MANVEL, Texas – Manvel Mayor Delores Martin has announced that she is seeking re-election in the upcoming May election. While Manvel’s Mayor for the past 13 years, she has been part of the phenomenal growth of the area and has been preparing for the forecasts that the population will soar within the next ten years.
The City of Manvel has brought new residents and businesses to this part of Brazoria County and economists predict that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Martin has been a part of the planning and growth process and continues to be a vital link to the area’s prosperity. Under her leadership the City has realized new property taxes in the amount of $519,085, and a visible increase in capital improvements. The Manvel Police Department has added personnel, and city services to residents have been maintained with no increases in fees, while residential taxes have decreased. The Manvel Economic Development Corporation has benefitted from the increase in ad valorem taxes, which has tripled under Mayor Martin, and water connections have quadrupled since 2012.
The Mission Statement for the thriving town, as per the Comprehensive Plan, states “The City of Manvel will continue to be a unique, vibrant, growth-managed community that will meet the needs of its citizens through the efforts of local governmental and civic-minded individuals by promoting well-planned development, cost-effective professional management, and competent and responsive municipal services”. The Mayor, City Council and city departments use the mission statement to guide them in developing goals and action plans. Thus far, they seem to be right on target.
Working closely with the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC),Mayor Martin has served on the board of directors for the last fourteen years, one year as chair, and was President of the Brazoria County Cities Association for 2 years. Recently she was honored as 2001 Manvel Citizen of the Year and 2001 – 2003 Outstanding Mayor.
A lifetime educator Martin has been involved in community service and a strong supporter and promoter of preparing the community’s youth for leadership. Her days are filled with meetings and planning for the rapidly progressing development in Manvel and surrounding area. Grocery stores, residential developments and heavy industrial have been her focus, and her intent is to provide jobs for her community. “If we can provide homes, neighborhoods and jobs for families, our community will continue to grow in a positive manner. We owe it to our young people who have grown up in Manvel to create job opportunities that will enable them to stay and raise their families here. They are our future.”