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The City of Sealy

2017
State of the City Report

May 2, 2017
Table of Contents
Page
1 2016: What We Accomplished .................................................................................. 2
1.1 General ................................................................................................................... 2
1.2 Economic Development .......................................................................................... 2
1.3 Main Street Program ............................................................................................... 7
1.4 Planning & Community Development...................................................................... 7
1.5 Public Works Department........................................................................................ 8
1.6 Finance Department ................................................................................................ 8
1.7 Municipal Court ....................................................................................................... 9
1.8 Police Department ................................................................................................. 10
2 2017: What We Are Accomplishing......................................................................... 11
2.1 Recognitions & Awards ......................................................................................... 11
2.2 Economic Development ........................................................................................ 11
2.3 City Services and Facilities ................................................................................... 12
2.4 City Ordinances and Home Rule Charter .............................................................. 13
2.5 Tourism ................................................................................................................. 13
3 2018 & Beyond: What We Will Accomplish ............................................................ 14
4 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Projects .......................................... 14
5 Summary .................................................................................................................. 15
Annex A Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Projects ................................... 16

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1 2016: What We Accomplished
1.1 General
So much happens in a community. Some is seen by the community; some isnt.
Regardless of whether it is seen or unseen, your city is busy and working hard for you.
Of particular interest to everyone is that we operated while incurring NO NEW DEBT.
Rather than raise income to meet desired expenditures, the current city council, city
manager, and city staff have continuously worked to keep expenditures within the
capability of income and grants.
The purpose of this report is to let you know what is going on in your community what
we have accomplished, what we are accomplishing, and what we will accomplish in the
future.
1.2 Economic Development
1.2.1 General
Economic prosperity in our community
significantly impacts every aspect of the
community. Businesses and their employees
purchase goods, property, and services within
our community. This economic prosperity
generates additional tax revenue, which funds
infrastructure improvements, city services,
emergency services district, and the school
district.
The increase in business property also helps
keep the overall property tax rate lower, thereby
reducing the tax burden on homeowners, which
in turn increases their personal funds available
for investments and individual purchases, which,
in turn, increases sales tax revenues.

In conjunction with economic development


advancement, the City of Sealy pursues options
to keep costs to you, the taxpayers, as low as
possible. For example, the City previously
received a $348,365.00 Texas Department of
Agriculture Texas Capital Fund Grant for the
extension of water, waste water, and natural gas
lines into a previously unserved area, thereby
resulting in this area being opened up to
business development. As a result, in 2016, new
retail construction is taking advantage of the
extended services and other businesses are now
looking to build to that area.
Whether expanding, relocating, or opening a first
location, businesses are coming to Sealy at an
increasing rate. These are not just local and
regional businesses, but also nationwide and

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international businesses. Take a drive through Sealy and you will see new retail,
nightlife, service, and industrial businesses with their doors already open or in the
process of opening.
1.2.2 Sealy Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)
The Sealy Economic Development Corporation
(SEDC) is the lead organization constantly
working both behind the scenes and out in
front, but often goes unnoticed by the general
public. The SEDC, consisting of seven
directors and one executive director, was
formed in 1997, after the citizens of Sealy
voted to pass a half cent sales tax dedicated to
economic development. The SEDC is a non-
profit Type B economic development
corporation created pursuant to the Texas
Economic Development Corporation Act of
1979.
The mission of the SEDC is to strive to
encourage business growth, to create and
retain employment opportunities and to
improve the quality of life in Sealy.
The Sealy Economic Development Board of Directors reviewed and approved a
Strategic Work Plan with goals and objectives for the future. The three activity
categories in the Plan are:
Promote business retention and expansion,
Attract new business and industry, and
Coordinate economic development efforts.

Some of the economic development along Hwy 36 includes a complete remodelling of the
Dairy Queen, construction of one of the largest Whataburger restaurants in the region, a
Dominos franchise with room for two other retail businesses, and Childrens DentisTree.
You can view and download a copy of this Strategic Work Plan by going to
http://SealyEDC.com/users/0001/docs/SealyEDCPlan2016.pdf.
Non-disclosure agreements and the necessity of business confidentiality often prevent
public discussions related to ongoing business developments, but at any given time, the
SEDC is actively involved in 10-15 discussions with businesses interested in coming to
Sealy or expanding businesses that are already in Sealy. Depending on the nature of
the business and requirements for that business, these discussions can take anywhere

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from three months to two years, from the first discussion to the day of the first public
announcement.
If you are interested in learning about our community, the SEDC maintains a quick
profile at http://SealyEDC.com/default.aspx?name=community_profile, with a more
comprehensive profile at
http://www.SealyEDC.com/users/2016Community%20Profile.pdf. The 2015 Population
Quick Facts Report for a 15-mile radius and 20-mile radius, with predictions for the year
2020, is located at
http://www.SealyEDC.com/users/0001/docs/Radiusmap15and20m042015.pdf.
To learn more about the Sealy Economic Development Corporation and the economic
development incentives it has to offer, please go to http://www.SealyEDC.com.
1.2.3 Major Economic Development Announcements

1.2.3.1 Praseks Hillje Smokehouse


Praseks Hillje Smokehouse broke
ground for a 39,000-square-foot
facility at the intersection of Interstate
10 and FM 3538. Along with
kolaches that are ranked in the At the intersection of I-10 and FM 3538,
Top 10 in Texas, Praseks will offer construction is nearing completion on the
quality smoked meats, Czech bakery, 39,000-square-foot Praseks Hillje
fresh meat market, grill, wild game Smokehouse.
processing, specialty food items, quality wine selection, outdoor items, and automotive
fuelling stations. This will create over 50 full-time jobs and approximately 35 part-time
jobs.

1.2.3.2 SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, with over 37,000 employees and locations in over 50 countries,
Canada-based SNC-Lavalin announced its opening of a new facility at the West I-10
Industrial Park (the former BAE facility). Being one of the leading engineering and
manufacturing groups in the world, SNC-Lavalin leased approximately 397,000 square

On July 6, 2016, representatives of SNC-Lavalin joined City of Sealy and


Austin County officials to announce the opening of its newest facility in Sealy.
The subsequent job fair attracted over 400 applicants.

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feet at the facility, the largest lease deal in the Houston region for 2016, this created
approximately 250 jobs. In addition to manufacturing positions, such as welders,
SNC-Lavalin employs engineers, accountants, project managers, and warehouse
attendants.

1.2.3.3 Sika Group


With over 170 facilities in 97 countries and a 116-year history, Switzerland-based Sika
Group chose Sealy as its newest U.S. location, purchasing 40 acres on FM 3538. This
strengthens Sika Groups position for its core products and technologies with excellent
access to its customers, facilitating its service to the major metropolitan areas in
Texas. The new facility will for the production and distribution of high-performance
mortars and grouts as well as a wide range of concrete admixtures. The facility will
also house laboratories, sales offices, and a training center, adding additional jobs for
the Sealy area. Even before ground was broken, plans for future expansions at this
site are already in development.

1.2.3.4 Freight Shuttle System


Sealy became the lead contender
for the new Freight Shuttle System
(FSS), a concept initiated at the
Texas A&M Transportation
Institute for the purposes of finding
a low-emissions alternative to
moving freight and relieving
congestion created by trucks in
heavy freight corridors. This could
result in Sealy becoming an inland A prototype freight shuttle undergoes testing at
port for both the Port of Houston the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in Bryan
and the Port of Freeport, creating
100s of jobs, and quite likely well over 1,000 jobs.
The Freight Shuttle System
(FSS) meets the definition of
an Intelligent Freight
Transportation System (IFTS),
as defined in the new Federal
Transportation Bill The Fixing
Americas Surface
Transportation (FAST) Act:
An innovative or intelligent
technological transportation
system, infrastructure, or
facilities, including electronic
roads, driverless trucks,
elevated freight transportation
facilities, and other intelligent
freight transportation systems.
Moving truck trailers and domestic intermodal containers up to 53-feet in length and all
sizes of ocean shipping containers along elevated guideways, the FSS would reduce

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carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 77% and nitrous oxide emissions by an
average of 97%.
Unlike the controversial high-speed rail proposed for connecting Houston and Dallas,
the FSS would travel primarily along existing rights-of-way, would be on an elevated
rail that would not divide properties like the berms of the high-speed rail, have a lower
noise output than current vehicles. The footprint on the ground would be less than 10-
feet.
Advantages of the FSS are:
Less traffic congestion.
Improved safety.
Dramatically lower emissions and pollution.
Enhanced local economic activity and connectivity.
New jobs.
You can learn more about the Freight Shuttle System on its official website at
https://www.freightshuttle.com/ and https://tti.tamu.edu/2016/09/09/new-transport-
mode-to-redefine-freight-movement/.
1.2.4 Tourism
In January, 2016, the City of Sealy, along with
other partners in Austin County, was awarded a
$20,000 Tourism Marketing Matching Grant by
Visit Houston and Houston First. The primary
purpose of the grant is to market local tourism
in such a manner as to attract visitors from
areas 150 or more miles away. In addition to
countywide efforts, this grant served as a
catalyst for the creation of a Tourism
Commission for the City of Sealy. Comprised
of volunteers, the primary purpose of the
Tourism Commission is, to attract, retain, and
facilitate tourism in Sealy, thereby helping our Accepting the
city realize the beneficial economic, social and $20,000 Tourism Matching Grant.
community impact of tourism.
A new addition to the tourism aspect of our community was the creation of an adult
sports league. The first phase was an adult softball league. We knew it would do well,
but with 24 teams applying for the 12 available slots, it was a much greater success than
anticipated. There are plans to continue this league with the possible addition of other
sports, such as adult kickball.
The City also revised the application packet and guidelines for hotel/motel occupancy
tax (HOT) funds to ensure compliance with state law and optimum use of the funds.
These funds are derived from a tax paid by visitors staying in local hotel and are used to
help fund events and projects that will increase tourism to the local area. Just as with
the Tourism Marketing Matching Grant, the purpose of these HOT funds is to bring
visitors from outside the Sealy area into Sealy creating a positive economic impact.

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1.3 Main Street Program
Our Historic Downtown District is a growing aspect of our appeal to not only tourism, but
local business activity. The Business Breakfast was attended by 92% of the downtown
business owners and managers. The Main Street Advisory Board continues to be active
in the promoting the Historic Downtown District. Some of the 2016 accomplishments of
the downtown program include:
As one of 13 communities throughout all of Texas, was awarded, along with the
Planning & Community Development Department, an H-E-B Keep Texas Beautiful
Green Bag Grant, receiving $2,000 of the $25,000 available for the entire State of
Texas.
Hosted the 2nd Annual Cruise-In and Street Dance which, although hampered by
weather, was once again a success.
Hosted the monthly Main Street Market, which continues to grow in the quantity of
vendors and the quantity of visitors, attracting both from other communities.
Co-hosted the 3rd Annual Boo Bash, which double attendance and attracted 35% more
vendors than the previous year, with visitors coming from several surrounding
counties.
Hosted the first Jingle Mingle (planned to be an annual evet), receiving many positive
comments from the community while attracting more visitors to the Historic Downtown
District and the Vendor Blender while supporting a seniors in need program.

Historic Main Street 1905 and now

1.4 Planning & Community Development


One aspect of city services that
significantly impacts the future of our
community but often goes unnoticed is
that Planning & Community
Development Department. Many
people think of it as the place where
you get your permits, but it is much
more than that. Proactive planning by
this department ensures growth and
development proceeds in an orderly
fashion that protects our community.
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accomplishments during 2016 include:
Developed, gained approval of, and implemented a comprehensive drainage manual.
Was awarded a Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) grant of $14,400 for a flood
early warning system and development of detention ponds.
Along with the Main Street Program, was one of 13 communities throughout all of
Texas awarded an H-E-B Keep Texas Beautiful Green Bag Grant, receiving $2,000
of the $25,000 available for the entire State of Texas.
Amended the sign ordinance to allow for signs that will keep the character of the
community but allow businesses to stay competitive
Amended the Historic Downtown District ordinance and boundary to protect the
Historic Downtown Sealy while facilitating economic growth.
Completely revised the mobile food service establishments (catering trucks)
ordinance to allow for such things as food truck fairs and businesses and events
having food trucks present for day-long activities.
1.5 Public Works Department
Just like the Planning and Community
Development Department, the Public Works
Department often goes unnoticed unless
there is a problem. This department is
responsible for the maintenance and operation
of the water system, the waste water system,
the gas system, streets, parks, and city
facilities. Some of the 2016 accomplishments
are:
Re-routed a 12-inch water line for TxDOTs
IH-10 Frontage Road Extension project.
Worked with Eagle Scout candidates Justin Krusel and Simon Sealy in the designed
and placement of a new Veterans Memorial in the Abe & Irene Levine Park.
Preformed troubleshooting, repair, and/or replacement of all ballfield lights at Business
& Professional Womens Park.
Bringing city rights-of-way into compliance with the new tree trimming ordinance,
setting the example for the City.
Maximized efficiency of City water wells, increased water production, and minimized
costs through the annual process of preventive maintenance and investigation.
Assisted as first responders in high-water rescues during April flooding event, then
were instrumental in getting life back to normal for the community by effectively,
efficiently, and quickly removing all debris.
Through independent survey and continuous preventive maintenance, reduced lost
and unaccounted for gas to 2.8%.
1.6 Finance Department
The Finance Department is probably the least obvious to the public, but is a very active
component in supporting all departments and all City activities. Some of this
departments 2016 accomplishments are:

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Received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
Financial Reporting from the Government Finance
Officers Association (GFOA) for the Citys
comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the
previous fiscal year.
Enhanced the Citys transparency efforts by presenting
its financial information on the OpenGov platform, a
web-based tool for government entities that enables
them to easily visualize and share their financial and
non-financial performance data
(1) internally to improve decision-making and increase efficiency and
(2) externally to increase transparency and build trust.
Was recognized by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar as one of
the latest local government entities to achieve specific
transparency goals through the Comptrollers Transparency
Stars program, receiving a star in the area of Traditional
Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding
efforts in making their spending and revenue information
available to the public online.
Upgraded to the latest version of ezTasks website content
management system (i.e., Titanium) and updated the design
of the City website in the process.
Installed a Justified Automated Collections Kiosk (J-A-C-K) along the west exterior wall
of City Hall to provide citizens with an additional means of making utility and court
payments, which also eliminated a planned need for additional staff.
Any time you have a question about the city finances, you can check the Citys
Financial Dashboard at http://www.ci.sealy.tx.us/page/financial_transparency. This
page provides a quick, yet thorough, look at all aspects of the finances for the City of
Sealy. In addition to budgets, annual financial reports, and payment registers, the
financial dashboard gives an overview of all local taxes, including the rates for property,
sales and use, and hotel occupancy taxes, and material illustrating each tax's revenue
history. The dashboard also presents information on the city's outstanding debt as well
as details on the repayment of that debt. Finally, the dashboard outlines the city
secretary's role in maintaining city records, the kinds of records available, and the
various methods for submitting public information requests.
1.7 Municipal Court
The Municipal Court helps ensure the proper enforcement
of the laws and ordinances that protect our citizens. Some
of its accomplishments during 2016 are:
Began use headless phone sets, thereby lowering the
amount of missed calls while improving ergonomics.
Increased work performance and efficiency by installing
dual monitor systems.
Decreased the number of capias pro fines issued
through the addition of defendant photos to past due
cards.
With the Finance Department, installed a Justified
Automated Collections Kiosk (J-A-C-K), providing

J-A-C-K
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individuals with the ability to make court payments and obtain receipts 24 hours per
day, seven days per week.
Ensured skills development, which resulted in the Court Administrator becoming a
Certified Court Manager with the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court
Management.
1.8 Police Department
This is undoubtedly the most visible of all the Citys departments. There is much more to
any police department than just writing traffic citations and operating the dog pound.
Some of the Police Departments 2016 activities are;
Obtained a High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) for use as a rescue vehicle
at no cost to the city.
Performed high water rescues and other rescue operations during the April and May
floods.
Obtained a government surplus Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for future use
as a high-water rescue vehicle.
Obtained a large evacuation-kennel trailer for use when it is necessary to evacuate
small animals.
Responded to the collapse of the U.S. Hwy 90 overpass at State Hwy 36, thereby
preventing additional injury or death.
Hosted the annual National Night Out at the Abe & Irene Levine Park with a movie in
the park and other activities.
Sponsored the Blue Santa program in Sealy, providing Christmas gifts for qualified
children in Sealy.

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2 2017: What We Are Accomplishing
2.1 Recognitions & Awards
In an article entitled, The Best of Economic
Development in the American South, Sealy was
named as one of the top three Best Places for
Manufacturing in the West Houston Region by
Southern Business & Development Magazine. This
ranking of Sealy with the cities of Katy and
Rosenberg places Sealy on the skyline for future
investors looking for locations to develop their
businesses. You can read the full article at http://sb-
d.com/images/magazine/72_Fall_2016_BEST_section.pdf
The City of Sealy Gas Department was included as #300 in the PG&L 500, which is a
listing of the top 500 natural gas retailers in the entire nation. This high ranking is not
only attributed to the volume of natural gas distributed by the city, but the extremely low
rate of gas which is lost or unaccountable. This low rate of lost and unaccounted gas
helps keep prices low for our citizens.
For the second year in a row,
the City of Sealy, along with
the Sealy Chamber of
Commerce and other
partners, was awarded a
Tourism Marketing Matching
Grant from Houston First and
Visit Houston. This years
grant is $18,000 and is to be
used for promoting Sealy and
Grant awardees at January 5, 2017, ceremony Austin County in the tourism
market.
The Citys Main Street Program was recommended by the Texas Historical Commission
for inclusion in the National Main Street Program. This national recognition will help
attract more tourism to our community.
2.2 Economic Development
Non-disclosure agreements and the necessity of
business confidentiality often prevent discussions
related to ongoing business developments. When
businesses give us the thumbs up to go public
with announcements, we will. From the first time
discussions start between a business and the Sealy
Economic Development Corporation and the City of Sika ground-breaking
Sealy, it could take as little as nine months or as
much as two years for the doors open. While discussions can move quickly, there are
time requirements for land acquisition, construction, and other actions related to opening
a new business. Rest assured, we continuously have businesses looking at Sealy as
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The Sealy Economic Development Corporation and the City of Sealy both remain
proactive in seeking out new businesses to come to Sealy. This includes attending
networking events, hosting business leaders for tours of the area, and having an open-
door for any one that happens to stop in on the spur of the moment.
2.3 City Services and Facilities
Plans have been developed for a new waste water treatment facility (WWTF) with a
capacity of two million gallons per day (2 MGD). At the time of this reports publication,
the project was out for construction bids.
A city cannot grow without its infrastructure keeping pace ahead of that growth. Along
with the planned waste water treatment facility, the production capacity of our water
wells and water treatment facilities will need to be increased and additional water towers
be built. The City of Sealy is already reviewing options for an additional water well and
water tower on the north side of Sealy. Preventive maintenance must be performed on
existing facilities and equipment to keep them in top functioning order. New water,
waste water, and gas lines will need to be
built and some existing lines will need to be
refurbished or replaced to ensure we
continue to provide top-notch services to
the community.
To further enhance the safety of our
citizens, the Sealy Police Department
participated in the Hurricane Charlie State
Tabletop Exercise in Conroe, which
simulated a category 4 hurricane coming up
through Galveston Bay. This exercise
allowed members of numerous agencies to
train together in preparation for catastrophic
weather situations that we could face in the Training for a category 4 hurricane
future. This exercise was provided for free with the Texas Department of
by the Texas Department of Emergency Emergency Management and FEMA
Management and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA).
Along with preparing for catastrophic weather
situations, we are working on flood prevention and
drainage improvement. This includes reviewing
sites for new or enlarged detention/retention ponds
and improved monitoring of water levels in existing
ponds. Prior to expected storms, water levels can
be lowered, thereby allowing water to get to the
Brazos River and increasing available capacity in
Culverts to be placed along W. Front St, the ponds prior to the start of heavy rains.
increasing capacity and improving
The City Manager has met with officials from the
drainage, thereby decreasing risk of flood
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
category 4 hurricane Texas Department of
regarding flood prevention and reimbursement for costs resulting from past flooding. In
addition to reimbursement of funds expended for overtime hours and other costs
associated with the April 2016 flooding, the City is actively pursuing additional FEMA
funds. The City is increasing the West Front Street drainage ditch to the 100-year
flood capacity. Plans have been developed, culverts have been purchased, and (at the

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time of this reports publication) bids are being solicited for the installation of the culverts.
Also at the time of this reports publication, the Citys application for FEMA funding on
this project is in the approval process, with indications that the application will very likely
be approved. The April 2016 flooding also did significant damage to the walking trail at
the Business & Professional Womens Park, and the City has been awarded over
$80,000 in FEMA funding to repair this trail. The repairs to the trail will be of a higher
quality than the original trail to help ensure a long life for and the comfortable use of the
trail.
2.4 City Ordinances and Home Rule Charter
The world is constantly changing around us and, in order to be the best city, we must
adapt our ordinances and charter to meet those changes. Sometimes that is as simple
as updating the ordinance that adopts construction codes or adding a street to the no
thru trucks list. At other times, there will be a need for a new ordinance to regulate a
new aspect of the world around us, such as when we proactively adopted an ordinance
prohibiting the use of synthetic marijuana, thereby stopping it before the problem
reached us. Other ordinances, such as the one creating the Tourism Commission, are
forward-thinking actions that will help promote and encourage the influx of tourism
dollars into the local economy.
Our Home Rule Charter was adopted in 1996. During the past 21 years, state and
federal laws have changed, technology has changed, and our city has grown.
Periodically, the Home Rule Charter must be reviewed to ensure it complies with state
and federal laws and stays abreast with the changes in our society. This coming May,
the citizens of Sealy will be asked to vote on seven proposed charter amendments that
are designed to keep the City of Sealy on pace with the rest of the world around us.
2.5 Tourism
In addition to our attractive Historic Downtown Sealy
and other attractions in the Sealy area, we can expect
tourism to increase significantly as a result of the Texas
Historical Commissions dedication to the San Felipe de
Austin State Historic Site, which includes a 10,000-
square-foot visitors center and archaeological digs on
the original San Felipe de Austin townsite.
The City of Sealy also renewed its contract with the A portion of the Eagle Scout
Texas Historical Commission to have Sealy listed as a projects by Justin Krusel and
Historic Texas Main Street, thereby continuing our Simon Sealy, which are
Main Street Program and has chosen to participate in nearing completion and will
the National Main Street Program, thereby continuing honor our veterans
our efforts that are revitalizing Historic Downtown Sealy
and attracting outside dollars into the community.
We plan to continue our successful tourism programs and develop more attractions. For
example, the Tourism Commission is working on plans for a downtown festival to be
held in conjunction with one of the monthly Main Street Markets. An organization is
working on brining a living history event to Sealy, reenacting live as it was during the
U.S. Civil War. The Tourism Commission is also striving to bring partners together to
offer package deals to visitors.
Additionally, the planned lake to be built on the southeast side of Sealy will be a
significant draw for recreational tourism.

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3 2018 & Beyond: What We Will Accomplish
Imagination is the limit.
The future looks awesome. Whether its economic growth, improvements in
infrastructure and services, or recreational opportunities, Sealy is leading on the winning
edge.
Construction on the IH-10 expansion project is scheduled begin in late 2018. This
increased capacity will bring more people to Sealy for business, pleasure, and
relocation.
The corridors along FM 3013 and FM 3538 are prime locations for industrial
development. The northwestern area, from FM 2187 to the north and along FM 1094, is
expected to be a focal point of residential development. The corridors along IH-10, U.S.
Hwy 90, and State Hwy 36 are expected to see retail growth.
Sealy is the lead candidate for the Freight Shuttle System and becoming an inland port
for both the Port of Houston and the Port of Freeport. We have the support of federal
and state legislators as well as members of the Texas Transportation Institute. In
addition to the thousands of potential jobs associated with this, this would bring federal
and state transportation funding to Sealy and Austin County.
4 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Projects
The City of Sealy has a fantastic working relationship with the Yoakum District of the
Texas Department of Transportation.
The U.S. Hwy 90 overpass reconstruction and the IH-10 expansion project and frontage
roads are only some of the many projects on-going and planned for our area.

Map showing TxDOT projects in the Sealy area

The annex contains a list of TxDOT projects and was current at the time of this reports
publication. Projects get completed, projects get added, and timelines change. Anytime
youd like to check the current status of any TxDOT project in our area, go to
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/project-tracker.html and click the Enter Project
Tracker button. At View Highway Projects By select County in the dropdown box,
then select Austin in the next dropdown box that appears. Youll be given a list of all

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current projects. Simply click on a project to zoom the map to that project and bring up
the details of that project.

The Hwy 90 overpass at Hwy 36 and the BNSF Railroad, which was built in the 1930s,
is being replaced with a modern 4-lane overpass. Hwy 36 is also being widened.

5 Summary
As you can see, your city is busy and working hard for you. Growth is coming and were
preparing for it. Sometimes that preparation requires thinking outside the box;
sometimes it requires just plain ol common sense.
Our door always remains open to our citizens. Feel free to stop by city hall anytime
during business hours (8:00 am 5:00 pm, Monday Friday) or call 979-885-3511 to
schedule an appointment. We also encourage our citizens to attend our city council
meetings held at 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

Our Mission
The City of Sealy will strive to assure the highest quality of life
for those who choose to live, work, and play here while
protecting the Citys economic well-being for current and
future generations.

Our Vision
The City of Sealy is dedicated to preserving our history of
excellence while continually investing in our future progress.

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The City of Sealy
2017 2017 State of the City Report

Annex A Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Projects


The following table is a list of projects shown on the TxDOT website for the Sealy area, as of
April 29, 2017.

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