Editor Laura Elder is on vacation. Valerie Wells is substituting.

One way to measure League City’s optimism is by its many energetic plans.

Take City Hall, for example. Department heads calculated figures for weeks to prepare a proposed budget for the City Council to consider. This month, council members begin discussing details of the budget.

Roadwork, traffic signals, water lines, park improvements and emergency responders are the everyday things we sometimes take for granted. City officials not only find ways to pay for these things and make them happen, they also have to plan in advance for what comes next.

League City continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data estimates the population at 102,010. And new homes keep going up and more students enroll in schools.

At a June town hall meeting, city officials updated residents on major concerns: traffic, water supply and economic development. Residents had a chance to ask questions. Most questions concerned bike trails. Most of the remaining questions regarded heavy traffic.

The Five Corners traffic improvement project, when it’s done, will improve the flow of vehicles at the conjunction of FM 518, FM 2094 and FM 270, city officials said.

As the Texas Department of Transportation follows its plans to widen and reconstruct Interstate 45, the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce is telling area businesses not to worry about the coming work at FM 646 and I-45 two years away.

But residents also want to know about plans for sidewalks, for dog parks and for a new library branch. Those are wonderful problems to have.

This publication aims to keep you updated on those plans. We ask how much things cost and how long they will take. We also include views of people who disagree with officials or who see a different way of doing things.

We want to know what you think, and we are offering you an opportunity to tell us in person.

The Daily News invites you to celebrate the newspaper’s 175th anniversary 4 to 6 p.m. July 13 at Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St. Talk to our staff, tell us what you think we should cover in Connection and what we could do better. Find out how The Daily News, the oldest newspaper in Texas, has evolved since 1842.

If you don’t have plans already, we would love to see you July 13.

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