Pearland - Friendswood | February 2020

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QUOTEOFNOTE “THIS ISAN OPPORTUNITYTO DOSOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE ABOUTAN ISSUE THAT IS LITERALLY LIFEORDEATH.” LUKE ORLANDO, PEARLAND COUNCIL MEMBER, ON RAISING FUNDING FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDSWOOD Stevenson Park closed Jan. 18 for about four weeks. Located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, the park is closing for Phase 1 of its walking trail project. The project will be split into two phases taking about four months total. Phase 1 will remove gravel from the trails; Phase 2 will install concrete and rubber surfacing. Certain areas will be open during Phase 2, but the city has not specied which.

Friendswood signs temporary lease for re station during construction

AN INTERIMHOME The temporary re station will be used until Feb. 1, 2023, when Fire Station No. 2 will open.

BY SIERRA ROZEN

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parking area and equipment cover will be placed in the area to protect the reghters and their equipment. Ocials estimate reconstruction of Fire Station No. 2, which is located at 2605 W. Parkwood Drive, will start in May, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . The guaranteed maximum price for the project was also presented at the Jan. 10 meeting and is $3.6 million against a $4 million budget. City Council unanimously voted to accept the price and authorize Houston-based construction com- pany Christensen Building Group to proceed with construction.

FRIENDSWOOD A property owned by The Harbor Church will temporarily serve as a local re station during the ongoing construction phase of Fire Station No. 2 in Friendswood. The lease agreement between the city of Friendswood and The Harbor, a nondenominational church in Friendswood, was unanimously approved at the Jan. 10 Friendswood City Council meeting. The temporary station will be located at 1710 Lundy Lane, according to agenda documents. The lease started Feb. 1 and will end Feb. 1, 2023. Per agenda documents, a temporary Pearland considers fate ofmunicipal drainage utility fee

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Timeline: Feb. 1-Feb. 1, 2023 Cost: $3.6 million Funding source: 2019 bond SOURCE: CITY OF FRIENDSWOOD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Counties see decline in COVID19 cases

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Municipal drainage utility fee: • $5 a month for residents • $1.79 per 1,000 square feet of impervious coverage per month for commercial properties Pearland City Council will decide whether to keep the municipal drainage fee proposal on the May ballot or postpone it to look at alternatives, such as a bond.

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BRAZORIA&GALVESTON COUNTIES COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazoria and Galveston counties, health district data shows. Galveston County had 1,026 positive cases the week of Jan. 30, fewer than the 2,103 collected cases the week of Jan. 23. A year prior, the week of Jan. 31, there were 896 cases reported, according to the Galveston County Health District dashboard. Brazoria County on Feb. 8 had 3,724 active cases of COVID-19 in the area versus 6,147 cases on Jan. 19. As of Feb. 8, 61.37% of the county’s population age 5 and older is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

BY ANDY YANEZ

PEARLAND City Council in Pearland will decide whether to move forward with a proposition Feb. 14 that could establish a munic- ipal drainage utility fee in May. Council agreed to put it on the ballot in June 2021, but concerns have risen about paying a tax and how the money raised will be used. Feb. 14 is the nal day for council to pass the proposition so it can be on the May ballot. City Council will also explore what potential alterna- tives, such as a bond, could cost the city and its taxpayers.

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Pearland City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 at 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council will meet March 7 at 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. A time for the meeting will be determined a week before the meeting. Meeting recordings are posted to the city’s YouTube channel. MEETINGSWE COVER

Positive: It would give exibility to raise money and not pigeonhole funding for specic projects. Negative: City residents, businesses and school districts have voiced displeasure with an additional tax.

SOURCE: CITY OF PEARLAND COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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