National Night Out A Huge Success
Missouri City just recently celebrated National Night Out on October 7th across the city. The evening started at the Target store on Highway 6 where there were games, food and fun to be had by all. City staff then divided forces and visited over 60 registered block parties. Police officers, command staff, elected officials and code enforcement investigators attended the various parties and met with residents of the city where they answered a wide variety of questions. Before the formal event on October 7, the Police Department held their fifth annual “Pre-National Night Out” kickoff event at the Mini Station on Texas Parkway. A large number of residents attended this event and had a great time while trying to “Dunk A Cop” and eating good food.
IT/Police Team-Up Featured In Latest Edition of StateTech
Missouri City’s collaborative approach to solving problems received national attention with a recent feature in the latest edition of StateTech magazine. StateTech, which focuses on technology solutions that drive government, ran a two-page story on the Police Department’s motorcycle unit and how our IT Department outfitted the units using efficient and simple technology. The article includes a diagram on the City’s motorcycle unit and a photo of cover models Officer Robert Lawson and Technology Director Sedrick Cole.
Firefighter Ryan Meets Little Ryan
On September 9, 2012, Missouri City Firefighters responded to a medical call for a pregnant female. Firefighters assisted with the delivery of the baby. At the recent Open House, the family relayed the story to Chief Sander and at the time of the delivery, the family had not selected a name for the child. When they heard one of the firefighters call the name of “Ryan”, one of the firefighter attendants, the family found the name for their baby boy. On October 16, the McNamee family stopped by to reunite both Ryans’. Firefighter Ryan Connor and Ryan McNamee met and took the opportunity to takes some photos. Helping name the baby…that’s special customer service.
City Holds Small Business Purchasing Workshop
We held the first of the Small Business Purchasing Workshops on Wednesday morning at the Community Center, and had a turnout of 50 business owners and managers. We reviewed the small business program, vendor registration and purchasing methods. We also stressed the importance of the businesses to be enrolled with the various purchasing cooperatives to increase their opportunities with the City and other municipalities. Most guests remained after the presentation to learn more about doing business with the City and the procurement process from staff. Existing City vendors were able to visit with additional staff beyond the immediate team members they partner with on a regular basis. Some in attendance commented that they were able to use the networking portion to build business relationships that they were unaware existed in the area. We are e-mailing a survey to those in attendance to get their feedback on the presentation and future events. The Communications Department put together the initial feedback they heard this morning from those in attendance:
“Great to make a connection with the City.”
“Excited to see a small business policy finally implemented.”
“We are looking forward to future workshops to learn more about the procurement process.”
“This allowed me to put a face to a name; I’ve talked to Al on the phone and it was good to meet him (Purchasing & Risk Manager Alfonso Guerrero).”
“Look forward to having an opportunity to do business with the City.”
“We want to be involved with the Leadership Luncheon.”
“Nice setup and format.”
“Presentation was informative.”
2nd Annual HOA Basketball Tournament on the Horizon
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural tournament, Missouri City is once again hosting a youth basketball tournament on November 8 – 9 at the Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr., starting at 8:00 a.m.Homeowners Associations from all corners of the City are invited to create teams of youth ages 8-14. Missouri City staff and public safety officials will also be creating teams to compete against HOA-made teams. “The inter-HOA competition, now in its second year, is a fun, exciting and healthy way for staff and residents to support and foster youth involvement with the City,” Community Resource Officer Evett Kelly said. “We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s inaugural tournament and draw even more teams from all corners of the City.”
MCPD Gives Presentation To Mayor’s Youth Commission
Members of the Missouri City Police Department had an opportunity to give a presentation to the Mayor Youth Commission on Monday, October 13. Sgt. Phillip Englishbee, Community Resource Officer Evett Kelly and Captain Dwayne Williams provided a presentation on how to become a police officer and promote through the ranks at a the police department. The youth were provided an opportunity to ask questions and pose any concerns to MCPD members. The interaction between the youth and police department members was very positive and afforded the police department an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with our youth. The meeting was one of eight meetings scheduled each month for the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
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