City & County Updates: Conroe

The 2017-18 Conroe City Council, from left: (top) Gil Snider, Guy Martin and Seth M. Gibson; (bottom) Duke Coon, Mayor Toby Powell and Duane M. Ham

The 2017-18 Conroe City Council, from left: (top) Gil Snider, Guy Martin and Seth M. Gibson; (bottom) Duke Coon, Mayor Toby Powell and Duane M. Ham

A question for Mayor Toby Powell


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Conroe is one of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. How do you plan to accommodate the growth?


We plan to finish the construction on our roads to help with transportation and improve mobility. We are also going to start construction on a new fire station and work towards getting a water treatment plant design completed so we can service this growth.



Big decisions made in 2016


Tax rate reduced


In August, the city of Conroe lowered its property tax rate after adopting a
$161.9 million operating budget. The rate was reduced from 42 cents to 41.75 cents per $100 valuation. Regardless, city officials expect an increase in property tax revenue because of population growth and increases in local property values.


League Line Road project opens


The 2.5-mile extension of League Line Road that began construction in March opened to the public Oct 17. The $11.8 million project extends the road from Frazier Street past
FM 1484 to create a direct route from I-45 through the Conroe Park North industrial park to Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport.


CPD headquarters completed


Completed in mid-May, a $26.5 million police department and municipal court facility was built at 2300 Plantation Drive. The 71,000-square-foot headquarters includes the city’s municipal court.



Top issues for 2017


Creation of new MUDs to serve the north Conroe and Willis area


In December, the Conroe City Council approved the creation of two new municipal utility districts in north Conroe and Willis.  Approval from Willis City Council is needed, and, if approved, property owners within the proposed area can petition for creation of the MUD by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 


Start construction for Fire Station No. 7 and new fire training facility


In order to prepare for more residents in north Conroe, the city will began construction on its seventh fire station in mid-January. Located at the southwest corner of League Line and Longmire Roads, the $5.2 million project will take about 10 months to complete.


New plan for downtown Conroe


The council is expected to create a long-term plan to improve the city’s downtown area. Improvements include new lights and sidewalks. The 10-year plan would include the possible expansion of the nine-block area to the east of the existing downtown district.



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The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
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Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, which regulates groundwater usage in Montgomery County, is part of Groundwater Management Area 14. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Gil Staley presented an annual report on major and mid-size employers in The Woodlands area at the Economic Outlook Conference on April 14. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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U.S. Rep Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, spoke at the Economic Outlook Conference in The Woodlands on April 14. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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