Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | April 2020

SUGAR LAND MISSOURI CITY EDITION

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Sugar Land, Missouri City feel strain fromCOVID19

BY BETH MARSHALL AND CLAIRE SHOOP

“I TRY TO STAY POSITIVE, BUT THE REALITY IS IT’S GOING TO HURT US AND ALL THE MOMANDPOP SHOPS OUT THERE.” TAM HOANG, TOAST BREAKFAST BRUNCH LUNCH OWNER

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BUSINESS INSIDE THIS STORY: Local business owners and elected ocials react to the coronavirus. CITY/COUNTY

The local business community in Sugar Land and Missouri City is feeling the negative eects of social distancing and Fort Bend County’s “Stay Home to Save Lives” order, made in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Tom Abraham, co-owner of Texas Biergarten in Missouri City, said the eat- ery saw a decrease of about 60% in sales in the rst week of social distancing alone. Abrahamalso said he feels a state Businesses, eateries struggleas ‘stayhome’ order limitspatronage

emergency should have been declared sooner. “Those funds are critical for small businesses like us to be freed up so that we’re even able to apply for federal aid through the [Small Business Associa- tion],” he said in aMarch 19 interview. “I think it’s imperative that people know this could have been prevented. I mean, we started seeing a decline in sales a week ago.” A relatively new restaurant in Sugar Land, Toast Breakfast Brunch and Lunch, also saw a steep decrease in sales due to social distancing orders, co-owner TamHoang said.

Toast Breakfast Brunch Lunch owner TamHoang hands o a curbside to-go order outside the Sugar Land restaurant. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Missouri City City Council is moving forward with plans to hire a new city manager after ring Anthony Snipes from the role in response to allegationsmade by Mayor Yolanda Ford. Before the 4-3 vote that resulted in Snipes’ termina- tion Feb. 24, Ford put forward a list of what she said were issues that occurred while Snipes was city man- ager, including nancial irregularities, among others. CONTINUED ON 25 Missouri City looks ahead after ring citymanager BY CLAIRE SHOOP

The vote to re City Manager Anthony Snipes happened Feb. 24. Here are the steps that led up to that vote and what happens next.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Jan. 17: Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford submits a complaint to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Oce regarding nancial irregularities and policy violations.

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Feb. 24: At a special called meeting, council votes 4-3 to re Snipes.

Feb. 10 & Feb. 17: Council meets in closed-door executive session to discuss City Manager Anthony Snipes’ employment.

Feb. 4: Memo to Ford from the DA’s oce says there is insucient evidence to warrant criminal prosecution at that time.

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SOURCES: CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY

March 24: Deadline for executive search rms to respond to the city’s RFP

March 2: Council appoints Bill Atkinson as interim city manager.

March 2: Request for proposal goes out to executive search rms.

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