Hurricane Harvey highlighted the need for drainage improvements within League City. Improving drainage will require expensive solutions and cooperation with neighboring communities and higher levels of government. The city must take the lead in initiating these efforts to ensure solutions that benefit our residents. We must also ensure that we focus on solutions that will have the most beneficial solution for the most residents, including improvements to Dickinson Bayou and Clear Creek to ensure surplus water has a place to drain instead of quick projects that do more to provide a false sense of security yet will not ultimately provide wide-scale relief.
As a rapidly growing city, traffic is and will be an ongoing concern. Delaying improvements only increases the cost. The city must do a better job in managing contracts for traffic improvements to ensure that work is completed in a timely fashion. The city also needs to do a better job of communicating with residents and prioritization of projects. The addition of capital recovery fees as new developments are worked in will help the city be proactive in addressing traffic situations. We should not wait until we have widespread disappointment before we make improvements, as happened with 5-corners and Calder Road.
Water demand will continue to increase with the growth of League City. To ensure the city will have a sufficient water supply for the future, improvements and addition of water sources feeding the city must be worked now. The cost will only go up the longer this is delayed. While increasing the supply is a top priority, we must also work to conserve water. The city should provide incentives to residents to conserve water. For example, while grey-water lines and centralized treatment can decrease the water demand for water with new neighborhoods, they will do nothing to reduce consumption in all of the existing developed land. Discounts on water bills for those who install smart irrigation controls or individual grey-water collection could provide a significant reduction in the amount of water used for irrigation in existing neighborhoods.