Thank you for your continued support as we work to maintain the highest standards of excellence in financial management.


AT&T To Start Right-Of-Way And Easement Work
06/06/2024

AT&T has submitted a permit to begin laying fiber optic cables in Jersey Village. Residents should expect to see door tags appear on the front doors of properties where AT&T will be working starting the week of June 10. 

AT&T will have a representative at City Hall start June 10 throughout the duration of the project that residents can speak to if they have questions or concerns about the project. That representative is Suze Lopez and her phone number is 678-982-5028. 

As we receive three day plans from AT&T we will post them here so residents can know when to expect work in their area. 

June 11, 2024 Update

Click here for the latest three day plan. The contractor is now estimated to work only Thursday and Friday this week. The blue highlighted areas on the plan are for Thursday and the yellow areas are for Friday. If you have questions on this project please call Suze Lopez at 678-982-5028.


Jersey Village Awarded $157,500 Grant from Texas GLO for Comprehensive Plan
06/04/2024

The City of Jersey Village is excited to announce the award of a $157,500 grant from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to complete a Comprehensive Plan. This funding will enable us to strategically address future growth, housing, land use, and hazard mitigation in our community.

 

Key Components of the Comprehensive Plan

 

The Comprehensive Plan will encompass several critical studies and analyses, ensuring a thorough and forward-looking approach to community planning:

 

Identification of Local Hazard Risks: The plan will align with existing local hazard mitigation plans, if available, to identify and address local hazard risks effectively.

 

Population Study: This study will provide an estimate of the current population and project population growth over the next 20 years, ensuring that our planning efforts are grounded in realistic demographic data.

 

Housing Study: We will analyze the current housing stock, including the total number of units, the composition of single-family and multifamily units, and vacancy rates. Additionally, we will project the number of future housing units needed in the next ten years, detailing the expected composition of these units.

 

Land Use Plan: A critical component, the Land Use Plan will formalize long-term community goals into governing policies. This plan will describe the land use of every parcel within the jurisdiction and include a future land use map accounting for population changes.

 

In addition the Comprehensive Plan will also focus on community needs and desires such as enhancing parks and recreation opportunities, fostering economic development, and setting the stage for projects that citizens want to see completed over the next 5-10 years. By evaluating current city facilities and identifying areas for improvement, the plan aims to ensure that Jersey Village continues to offer high-quality facilities, such as parks and recreational spaces for all residents. Furthermore, the plan will outline strategies for economic growth, helping to attract new businesses and support existing ones. This holistic approach will enable us to prioritize and implement projects that align with the community’s aspirations, ensuring a vibrant and prosperous future for Jersey Village.

 

The Role of the Comprehensive Planning Committee

A vital part of this project is the Comprehensive Planning Committee. This committee will oversee the creation of the Comprehensive Plan and ultimately recommend it to the City Council for approval. Their work will ensure that the plan reflects the community's needs and aspirations.

 

Citizen Input and Participation

Citizen input is essential to the success of the Comprehensive Plan. There will be several opportunities for residents to provide their thoughts and feedback on the plan over the coming months. We encourage all community members to participate and contribute to shaping the future of Jersey Village. Keep an eye out for announcements about these opportunities.

 

This grant from the Texas GLO marks a significant step forward in our efforts to plan strategically for the future of Jersey Village. We look forward to working with our community to create a Comprehensive Plan that reflects our shared vision and goals.


Navigating Jersey Village Streets with Golf Carts: Know the Rules
05/20/2024

As of June 15, 2020, the City of Jersey Village allows the operation of golf carts on city streets under specific regulations to ensure safety and compliance with state laws. If you own or are considering using a golf cart within city limits, it's crucial to understand and adhere to these guidelines to maintain safe and legal use.

 

Essential Equipment for Golf Carts

 

To operate legally on city streets, each golf cart must be equipped with:

- Headlights

- Tail lamps

- Reflectors

- Parking brakes

- Rearview mirrors

- A slow-moving vehicle emblem, in accordance with Texas Transportation Code §547.703.

 

Licensing and Operation

 

Every driver must carry a valid Texas driver's license and abide by all applicable traffic regulations. Notably, golf carts are restricted to speeds under 25 mph and are not allowed on sidewalks, hike and bike trails, or any road with a speed limit over 35 mph, except at designated crossing points.

 

Restrictions and Road Safety

 

Golf carts must not:

- Be driven on roads with a posted speed limit over 35 mph, except for direct crossings.

- Travel between lanes of traffic or on medians.

- Carry more passengers than the seating capacity designed by the manufacturer.

- Allow passengers to sit anywhere other than designated seats.

 

Children under five years old are prohibited from being transported in golf carts unless during active school zone hours when lights are flashing.

 

Licensing Your Golf Cart

 

Following a September 2022 amendment, all golf carts must display a state-issued license plate. This plate can be obtained by submitting the required Form 130-U, a photocopy of your golf cart's title, and a fee to the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector.

 

For a comprehensive understanding of all the rules and to ensure you are fully compliant, please visit our website. There, you'll find detailed regulations and additional resources to help you safely enjoy the convenience of golf cart transportation in Jersey Village.


May 16, 2023 Storm Updates
05/17/2024

Updates from May 20, 2024

8:30PM Update

According to CenterPoint there are 10 homes still without power in Jersey Village. They are working to replace a transformer, which will restore power to these homes. 

 

2:30PM Update

Several more areas of the city have had electricity restored. The last of the city is expected to be restored by 5pm. There may be individual homes that are do not have electricity, if their services lines are damaged. 

The splashpad may take a day or so to open after power is restored, to ensure the water is safe for use. 

If your home was damaged in the storm please be sure to get a permit before you commence work. You can find all of our permitting information here. This includes fences, roofing, etc. 

 

Debris removal is being contracted out, as it is more than initially expected. That work will begin most likely on Wednesday (May 22). Residents are encouraged to get their tree debris to the curb as soon as possible.  Contractors will make a pass to clean it up.

Debris removal crews will be using large trucks with grapples on them. It is possible that grapple will not be able to clear the debris in front of your home due to proximity to trees, mailboxes, etc. If it appears that your home got skipped, please assured that crews will be by again with a different means of picking up your debris. There is no need to report this. City staff will verify all debris is picked up before the company leaves Jersey Village. 

If any property (ie. mailbox, sprinkler system, etc.) is damaged in that process please fill out this form as soon as possible so we can ensure it is fixed quickly.  

 

 

8:40 AM Update

From CenterPoint: There are only 3 outages in the Jersey Village area at this time.  Crews are enroute to 2 locations and the 3rd location will be taken care of when the big crew working on the 1037 customers complete that order.

 

8:20 AM Update

There are several areas still without power. We reached out to CenterPoint and were given this information:

JERSEY DR – circuit level outage initially, now down to 27 customers line fuse out – getting crew headed that way.

Lakeview Dr – same as above

Leeds Ln – same as above

Acapulco Dr – Same as 27 customers as above –Jersey Dr

 

 

Glamorgan Dr – circuit level outage initially, now a section of 212 customers

Colwyn – Same as 212 customers above

Ashburton – Same as 212 customers

Shanghai St – Same as  212 customers

Argentina - Same as 212 customers

 

Mauna Loa Lane – 1037 customers out - crew enroute

 

 

Updates from May 19, 2024

9:45 PM Update

Crews are still working to restore power. The contact at CenterPoint has assured the City Manager that CenterPoint knows who has and who does not have power. CenterPoint has informed us that whatever service is out will be back on tomorrow (Monday, May 20). 

City Hall will be open tomorrow as normal. All city activities for tomorrow are going on as scheduled. 

Tree debris removal will begin tomorrow. Please have all debris to the curb by tomorrow. Right now only one pass through the city is planned. If that changes we will update the community. 

 

7:30PM Update

CenterPoint has gotten many areas back online. The backbone of the circuit is online, and they are working on replacing fuses which will bring more residents power back on. They will be working until at least 10pm tonight. They are saying some portions of Jersey Village may not have power restored tonight. 

CenterPoint says they have located all faults in the system, and everything has a work order generated.

The Civic Center will be open from 7am to 8pm tomorrow (Monday, May 20) for those that need cooling stations or to charge electronics. 

 

5:30 PM Update

CenterPoint has been able to get a large portion of the city back on. There are several areas that need fuses replaced. Crews are working on that. It does sound like there are some homes, an exact number and location is not known by the city, that will not have power restored tonight. If we are able to find out more information we will pass that along. 

 

1:30PM Update

CFISD has notified the public that all schools are closed tomorrow.

CenterPoint crews are on site with tree trimming and new transformers in the area of 16300 Acapulco/Lakeview making the necessary repairs. 

Civic Center is open for residents for cooling and charging. Little Meadow and the Golf Course is also open.

 

10:30AM Update

CenterPoint Energy says Jersey Village should be fully energized today. There may be isolated issues impacting individual locations. 

 

 

8:30AM Update

CenterPoint has several crews enroute or already in the area. Still no better information that on restoration than what was posted in the 10pm Update yesterday. 

The Civic Center will be open from 10am - 8pm today. 

The Farmers Market is still happening as normal today. 

Cy-Fair ISD has said they will communicate school plans for tomorrow later today. 

 

Updates from May 18, 2024

10:00PM Update

CenterPoint has posted a map with expected restoration map. You can view that here. The City Manager also just spoke with a representative at CenterPoint that said most of Jersey Village should be back on tomorrow, or Monday at the latest. 

8:45PM Update

CenterPoint website states all power should be back on for those that are able to receive power by the end of the day Wednesday. Crews have restored power to several areas of the city, and are still working in the city. 

All other city operations are functioning normally. 

4:45pm Update
We just spoke to CenterPoint. They told us they have all of the damage assessments completed. They have crews going out now with work orders to make the repairs. They will also have estimated power restoration times this evening.
The Civic Center will be open until 8pm this evening. Tomorrow (Sunday, May 19) the Civic Center will be open starting at 10am and will be open until 8pm.
We also want to remind residents to prioritize food safety to prevent foodborne illnesses following the recent Houston area storm. Power outages can compromise the safety of refrigerated and frozen foods. It is essential to follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Key Food Safety Recommendations:
Keep Refrigerator and Freezer Doors Closed:
A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if unopened.
A full freezer will maintain its temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if half full) if the door remains closed.
Monitor Temperatures:
Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer. The refrigerator should be at or below 40°F, and the freezer should be at or below 0°F.
Discard any perishable food (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that has been above 40°F for 2 hours or more.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out:
If you are unsure whether a particular food item is safe, do not taste it. It is better to discard it to prevent the risk of foodborne illness.
Examine Each Item Separately:
Some foods may appear safe even if they are not. Use both time and temperature to decide which foods to keep and which to discard.
Additional Tips:
Have appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer to ensure they are at the correct temperatures.
Consider keeping a supply of non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration.

1:45PM Update

CenterPoint Crews are in Jersey Village working. There are several locations with trees on lines that they are working on. They are fixing those issues as quickly as possible. There is a need for some transformers to be replaced as well. Those likely will not happen today, which means some power outages will extend into the coming days. We do not have time frame for power. We are in regular communication with CenterPoint. 

The Civic Center will be open until 8pm this evening. It will be open tomorrow (Sunday, May 19) as well. Please check back later for hours of operation tomorrow. 

10:05 AM Update

The state is requesting damage to homes or commercial buildings be reported to them. Residents can complete the survey here.

 

8:35 AM Update

CenterPoint has confirmed there will be crews in Jersey Village today. There is no estimated time frame for power to be restored yet though.

6:30 AM Update

There is still no ETA on the restoration of power. We have reached out to CenterPoint this morning to get an update. As the becomes available we will pass along the information. 

The Civic Center will be opening at 8am this morning for residents to charge devices and to cool down.

Please continue to check on your neighbors. 

Yesterday the President issued a disaster declaration, which includes Harris County for this event. Residents may be eligible for some assistance through FEMA. Please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ for more information and eligibility requirements. 

 

Updates from May 17, 2024

5:20PM Update

CenterPoint has informed us that residents without power currently should not expect power back this evening. Crews are still actively working to restore power. 

 

4:00 PM

Parts of the city have power since about 2:30pm. There are trees in powerlines on Acapulco. Other localized power issues main remain as well. CenterPoint does have crews in the area clearing trees and getting electricity restored.

 

Public works will continue to pick up branches this afternoon. They will not be picking up over the weekend to allow residents time to get things to the curb. Please do not place wood or materials such as fencing, house hold waste, etc. with the tree debris. Crews will pick up all next week.

 

11:30 AM

Residents can place branches, limbs, etc. at the curb. The city will pick them up over the coming days. If possible please trim branches to 6 feet or less.

 

9:11 AM

GFL, the contracted company for trash removal, is in the city servicing the residents. They are experiencing some delays because debris. Please be patient as the work to pick up the trash. 

The water and wastewater treatment plants are operating at normal. There is currently no concerns about water and sewer.

 

City Hall will be closed today, May 17 due to no power at City Hall. 

City staff continue clearing streets of debris. 

We are in touch with CenterPoint. As of 7:40am we do not have an estimated time for power to be restored. CenterPoint Energy has warned customers to “be prepared for extended weather-related power outages.”

All other city services are functioning normally. 


Jersey Village HR Manager Laura Capps Wins Prestigious Lone Ranger Award
05/15/2024

The City of Jersey Village is proud to announce that Laura Capps, our HR Manager, has been honored with the Lone Ranger Award from the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA). This award is presented to HR professionals who are part of a small team but make a substantial impact within their organizations, driving crucial HR initiatives despite limited resources.

 

Laura's visionary leadership and innovative approach to modernizing the HR Department have earned her this well-deserved recognition. Previously facing challenges with outdated, paper-based systems, Laura spearheaded the transformation towards a digital-first strategy. Her efforts have culminated in the complete digitization of HR files, eliminating excessive paper use and enhancing operational efficiency. By integrating advanced automation for records retention, Laura has streamlined the management of personnel files in compliance with regulatory standards.

 

Her contributions extend beyond digitization. Laura implemented a new online application system that has revamped the city's recruitment process. This system not only speeds up the application time but also improves the overall applicant experience, broadening the city's capability to attract a diverse pool of talent. Additionally, Laura has overhauled the onboarding process by introducing digital solutions such as DocuSign, allowing new hires to complete and return documents electronically. This shift not only smooths the onboarding experience but also ensures secure and efficient file management.

 

Laura has also been instrumental in bringing about an Employee Engagement Committee. She works with employees from every department to plan events and activities for all city employees. These efforts have increased employee retention and lowered turnover to a level well below national and state average.

 

These enhancements have significantly improved administrative loads, empowering the HR team to allocate more time towards strategic goals and workforce development. Laura Capps' dedication and innovation exemplify the spirit of the Lone Ranger Award, and her work continues to have a profound impact on the City of Jersey Village's operations and service delivery.


Citizen Input Wanted On Golf Course Bridge And Jersey Meadow Drive Alternatives
05/08/2024

At the April 2024 City Council meeting the Council held discussion based on the recommendation from the Golf Course Advisory Committee. The recommendation was to close the golf course bridge to vehicle (cars and trucks) traffic but to leave it open for golf carts, pedestrians, and bikers. The Council took no action on the recommendation but directed the city manager to investigate the feasibility of extending Jersey Meadow Drive, or alternatives to that.

 

For this analysis, the City Manager used the bid price received for the Congo Lane rehabilitation project. Congo Lane is approximately 2,862 linear feet. At the bid price that was awarded the for Congo Lane that project is approximately $1,030 per linear foot.  When a bridge was discussed over Equador near the pool that estimated cost from an engineer was about $1,000,000 per 100 feet of bridge. For the sake of this discussion, I am using those costs for the estimates. Since this project is at least 2 years from construction I’m adding a 10% inflationary factor to those numbers. Engineering/Survey/Geo Technical costs are estimated at $500,000 and the third-party inspector costs are estimated at $100,000.

 

 

Extending Jersey Meadow Drive Straight Across Detention Pond

This proposal would remove vehicular traffic from the golf course parking lot.

We expect this to be approximately 1,750 feet long with approximately 200 feet of that being a bridge. This would require a lot of coordination with flood control as it would get over their property. That would also mean approval by the county engineering department, which could take an extremely long time. Using numbers based on the cost of street reconstruction we would estimate the cost of the street portion to be $1,751,500, and the bridge would cost approximately $2,200,000.  Factoring a 15% contingency as well and the total cost for this option is approximately $5,234,000.

 

There are a few other benefits to doing the road this way. We could tap into the water that is already close to the end of Jersey Meadow Drive and provide a water loop to the Wyndham Village neighborhood.

 

This would also allow for a second access point to/from that neighborhood. Right now, there is only one bridge that serves that neighborhood. If something were to happen to that bridge there would be no easy access for the residents, or emergency vehicles, to that area.

 

One downside of this is there would be another access point into the city. Back in 2023 when a possible bridge connecting Equador street was discussed providing an extra access point to the city was something many residents were concerned about.  If we build a public street, it is always open. Whereas because the current set up is in a parking lot the gate could be closed at night.

 

Extending Jersey Meadow would also have long-term costs for the city as all of that would have to be replaced in 40 years. That long-term cost is not something that should be ignored in this discussion, especially as we face a long list of existing projects. Typically, but certainly not always, when a new street is added, it is done to support some type of new development or expansion of the tax base. That would not be the case with this new infrastructure.

 

Opening the new street continuously would likely lead to increased traffic on Rio Grande. Given that Rio Grande has a width of only about 27 feet, the problems currently observed with traffic due to street parking could intensify with additional traffic flow.

 

Follow Existing Right of Way

Another option will be to follow the current existing right of way across the bayou. This would route the traffic through the parking lot still. This would not accomplish the ultimate goal of keeping non-course related traffic out of the golf course.

 

This would be about 1,750 feet in total again, however about 300 feet of that would be bridge. The total estimated cost for the street is just under $1,640,000 and the bridge cost is $3,300,000. With the other soft costs discussed earlier and a 15% contingency the total cost is just under $6,370,000.

 

This option would keep the project majority on city land or right away. That would limit the need for extensive county review and approval. This could mean we could keep a gate that could be closed as it would go through the parking lot.  This could potentially mitigate the concern of having another access point to the city.

 

Doing this option would also have long-term costs for the city as all of that would have to be replaced in 40 years. That long-term cost is not something that should be ignored in this discussion, especially as we face a long list of existing projects. Typically, when a new street is added it is done to support some type of new development or expansion of the tax base. That would not be the case with this new infrastructure.

 

 

Alternatives of extending Jersey Meadow Drive

Some alternatives to not extending Jersey Meadow Drive, and keeping the bridge closed to vehicular traffic as recommended by the Golf Course Committee, would include routing traffic down Village Drive to Village Green and/or US 290 or extending Rio Grande.

 

Extend Rio Grande

Rio Grande Drive could be connected from where it currently ends at Wyndham Parkway up to the city limits at Winchester Country. This would be approximately 620 feet of new road, which would have a construction cost of approximately $640,000. Engineering and inspection for this is estimated at $300,000. The total project cost would be close to $1,000,000.

 

This would increase traffic on Rio Grande and would also open a new access point to the city. It would open another access point for vehicles going to Winchester Country, which may not be popular with the residents there. As many residents in Jersey Village seem interested in getting another access point to Jones Road directly, this may not solve the problem they are looking to have fixed either.

 

Expand Village Drive

If the bridge remains closed, one concern that has been voiced is that traffic can get backed up on Village Drive. This is mainly due to cars parking on Village Drive and the fact that currently Village Drive is approximately 27 feet wide. Village Drive was installed in 1983. It is not anticipated to replace that street for another ten plus years. When that street is redone, it could be expanded to 33 feet which would allow for two cars to pass at the same time. This would alleviate the issue of traffic not being able to pass when cars are parked on one side of the street and there is oncoming traffic. A new street would cost about $2,840,000. That is from Rio Grande to US 290.

 

Make Village Drive No Parking

We could look at making Village Drive no parking on both sides of the street. This would allow for traffic to flow more easily. However, given the driveway lengths on the street and limited spaces for residents and their guests to park this would not be popular with the residents on the street.

 

Make Two Dedicated Right Turn Lanes on Village Green to Jones Road

One concern that we have heard as it relates to this whole discussion is that traffic gets backed up on Village Green Drive. If we were to create two dedicated right-turn lanes from Village Green to Jones Road, we could facilitate the movement of traffic much more quickly and efficiently. Village Green is approximately 40 feet wide.

 

This cost would be relatively low, as it would mainly require new paint. This project could possibly be done quickly, but we would have to work with the County on this project as it turns on to their road. Getting their concurrence to this could take a while.

 

This alternative alone likely would not solve the problem. One of the other alternatives would likely need to be implemented as well. 

Your Feedback Requested

We want to hear resident feedback on these proposals. Please use the form below to provide feedback to the city.


Jersey Village Achieves Pioneering Open Government and Compliance Transparency Star
05/07/2024

Jersey Village is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the Texas Comptroller as one of the first cities in Texas to receive the Transparency Star Award in the area of Open Government and Compliance. This prestigious accolade underscores our commitment to transparent governance and accountability, aligning with the deepest values of democratic governance.

Rooted in Tradition and Accountability
The concept of open governance in the United States is founded on the principle of being governed by a body that is both representative and accountable. The Texas Open Meetings Act is a critical component of this framework, ensuring that the rights of Texans to interact and petition their government are protected and facilitated. This Act requires that all meetings of governmental bodies be conducted openly, with clear guidelines to guarantee transparency.

Demonstrating Compliance and Commitment
In Jersey Village, compliance with these transparency mandates is not just a legal obligation but a commitment to our residents. This award from the Texas Comptroller evaluates the adherence to the Open Meetings Act by our City Council. Moreover, Jersey Village extends this transparency by archiving additional public streamed meetings, making them accessible to all our citizens, furthering our dedication to openness.

A Broader Recognition of Transparency
Jersey Village also holds Transparency Stars in four other critical areas: Traditional Finances, Economic Development, Public Pensions, and Debt Obligations. According to the Comptroller website out of 87 cities in Texas that have been recognized with these transparency awards, Jersey Village stands out as one of only 14 cities that have achieved five or more Transparency Stars. This broad recognition highlights our city's holistic approach to transparency across multiple sectors of governance.

Why This Matters
This recognition is not just a badge of honor; it represents our ongoing efforts to ensure that our operations are as open and accessible as possible. It reflects our city's policy of open doors and open books, fostering a trustful relationship between the government and the people it serves. Through these efforts, we continue to build on our commitment to a responsive and accountable local government.

For residents and interested parties, further details about our governance and compliance efforts, along with archived meetings and other transparency-related materials, are available on our website. We invite our community members to explore these resources and stay engaged with how we are working to serve you better.

Open Government Transparency Certificate

 

Discover the New Jersey Meadow Golf Club Clubhouse!
05/03/2024

We're excited to announce that the new clubhouse at Jersey Meadow Golf Club is officially open! This fantastic addition brings a host of upgrades and new features designed to enhance your golfing and social experience. Whether you're a regular golfer, a visitor, or someone looking for a great dining spot, there's something new for everyone to enjoy.

 

Shop and Gear Up at the New Pro Shop

Drop by our completely revamped pro shop to check out the latest in golf attire and equipment. From stylish Jersey Meadow polos and hats to essential golf accessories, the new pro shop has everything you need to hit the links in style or find that perfect gift for a golf enthusiast.

 

Virtual Meadow Simulators: A New Way to Golf

Looking for a unique golf experience? Our new Virtual Meadow Simulators are now available and ready to transport you to some of the world's most famous courses right from the comfort of our club. Not just for golf, these simulators also offer a variety of fun games, including baseball, dodgeball, and carnival challenges. Sessions are priced at $30 from Sunday to Wednesday and $40 from Thursday to Saturday. Book your adventure through the pro shop or easily online.

 

Little Meadow Kitchen & Cocktails: Culinary Delights Await

No visit to the clubhouse would be complete without a stop at Little Meadow Kitchen & Cocktails. Our brand new restaurant offers a fresh menu packed with delicious options to satisfy your appetite after a round of golf or a session in the simulator. The restaurant is open to everyone, so bring your family and friends along to enjoy the fantastic food and vibrant atmosphere. Here's when you can join us:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 10:30 AM - 8:30 PM (Bar until 9 PM)
  • Friday & Saturday: 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM (Bar until 11 PM)
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM - 8:30 PM (Bar until 9 PM)
  • Closed on Monday and Tuesday

 

Come and See for Yourself

Whether you're swinging by for golf, to dine, or just to explore, the new clubhouse at Jersey Meadow Golf Club offers a warm welcome and exciting amenities. We encourage everyone to visit and experience all the improvements firsthand. See you at the clubhouse!


Jersey Village Begins Planning And Design For Clark Henry Park Multi-Use Fields Project
04/29/2024

The City of Jersey Village is excited to announce the advancement of the Clark Henry Park Multi-Use Fields project, following the City Council’s approval of an agreement with Burditt during the April 2024 meeting. This project is a significant development outlined in the Park Master Plan and aims to enhance the park’s facilities to accommodate a variety of community activities.

 

Project Overview and Design

The project will focus on creating versatile playing fields that can cater to different sports and events, ensuring that the community benefits from a well-rounded recreational area. The plan includes the construction of a Multi-Use Diamond Field equipped with modern lighting, a backstop, and an irrigation system. Additionally, a T-Ball Field and spectator seating with optional shade structures will be developed to enhance the user experience.

 

Enhancements and Safety Features

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park visitors, the project will also explore fencing options along the existing trail and incorporate necessary landscaping and hardscape improvements in impacted areas. These enhancements aim to provide a safe, attractive, and functional environment that complements the natural beauty of Clark Henry Park.

 

Budget and Funding

The conceptual design, construction documents, and bidding and construction phase services are contracted at a total cost of $114,500, which includes essential surveying and geotechnical work. The project is supported by $255,000 allocated from this fiscal year’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget, with an additional $500,000 transferred from the General Fund to the CIP at the end of the last fiscal year. The estimated total construction cost is projected to be between $1,000,000 and $1,200,000. In pursuit of additional funding, the City Manager has submitted a request for Congressional Community Project Funding to support this valuable initiative.

 

Planning and Community Impact

As we move forward, initial planning sessions with Burditt are underway to finalize the design and provide an updated cost estimate before the next fiscal year’s budget is finalized.  The Parks and Recreation Committee will be reviewing the plans and providing their input as well. The construction schedule will be carefully planned to minimize disruption to the park’s ongoing services and events, ensuring that the park remains a vibrant hub for the community throughout the development process.

 

This project represents a commitment to enhancing recreational facilities and promoting an active lifestyle in Jersey Village. We look forward to seeing these new facilities come to life and invite the community to stay engaged and informed as we progress with this exciting development.

If you have questions or comments please utilize this form to submit them. 

 

 


CHARTER REVIEW COMING SOON – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
04/25/2024

Most residents are unfamiliar with the city's Home Rule Charter and the requirement to formally review this document every four years. The charter essentially works as the city's constitution.  It establishes the basic template for governance within Jersey Village. Topics covered in the charter include election procedures, City Council powers, staff responsibilities, financial procedures, and the city's form of government.

A provision in the charter calls for a comprehensive review by a council-appointed commission. The commission shall have seven members and three alternates, and serve for a period of six months. City Council will appoint members to the commission at its July Council Meeting. The deadline for applications is July 08, 2024.  If you are interested in serving on this commission, a copy of the city's Board Application Form is available on the city's website, https://www.jerseyvillagetx.com/page/city.boardsapplication.  Alternately, you may contact the City Secretary at (713) 466-2102 with your questions.

 

Jersey Village City Council Greenlights Congo Lane Project for Upcoming Street and Drainage Improvements
04/25/2024

In another step in completing projects approved by voters as part of the 2023 Bond Program the Jersey Village City Council officially awarded the contract for the Congo Lane Project during their meeting on April 22, 2024. This project aims to substantially improve the drainage and roadway conditions along Congo Lane, from Senate Avenue to Equador. Work is slated to begin as the 2023-2024 school year concludes.

 

Project Overview and Timeline

 

The focus of the project is to complete major construction activities between Solomon and Equador before the onset of the 2024-2025 school year in mid-August, minimizing disruptions for Post Elementary and Jersey Village High School. The remaining work from Senate Avenue to Soloman Street will be completed by the end of May 2025.  The comprehensive scope of work includes:

 

- Demolition of the existing road surface

- Abandonment and replacement of outdated utilities,

- Installation of new water and stormwater management facilities

- Construction of a new roadway and sidewalks to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility

- New street lighting

 

 

Competitive Bidding Process

 

The bid process for the project was highly competitive, with seven responsive bids submitted. Environmental Allies emerged as the contractor with the lowest responsible bid at $2,950,512.00, which is notably lower than the consulting firm Garza EMC’s projected cost estimate of $4,010,874.00. This favorable bidding outcome represents a significant cost-saving for the city while ensuring that the work meets the high standards required for such a pivotal project.

 

Contractor Selection and Qualifications

 

Environmental Allies, with over two decades of general contracting experience, was recommended by Garza EMC based on their extensive project portfolio and positive feedback from recent clients. City staff conducted thorough reference checks, reaffirming the contractor's capability to manage time effectively, handle change orders proficiently, and address any concerns swiftly and satisfactorily.

 

Funding and Community Impact

 

The total cost for the Congo Lane Subdivision Drainage Improvements Project will be financed through funds from the 2023 Bond Election, where residents voted to allocate $15.5 million for five street reconstruction projects, including Congo Lane.

 

For ongoing updates on the Congo Lane Project, residents are encouraged to visit our project update page. Here, you can also sign up for email alerts to stay informed about progress and any potential impacts on local traffic and services.


Embrace Sustainable Practices This Summer: Rainwater Harvesting and Smart Watering
04/05/2024

As summer approaches and the sun begins to shine brighter over Jersey Village, many of us are gearing up to tend to our lawns and gardens. While nurturing your green spaces is a rewarding endeavor, it's also a crucial time to consider the impact of our water usage. This summer, we encourage our community members to adopt more sustainable practices in lawn watering by exploring rainwater harvesting and utilizing the Water My Yard program.

 

Rainwater Harvesting: A Sustainable Solution

Rainwater harvesting is an effective and eco-friendly way to collect and store rainwater for later use in your garden or lawn. By setting up rain barrels or more extensive rainwater collection systems, you can capture rainwater during downpours and reduce your dependence on municipal water supplies. This not only conserves precious water resources but can also lead to savings on your water bill.

 

Rain barrels can be easily integrated into your downspouts to collect runoff from your roof. The stored water can then be used to water your plants, fill your birdbaths, or even wash your car. Not only is rainwater harvesting good for the planet and your wallet, but rainwater is also better for your plants since it's free of chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water.

 

Water My Yard: Watering Smarter, Not Harder

Overwatering is a common issue that not only wastes water but can also harm your lawn and plants. That's where the WaterMyYard program comes in. This innovative program provides customized watering recommendations based on local weather conditions, helping you determine the optimal amount of water your yard needs to thrive.

 

By signing up for WaterMyYard, you'll receive weekly alerts advising you on whether your yard needs water and, if so, how much. This ensures your lawn gets just the right amount of moisture without the guesswork, making your watering efforts more efficient and environmentally friendly.

 

Join Us in Making a Difference

 

This summer, we invite you to join us in making a conscious effort to conserve water and protect our environment. By adopting rainwater harvesting techniques and following the WaterMyYard program's recommendations, you can maintain a lush, beautiful landscape in a more sustainable manner.

 

Let's work together to ensure a greener, more water-wise Jersey Village. Your efforts to adopt these sustainable practices will contribute significantly to our community's environmental health and resilience. Remember, every drop saved counts!

 


Sanitary Sewer Work on Rio Grande, Wall Street, Crawford, Tahoe
04/04/2024

As part of the 2023 Bond Projects a significant sewer line repair project is set to commence, addressing a crucial need within our city's wastewater management system. The sewer line in question, extending from Rio Grande along Wall Street and turning up Crawford to Tahoe, has been flagged for urgent repairs to ensure the continued efficiency and safety of our community's wastewater services.

City Council Moves Forward with Repairs

Recognizing the importance of this project, the Jersey Village City Council, in its meeting on March 18, 2024, awarded the repair contract to C&A Construction LLC. The agreed base bid for this essential work stands at $796,893.44, with an additional allocation of $94,320 approved for alternative extras. These contingencies ensure that any unforeseen challenges encountered during the construction phase can be addressed promptly, without compromising the project's timeline or effectiveness.

Project Timeline and Impact

Contracts with C&A Construction LLC were finalized in early April, setting the stage for work to begin in the coming weeks. The project is scheduled for completion within 45 days from its commencement. This swift timeline reflects our commitment to minimizing disruption to our residents while addressing the critical infrastructure needs of our city.

Stay Informed

As we prepare to undertake this significant project, we understand the importance of keeping our residents informed every step of the way. Updates, including the project's start date, progress reports, and any potential impact on residents, will be regularly provided through our website.


Jersey Village City Manager Austin Bleess Named 2024 Public Official Of The Year
04/02/2024

In a distinguished recognition of dedicated public service and leadership, Jersey Village City Manager Austin Bleess has been honored as one of the 2024 Public Officials of the Year by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. This prestigious award is given to public servants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their roles, actively improving the lives of the people they serve through innovative, ethical, and effective governance.

Austin Bleess is celebrated among four outstanding public service leaders known for their dynamic problem-solving abilities, leadership excellence, and unwavering commitment to enhancing community life. The program, designed to spotlight those who tackle complex challenges with forward-thinking solutions, recognizes Bleess for his remarkable contributions to Jersey Village and beyond.

A hallmark of Bleess's tenure as City Manager has been his proactive and strategic approach to grant acquisition, significantly bolstering the financial health of Jersey Village. His efforts have secured over $29,000,000 in federal funds for flood mitigation, safeguarding the community and ensuring the city's resilience against natural disasters. Under his guidance, Jersey Village has seen the successful integration of AI technology, setting a benchmark for municipal efficiency and governance. This technological advancement has streamlined city operations, enabling quicker, more informed decision-making processes that benefit both the city staff and its residents.

Furthermore, Bleess has been instrumental in championing initiatives aimed at promoting employee wellness and improving healthcare benefits. His leadership in this area underscores a commitment to creating a supportive and healthy work environment for all city employees, ultimately enhancing the overall productivity and morale of the city's workforce.

“Receiving the 2024 Public Official Of The Year award is a testament to Austin Bleess's visionary leadership and relentless dedication to our community. Austin's innovative strategies, particularly in grant acquisition and the integration of technology, have significantly advanced the quality of life in Jersey Village,” said Mayor Bobby Warren. “We are incredibly proud of Austin's recognition and grateful for his contributions that have positioned Jersey Village as a beacon of effective governance and community wellbeing."

The University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs highlights Bleess's collaborative spirit as a defining trait of his leadership. His ability to reach across departments, jurisdictions, and sectors to forge partnerships with government entities, nonprofits, and corporate allies exemplifies his holistic approach to problem-solving and governance.

As we celebrate this well-deserved recognition, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Austin Bleess for being named a 2024 Public Official of the Year. His visionary leadership, dedication to public service, and relentless pursuit of excellence continue to inspire us all and propel Jersey Village toward a bright and prosperous future.

For more information about Austin Bleess’s recognition and the Public Officials of the Year program, please visit University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs website


Jersey Village Shines with Renewed Transparency Star Awards
04/01/2024

In a testament to our unwavering commitment to transparency and open government, the City of Jersey Village is proud to announce the renewal of its Transparency Star Awards from the Texas State Comptroller in several key areas: Traditional Finances, Debt Obligations, Public Pensions, and Economic Development. This prestigious recognition underscores our dedication to not only meeting but exceeding transparency standards, setting a benchmark for local governments across Texas.

 

Exceeding Standards in Transparency

The Transparency Stars program, spearheaded by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, celebrates local governments that open their books far beyond the basic requirements, providing citizens with clear, accessible, and meaningful financial information. Jersey Village has once again been acknowledged for its efforts in several areas:

 

Traditional Finances: Demonstrating clarity and accessibility in presenting the city's financial state.

Debt Obligations: Offering comprehensive details on the city's debt management and strategies.

Public Pensions: Sharing thorough information on pension plans and obligations, ensuring stakeholders are well-informed.

Economic Development: Showcasing transparency in economic initiatives and the impact on community growth.

 

A Commitment to Our Community

This renewal of our Transparency Stars is not just an accolade; it represents our ongoing promise to the residents of Jersey Village. We believe in the power of informed residents and the role of transparency in fostering trust and engagement between the city government and its citizens. By making complex financial data accessible, understandable, and meaningful, we empower our residents to participate more fully in their local government.

 

Discover Our Financial Universe

We invite all our residents and interested parties to explore the wealth of data we've made available on our website. Whether you're interested in understanding the city's budget, tracking economic development initiatives, delving into our pension plans, or looking at our debt obligations, our financial reports portal is your gateway to knowledge.

 

Financial Documents & Summaries: Find comprehensive reports and summaries that break down the city's finances.

Visualizations & Downloadable Data: Engage with our financial data through visual representations and downloadable formats for deeper analysis.

In-Depth Information on Economic Development & More: Learn about how Jersey Village is paving the way for economic growth and sustainability.

 

A Transparent Future Ahead

As we celebrate this recognition, our sights are set on the future - a future where transparency continues to be a cornerstone of our governance. The City of Jersey Village remains committed to enhancing our transparency efforts, exploring new ways to communicate complex financial information, and ensuring our community remains informed, engaged, and empowered.

 

 

Explore our financial reports and join us in this journey of transparency and open government here.


City Council Accepts Utility Fund Capital Improvement Report
03/28/2024

In a significant stride toward ensuring the continued delivery of essential services to our community, the Jersey Village City Council accepted the Utility Fund Capital Improvement Report at the March City Council Meeting. This comprehensive report, meticulously prepared by Quiddity Engineering, casts a spotlight on our crucial infrastructure, including the Castlebridge Wastewater Treatment Plant, three water plants, and six lift stations.

 

The depth of analysis provided by Quiddity Engineering offers a clear roadmap of the areas that require focused attention over the next decade. This forward-looking plan is not just about maintenance; it's about proactive improvement and expansion to meet the growing needs of our community. Ensuring the provision of safe and clean drinking water, alongside efficient wastewater treatment services, is paramount to sustaining our quality of life in Jersey Village.

 

Key Findings and Future Directions

The report identifies specific areas within our water and wastewater infrastructure that will require upgrades, repairs, or expansions to keep pace with usage demands and regulatory requirements. The findings are a testament to the city's dedication to not only maintaining but enhancing the reliability and safety of these vital services.

 

As part of the city's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the next ten years, the strategies outlined in the report will be methodically implemented. This commitment reflects a strategic approach to utility management, ensuring that Jersey Village remains at the forefront of public health and environmental standards.

 

Transparency and Community Involvement

Understanding the importance of community involvement and transparency, the Utility Fund Capital Improvement Report is accessible to all residents. This transparency is a hallmark of our city's governance, emphasizing the role of residents in our collective journey towards sustainable infrastructure development.

 

Residents are encouraged to review the report, available in PDF format on our website. This document not only details the technical aspects of the proposed improvements but also underscores the city's long-term commitment to ensuring the well-being and safety of our community through robust utility services.

 

Looking Ahead

The acceptance of the Utility Fund Capital Improvement Report marks the beginning of a critical phase in our city's development. Over the next ten years, as we embark on implementing the recommendations within this report, we look forward to fostering a transparent dialogue with our residents. Your feedback, questions, and engagement are invaluable as we work together to achieve these essential improvements.

 

We invite all community members to stay informed, involved, and engaged as we progress with these vital projects. Together, we will continue to build a stronger, healthier, and more resilient Jersey Village.


Jersey Village City Council Sets Meeting Schedule for 2024-2025
03/26/2024

In an effort to ensure city governance aligns more closely with the community’s needs and schedules, the Jersey Village City Council has established its meeting schedule for June 2024 through May 2025. This decision, made during the March 2024 City Council meeting, reflects the Council's commitment to accessibility and transparency, taking into consideration various factors that impact attendance and participation.

 

Adapting to Community Needs

The City of Jersey Village operates under a Charter that requires at least one regular City Council meeting each month. These meetings, traditionally held on the third Monday of each month, are where the decision-making process for city governance happens, allowing for public involvement and ensuring the city's operations are conducted in an open and public manner.

 

Recognizing the need for flexibility, the Council reviewed and adjusted the traditional meeting schedule to better accommodate the local school schedule, city holidays, the city election cycle, and other logistical considerations. These changes aim to maximize community engagement and participation in the governance process.

 

The New Schedule

The City Council has adopted a revised meeting schedule that maintains the regular cadence of meetings while adjusting specific dates to avoid conflicts. Here’s a quick overview of the new schedule, with all meetings set to begin at 7 PM:

 

- June 17, 2024: 3rd Monday

- July 15, 2024: 3rd Monday

- August 19, 2024: 3rd Monday

- September 16, 2024: 3rd Monday

- October 14, 2024: 2nd Monday (Adjusted)

- November 18, 2024: 3rd Monday

- December 16, 2024: 3rd Monday

- January 13, 2025: 2nd Monday (Adjusted)

- February 10, 2025: 2nd Monday (Adjusted)

- March 17, 2025: 3rd Monday

- April 14, 2025: 2nd Monday (Adjusted)

- May 14, 2025: Wednesday (Special Adjustment)

 

Enhancing Accessibility and Engagement

This updated schedule is part of the City Council’s ongoing efforts to enhance the accessibility of city governance and encourage active participation from Jersey Village residents. By adjusting meeting dates to accommodate school schedules and avoid holidays and election-related conflicts, the Council hopes to make it easier for residents to attend meetings, voice their opinions, and stay informed about the city’s developments.

 

Mark Your Calendars

We encourage all Jersey Village residents to take note of these dates and consider attending City Council meetings. You can also subscribe to the city calendar so you always have the latest city events shown along side your regular calendar in your favorite calendar app. These gatherings are a valuable opportunity to learn more about the decisions that affect our community, provide feedback, and engage directly with city leaders.


Jersey Village Takes a Bold Step Towards Safer Streets with Upcoming SS4A Grant Application
03/25/2024

In a move that underscores the city’s commitment to enhancing public safety and building a more connected community, the Jersey Village City Council authorized the submission of a grant application during the March Council Meeting. This grant, aimed at funding the development of an Action Plan under the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, signals the proactive safety and infrastructure planning in our community.

 

Understanding the SS4A Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, the SS4A program seeks to support communities like ours in their efforts to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries. The heart of this initiative is the creation of a comprehensive Action Plan that outlines a strategy for achieving these critical safety goals.

 

The Eight Pillars of a Successful Action Plan

A robust Action Plan, as envisioned under the SS4A guidelines, encompasses eight key components that range from leadership commitment to progress and transparency. These components ensure that the plan is not only well-rounded but also actionable and inclusive. Key among these is the safety analysis – an extensive review of current conditions, historical trends, and the geospatial identification of high-risk locations. This analysis will serve as the foundation for informed, data-driven decision-making.

 

What the Action Plan Promises

The ultimate deliverable of this extensive planning and analysis is a set of prioritized projects and strategies that address identified safety concerns. Emphasizing a Safe System Approach, these interventions will span infrastructure improvements, behavioral changes, and operational adjustments, all designed to significantly enhance roadway safety for all users – motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders alike.

 

Future Horizons: Sidewalk Systems and More

With the Action Plan as a guiding document, Jersey Village could unlock additional grant funding opportunities for implementing its recommendations. Potential future projects include completing the city’s sidewalk system, enhancing roadway infrastructure, and expanding trail connections. Such developments promise not only to boost safety but also to improve the quality of life and connectivity within our community.

 

Financials and Next Steps

The study underpinning the Action Plan is estimated to cost $100,000, with a $25,000 cost share from the city, potentially funded through the traffic safety fund upon grant approval. This investment reflects the city's dedication to leveraging every resource available to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.

 

A Call to Engagement

As Jersey Village embarks on this vital journey towards safer streets and roads for all, community involvement and support will be more important than ever. We invite every resident to stay informed, engaged, and active in the discussions and decisions that will shape the future of our streetscape.

 

The grant application for this project is just the beginning. By working together—city officials, residents, and stakeholders—we can forge a path to a safer, more connected Jersey Village. Keep an eye on our city’s updates and learn how you can contribute to this initiative.

 

Your Safety, Our Priority

The City of Jersey Village remains steadfast in its mission to create a safe, accessible, and enjoyable environment for all its residents and visitors. Through initiatives like the SS4A grant application and the forthcoming Action Plan, we reaffirm our commitment to public safety and continuous improvement of our city’s infrastructure.

 


Positive Progress on the Path to Compliance: Update on 15830 Northwest Freeway Property
03/22/2024

Following the Jersey Village City Council's decisive action in January 2024 to address the condition of the substandard property at 15830 Northwest Freeway, significant strides have been made toward rectifying the situation and ensuring the property meets community standards. The Council's ordinance, 2024-01, outlined a series of steps the property owner needed to take to bring the property into compliance, prioritizing community safety and aesthetic standards.

 

Meeting Milestones for Improvement

Since the ordinance's enactment, the property owner has diligently adhered to the mandated actions, first vacating the property and securing it with approved chain-link fencing by the February 1 deadline. Subsequent steps required the interior of the structure to be secured and plans for repair or demolition to be initiated by February 21, with all necessary permits obtained in line with city codes.

 

Comprehensive Compliance Achieved by March Deadline

In an encouraging development reported at the March City Council meeting, the property owner has successfully met all requirements outlined for the March 7 deadline. The property owner has demolished the interior and has submitted plans for interior work.

 

Ongoing Monitoring and Updates

. As part of the continued oversight, the property owner is set to provide ongoing updates to the City Council in the upcoming months, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the improvement process.

 


Jersey Village Achieves Stellar Bond Rating and Authorizes Sale of Bonds
03/20/2024

The Jersey Village City Council has authorized the sale of bonds during their March Council meeting, marking a major step forward in the 2023 Bond Program that was approved by voters in November 2023. This decision follows the news earlier this month that S&P Global has awarded Jersey Village a prestigious AA+ bond rating. This rating underscores the financial health and stability of our city, positioning our bonds as a highly attractive investment option. It's a testament to the diligent fiscal management and strategic planning undertaken by city officials.

 

A Financial Win for Jersey Village

The final pricing results of the $24,640,000 in bond sales have brought even more good news, with an interest rate of 4.011% - a figure lower than the 4.25% initially estimated by the city's financial advisor in January 2024. This favorable interest rate translates to a $439,167 reduction in anticipated debt service.

 

Investing in Our City's Future

The proceeds from these bond sales are for several critical projects within Jersey Village, signaling the start of an exciting chapter of development and improvement. These projects are street and road projects, along with improvements to the critical water and sewer infrastructure.

 

Stay Informed and Engaged

Residents who are eager to learn more about the specifics of these bond projects and follow their progress can do so by visiting our dedicated bond project webpage. This platform will serve as a central hub for updates, timelines, and information on each project, ensuring transparency and open communication with the community. You can view the page here: https://www.jerseyvillagetx.com/page/city.2023bondprojects


Stay Ahead of the Flood: Understanding Your Risk and Protection Options
03/18/2024

The City of Jersey Village wants to empower our residents with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate flood risks effectively. We understand the importance of having access to accurate information regarding flood insurance, flood zones, and property protection measures. That's why our Community Development Department is your go-to source for comprehensive support and guidance in these critical areas.

 

Expert Assistance in Flood Management

Our team is ready to assist you with a wide range of flood-related inquiries, including but not limited to:

  • Flood Insurance Guidance: Navigate the ins and outs of securing the right flood insurance for your property.
  • Flood Zone Interpretation: Understand the specifics of your property's flood zone, including base flood elevation and flood depth.
  • FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) Details: Gain insights into additional FIRM information and address problems not indicated on the map.
  • Special Flood Hazards: Learn about unique flood-related hazards that may affect your area.
  • Historical Flood Data: Access historical data to better understand flood risks in Jersey Village.
  • Natural Floodplain Functions: Discover the benefits and functions of natural floodplains in flood mitigation.
  • Property Protection Measures: Explore effective measures to protect your property from flood damage.

 

Personalized Support

For personalized advice and support, please don't hesitate to contact the Community Development Office at (713) 464-2110. We also offer site visits to review flooding, drainage, and storm sewer issues on your property and provide professional advice on retrofitting techniques for enhanced protection.

 

Access Information Anytime, Anywhere

For those who prefer digital access, a wealth of information is available on our website at https://www.jerseyvillagetx.com/page/city.flood_control. Here, you can explore various resources at your convenience.

 

Exploring Flood Insurance Options

Understanding your flood insurance options is crucial. For more detailed information, you're welcome to visit our Community Development Office at City Hall, call us at 713-466-2110, or consult with your homeowner's or renter's insurance agent. Additionally, the FloodSmart website is an excellent resource for all things related to flood insurance.

 

In Jersey Village, we're committed to ensuring our residents are well-informed and prepared for flood-related challenges. By working together, we can build a more resilient community.


Building Bridges from Past to Future: The New Chapter of Carol Fox Park
03/08/2024

Over the past three decades, Carol Fox Park has been a testament to the power of community engagement and dedication. In the early days, a group of committed individuals embarked on a journey to transform the park, embedding their efforts and spirits into its very foundation through hand imprints and personal messages in the concrete walkways. These elements have since stood as a bridge, linking past and present generations who share this park. The original renovation planning process began in 1990 and the award-winning playground was constructed by 400 volunteers in November of 1992 on national volunteer day drawing region wide attention.

 

As we stand on the cusp of enhancing the park with a new themed playground, our priority is to honor this rich history while paving the way for future memories and connections. We extend an invitation to the original renovators to bring their perspectives to the forefront of our design discussions. Your history and connection to Carol Fox Park are important as we aim to enrich its legacy.

 

In recognition of the original contributions, we propose an initiative to integrate the essence of the past into the new playground. For those with handprints in the sidewalk, we offer the opportunity to inscribe a message or select a symbol for the new structure—whether a reflection of your original message or an entirely new sentiment. This gesture is a commitment to preserving the park's historical significance and ensuring its legacy endures for future generations.

 

Additionally, we are inviting new residents of Jersey Village to leave your own mark on the new playground. This initiative serves not only as a bridge between the past and the future but also as a welcoming embrace to those who have recently joined our community. Your participation in contributing a handprint, message, or symbol to the playground will symbolize your inclusion in the ongoing story of Carol Fox Park. It's a unique chance to mark your mark in the fabric of our community, ensuring that the legacy of the park reflects not just its history for your future generations as well. We are eager to weave your experiences and hopes into the collective memory of our park, marking the beginning of new traditions and memories for years to come.

 

Our vision for Carol Fox Park is to cultivate an environment that continues to welcome and unite all members of our community. We invite every resident to participate in this exciting new chapter, contributing your ideas, memories, and enthusiasm. Together, we can create a space that embodies the spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect, making the park a JV landmark for another 30 years and beyond.

We will be organizing a kickoff community meeting March 27th from 6pm-7pm at the Civic Center to kick off the design discussions and formulate a plan for the new play structure. All residents are welcome to attend to provide ideas and feedback. Bring your family and have your play experts tell us what they want, children of all ages and abilities. If you're unable to make the meeting please email us with your thoughts.

 

Let's come together to celebrate the history, embrace the present, and create a future that reflects the unity and strength of our community. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to making Carol Fox Park a special place for all.


Navigating Your Utility Bill Just Got Easier in Jersey Village
03/06/2024

In our ongoing effort to enhance transparency and ease of understanding for our residents, the City of Jersey Village is excited to announce significant updates to the layout and information provided on your utility bills. Understanding your bill is crucial to managing your household's water and irrigation usage effectively. With these latest updates, we've made it easier than ever to interpret your bill at a glance.

Introducing Meter ID Visibility

One of the standout features of the updated utility bill is the inclusion of the Meter ID. This addition aims to bridge the gap between the physical water meter at your property and the digital information on your bill. The Meter ID corresponds to the number visible on the encoder of your water meter. By matching the Meter ID on your bill with the encoder number, residents can verify their water usage and ensure their bill reflects accurate consumption.

Distinguishing Between Irrigation and Residential Meters

Another key enhancement is the clear distinction between irrigation and residential meter lines on your utility bill. This update is particularly beneficial for residents with separate irrigation systems. The bill now explicitly labels which line pertains to your irrigation meter and which is linked to your residential meter. This clarity simplifies understanding how water usage is divided between household and landscaping needs, allowing for better water management and potentially identifying areas for conservation.

See the Changes on Your Latest Bill

These updates have been implemented on the utility bills that went out this week. We encourage all Jersey Village residents to take a moment to review their bills and familiarize themselves with these new features. Not only will you find it easier to understand your water usage and charges, but you'll also have the tools at your fingertips to make informed decisions about water consumption and conservation in your home.

Your Feedback is Welcome

The City of Jersey Village is committed to continuous improvement and responsive governance. These updates to the utility bills reflect our dedication to providing residents with clear, accessible information. We welcome your feedback on these changes and any other suggestions you have for further enhancing city services. You can send your feedback to us at water@jerseyvillagetx.com or by calling us at 713-466-2111.

Stay Informed and Empowered

We believe that informed residents are empowered residents. By providing you with detailed, easy-to-understand utility bills, we hope to foster a community that is engaged in sustainable water use practices. For more information on reading your utility bill, conserving water, or any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact the City of Jersey Village.


Jersey Village to Update Drought Contingency Plan - Your Input Needed
03/01/2024

The City of Jersey Village is in the process of updating our Drought Contingency Plan. This critical plan, which is updated every five years, outlines the city’s strategies for water conservation and management during periods of drought. The next update is due in April 2024, and we're seeking the valuable input of our residents.

Review the Draft Plan The draft of the updated Drought Contingency Plan is now available for review on the city’s website. Residents can access the document by clicking here. This plan is essential for ensuring that Jersey Village remains prepared for varying water availability and can implement effective water conservation measures when needed.

Share Your Thoughts with the City Council We understand the importance of community involvement in shaping policies that affect us all. Therefore, we invite Jersey Village residents to share their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding the draft plan with the City Council. There will be an opportunity to address the Council directly during the City Council meeting on March 18, 2024. This is your chance to contribute to the city's drought response strategy and make your voice heard.

Why Your Input Matters Community feedback is invaluable as it helps us refine our approach to water conservation and drought management. By participating in this process, residents can play a part in ensuring that our city’s policies reflect our collective needs and priorities. Your input will help us create a more resilient, sustainable Jersey Village for current and future generations. Please provide your input by taking the survey below.

Stay Engaged We encourage all our residents to review the draft Drought Contingency Plan and consider participating in the upcoming City Council meeting. Together, we can ensure that Jersey Village continues to lead in effective water management and environmental conservation.

Remember, your involvement makes a difference. Let's work together to protect our precious water resources and prepare our community for the challenges of drought.


Don't Miss the Concert in the Park with Southern County Line!
02/28/2024

Get ready for a memorable evening of music and community spirit! The City of Jersey Village is thrilled to announce the return of our beloved Concert in the Park series. Mark your calendars for an unforgettable night featuring the incredible talents of the 2018 CMA of Texas Band Of The Year, Southern County Line.

 

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Clark Henry Park

 

A Tribute to Country Legends

This special concert will spotlight Southern County Line Band's tribute to the legendary country icons Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Known for their captivating performances and deep roots in country music, Southern County Line will bring the classics to life in the picturesque setting of Clark Henry Park.

 

An Evening Of Fun Gather your friends, family, and neighbors for an evening filled with live music, laughter, and community bonding. Concert in the Park is more than just a musical event; it's a celebration of our city's vibrant culture and the joy of coming together. Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and your love for country music. This is one event you won't want to miss!

 

Free Community Event

Best of all, this concert is entirely free to attend! Whether you're a lifelong country music fan or just looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday evening, Concert in the Park promises to be a highlight of the year. For more information please check out our website here.

 


Streamlining the Process: Jersey Village Updates Irrigation Meter Installation Policy
02/26/2024
In an effort to continuously improve city services and respond to the needs of our residents, the City of Jersey Village has announced an important update to the irrigation meter installation policy. This change, which was adopted by the City Council, comes as a direct response to feedback from the community, particularly from homeowners facing challenges with the current installation process.

Addressing Community Needs
The Public Works Department has noted numerous requests for modifications to the irrigation meter installation process, especially from residents whose water mains are located on the opposite side of the street from their property. The existing policy required a separate tap for such installations, often necessitating costly and complex boring operations.

Simplifying Installation
To alleviate these challenges, the City has streamlined the process, allowing residents to request permission to tap into an existing service line when the water main is on the opposite side of the street. This policy adjustment aims to reduce unnecessary expenses and simplify the installation of irrigation meters, making it more accessible for homeowners to manage their property's irrigation needs efficiently.

Ensuring Integrity and Sustainability
The city's utility department will play a crucial role in this new process, evaluating each request to ensure that the existing service line can accommodate an additional connection without compromising water service to existing properties or the overall integrity of Jersey Village's water supply system. This evaluation will consider factors like the size of the service line, water pressure, and the potential impact on neighboring properties.

Permission to Proceed
Homeowners whose requests meet the city's criteria for capacity and safety will be granted permission to proceed with the tap. This policy not only facilitates a more efficient process for residents but also reflects the City's dedication to maintaining a balance between individual property needs and the collective sustainability of our water infrastructure.

A Commitment to Service and Efficiency
This update to the irrigation meter installation policy underscores Jersey Village's commitment to responsive governance and utility management. By considering public input and streamlining processes, the City continues to prioritize both the efficiency of its services and the satisfaction of its residents.

Residents interested in taking advantage of this new policy can begin the process by submitting a request through the permits process. The City of Jersey Village is excited to offer this improved service to our community, reinforcing our commitment to efficient water management and customer-friendly policies.

For more information on this policy change or to submit a request, please visit our website or contact the Public Works Department. Together, we are making Jersey Village a better place to live, one service improvement at a time.

Jersey Village Takes Action on Substandard Property for Community Safety
02/23/2024

In a move to ensure community safety the Jersey Village City Council passed Ordinance 2024-01 during the January 2024 meeting targeting a property deemed substandard, located at 15830 Northwest Freeway, at the intersection of Senate Ave and US 290, outlining specific actions for its improvement and compliance.

 

Mandated Actions for Property Improvement

Under the ordinance, the property owner is required to undertake a series of actions to rectify the substandard conditions. The immediate steps included vacating the property by February 1, 2024, and securing it with chain-link fencing as approved by the building official. Furthermore, the ordinance mandates that the building must remain vacant and securely fenced until a new certificate of occupancy is issued. The interior of the structure must also be secured and either repaired or demolished by the owner within thirty days of the ordinance's date, which falls on February 21, 2024. 

 

Permitting and Planning Requirements

Before any work begins, the owner must obtain the necessary permits in accordance with city codes. A comprehensive construction or demolition plan must be submitted to the building official within forty-five days, by March 7, 2024. Once a permit is granted, work on the property must commence within ten days.

 

Monitoring Progress and Compliance

To ensure compliance and monitor progress, the property owner is required to submit detailed reports to the City Council. The first report, due by February 6, 2024, was presented at the February Council meeting, showing that the owner had met all initial requirements. The owner is required to make a follow-up presentation on March 18, 2024, detailing further progress towards full compliance with the ordinance.

 

The City Council and city staff will continue to monitor the work going on here to ensure compliance with the ordinance. 


Charting the Future: Jersey Village Applying For Grants To Complete Comprehensive Planning
02/16/2024

During the Regular City Council meeting on February 12 the City Council authorized two grant applications to help plan for the future. These grants, if awarded, would be used to fund a Comprehensive Plan and an Economic Development Plan for the City of Jersey Village.

 

Towards a New Comprehensive Plan

Firstly, the City is seeking funding from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) through its Resilient Communities Program, backed by Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Funds. This grant aims to support the creation of a Comprehensive Plan, a strategic document that embodies our community's goals and aspirations into actionable policies. This plan will guide future developments, including zoning, land use, and infrastructure improvements, ensuring they align with our vision for growth and resilience.

 

The proposed Comprehensive Plan update is an opportunity to reassess our community's needs, integrate hazard mitigation strategies, and set a sustainable course for development. By engaging an outside consultant and facilitating public meetings, we aim to craft a plan that reflects the collective input of our residents, laying a solid foundation for the future.

 

Economic Development Master Plan

Simultaneously, the City is applying for a grant from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) to create an Economic Development Master Plan. This plan is envisioned as a strategic complement to the Comprehensive Plan, focusing on economic growth, job creation, and infrastructure enhancement. It represents a strategic approach to bolstering Jersey Village's economy, ensuring our city remains a vibrant place to live, work, and play.

 

The Economic Development Master Plan will dovetail with the objectives of the Comprehensive Plan, ensuring our economic strategies enhance our broader community goals. This concurrent planning effort promises not only to streamline resources but also to amplify the impact of both plans, setting a clear direction for economic and developmental initiatives.

 

Looking Ahead

These planning initiatives represent a crucial step in Jersey Village's ongoing journey towards sustainable growth and prosperity. By aligning our developmental and economic strategies, we are not just planning for the immediate future but laying the groundwork for generations to come.

 

If the grants are awarded there will be opportunities for residents to serve on the committee for these plans. There will also be several opportunities for residents to provide thoughts and feedback throughout the process. So be on the lookout for those opportunities in the coming months.


Jersey Village Welcomes Danny Keele as New Police Chief
02/13/2024

On Saturday, February 10, the City of Jersey Village marked a significant milestone in its law enforcement history, as Danny Keele was officially sworn in as the Police Chief of Jersey Village.

 

Danny Keele is no stranger to the Jersey Village community or its police department. His journey with us began in 2019 when he joined the force as a Police Sergeant. With an evident dedication to his duty and a clear vision for effective community policing, Keele quickly rose through the ranks, being promoted to Lieutenant in 2020. His ascent to the role of Police Chief is a testament to his exemplary leadership qualities, strategic vision for the department's future, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

 

The national search for our new Police Chief was extensive and thorough ensuring that Jersey Village would be led by a law enforcement officer of the highest caliber. Keele's selection at the culmination of this search speaks volumes about his qualifications and in his ability to lead.

 

Keele replaces Chief Kirk Riggs as the Police Chief. Chief Riggs led our department for four years with integrity, ethics, and positive leadership. Under his guidance, our department has transformed, setting new standards of excellence and fostering a culture of respect and accountability. As Chief Riggs has transitioned to a new Police Chief position closer to his home in the Dallas area, we wish him the best in his new role.

 

 

Please join us in congratulating Chief Danny Keele on his new role and in offering him our full support as he leads the Jersey Village Police Department into a promising future.


Introducing Real-Time Water Usage Tracking for Jersey Village Residents
02/09/2024
In our continuous effort to enhance city services and promote sustainability within our community, the City of Jersey Village is excited to announce the rollout of a new service designed to empower residents with the ability to monitor their water usage in real-time. This innovative feature aims not only to increase awareness about water consumption but also to provide the tools necessary for residents to manage their usage more effectively.

Stay Informed with Neptune My360
Leveraging the Neptune My360 portal, this new service offers Jersey Village residents a user-friendly platform to create usage alerts, set water budgets, and access detailed consumption data anytime, anywhere. With intuitive charts and graphs, the portal makes it simpler for customers to understand their water usage patterns, identify potential leaks, and take swift action to prevent unnecessary water waste.

Customizable Alerts for Peace of Mind
One of the most notable features of Neptune My360 is the ability to set customizable alerts based on specific water usage thresholds. This means residents can receive notifications if their water consumption exceeds a predetermined level, helping to avoid surprises when the bill arrives. Furthermore, for those planning to be away from home, setting alerts for any water usage during that period can provide additional security and peace of mind, ensuring prompt detection of any unexpected water flow.

Getting Started Is Easy
To take advantage of this new service, residents can simply visit https://jerseyvillagetx.my360-app.com and click on “Create an account.” You'll need your water account number handy, which can be found on your water bill. Creating an account is a quick process, and once set up, you'll have 24/7 access to your water usage information.

Need Assistance? We're Here to Help
Should you require any assistance while setting up your account or have questions about how to maximize the benefits of this service, our dedicated city staff is ready to assist you. Contact us at 713-466-2111 or via email at water@jerseyvillagetx.com for support.

By providing residents with the tools and information to monitor and manage their water usage more efficiently, we're not only helping to save water but also empowering our community to contribute to a more sustainable future. We encourage all Jersey Village residents to take advantage of this valuable service, as we work together towards smarter water usage and conservation efforts in our city.

Jersey Village City Council Implements Wastewater Usage Cap for Resident
02/07/2024

During the February City Council meeting the City Council discussed a change to how wastewater services are calculated for residents. Recognizing the impact of transitioning from a sewer averaging method of utility billing, the Council has approved a new measure of a cap on residential wastewater service usage. This change, which will be reflected in the bills sent out in March, introduces a maximum charge based on 12,000 gallons of wastewater usage.

 

The newly adopted cap means that no resident will be billed for more than 12,000 gallons of wastewater usage in a billing cycle, regardless of the amount of water consumed. This cap is designed to offer a more predictable and manageable billing structure, especially beneficial for families and individuals concerned about the potential for high utility costs during periods of increased water usage. This change does not impact irrigation water meter accounts, as those accounts are not charged for wastewater service. 


Jersey Village Achieves Significant Improvement in Flood Insurance Rating
02/07/2024

In an exciting development for the City of Jersey Village, preliminary results from our latest Community Rating System (CRS) cycle verification have arrived, and the news couldn't be better for our community and its residents. After a period of dedicated effort and strategic planning, Jersey Village is set to rise from a CRS Class 7 to a Class 5 rating, a milestone achievement that will be effective from October 1, 2024.

What This Means for Jersey Village The improvement to a Class 5 rating in the CRS program signifies not just a recognition of our city's proactive flood management and risk reduction strategies but also brings tangible benefits to our residents in terms of flood insurance savings. This leap forward reflects our commitment to enhancing public safety, reducing flood risks, and ultimately, lowering the cost burden of flood insurance for our community.

Impact on Flood Insurance Discounts Under the current Class 7 rating, residents living in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) enjoy a 15% discount on their flood insurance, while those outside the SFHA receive a 5% discount. With the upgrade to a Class 5 rating, these discounts will increase substantially. Policies issued or renewed on or after October 1, 2024, will see discounts of 25% for properties in the SFHA—amounting to an average savings of about $400—and a 10% discount for properties outside the SFHA, averaging around $90 in savings.

A Standout Achievement Jersey Village's achievement is notable not just on a local scale but also nationally and within the state of Texas. As of October 2023, out of 1,505 communities participating in the CRS program nationwide, only 208 have attained a Class 5 rating or higher. Within Texas, of the 71 CRS-participating communities, only 7 have reached such a high classification. This places Jersey Village in an elite group of cities leading the way in effective floodplain management practices.

Looking Forward This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our city staff, officials, and the community at large. It underscores our continuous commitment to making Jersey Village a safer, more resilient place to live. We will keep working diligently to maintain and improve our CRS rating, always with the goal of benefiting our community in meaningful ways.

As we celebrate this success, we also want to remind residents of the importance of staying informed about flood risk and continuing to support and participate in our city's flood risk management initiatives. Together, we can continue to make strides in protecting our community and enhancing our quality of life.

Stay tuned for more updates and information on how these changes will be implemented and how you can continue to support our efforts in making Jersey Village a model community for floodplain management and risk reduction.

For more information about the CRS program and how it benefits our community, please visit our website


Citywide Water Valve Testing Underway
02/05/2024

In our ongoing commitment to maintaining a reliable and safe water supply, the City of Jersey Village is initiating a comprehensive water valve assessment project. This crucial infrastructure maintenance and testing effort is being carried out in partnership with Data Hydrant, a firm specializing in municipal water services. Starting Monday, February 5, 2024, the project will involve the systematic exercising of water valves across the city and is expected to span the next several weeks.

What to Expect During Water Valve Testing The primary goal of this project is to ensure that all components of our water system are functioning optimally. During the testing period, residents may notice a few temporary changes in their water service, including:

  • Temporary Discoloration: It's possible that water may appear discolored due to the disturbance of sediments. This is a common occurrence during valve testing and is typically resolved by letting your faucets run for a few minutes until the water clears.

  • Presence of Air: Air may become trapped in the water lines as a result of the valve exercising process. If you notice air bubbles in your water, this is likely the cause. Similar to the discoloration, this issue should resolve quickly on its own.

  • Fluctuations in Water Pressure or Flow: While the team at Data Hydrant will make every effort to minimize disruptions, there may be brief moments where water pressure or flow fluctuates. However, these changes should be barely noticeable and will not affect the quality or safety of your water supply.

We understand the importance of a dependable water supply and assure residents that any changes in water quality or service during this period are temporary and not harmful. This testing is a proactive measure to prevent future water service issues and to ensure the integrity of our city’s water infrastructure.

We appreciate the community's understanding and cooperation as we undertake these essential maintenance activities. Ensuring the continued reliability and safety of our water supply is a priority for the City of Jersey Village, and projects like this are vital in achieving that goal.

Should you have any concerns or questions about the water valve testing process or if you experience any persistent issues, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s Public Works Department at (713) 466-2133 or via email. Together, we can ensure that Jersey Village remains a great place to live, with high-quality public services that meet the needs of all residents.


Hydrant Testing, Flushing and Maintenance in Jersey Village
12/19/2023

As part of our regular maintenance and testing of our infrastructure the City has contracted with Data Hydrant to undertake a comprehensive hydrant testing, inspection, and flushing project across the city. The project is beginning this week and is expected to last approximately 2-3 weeks. All work should be completed by mid-January 2024. During this period, residents may notice Data Hydrant personnel and equipment in the city as they conduct assessments and maintenance of our hydrant infrastructure.

 

Why Is Hydrant Testing Necessary? FAQs

To keep our community informed and address any concerns, here are some frequently asked questions about hydrant testing:

 

1. What is hydrant testing and why is it important?

   Hydrant testing involves checking the functionality and flow of water from fire hydrants. This is crucial to ensure that in the event of a fire, our firefighting teams have reliable and adequate water supply to protect our community.

 

2. Will hydrant testing affect my water supply?

   Generally, hydrant testing does not disrupt the regular water supply to homes. However, you might notice a temporary drop in water pressure or slight discoloration of water during and immediately after the flushing in your area.

 

3. What should I do if my water is discolored?

   If you notice discolored water, run your cold water taps for a few minutes to clear the lines. This discoloration is short-lived, caused by harmless sediment being disturbed during the flushing process. The water quality is not impacted by this.

 

4. Is it safe to use discolored water?

   While discolored water is typically not harmful, we recommend running the water until it runs clear before using it for drinking, cooking, or washing clothes to avoid staining.

 

 

This project is part of our broader commitment to maintaining a safe, reliable infrastructure for Jersey Village. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as Data Hydrant carries out this essential work.


Jersey Village Receives Top Honors for Excellence in Financial Reporting from GFOA
12/15/2023

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has recently honored the City of Jersey Village with the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This accolade, awarded for the city's annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year that concluded on September 30, 2022, represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

 

Rigorous Evaluation and Recognition

The annual comprehensive financial report of Jersey Village was thoroughly evaluated by an impartial panel from the GFOA. This panel, known for its stringent standards, acknowledged that the city's financial report excelled in its commitment to transparency and clarity. The city's efforts to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles are evident, as it demonstrates a constructive "spirit of full disclosure." This approach aims not just to outline the financial data but to tell the city's financial story in a way that is both comprehensive and comprehensible to a wide range of potential users and user groups.

 

Significance of the Award

Achieving the Certificate of Achievement underscores a significant accomplishment by the government and its management. It reflects the City of Jersey Village's dedication to financial integrity and accountability. The award symbolizes the city's proficiency in governmental accounting and its dedication to adhering to the highest standards of financial reporting.

 

Commitment to Excellence and Transparency

“We are immensely proud of our team's dedication to maintaining the highest standards in financial reporting and transparency, and we are honored to receive this award again. This Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is a testament to our city's unwavering commitment to fiscal accountability and transparency,” stated Mayor Bobby Warren. “It reflects the hard work and detailed attention that our staff brings to every aspect of our financial operations. This accolade is not just for the finance department; it's a win for all of Jersey Village, as it underscores our dedication to serving our community with integrity and excellence.”

 

This award demonstrates the City of Jersey Village’s commitment to maintaining robust financial systems, ensuring responsible stewardship of public funds, and providing clear and comprehensive financial information to its citizens.

 

Looking Ahead

As Jersey Village continues to build on this foundation of excellence, the city remains committed to upholding these high standards in all aspects of financial management and reporting. This acknowledgment by the GFOA serves not only as a recognition of past achievements but also as an inspiration for continued excellence in the future.

 

For more information about the City of Jersey Village’s financial reports or to learn more about the city’s financial policies and initiatives, please visit the city’s financial transparency webpage.


Understanding Repetitive Loss Area Analysis: A Key Step in Flood Risk Management
12/11/2023

As part of our commitment to protect the community from flooding threats and enhance the overall safety of the community, it's crucial to understand the tools and strategies available to us for effective flood risk management. One such tool is the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis (RLAA), an integral component of the Community Rating System (CRS) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

The Purpose of RLAA in Flood Risk Management

The RLAA is a comprehensive assessment designed to identify and analyze areas within a community that have experienced repetitive flood damage and loss. This assessment is not just about numbers and data; it's about understanding the real impact of flooding on properties and the community. By pinpointing these repetitive loss areas, we can develop more focused and effective flood mitigation strategies, ultimately reducing the financial and emotional toll of flooding events.

 

The Role of RLAA in the CRS Program

Participation in the CRS program is voluntary, but it offers significant benefits. The program encourages communities to adopt proactive measures to reduce flood risks. The RLAA plays a role in this program, aiding communities in making informed decisions about flood risk reduction and resource allocation. Recognizing areas prone to frequent flooding enables us to prioritize flood control measures that protect properties and enhance our overall resilience.

Jersey Village is a member of the CRS Program and we are currently at a level 7. That level gives residents a 15% discount on their flood insurance premiums. As part of our renewal process we are attempting to move to a level 6, or higher, to provide an even greater discount to residents. Completing this RLAA is an important step in earning the points to make that jump possible.

 

The Five Steps of Conducting an RLAA

Executing an RLAA involves a systematic approach, broken down into five main steps:

Community Engagement: Informing all properties in repetitive loss areas about the upcoming analysis and inviting their input on the flood hazard and potential actions. We did this by reaching out to all residents that are in a repetitive loss area.

Interagency Collaboration: Engaging with agencies or organizations that have relevant plans or studies impacting flood causes or effects. These collaborations are crucial for a holistic understanding of the flood risk.

On-site Data Collection: Visiting each building in the identified areas to collect essential data, offering a ground-level view of the impact and causes of repetitive flooding.

Evaluating Solutions: Assessing various approaches, including property protection measures and drainage improvements, to determine feasibility and effectiveness.

Documentation and Reporting: Compiling the findings into a detailed report, with each area receiving its own focused analysis, ensuring targeted and relevant strategies.

The draft report is available for review, and comments may be emailed to Miesha Johnson. Once City Council adopts the final version of the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis, it will be posted on this page or can be obtained at City Hall or by calling 713-466-2141.

View the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis document here.


Jersey Village Advances Flood Mitigation Efforts with New FEMA Grant Application for Home Elevations
12/11/2023
In a proactive move to enhance the city's resilience against flooding, the Jersey Village City Council, during their meeting on November 27, 2023, has authorized the submission of a new grant application to FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program, focusing on home elevations.

Identifying Homes for Elevation
Since 2017, approximately 165 homes in Jersey Village have been identified as potential candidates for elevation based on their history of flooding and susceptibility to future flood events. These homes were selected through data from FEMA and insights from the Long-Term Flood Recovery Plan. As of now, around 92 homes remain as viable candidates for elevation, however there are not that many homeowners showing interest in this initiative. It is important to note that the program is voluntary, and the city does not require anyone to participate in the home elevation program. 

The Proposed Grant Application
The grant application is to elevate two homes particularly at risk. One home is designated as a Severe Repetitive Loss property, having experienced four or more losses, or at least two losses amounting to more than 50% of the home's value at the time of each loss. The other home is simply classified as insured. FEMA's funding covers 100% of the costs for a Severe Repetitive Loss home and 75% for an insured home.

Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA)
A preliminary BCA has been conducted for these homes. This analysis is crucial to measure the financial benefits of elevating homes against the associated costs. With FEMA allowing a 3% Discount Rate for projects countering future climate change impacts, such as heavy rainfall events, our project's BCA score is anticipated to be more favorable.

Project Timelines
Experience has shown that the entire process, from application to project completion, can span approximately 21 to 33 months. This includes stages like application submission, FEMA review, contractor selection by homeowners, and the actual elevation of the homes.

Privacy and Discretion
In compliance with FEMA's privacy requirements, the specific addresses of homes included in the grant application are not disclosed publicly. However, all homeowners involved are informed and have consented to their inclusion in this grant application.

Financial Aspects
The total cost for this grant application is projected at $526,331, with a federal cost share of $449,118 and a local cost share of $77,213. The costs encompass construction, relocation, and administrative expenses.

Looking Forward
This grant application marks another step in Jersey Village's ongoing efforts to mitigate flood risks effectively. By elevating homes that are most susceptible to flooding, we aim not only to protect properties but also to enhance the safety and peace of mind of our residents.

City of Jersey Village Launches Promotional Video to Boost Economic Development and Marketing
12/08/2023

The City of Jersey Village proudly announces the release of a new promotional video, a strategic initiative to enhance the city’s economic development and marketing efforts. This video highlights the unique advantages Jersey Village offers to businesses and residents alike.

 

A Prime Location

The video emphasizes Jersey Village's strategic location, offering proximity to the City of Houston and the Houston Intercontinental Airport. "Our location is not just a point on a map. It's a gateway to vast opportunities for businesses, providing both local and international connectivity," stated Mayor Bobby Warren. "This video showcases how our city serves as an ideal hub for commerce and community."

 

Work-Life Balance

Another focal point of the video is the exceptional work-life balance that Jersey Village offers. "In Jersey Village, we understand that the quality of life is crucial for the productivity and happiness of the workforce," said City Manager Austin Bleess. "This video illustrates our commitment to creating an environment where businesses and their employees can thrive both professionally and personally."

 

Fostering a Business-Friendly Environment

The video also highlights the city’s efforts in cultivating a favorable business climate. Community Development Manager Miesha Johnson remarked, "We're dedicated to fostering a business environment that is supportive and dynamic. Our goal is to create a landscape where enterprises of all sizes can flourish, and this video is a testament to that commitment."

 

Engaging Potential Investors and Residents

The promotional video is part of a broader strategy, that was included as a Comprehensive Plan Goal, to attract new businesses and residents to Jersey Village. It serves as an engaging tool to showcase the city's strengths and potential as a premier destination for economic growth and quality living.

 

The video is available on the city’s website and social media channels.

 

For more information about economic development opportunities in Jersey Village, please reach out to Miesha Johnson, Community Development Manager at 713-466-2141 or via email at mjohnson@jerseyvillagetx.com


Jersey Village Capital Improvements Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of 2023 Update Report
12/06/2023
On November 29, 2023, the Jersey Village Capital Improvements Advisory Committee convened to review and discuss the 2023 Update Study on land use assumptions, capital improvements, and impact fees. This critical review, undertaken with the assistance of consultants from Quiddity Engineering, LLC, marks a pivotal step in the city’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable growth and infrastructure development.

Scope of the Meeting
The primary focus of the meeting was to examine the comprehensive Water and Wastewater Impact Fee Study conducted by Quiddity Engineering, LLC. This study is essential for planning the city’s future water and wastewater infrastructure needs and for establishing fair and effective impact fees.

Key Elements Reviewed
The committee reviewed several aspects of the study, including:

- Land Use Assumptions: Assessing historical data and future projections to inform infrastructure planning.
- Growth Projections: Evaluating population trends and their implications for service demand.
- Water and Wastewater Systems: Analyzing the existing systems, demand projections, capacity analyses, and proposed improvements.
- Impact Fee Analysis: Understanding how new developments will contribute to infrastructure funding through impact fees.

Recommendations and Approvals
After consideration of all the presented data and analyses, the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee has recommended that the City Council approve the Draft Capital Improvements Plan & Impact Fee Study 2023 Update Report. This report outlines a strategic approach for managing Jersey Village’s water and wastewater infrastructure over the coming years.

Impact on Jersey Village
The approval of this update is crucial for the sustainable growth of our city. It ensures that the necessary infrastructure is in place to meet the demands of community as it grows, and it provides a transparent and fair mechanism for funding these critical projects through impact fees.

The full draft report can be found here. For those interested in comparing that to the 2020 version of the report that can be found on our Plans and Studies page. The City Council will hold a public hearing on this report before it is adopted. Citizens are encouraged to attend the December 18, 2023 City Council meeting which will be held at 7pm in the Civic Center. Citizens can also reach out to their City Councilors on this, or any topic, by utilizing the contact information here
 

Jersey Village Steps Forward with FEMA Grant Application for Enhanced Flood Mitigation
12/04/2023

In another move to bolster our city’s resilience against flooding, the Jersey Village City Council, during their meeting on November 27, 2023, authorized the submission of a grant application to FEMA for Project Scoping under the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. This initiative aligns with our long-term commitment to safeguarding our community against flood risks.

 

Background and Progress

It is important to take a look back at the strides we have made on flood mitigation since 2017 when the Long-Term Flood Mitigation Plan was completed. This plan identified four key areas for flood mitigation: constructing a berm around the golf course, improving drainage in the Wall Street Neighborhood, executing E100 bayou work, and implementing home elevations or buyouts. With the completion of the Berm and Wall Street Projects, and the E100 Bayou Work by HCFCD scheduled for completion in Spring 2024, we have made notable progress. However, the journey towards comprehensive flood resilience continues.

 

The Need for Further Study

With the current phase of home elevations nearing its end, it's the opportune moment to explore additional flood mitigation strategies. The proposed Project Scoping Grant from FEMA, part of their FY23 Funding allocation of $60 million, is a timely opportunity for Jersey Village to assess further improvements in our flood defense mechanisms.

 

Vision for the Project

The envisioned project encompasses four main components:

 

1. Field Surveying: This involves creating elevation certificates for approximately 1,500 single-family residential buildings within current and proposed flood plains, alongside surveying street and road infrastructure critical to flood control.

 

2. Engineering Evaluation: A thorough evaluation by an engineering firm will determine base flood elevations across the city, analyzing these against surveyed residential structures and examining potential enhancements in street drainage for flood mitigation.

 

3. Engineering Mapping: Producing detailed maps to visually present flood zones, residential addresses, elevation data, and base flood elevations.

 

4. Project Identification and Final Report: Utilizing the data gathered, the City and the engineering team will identify potential projects for future grant applications aimed at mitigating flooding.

 

Anticipated Outcomes and Funding

Building on the success of the Long-Term Flood Recovery Plan, which facilitated over $24.6 million in grant funding for the city’s flood mitigation efforts, this new project aims to continue this legacy. The total project cost is estimated at approximately $1 million, with a city cost share of $250,000, under the total grant amount cap of $900,000.

 

Timeline and Next Steps

The grant application is due in January 2024, with FEMA's award announcements expected in the summer of 2024. This proactive step demonstrates Jersey Village's continued commitment to safeguarding our community through strategic planning and effective use of available resources. It also shows our commitment to the continued goals that are represented in our Comprehensive Plan. We invite residents to stay engaged and informed as we navigate this important initiative towards a safer, flood-resilient future.


Corrected Water Rates and Upcoming Work Session
11/28/2023

The Jersey Village City Council, in its meeting on November 27, 2023, has amended the water rates to reflect the accurate figures from the 2023 Water Rate Study. This action corrects the earlier billing issues caused by clerical errors in the previously adopted rates.

Resolution of Overbilling

For residents who were overcharged due to these errors, the City will automatically issue credits. There is no need for individual requests; these adjustments have been made directly to affected accounts.

Public Work Session on Water Rates

The City Council will host a work session to discuss water rates on December 11, 2023, at 6 pm. This meeting is open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend. It’s an opportunity to learn more about how water rates are determined and to share your thoughts with the Council.

We appreciate your understanding as we rectify this issue and invite you to stay engaged with the City’s ongoing efforts to serve our community effectively.

The rates that were adopted on November 27, 2023 and are currently in effect are as follows:

(1)   Effective October 1 and continuing through September 30 of the Fiscal Year Indicated in the following table, the table reflects the basic monthly service charges and water rate charge per 1,000 gallons for the various customer classes for water service:

 

Residential Rates

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

$15.75

0-3,000 Gallons

$5.72

$6.29

$6.92

$7.61

$8.37

3,001 - 6,000 Gallons

$7.15

$7.87

$8.66

$9.52

$10.47

6,001 - 12,000 Gallons

$8.73

$9.60

$10.56

$11.62

$12.78

12,001 - 25,000 Gallons

$10.93

$12.02

$13.22

$14.54

$16.00

Over 25,000 Gallons

$16.38

$18.01

$19.81

$21.80

$23.98

Residential Sprinkler

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

$15.75

0 - 6,000 Gallons

$8.73

$9.60

$10.56

$11.62

$12.78

6,001 - 19,000 Gallons

$10.93

$12.02

$13.22

$14.54

$16.00

Over 19,000 Gallons

$16.38

$18.01

$19.81

$21.80

$23.98

Commercial

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$65.22

$65.22

$65.22

$65.22

$68.48

All Usage

$9.35

$10.28

$11.31

$12.44

$13.69

Commercial Sprinkler

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$65.22

$65.22

$65.22

$65.22

$68.48

All Usage

$8.29

$9.12

$10.03

$11.04

$12.14

Commercial—Outside city

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$534.24

First 3,000 gallons

$12.19

$13.41

$14.75

$16.22

$17.85

Over 3,000 gallons

$12.19

$13.41

$14.75

$16.22

$17.85

Commercial sprinkler—Outside city

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$534.24

First 3,000 gallons

$12.19

$13.41

$14.75

$16.22

$17.85

Over 3,000 gallons

$12.19

$13.41

$14.75

$16.22

$17.85

(2)   Effective October 1 and continuing through September 30 of the Fiscal Year Indicated in the following table, the table reflects the basic monthly service charges and wastewater service with the wastewater service being calculated upon all usage through the water meter for the various customer classes for wastewater service:

Residential Rates

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$23.35

$23.35

$23.35

$23.35

$24.52

0-3,000 Gallons

$ 4.97

$ 5.46

$ 6.01

$ 6.61

$ 7.27

3,001 - 6,000 Gallons

$ 6.21

$ 6.83

$ 7.51

$ 8.27

$ 9.09

6,001 - 12,000 Gallons

$ 7.76

$ 8.54

$ 9.39

$10.33

$11.37

12,001 - 25,000 Gallons

$ 9.70

$10.67

$11.74

$12.91

$14.21

Over 25,000 Gallons

$12.13

$13.34

$14.68

$16.14

$17.76

Commercial

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$34.18

$34.18

$34.18

$34.18

$35.88

All Usage

$ 5.97

$ 6.57

$ 7.22

$ 7.94

$ 8.74

Commercial —Outside city

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

Basic monthly service charge

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$508.80

$534.24

All Usage

$12.19

$13.41

$14.75

$16.22

$17.85

 

Water usage registered through an irrigation meter shall not be included in the calculation of wastewater charges. 

 


Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse: The Elder Justice Program by H-GAC
11/14/2023

In our community, we prioritize the safety and well-being of all residents, including our senior citizens and vulnerable adults. Recognizing the increasing concern of elder abuse, a serious issue nationwide, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has initiated the Elder Justice and Vulnerable Adult Justice Program. This important program provides essential support to those affected by elder abuse and aids law enforcement and legal professionals in their work to safeguard our senior community members.

 

The Reality of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse manifests in various forms, each equally devastating:

  • Physical Abuse: Inflicting pain or injury
  • Sexual Abuse: Any non-consensual sexual contact
  • Emotional Abuse: Verbal assaults, threats, intimidation
  • Financial Abuse: Misuse of funds or property
  • Neglect: Failure to provide necessary care, whether intentional or not

     

    Recognizing the Signs

    Detecting elder abuse can be challenging, as signs are often subtle or mistaken for symptoms of aging or illness. However, some indicators to be mindful of include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression or confusion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Signs of trauma (e.g., rocking back and forth)
  • Agitation or unusual violence
  • Withdrawal from usual activities
  • Unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
  • Bed sores or other preventable conditions

     

    Alarming Facts

  • 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse.
  • In 60% of elder neglect incidents, a family member is the perpetrator.
  • Elders who have been abused face a 300% higher risk of death compared to those not mistreated.
  • Victims of elder abuse are four times more likely to be admitted into a nursing home.
  • Physical abuse of elders leads to an estimated $5.3 billion in annual direct medical costs.

 

Support and Assistance

The Elder Justice Program does more than just raise awareness; it actively provides advocacy, referrals, and direct legal assistance to victims. If you or someone you know is in need of help, do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact the Elder Justice Program at 346-500-4620 or via email at elderjustice@h-gac.com. All communications are strictly confidential.

For more information visit the H-GAC website

Clarification on Water and Sewer Rate Ordinance
11/06/2023

We want to address an issue regarding the recent utility rate study and the subsequent ordinance affecting water and sewer rates.

In 2023, the City conducted a comprehensive utility rate study to assess our water and sewer rates, ensuring they reflect the true cost of service and maintenance needs. The findings and recommendations from that rate study are available here.

When updating the rates through the City Council ordinance, we encountered clerical errors that affected the rates billed for water and sewer services.

Here's what happened and how we're addressing it:

Water Rates:
- The monthly base fee for water was correctly updated according to the study.
- However, the consumption rates were not adjusted, leading to a lower charge in the November 2023 bills than what was recommended.

Sewer Rates:
- The monthly base fee and consumption rates were updated, but the consumption rate table header was inaccurately marked, causing confusion.
- The consumption rates intended for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) were mistakenly labeled as FY21 rates, and the rates scheduled for FY24 were erroneously set for FY27. This has resulted in higher current consumption rates than recommended.

We assure you that the rates being charged match those approved by the City Council; the issue lies in the documentation, where the approved ordinance does not align with the rate study’s recommendations.

City staff is drafting an ordinance for Council to approve in November to fix the error. Staff are exploring solutions for the City Council to consider at their November meeting to correct these discrepancies that exist in the November bill.

We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused and are committed to transparency and rectifying the situation. Please stay tuned for updates following the Council’s review. We appreciate your understanding and are here to answer any questions you may have about your utility billing.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us

Again, we apologize for this oversight and thank you for your patience as we work towards a resolution.


Request for Proposal for Concessionaire Services in the Jersey Meadow Golf Course Club House
11/01/2023

The City of Jersey Village is soliciting responses from qualified contractors to our Request for Proposal to provide concessionaire services at the Jersey Meadow Golf Club. 

The City invites qualified respondents to submit responses in accordance with the requirements stated within the Request for Proposal no later than 2:00 p.m. on December 5, 2023. Interested firms may secure the solicitation package and all other pertinent information on BIDNET by visiting https://www.bidnetdirect.com/texas/cityofjerseyvillage.

The City of Jersey Village encourages all Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) vendors to participate in all invitations to bid; including all HUB, women and minority owned businesses.The City of Jersey Village reserves the right to reject any and all submissions, to waive any and all irregularities in any submission, and to make awards in the best interest of the City.

The City of Jersey Village is subject to the Texas Public Information Act, a state law, which may require the City to make the information provided in response to this request for applications available to the public upon request. Therefore, responders are required to clearly mark any proprietary and/or confidential information. 

Posted Online November 1, 2023.


Light Up Jersey Village: Join the Holiday Decorating Contest!
11/01/2023

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it's time to start spreading the festive cheer! The City of Jersey Village is thrilled to invite all residents to participate in this year's much-anticipated Holiday Decorating Contest. It's a tradition that not only brightens our community but also warms the hearts of everyone who takes part.

 

For many years, the city has had the pleasure of recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary efforts of our residents who go above and beyond to transform their homes into enchanting winter wonderlands. The Holiday Decorating Contest, judged by the members of the Jersey Village Recreation and Events Committee, is a fun tradition that brings immense joy to our entire city.

 

A Tradition of Joy and Unity

 

The Holiday Decorating Contest is more than just a friendly competition—it's a tradition that unites our community in the spirit of the season. It's a chance for neighbors to come together, for families to create cherished memories, and for all of us to marvel at the artistic and creative displays that adorn our streets.

 

Go All Out and Light Up Our City!

 

This year, we encourage each and every one of you to go ALL OUT in decorating the exteriors of your homes. Let your creativity run wild and your holiday spirit shine brightly. From twinkling lights and festive wreaths to whimsical yard decorations and elaborate displays, your imagination is the only limit. Help us light up Jersey Village and create a magical atmosphere for all to enjoy.

 

How to Participate

 

Participating in the Holiday Decorating Contest is easy and fun! Simply deck out your home with your most dazzling and heartwarming holiday decorations. Let your creativity shine, and don't hold back! Make sure your decorations are visible from the street so that our judges can fully appreciate your festive efforts.

 

So, get ready to deck the halls, hang the lights, and let your holiday spirit shine. We can't wait to see your dazzling displays, and we're excited to share this festive tradition with you all. Let's make this holiday season in Jersey Village one to remember!


City Council Says No Motor Vehicle Bridge Contemplated for Equador Street
10/24/2023

We understand that there has been discussion and curiosity regarding the possibility of a motor vehicle bridge on Equador Street across White Oak Bayou. We want to provide you with the most up-to-date information and clarify our intentions in this matter.

 

On Monday, October 2023, the City Council passed Resolution 2023-57, which contains the clear statement: "A motor vehicle bridge is not in consideration for Equador Street over White Oak Bayou, and the city publicly commits to not building such a bridge at said location."

 

While discussions have previously suggested the idea of a bridge, the Council approved the Resolution to assure residents that a motor vehicle bridge at Equador Street over White Oak Bayou is not being considered by the City.

 

“Our city staff their whole job is to bring ideas to us,” said Mayor Warren during the October 23 Council meeting. “If they are not good ideas after having discussed them that is fine, but we are better off having discussed them.” With the passing of the resolution the City Council made it clear a bridge at this location is not on the table right now.

 

Our dedication to responsible planning and community engagement remains unwavering. We value your input, and your voices play an integral role in shaping the future of Jersey Village. We encourage you to stay informed and engaged in local matters, and we are always here to address your questions and concerns.


New Preliminary Flood Maps Expected By End Of 2023
10/19/2023

The Harris County Flood Control District (Flood Control District) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are partnering on a flood hazard assessment project that uses the latest available technology and data to produce the county’s most comprehensive and complete set of flood hazard maps and information.

 

NEW METHODOLOGIES AND TECHNOLOGIES

Using new methodologies and technologies and the most granular data available, FEMA and the Flood Control District will provide a better understanding of flood risks throughout Harris County, including previously unmapped urban flooding, which is flood risk due to rainfall run-off draining through streets and neighborhoods on the way to the bayous.

 

NEW DATA

Other new data and information that will be used include updated terrain data and improved hydrologic and hydraulic modeling technology and methods.

 

RESULTS THAT IMPACT FUTURE PLANNING

FEMA and the Flood Control District expect many changes to be reflected in the resulting flood risk maps. These changes will impact how future projects, new development, and their associated mitigation strategies are implemented.

 

According to information provided by HCFCD new preliminary maps will be released late 2023 and go through a public comment period and review by FEMA. They anticipate 18-24 months for the preliminary maps to be effective. To learn more about this project visit the MAAPnext website here.

 


Thank You for Your Water Conservation Efforts During the Drought
09/29/2023

In times of uncertainty, it's remarkable how a community can come together to tackle a challenge. We want to extend our gratitude to every one for your dedication to conserving water during our current drought situation.

 

Currently, we find ourselves in Stage 1 of our drought contingency plan, and your commitment to adhering to watering restrictions has made a significant difference. We understand that it hasn't been easy, but your efforts have played a vital role in preserving our precious water resources.

 

While we've received some much-needed rain in the past week, it's important to note that it hasn't been enough to move us out of our drought contingency plan just yet. Our region still faces water scarcity challenges, and your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

WaterMyYard: A Precise Approach to Lawn Care

In our ongoing efforts to support water conservation and help you maintain beautiful lawns while being mindful of our environment, we're want to make you aware of a great resource called the WaterMyYard program. This initiative, offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, is designed to provide you with personalized, data-driven watering advice for your specific lawn and irrigation system.

 

Here's how WaterMyYard works:

  1. Local Weather Data: The program utilizes local weather data collected from an extensive network of weather stations and rain gauges in sponsored areas.
  2. Research-Based Insights: Experts combine this weather data with a deep understanding of plant water needs to develop customized weekly watering advice for your lawn.
  3. Free and Easy: Best of all, this service is entirely free for residents, and it's incredibly easy to use. You can access it from the comfort of your home.

By signing up for WaterMyYard, you'll not only ensure that your lawn gets the right amount of water, but you'll also contribute to our community's ongoing water conservation efforts.

 

We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource. Visit the WaterMyYard website to sign up and start receiving tailored watering advice for your lawn. It's a small step that can make a big difference in preserving our water resources while keeping your lawn looking its best.

 

Once again, thank you for your dedication to water conservation during this drought. Together, we are making a positive impact on our community and our environment.


Embracing Innovation: City's Transition to Nextiva Phone Services
09/15/2023

We have some exciting news to share regarding a significant upgrade to our city's telephone system that will enhance our ability to serve you better. At the August City Council meeting, important information about changing phone service providers was reviewed, and we'd like to provide you with all the details.

 

A Leap into the Future

 

Our current telephone system has served us well, but with the rapid evolution of technology, we've recognized the need for a more adaptable and integrated solution. The current premises-based system lacks the functionality required to seamlessly integrate with emerging technologies that can help us grow and serve our staff and residents more efficiently.

 

Embracing Cloud Hosting for Enhanced Functionality

 

To meet these evolving needs, we are transitioning to a cloud-hosted telephone system. This shift will unlock a realm of possibilities, including the integration of features like a chatbot. This move toward innovation ensures that we stay at the forefront of technological advancements while providing you with a more seamless and interactive experience.

 

Finding the Right Partner

 

After thorough research and evaluation of various options, the services offered by Nextiva, Inc. emerged as a standout choice. Nextiva is renowned for its comprehensive suite of communication channels, including voice, video, collaboration, SMS/MMS, and surveys. These tools enable us to access vital information at the right time, enhancing your overall experience with more efficient and effective communication.

 

Nextiva is distinguished by its reputation for reliability, ease of setup, award-winning support, and expertise in the field. Moreover, their system boasts robust security measures and scalability, ensuring that our communication infrastructure remains resilient and adaptable.

 

A Closer Look at the Costs

 

In the meeting packet, the Council reviewed a detailed quote for Nextiva's services, breaking down both non-recurring and recurring costs. The one-time cost for equipment and installation is $10,500. The necessary funds for this expenditure will be sourced from the Capital Replacement Fund savings, which has been thoughtfully accumulated over several years, with a balance of $175,000 as of the 2022-2023 budget year.

 

The recurring monthly cost of $2,270.67, along with an additional $889.51 for taxes and fees, will be covered by the funds already budgeted for the city's phone services. Rest assured, these costs will not require additional funds. It's important to note that some of these fees, such as the FCC Regulatory Fee and State E911 Surcharge, are obligatory and not exclusive to our city. Any listed state and local taxes will be canceled in the final monthly billings.

 

A Step Towards More Engaging Communication

 

This transition also opens the door to more interactive communication with our residents. With the ability to text in questions and receive real-time answers, we're making it easier than ever for you to engage with us. By the end of 2023 the chatbot feature should be fully live. Utilizing the latest technology in AI residents will be able to text the city and receive real time answers to their dynamic questions. Two-way texting between the city and residents will provide another valuable channel for communication for day to day operations as well.

 

Change is on the Horizon

 

The City Council has authorized this significant change, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in October. The good news is that you should see no disruptions or impacts during this transition. Our commitment to providing you with exceptional service remains unwavering.

 

This move is not just about technology; it's about improving the way we connect and serve you, our valued residents. As we step into this exciting new chapter, we'll keep the community updated at each important interval. Stay tuned for more details on how this innovative shift will enhance our city's communication landscape.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we embrace the future and strive to make our city an even better place to call home.


Dillard Drive Set for Transformation: On-Street Parking Gets the Green Light
09/11/2023

In the August City Council meeting that had residents and business owners on the edge of their seats, a proposal to revamp Dillard Drive took center stage. The outcome? A resounding "yes" to the introduction of on-street parking, a change set to redefine convenience for our thriving community.

 

A Request Sparks Curiosity

 

This request was initiated by the building owners along Dillard Drive. As their buildings fill up with employees and customers they requested more parking on the street, which is currently 4 lanes.

 

The Engineer's Expertise

 

In a quest for answers and solutions, the city's Building Official enlisted the expertise of an accomplished engineer. Their verdict was clear: Dillard Drive could indeed be reduced by a lane to accommodate on-street parking, opening the door to a transformative change.

 

Community Unites for Progress

 

Business owners along Dillard Drive rallied behind the concept of on-street parking, recognizing that our city is thriving. The buildings are bustling with activity, and parking spaces can sometimes be a precious commodity.

 

A Glimpse of the Future

 

So, what can we expect from this transformation? Imagine 8'x20' striped parking spaces thoughtfully positioned 30' from stop signs and 15' from each side of fire hydrants. City staff expect this work to be completed within the next few weeks.

 

Additionally, keen observers have noted a historical trend—people already tend to park on Dillard Drive, particularly near the Social Security Administration Building. Acknowledging this, city staff sees no drawbacks in extending on-street parking to that part of Dillard Drive as well.

 

Council's Forward-Thinking Decision

 

In a unanimous vote, the City Council showcased their commitment to the welfare of residents and businesses alike. They gave their nod to the introduction of on-street parking on the north side of Dillard Drive from Senate Avenue westward, covering an approximate distance of 1,300 feet.

 

This decision not only introduces a new level of convenience but also aligns with our city's dedication to fostering progress and prosperity.

 

 

The future of Dillard Drive is poised for brilliance, thanks to the collaborative efforts of city staff, the support of local businesses, and the decisive action of our City Council. Together, we're set to unlock the full potential of our community.

 

Get ready for changes along Dillard Drive—a symbol of progress that echoes our city's vibrant spirit!


City Council Approves Autonomous Lawn Mowers for Enhanced Park Maintenance
09/08/2023

We have some exciting news from the August City Council meeting that's set to make our parks even more beautiful and efficient. The City Council has given the green light to the purchase of autonomous lawn mowers for our Parks Department. Let's delve into the details of this innovative initiative.

 

Robotic Mowers: Revolutionizing Park Maintenance

 

Our Parks Department is about to enter a new era of lawn maintenance with the introduction of robotic lawn mowers. These autonomous machines will redefine our mowing schedule, enabling us to seamlessly incorporate project days into our regular operations. This means our parks will not only look immaculate but also serve as versatile spaces for community projects and activities.

 

Utilizing Government Purchasing Co-Op For Efficient Pricing

 

For this initiative, we've selected Husqvarna robotic mowers. We'll be acquiring these robotic mowers through the BuyBoard government purchasing co-op, with a total investment of $41,112. What's more, these robotic mowers have already proven their worth during beta testing on our golf course, demonstrating their effectiveness and reliability.

 

Efficiency and Reliability at the Forefront

 

One of the remarkable advantages of these autonomous mowers is their ability to work tirelessly, ensuring our parks remain beautifully maintained. By taking over the regular mowing tasks, they free up valuable time for our Parks Department to focus on enhancing our parks with new projects and improvements.

 

A Win-Win for Our Community

 

The City Council's approval of this project is a win-win for our community. It means more efficient and precise park maintenance, leading to well-groomed and inviting green spaces. Additionally, it opens up opportunities for creative projects that will further enhance our parks for the enjoyment of all residents.

 

We're eagerly anticipating the positive impact of these autonomous mowers as they begin their work. Get ready to experience parks that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also primed for exciting community initiatives.