Pearland - Friendswood | February 2020

NEWS BRIEFS

ShrinersChildren’sTexas toexpandayear afterHouston-to-Galveston relocation

BY SIERRA ROZEN

with burns, cleft lips and palates, and orthopedic conditions, said Jennifer Anderson, marketing and communications director for Shriners Children’s Texas. Now, the hospital plans to construct a $25.5 million patient housing facility and parking garage at the Galveston location for patients and sta, according to Anderson. It is expected to break ground this spring and nish construction sometime in 2023. The housing will add 40 units and be able to accommodate more out-of-state and international residents who visit the hospital. Hospital ocials have also planned for more than $40 million

Shriners Children’s Texas will undergo renovations a year after merging and relocating to Galveston fromHouston. After closing down Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston at 6977 Main St., Houston, in 2021, the hospital consolidated with Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston to become Shriners Children’s Texas, located at 815 Market St., Galveston. The hospital ocially opened its doors Jan. 18, 2021, oering burn care, orthopedics and physical therapy ser- vices to patients. The merger aimed to improve the hospital’s eciency while still providing care to children

Shriners Children’s Texas will break ground on its new patient housing facility this spring. RENDERING COURTESY SHRINERS CHILDREN’S TEXAS

in renovations to the facility, which have been ongoing since summer 2020 and are also expected to nish sometime in 2023. “[The] hospital has increased

the number of outpatient clinics and inpatient rooms as well as its surgical areas to meet the needs of its growing patient population,” Anderson said.

METRO aims to ‘set the standard’ for sustainability

Friendswoodbeginsworkon changingcity’swatermeters

BY SIERRA ROZEN

METRO board member Christopher Hollins. “We’re still thinking through it with the team, but even prior to this being formalized in the way that it has been, METRO has been a leader in this space, whether it’s conserving water, whether it’s recycling, whether it’s conserving energy. We want to do that for our own organization,” Hollins said. METRO ocials hope to have the buses by late 2022 and roll them out soon after. Ticket prices will not change for passengers, but METRO drivers will need to learn how to drive the electric buses. The board of directors also approved carrying out a contract with Creative Bus Sales to buy 10 electric paratransit vans and chargers at the Jan. 27 meeting for $3.1 million. The board of trustees is work- ing to establish a timeline for its superintendent search, Executive Director of Communications Kim Hocott said in an email. District achievements under Kelly include creating a bilingual education program, opening Robert Turner College and Career High School, and helping create the PISD Education Foundation, a nonprot that provides extra funding to district programs, according to PISD. “Dr. Kelly has been a tremendous asset and leader in Pearland ISD,” PISD board President Sean Murphy said in the release. “He will leave incredi- bly big shoes to ll in many respects, and the board and I wish him only the best.” sta, amazing students and their families,” Kelly said in the news release. John Kelly

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County will be monitoring the eects of its electric vehicles in 2022 as part of its sustainability initiative. The METRO board of directors approved purchasing 20 electric buses at the Nov. 18 board meeting, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . METRO will source the buses from Nova Bus, a roughly $22 million contract. METRO’s goal for its sustainability initiatives is to only purchase 100% zero-emission buses by 2030, according to Monica Russo, public information ocer and media specialist for METRO. The sustainability plan has been in the works and a top priority for METRO for several years, according to

BY ANDY YANEZ

METER PROCESS The city of Friendswood is working with Ameresco to replace the water meters of residents. Here is what residents should expect. Ameresco’s employees will be in an identi- able vehicle with uniforms and safety vests, and will not need to enter residences, the city said in the release. Commercial accounts will be scheduled individually with the city. Friendswood began replacing each city water meter in January. The new advanced meters allow the city to electronically read meters and upload data to a portal and allow city customers to view it from a secured website daily, per a news release. Friendswood is working with Ameresco to replace meters and install needed infrastruc- ture, which will take about a year, said Glenda Faulkner, executive assistant to Friendswood’s city manager, in an email. The city’s contract with Ameresco costs $9 million.

PearlandISDSuperintendent JohnKellytoretirethisyear

BY ANDY YANEZ

Pearland ISD announced in a Jan. 19 news release that Superintendent John Kelly intends to retire this summer. Kelly has served as PISD’s superintendent for more than 10 years and has been a superintendent in the state for more than 30 years, previously working at Boerne ISD and Pearsall ISD, according to the news release. He is also the chair of the State Board for Educator Certication required by the Texas Education Agency. “During my 30-plus-year educational career, my highest honor has been to serve the outstanding Pearland ISD community, including the dedicated

Identiable Ameresco vehicles

Uniforms and safety vests

Ameresco employees will not ask to enter residences*

*FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, CITY WILL SCHEDULE INDIVIDUALLY

SOURCE: CITY OF FRIENDSWOOD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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