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As sales tax revenue pours in, small businesses continue to struggle Expert warns economy may cause sales tax dip

BY HALEY MORRISON

Friendswood have collected more sales tax revenue for some months in 2020 compared to 2019, those are mostly from big-box businesses, Pearland interim Finance Director John McCar- ter said. Meanwhile, many of the small businesses in the area are bringing in less revenue and struggling to keep their doors open. “We know there are going to be businesses that shut the doors left and

On a Thursday night, those at a park in Pearland may hear a children’s orchestra rehearsing: Moving orchestra practice to an outdoor space is one of the few changes Allegro Pearland Acad- emy of Music has had to make during the pandemic. “We’re denitely adapting. Everyone is just rolling with it,” owner Heather Scharbor said. While the cities of Pearland and

Allegro Pearland Academy of Music has moved its orchestra outside during COVID19.

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Space Center Houston adjusts to pandemic, plans future attractions

millions watched television broadcasts of the crew safely splashing down in the Pacic Ocean. Earlier this year, Space Center Houston, one of the Houston area’s most popular museums, planned a cel- ebration around the historic mission. The COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. While Space Center Houston ocials were looking forward to the museum’s best year yet, the coronavirus shut it down for months and put a damper on events. However, while the museum is still open only at a limited capacity, ocials used the pandemic to imple- ment some immediate changes and focus on long-term improvements, Chief Operating Ocer Mary Baerg CONTINUED ON 28

‘Inspiring during challenging times’

BY JAKE MAGEE

Fifty years ago, when the Apollo 13 astronauts were on their way back to Earth after having abandoned their mission to land on the moon due to an oxygen tank problem, many wondered if the crew would make it back alive. But for Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake, failure was not an option. On April 17, 1970,

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FROMPAPAR: As we near the end of 2020, COVID-19’s long- term eects on the local economy are becoming more evident. One of our front-page stories this month covers the impact the pandemic has had on local sales tax revenue and how local business owners are adjusting their plans during a pandemic. Papar Faircloth, GENERALMANAGER

METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Jason Culpepper ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kristina Shackelford MANAGING EDITOR Marie Leonard ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Tessa Hoee CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, TX. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across ve metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE

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November & December events TRANSPORTATION UPDATES 11 HEALTH CARE 13 COVID19 funds by city PUBLIC SAFETY 15

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NOWOPEN/REOPENINGS 1 The Lux School Creative Movement Campus opened Sept. 10 at 2555 CR 58, Manvel. The school focuses on nontradi- tional learning environments and accepts children ages 6 weeks old to those exiting fourth grade. The school offers outdoor learning, open concepts, creative move- ment and problem solving. 833-589-5437. www.theluxschool.com 2 The Chicken Salad Chick opened its newest chain location at 2110 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 108, Pearland. The restau- rant, which opened Oct. 21, serves over a dozen types of chicken salad, along with soups, sandwiches and desserts. This is the ninth Chicken Salad Chick to open in the Greater Houston area. 832-246-7691. www.chickensaladchick.com 3 The Nutrition Hub in Pearland opened its second location, Shadow Creek Nu- trition Hub , on Oct. 1. The business has a

smoothie bar and customizes meal plans comprising whole foods and supplements. The business, located at 12155 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, pairs with Lifestyle360 Fitness and Health Center. 832-627-7747. www.facebook.com/scnutritionhub 4 Family-owned Popular Popcorn held its grand opening Oct. 31 after a soft opening Sept. 28. Located at 11710 Broad- way St., Ste. 110, Pearland, the business sells gourmet and candy popcorn, as well as cookies and frozen drinks. The most popular popcorn flavors are the various candy-coated popcorn and spicy Texas Hot popcorn. Wanda Anderson-Roberts and her son, Davion Anderson, are the owners of the business and Pearland residents. 281-741-5195. www.popularpopcornshop.com 5 Friendswood City Hall at 910 S. Friendswood Drive reopened Oct. 5. Visitors will be required to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing and

have a temperature scan. The city asks that people consider business online or over the phone. 281-996-3200. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us 6 Locally owned SuperBowl Asian Cuisine and Tea House opened for limited dining-in seating in mid-October. Located at 4310 Bailey Road, Ste. 106, Pearland, the business had been closed for seven months due to COVID-19. SuperBowl Asian Cuisine and Tea House serves curry, soup and fried rice, as well as smoothies and teas. 281-692-2688 RELOCATIONS 7 Berkeley Eye Center opened at 1535 Cullen Blvd., Ste. 200, Pearland, on Sept. 21. The business was previously located at 10970 Shadow Creek Parkway, Ste. 370. Berkeley Eye center offers complete eye exams and surgeries, including Lasik, and sells glasses. 713-436-1551.

www.berkeleyeye.com 8 Family-owned and -operated Vision Source relocated to a new shopping center at 1799 Kirby Drive, Ste. 140, Pearland, over the summer. The business, which has operated in Pearland since 2006, was previously located at 11601 Shadow Creek Parkway, Ste. 113, Pearland. Vision Source is an optometry practice and offers routine eye exams, contact lenses, surgery, glasses and more. 713-436-7544. www.visionsource-shadowcreek.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 The Pearland Economic Development Corp. is celebrating 25 years of operation. According to a press release, it aided in creating 5,400 jobs and attracted seven of Pearland’s top ten businesses with the highest assessed property value in 2019. The PEDC is located at 3519 Liberty Drive, Ste. 350, Pearland. 281-997-3000. www.pearlandedc.com

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DECEMBER 05 HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE Pearland’s 39th annual Christmas parade will feature oats on Broadway Street from Old Alvin Road to Pearland Parkway. Residents can sign up to participate in the parade online. 6 p.m. Free. 281-412-8900. www.pearlandtx.gov/ departments/parks-recreation/special- events/christmas-parade 12 SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS Bring the whole family to this third annual pet-friendly Holiday Market Vendor Show. The event oers over 60 local vendors, free pictures with Santa, face painting, food trucks and live music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pearland VFW Hall, 4202 W. Walnut St., Pearland. www.facebook.com/pearlandmarketdays 12 WAG AGAINWINTER BARKFEST Beer from Vallensons’ Brewing Co., food from Texasiana and a silent auction will raise money for Wag Again, an all-breeds dog rescue serving Harris County. Dogs from the rescue will make an appearance, and live music will be provided by Patty O’Beers. 4-9 p.m. Free. Vallensons’ Brewing Co., 4081 Rice Drier Road, Pearland. 281-617-7537. www..me/e/9BNLDsULv

furniture, tree limbs, items to shred and more at this annual city event. For more information on accepted items, visit the city’s website. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281-996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/383/fall-haul- november 14 FALL FAMILYFRIENDLY FESTIVAL Kids R Kids Learning Academy of Shadow Creek Ranch is hosting its annual fall festival while maintaining social distancing. All families are welcome to come out and enjoy outdoor games, a bounce house, music, temporary tattoos, food trucks, local vendors and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 12015 Broadway St., Pearland. 713-436-3688. www..me/e/1Bod28g05 14 ATTENDA CONCERT Pearland House Concerts’ November featured artist for its monthly concert beneting local charities is Yvonne Perea, a singer-songwriter who blends folk, blues and rock. The ticket price includes dinner, and guests are welcome to bring their own beverages and food. 6 p.m. (food served), 7 p.m. (music begins). $27.47-$37.82. 2845 Westchester Circle, Pearland. www.pearlandhouseconcerts.com

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VETERANS The Pearland Veterans Day Walk, which raises funds for Pearland VFW Post 7109 and other programs supporting veterans’ mental health, is going virtual this year amid COVID-19. Following a Facebook Live kick-o event at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7, participants can put on their race bibs and walk a route of their choosing. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a commemorative challenge coin. $34.99. Virtual event. 281-219-9320. www.hikeformentalhealth.org/hike- schedule/pearland-walk/ 07 HOMETOWNHOLIDAY MARKET Stadia Sports Grill is hosting its rst annual holiday market, where visitors can peruse local vendors, enjoy barbecue and listen to live music. Proceeds from the vendors will benet the Pearland Neighborhood Center. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Stadia Sports Grill, 1853 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 135, Pearland. www..me/e/353qCPao1 14 FRIENDSWOOD FALL HAUL Friendswood residents can clear their homes of unwanted appliances,

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Brazoria County Parks Department sta invites the public to learn more about the history of archery and the basic skills to use a bow and arrow. Participants will then be able to put what they learned to practice on the archery range. Bows and arrows will be provided. Participants must be age 7 or older and sign a waiver. 10 a.m.- noon. Free. Camp Mohawk County Park, 110 CR 193, Alvin. 979-864-1152. www.brazoriacountytx.gov/ departments/parks-department/ special-events

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Linwood Street reconstruction Pearland City Council awarded a construction contract for the Linwood Street reconstruction project at its Sept. 28 meeting. The project is a part of 2019 bond project and will reconstruct Briar Circle, Linwood Oaks and Yupon Circle. Timeline: October 2020-July 2021 Cost: $1.49 million Funding source : Pearland 2019 bond

Hwy. 288 toll lanes project The Harris County portion of the Hwy. 288 toll road project, origi- nally set to end in September, will wrap up by the end of 2020. The project will connect with the Hwy. 288 toll roads at the Harris-Bra- zoria County line. Brazoria County is nished with its portion but cannot operate until Harris Coun- ty’s portion is complete. Timeline: 2017-2020 Cost: $815 million Funding source : Blueridge Trans- portation Group

Friendswood Lakes Boulevard construction Galveston County awarded the construction contract this summer. The project includes de- signing a four-lane road that will eventually connect to the existing Friendswood Lakes Boulevard as it intersects with West Boulevard. Timeline: June 2020-May 2021 Cost: $4.7 million Funding sources : city of Friendswood, Galveston County, developers

Hughes Ranch Road expansion The sewer project on Hughes Ranch Road is now scheduled to wrap up in November. The over- all project is scheduled to end in July 2021 because a private utilities company failed to nish its infrastructure on schedule, according to city ocials. Timeline: May 2020-July 2021 Cost: $17.7 million Funding sources: s tate and fed- eral funds

McHard Road extension This project will connect McHard Road from Cullen Boulevard to Mykawa Road with a four-lane roadway with raised medians and underground drainage. The project is set to wrap up in the summer of 2022. Timeline: August 2020-summer 2022 Cost: $33.63 million Funding sources: city of Pearland, Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Improvement Program

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Broadway Street widening The Texas Department of Transportation will make a decision about the amount of right of way required for the Broadway Street widening from Hwy. 288 to Cullen Parkway by the end of the year, according to TxDOT ocials. This would allow TxDOT to begin right

Sleepy Hollow Drive construction The project is now scheduled to go to bid in January instead of November and break ground in March. The project will replace old concrete pavement and replace the water line on Sleepy Hollow Drive, Wash- ington Irving and Rip Van Winkle, along with sanitary

Smith Ranch Road widening The Smith Ranch Road widening project has been pushed back to January 2022. The project will widen the roadway to four lanes with a shared-use path. The project will also convert the asphalt lanes with roadside ditches into concrete roadways with medians. Timeline: January 2022-October 2022 Cost: $4.75 million Funding sources : Houston-Galveston Area Council, TxDOT

of way acquisitions in 2021. Timeline: August 2024-TBD Cost: $42 million Funding source: TxDOT

sewer rehabilitation on Sleepy Hollow. Timeline: March 2021-October 2021 Cost: $2.05 million Funding sources: 2019 bond referendum

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According to August data, Friendswood has directed most of its $130,000 in CARES Act funding toward public health expenses. Friendswood CARES Act

Pearland CARES Act

Both Pearland and Friendswood have allocated CARES Act funds toward dierent categories related to combating COVID-19. Here is how the money breaks down, according to August data.

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$750,000

$1,250,000

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Coronavirus testing Medical health services Public health advisor Business recovery (PPE) Pearland continuity of operations

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$4,094

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Field-based pay Rental assistance Technology enhancements Business recovery

$795,000

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$154,656

$8,423

$988,035

SOURCES: CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

HEALTH CARE

Pearland, Friendswood balance state CARES Act requirements

BY HALEY MORRISON

and created physical barriers in some open sta spaces. The city also allocated money to Friendswood ISD. The city did try to give a portion of its allocation back to Galveston County, which was planning on using the allocations for increased testing. However, that had to pass across several municipalities, and it did not, Manseld said. For now, that money is being left untouched in Friend- swood. As of August, Friendswood had spent roughly $130,000 of its CARES Act funding. “We are still trying to nd a way to help Galveston County with testing,” Manseld said. In Pearland, the money was allocated toward relief for businesses and households, reimbursements for the city, facility improvements, and allocations to Pearland and Alvin ISDs. About $2 million of Pearland’s

expenses to “facilitate compliance” with public health—payroll expenses, economic support and other COVID- 19-related expenses, according to the Texas Department of Emergency Management. However, the state mandated at least 75% of the money be spent on medical expenses or payroll, which has proved challenging for Pearland and for Friendswood, ocials said. “[The government] is pretty intense on how we can use the funds and what we can use it for,” Friend- swood Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Manseld said. Friendswood had access to allocate $1.5 million from Galveston County and another $600,000 from Harris County. The city spent money on new social distancing equipment for City Hall, including panels that separate out council members in the chamber,

money went to hazard pay for rst responders, as they are most likely to be exposed to the virus, Hardy said. The city of Pearland received $6.7 million in total: $6.3 million from Brazoria County, $288,000 from Harris County and $56,000 from Fort Bend County. Only $1.9 million went to busi- ness and rent relief, which does not include PPE, per the state requirements, Hardy said. Pearland launched a rent relief program in October to provide a maximum of two months of back rent to renters aected by COVID-19. The city of Pearland would have liked to spend more money on busi- ness and rent relief, Hardy said. “We could be helping a lot more people and a lot more businesses, but we had to scale that down due to those limitations,” he said.

In early October, the city of Pearland announced the launch of its Small Business Recovery Grant Program, in partnership with the Pearland Economic Development Corp. and LiftFund, a private entity. The city set aside $800,000 from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Eco- nomic Security, or CARES, Act funds, which is spent to relieve businesses and residents aected by COVID-19. “I think we are doing a good job of meeting the unmet needs in the community, and hopefully, that will go a long way,” said Joel Hardy, grants and special projects administrator for the city of Pearland. CARES Act funds were awarded to Pearland and Friendswood, and both cities are allowed to allocate the funds toward medical expenses, public health expenses—as well as

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SPENDING PUBLIC SAFETY

PUBLIC SAFETY

Pearland invests in public safety

BY HALEY MORRISON

“The NAACP has never been about defunding the police,” Howard said. “We don’t want to defund; we want to reimagine.” The NAACP published the Change theWorld-Texas Restorative Crim- inal Justice Plan, which focuses on policy and cultural changes within law enforcement to keep the Black community safe, according to a press release on the topic. So far, Pearland, West Columbia and Angleton adopted the plan in October, Howard said. “I am applauding the Pearland Police Department,” Howard said. “They have done more than engage; they have actually collaborated.” One of the focuses of the plan is recruitment and law enforcement training. It is policies, not the amount of money invested into the depart- ment, the NAACP is concerned with, Howard said. The new ocers will be assigned to the Pearland Town Center, according to a city agenda document. Because of the data-driven approach the police department uses to target car accidents, they know a lot of accidents occur in this area of town, Fraser said. So far, the program has driven down the the rate of accidents, especially near Hwy. 288, Fraser said. While residents value public safety highly, they also want to see the city improve its response time, which the data-driven approach has helped the city do, Fraser said. “In the areas that we have seen accident numbers go up in the city, they have gone up but in a lower rate in the west side of town, which is great because of Hwy. 288,” Fraser said.

When the city of Pearland approved its scal year 2020-21 budget, only two departments were approved for new staers. One was the Pearland Public Works Department, which was restructured as a response to a water billing problem in the city. The other was public safety. In fact, 57% of Pearland’s FY 2020-21 general fund expenditures is allocated to the Pearland Public Safety Department, which includes the police department. This is about the same amount of funding allocated in the city’s 2019-20 budget; public safety funding made up 57% of the city’s budget last year as well. For FY 2020- 21, the city is hiring two new ocers and buying new vehicles. “Our citizens place public safety in their top priority,” said Assistant City Manager Ron Fraser, who was recently promoted from assistant chief of police. Some cities, such as Austin, recently voted to reduce police department funding, a movement spurred after the death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement inMay. However, Pearland’s discussions with the NAACP and residents show they want better law enforcement, not less money allocated toward safety, Fraser said. “A lot of cities are replacing law enforcement in times that people want more communications,” Fraser said. “That is clear with our conversations with the NAACP. We addedmore o- cers, and that will help in that regard.” Eugene Howard, the president of the Brazoria County chapter of the NAACP, echoed Fraser’s comments that less law enforcement is not the answer.

INPEARLAND

Budget breakdown Here is a breakdown of Pearland’s scal year 2020- 21 budget expenditures. The budget went into eect Oct. 1. “The NAACP has never been about defunding

Transfers: $2.9M

General government: $11.8M

Public works: $12.6M

Parks and rec: $6.8M

Public safety: $51.3M

the police. We don’t want to defund; we want to reimagine.” EUGENE HOWARD, NAACP BRAZORIA COUNTY CHAPTER PRESIDENT

Community services: $4.3M

Total FY 2020-21 expenditures: $89.7M

Spending on safety

The city of Pearland has prioritized public safety spending annually. Here is a look at how much the city has allocated over the last ve years.

Public safety spending Total spending

55%

54% 56%

57%

57%

FY 2016-17

FY 2017-18

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-20

FY 2020-21

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Pearland ISD, Friendswood ISD & San Jacinto College

Pearland ISD superintendent, board of trustees discuss relieving teacher stress atmeeting

Friendswood ISDadapts to COVID-19 challenges as number of in-person learners increases

in learning as well as for learning to engage students through technol- ogy, he said. The district also saw record new enrollment this year, Roher said, which was factored into the provisions of the 2020 bond on the ballot this November.

would not be simple to implement, as it would require either adding minutes to the school day or adding days to the school year. The district is far frommaking a decision on changing the calendar and would not make the decision lightly, Kelly said. Another option would be for the district to lobby the state to allow asynchronous remote learning to count toward the minutes students are required to be in school. This would allow districts to allocate days for asynchronous learning and still get attendance credit. No formal decisions about districtwide stress alleviation efforts were made Oct. 13. “If we don’t have teachers that are less stressed and feeling OK, then no student is going to get a good education,” trustee Rebecca Decker said.

BY HALEY MORRISON

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

PEARLAND ISD Superintendent John Kelly and the Pearland ISD board discussed ways to relieve teacher stress at an Oct. 13 meeting. The district offers remote and in-person learning for its students. As part of this effort, teachers in the district are striving to prepare daily lessons that accommodate remote and in-person learners, which has been a source of stress for some teachers, Kelly said. “What we are asking of [teachers] is Herculean at best,” trustee Crystal Carbone said. At the beginning of the school year, teachers regularly had a Friday of asynchronous learning for students, which allowed teachers to plan lessons and touch base with students and parents. Giving teach- ers a half-day Friday to do that again has been discussed, Kelly said, but it

FRIENDSWOOD ISD The number of students learning virtually at Friendswood ISD decreased by half for the second nine-week period of the 2020-21 school year, district officials said. At the start of the year, about three of every four FISD learners were participating in on-campus classes, with the other 26% learning remotely. As of Oct. 12, 87% of students have returned to brick-and-mortar instruction, and 13% are learning virtually, which Superintendent Thad Roher said is a welcome change. “School is no fun without kids,” Roher said at a League City Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 16. “The adults—they don’t make it fun.” This school year has brought about new opportunities for agency

MEETINGUPDATES

Before- and after-school activities for elementary clubs and groups—such as student council, choir, chess club or robotics—resumed Oct. 19. Additionally, three capital projects are underway or will soon be underway at the district’s facilities: maintenance on a stadium scoreboard, work on the baseball field’s outfield wall and work on auditorium lighting About $54,000 is being spent on the scoreboard and outfield wall work, and another $85,000 is being spent on the auditoriumwork. Work on the football field lighting fixtures is on hold.

COVID-19 BREAKDOWN

Here is how many COVID-19 cases there are in Pearland ISD and Friendswood ISD as of Oct. 30.

PEARLAND ISD

FRIENDSWOOD ISD

GRADES

K-3

4-6

7-12

GRADES

K-3

4-6

7-12

INFECTION SOURCE

INFECTION SOURCE

40 30 20 10 0

8 4 6 2 0

OFF-CAMPUS

8

3

UNKNOWN

32

3

3

ON-CAMPUS

3

4 6

7

13

3

1

44

UNKNOWN

OFF-CAMPUS

TOTAL STUDENT CASES

TOTAL STAFF CASES

TOTAL STUDENT CASES

TOTAL STAFF CASES

San Jacinto College to revive in-person class

that all students in a class have mul- tiple chances to attend in person, though that is not required. Students can also take courses online either on their own time or through a structured schedule. Another in-person option for courses is a hybrid format, where most instruction is done online and students come to campus in small groups for hands-on learning. San Jac’s coronavirus response protocol is triggered when a poten- tially COVID-19-positive student or employee fills out the college’s required daily pre-screening questionnaire.

Friendswood ISD board of trustees 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood Next meeting: Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Pearland ISD board of trustees 1928 N. Main St., Pearland Next meeting: Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. MEETINGSWE COVER 3 LEARNINGOPTIONS involving in-person instruction are available to San Jacinto College students for spring 2021. NUMBERTOKNOW

face-to-face instruction with the FLEX Campus option, which allows students to spend some time in the classroomwith an instructor and some time in online learning, according to an Oct. 20 media release. For FLEX Campus students, small groups in each class will have the option to attend in person while following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention college health and safety protocols, and the remaining students will access the same coursework online. The small groups will rotate so

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

SAN JACINTO COLLEGE In the fall, to continue teaching amid COVID-19 challenges, the Pasa- dena-based San Jacinto College offered four different course delivery methods through its San Jac My Way model. New this spring: Students can choose fully in-person classes with face cover- ings required and social distancing measures in place, officials said. Aside from attending fully in person, students can experience

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CITY NOTES

News from Pearland & Friendswood

City of Pearland offers solidwaste contract to Frontier

City to apply for nearly $100million indrainage improvements

QUOTEOFNOTE “THISHASBEENGOINGON FOROVERFIVEMONTHS, ANDALLQUESTIONS ASKEDTONIGHTHAVE BEENANSWERED,MOST ANSWEREDTWICE. IT IS SHAPEDASTHIS LACKOF TRANSPARENCY.… THAT IS FARFROMTHECASEHERE.” TONY CARBONE, PEARLAND CITY COUNCIL MEMBER “There has been a lot of dis- cussion, but ultimately, there is a singular vote. I feel very comfortable with the due diligence staff has put together,” Perez said. The city’s contract with Frontier will begin in October 2021, once the former contract expires. and our younger residents safe after hours,” he said. Most of council agreed. Mayor Mike Foreman called the curfew a “great deterrent.” Council Member Steve Rockey argued that if juveniles have a valid reason to be out between 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., they will have no problem.

citizens had concerns about choosing Frontier, as did Keep Pearland Beau- tiful, an organization that works with Waste Management for recycling. “We’re happy with the level of service we have now,” KPB Board President Michelle Croasdaile said. Owens had a number of concerns with the contract, including Frontier’s bid being $2 million lower than the other two top bids the city received. “When I see a bid that is way off, I am told either they don’t understand what they are bidding for or that they are trying to buy a contract,” Owens said. Frontier founders Bill Killian and John Gustafson were at the meeting to answer council questions. Ultimately, council voted to give the contract to Frontier. Five members voted for the contract; Owens voted against the motion, and Council Member Adrian Hernandez abstained. Those who violate the curfew are subject to a fine up to $500, according to the ordinance. The ordinance came before City Council because under state law, municipalities are required to review their curfew ordinances every three years, City Manager Morad Kabiri said. Many times, Kabiri said, the curfew ordinance allows officers to engage children “after hours” to make sure nothing illegal is happening. It is also the only mechanism by which the city can respond to underage party calls. ”It is a useful tool to make sure that we’re able to keep both our residents

BY HALEY MORRISON

PEARLAND After 26 years of con- tracting withWaste Management for its solid waste removal, Pearland City Council voted at its Oct. 26 meeting to offer the contract to Frontier K2. “The savings Frontier is offering are too large to ignore,” Council Member Trent Perez said. Over a year ago, council asked staff to review the city’s contract with Waste Management and to see if there was another business to which the city should offer the solid waste contract. The solid waste pickup is responsible for picking up the trash and the recycling in Pearland. Three companies became final contenders for the contract: Waste Management, Frontier K2 and FCC. The city named Frontier as the company with the best value. Council Member Woody Owens and a few

BY HALEY MORRISON

PEARLAND Pearland City Council in late October approved submission of a grant application for $99.95 million for Hickory Slough drainage improvements. The grant application is for the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program. The lower and middle segments of Hickory Slough have had a high number of FEMA claims, partic- ularly areas east of Cullen Bou- levard, according to City Council agenda documents. The project looks at the city’s master drainage plan and comple- ments the work on Clear Creek, City Engineer Robert Upton said. If the grant is awarded, the project would be a multiyear effort and would be overseen by the city of Pearland, City Manager Clay Pearson said. This project would be conducted in partnership with Brazoria County Drainage District 4, Upton said. Both Upton and Pearson said the city has a good chance of being awarded the grant.

Friendswood City Council renews curfewordinance

BY JAKE MAGEE

FRIENDSWOOD Pending a second reading, with Friendswood City Coun- cil’s 6-1 vote Oct. 5, the city’s curfew ordinance has been renewed. Under the ordinance, juveniles age 16 or younger are prohibited from being out between 12:01-5 a.m. every day and between 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., with certain exceptions.

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Friendswood City Council approves rezoning land for planned unit development

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BY JAKE MAGEE

a nursing home, will be rezoned from single-family residential and multifamily residential to become a planned unit development dubbed Friends Heights. Father-son develop- ers Harold and Edmond Benson want to convert the area into 12 individual lots with garages on the ground floors and living space in the second and third floors, they said. The city has expressed a

requirement to elevate whatever property is built at the site above where the nursing home once sat because it is prone to flooding. The Bensons said they plan to build homes with garages on the first floors. During a catastrophic storm, Friends Heights residents could lose their cars, but they would not lose their homes, Edmond Benson said.

FRIENDSWOOD Calling it the best possible use for the land, Friend- swood City Council unanimously approved the first reading Oct. 5 of a proposal to rezone a tract to make way for a planned unit development. Pending the council’s final approval, about 2.5 acres at 213 E. Heritage Drive, Friendswood, which is now vacant but was once

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