Pearland - Friendswood Edition | December 2020

PEARLAND FRIENDSWOOD EDITION

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Flooding fixes?

40 potential regional drainage projects are proposed along Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou.

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Clear Creek is one of two bodies of water being studied for projects that would mitigate ooding in the Friendswood area.

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Experts consider dozens of potential drainage projects along Clear Creek, Dickinson Bayou

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Years ago, Brazoria County was covered in rice elds. Over time, operations have been able to grow the same amount of rice on less land. As the land in the county becomes available, some of the most popular buyers are solar energy companies. “Brazoria County still has a lot of land. We are a large county,” County Judge Matt Sebesta said. Thereare six solar projects expanding intoBrazoriaCounty. Two belong to Cypress Creek, which chose Brazoria County CONTINUED ON 20 Brazoria County solar industry to power region and beyond BY HALEY MORRISON along these waterways to address ooding issues, but due to conicting objectives or a lack of consensus, nothing ever happened—until now. The city of Friendswood conducted an independent study of the creek in 2018, prior to the start of the League City study. While the city continues its own local projects, it is supportive of regional work, Friendswood Deputy Engineer- ing Director Samantha Haritos said in an email. “As an active stakeholder in the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou Project, the city has oered its expertise

Consultants and city ocials are in the middle of a study that could result in major ood mitigation eorts in League City, Clear Lake, Pearland, Friendswood and beyond, but this is not the rst time Bay Area communities have tried to address regional ooding. Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou, two major bodies of water in the area, have been studied several times over the decades by various groups, including the Army Corps of Engineers, League City City Manager John Baumgartner said. A few times, ocials have tried to push for projects

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FROM JAKE: Friendswood is one of many cities in the southeast Houston area tackling ooding issues from multiple angles. Learn how the city is addressing drainage problems regionally in our front-page story and locally with our news report (see Page 13). Jake Magee, EDITOR

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NOWOPEN 1 Hubcap Grill celebrated its soft opening Oct. 7 at 5627 Broadway St., Pearland, where Big Humphrey’s was formerly located. Officials said they hope to have a grand opening once the restau- rant hires more staff. Hubcap Grill serves burgers with fresh products. Popular flavors include the Philly cheesesteak burger and the “Hubcap decker” burger, which is a double-meat cheeseburger. 832-770-9230. 2 Rustika Cafe and Bakery opened Sept. 28 at 1302 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. The family-owned bakery offers several sweets, including cakes, pastries and empanadas, as well as soups and espresso. The bakery has several oth- er Houston locations, including in West University, downtown, League City and Sugar Land. 281-947-8709. www.rustikacafe.com/locations

9 Jana Marie’s Childcare Center opened in October at 6307 Broadway St., Ste. 111, Pearland. The preschool offers care for children ages 18 months to five years. The business follows a daily sched- ule and uses the Applebaum curriculum. It is also open on some Saturdays. 832-328-5375. www.loc8nearme.com/ texas/pearland/jana-maries-child- care/6088745 COMING SOON 10 Family-owned Pearland Floors and Design will open in January at 1607 N. Main St., Pearland. This location, which will be the business’s first in the Houston area, remodels kitchens, bathrooms, showers and cabinetry and offers flooring and countertops. The owner’s wife also builds and sells rustic furniture from the ground up in the back of the store. 346-422-8177

3 Paris Banh Mi opened in September at 9811 Broadway St., Ste. 119, Pearland. The business is known for its bubble tea and French baguettes, which are made into one of the restaurant’s several types of banh mi, or Vietnamese sandwich. The restaurant also sells desserts. 281-406-8145. www.facebook.com/ parisbanhmipearland 4 Little S.T.E.M. Academy opened Nov. 8 at 2975 Kingsley Drive, Ste. 137, Pearland. The school is a day care that specializes in teaching science, technol- ogy, engineering and mathematics to children in pre-K through second grade. The academy is the first of its kind in Pearland. 346-570-4670. www.littlestemacademy.com 5 Smoothie King opened a location Oct. 23 at 140 W. Parkwood Ave., Friend- swood. The business is owned by native Houstonians Trenton Thomas and Bonita and Vincent Green, according to a press

release. The smoothie chain has over 1,000 locations worldwide. 832-569-5028. www.smoothieking.com 6 Main Squeeze Juice opened Nov. 11 at 12568 Broadway St., Pearland. This is the eighth Houston-area store for the franchise. Main Squeeze Juice is a juice and smoothie bar that also offers juice cleanse programs. 346-342-1675. www.mainsqueezejuiceco.com 7 Code Ninjas opened Sept. 1 at 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 122, Pearland. The business teaches coding to children ages 7-14 and offers a junior coding program for younger children. Code Ninjas has several locations in the Houston area. 832-569-5176. www.codeninjas.com/texas-friendswood 8 Locally owned Surge RX opened Sept. 1 at 4320 Broadway St., Ste. 110, Pearland. The pharmacy offers all the same services as a franchised pharmacy as well as deliv- ery and copay assistance. 281-741-1266

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11 Green Space Storage is opening two new facilities at 2101 Kingsley Road, Pearland. The first facility will open in April, and the second will open in May. There will be 962 storage units between the two facilities. This will be only the third storage facility in the world built out of stacked shipping containers, a design for which Green Space Storage has a patent. 832-982-0600. www.greenspacceself-storage.com 12 The city of Pearland broke ground on the Shadow Creek Library in October. Ac- cording to the city website, construction should end in October 2021. The library will sit on 3.2 acres at the northwest corner of Kirby Drive and Shadow Creek Parkway. www.pearlandtx.gov EXPANSIONS 13 Nature Green Leaf CBD will expand to add Nature Green Leaf Pharmacy to its services in late December or early January. The new pharmacy will be located inside the store at 12568 Broadway St., Ste. 120, Pearland. Nature Green Leaf CBD opened in November 2019. It sells CBD products, including supplements, topicals, edibles and pet products. 281-617-7438. www.naturegreenleafllc.com CLOSINGS 14 King’s Biergarten & Restaurant is closing its Pearland restaurant to open

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a new concept: Good Vibes Burgers and Brew. The new restaurant, located at 1329 E. Broadway St., Pearland, will serve burgers and will be a tiki-forward concept. It is expected to open in late 2020 or early 2021. King’s Biergarten & Restaurant served traditional Austrian food from the time it opened in 2011. The owners also own King’s BierHaus in League City and in the Heights. www.kingsbiergarten.com

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DECEMBER 12 MONARCHCHAMBER PERFORMANCEATPEARLAND TOWNCENTER Shoppers can enjoy festive holiday music from the Monarch Chamber Players, a musical collective focused on providing safe performances during the pandemic. The group includes clarinet, oboe, ute, horn, bassoon, percussion and piano players with experience in several orchestras. 4-5 p.m. Free. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. www.monarchchamberplayers.com 13 GULF COASTBRASSAT STEVENSONPARK Festive Christmas and holiday music will be provided by Gulf Coast Brass, a live brass quintet, as guests walk through the lighted trails of Stevenson Park. The group of ve Houston musicians will play at the park’s lit gazebo and Christmas tree. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. www.facebook.com/ gulfcoastbrasshouston 19 LIMITLESS CARSHOWAT PEARLANDTOWNCENTER Attendees can tour their way through a variety of car makes and models at this recurring event hosted by The Car Culture. All sorts of autos will be represented—

from muscle cars, such as Cadillacs and Corvettes, to European cars, such as Porsches and Lamborghinis. 8-10 a.m. Free. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. www.pearlandtowncenter.com/ event/blta089fa4483436413 THROUGHDEC. 20 2020HOLIDAYMARKETPLACEONTHE LAWN This vendors’ market hosted by Baybrook Mall will feature local makers, artisans, craftspeople and businesses. Attendees can nd a gift for the holidays or simply enjoy time outside on The Lawn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 12-13, 19-20). Free (admission). 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood. 346-762-9638. www.baybrookmall.com/en/events/2020- holiday-vendor-marketplace-35226.html THROUGHDEC. 24 PHOTOSWITHSANTAATCENTERCOURT Those looking to get their Christmas cards lined up can visit Center Court at Baybrook Mall this December for professionally shot pictures with Santa Claus. All visits will be no-contact and will be held in compliance with state health regulations. Advance reservations are required. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Dec. 24). $39.99-$49.99. 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood. www.baybrookmall.com/en/events/photos- with-santa-34928.html

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This holiday season, guests at Moody Gardens can explore the Festival of Lights, a 1-mile walking trail decked out with 2 million lights and lled with animated displays set to holiday music. Popular displays at this event include nutcrackers, a toy factory, a narrated nativity scene and more. Other attractions include 4D screenings of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 3D holiday lms, train rides and more. 6-9 p.m. (select days), 6-10 p.m. (regularly). $20-$30. 1 Hope Blvd., THROUGH JAN. 2: HOLIDAY IN THE GARDENS

At this festive event sponsored by TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo will be lit up for the holiday season, with lighted pathways, a 125-foot light tunnel, a “4D Enchanted Forest” and more. Timed tickets will help guests maintain social distancing, and increased cleaning protocols will be in place. 5:30-10:30 p.m. (last entry at 9:30 p.m.). $12.95-$25.95 (no gate tickets). 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org/events/ zoolights THROUGH JAN. 10: HOUSTON ZOO PRESENTS ZOO LIGHTS

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Bailey Road widening The Bailey Road widening project is still on track to nish by the end of 2020, Brazoria County Engineer Matt Hanks said. The contract for the project does not end until April 2021, so there may still be work on minor items and landscaping after the project is completed, Hanks said. The project will widen Bailey Road from CR 90 to FM 1128. Timeline: September 2019-late 2020 Cost: $15 million Funding sources: Houston-Galves- ton Area Council Transportation Improvement Program, Brazoria County Pearland Parkway trac circle construction The Pearland Parkway trac circle project went to bid in November. Construction is on track to break ground in January. The project will see the roundabout on Pearland Parkway replaced with a trac circle. Timeline: January 2021-July 2022 Cost: $2.72 million Funding source: Pearland 2019 bond Friendswood street maintenance Friendswood is continuing street maintenance and repair work throughout the city. The city will conduct repairs on Cowards Creek Drive in 2021, depending on the timeline of the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District project on Cowards Creek. Timeline: January 2021-September 2021 Cost: TBD Funding source: Friendswood sales tax funds

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Brazoria County 288 Expressway nowopen The Brazoria County 288 Express- way opened for travelers starting Nov. 16, according to a media release from the oce of County Judge Matt Sebesta. the release. The expressway is tag only with no cash booths. Residents can get their EZTag online through the Harris County Toll Road Authority website. Construction on the road started in August 2017 and cost Brazoria County $97 million. The county stayed on BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

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budget for the project, despite running on a longer timeline than expected, County Engineer Matt Hanks said. This project has been in the making for almost 20 years, Sebesta said in the release, and it will help with conges- tion relief on Hwy. 288. “We are excited to see the Brazoria County Expressway completed, allowing our residents to spend less time in trac and more time at home with their families,” Sebesta said.

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GOVERNMENT Friendswoodapplies for $78million grant for local drainage project City secures funding for smaller drainage projects

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Friendswood is working on several ood mitigation eorts along Clear Creek, and the city has applied for a $78 million grant for a large drainage project with several components.

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Potential $78M grant project Blackhawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Utility bridge relocation

before owing into Savel Gully, which drains into Clear Creek. When the creek rises during storms, the gully does, too, meaning the detention basins cannot drain, Haritos said. Additionally, there is a detention pond to the southwest of the three basins that tends to stay wet and lls up when the gully overows. The project would “greatly expand” the pond and reroute drainage so the basins ow into the pond and the pond properly drains into the gully, Haritos said. The pond would be outtted with native vegetation instead of concrete or grass. Native vegetation absorbs water better and would need to be cut only about twice a year, Haritos said. “It would help to cut down on maintenance costs,” she said. The project would most benet neighborhoods directly north of the project: Forest

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Deepwood acquisition and terracing Frenchman’s Creek acquisition and park Forest Bend detention and nature park Imperial Estates terracing

With experts working on drainage projects upstream, consultants study- ing potential projects downstream and others considering a coastal barrier system in Galveston Bay, Friend- swood is concentrating on local ood mitigation. The city in October applied for a $78 million Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program grant to fund a local project that could benet thousands of residents living along Clear Creek. If awarded, the city would have to pay only 1% of the project, or about $789,000, which would be funded with November 2019 ood bond money, Deputy Engineer- ing Director Samantha Haritos said. The project would take place along the east side of Clear Creek, just west of Bay Area Boulevard and just south

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“I do feel the we have a chance,” she said. “The city really hopes to mitigate for large storms going forward.” Local projects Friendswood has secured grants and funding for other smaller drainage projects. Imperial Estates is a former devel- opment that has ooded several times over the years, prompting the city to begin buying out many of its lots. The city is working with the Gal- veston County Consolidated Drainage District to terrace the area. Work is over halfway complete, and over 93,000 truckloads of dirt have been moved so far, Haritos said. The work will be done in mid-2021. So far, the GCCDD has paid about $8.3 million for the work, and the city has paid $5.5 million, according to city ocials. Additionally, the city is creating a detention basin in the Forest Bend subdivision. The project will include a three-quarter-mile hiking trail and solar lighting. Engineering for the project is underway through May, Haritos said. “They ooded badly during Harvey, and we’re very open to having a ood control project there,” she said. Frenchman’s Creek is an area of

the city with ve townhomes close to Clear Creek. The city is acquiring the two properties closest to the creek, and Galveston County is acquiring the remaining three. After, the city will turn the area into a park and possibly a ood mitigation project in the future, Haritos said. Deepwood is another area in the city close to the creek. The city is acquiring about 18 properties there and plans to terrace the area, Haritos said. Finally, the city is relocating utility lines that bridge Clear Creek. The lines will be moved underground because the bridge has eroded heavily due to creek ooding, Haritos said. “Every time a storm comes through, the water comes up and swirls around the supporting pieces on the ground, and it’s just really eroded,” she said. For the Forest Bend detention, Frenchman’s Creek acquisition, Deep- wood acquisition and detention, and utility bridge relocation, the city has acquired nearly $9 million in Commu- nity Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program grant funds. The city is locked into paying only $25,000 so far, along with the cost any projects that go over budget, which is not expected, Haritos said. For regional drainage project infor- mation, see Page 20.

of FM 528. The project includes several parts, Haritos said. One component along the east side of the creek would be terracing, which involves engineers noting the high-water mark and sloping the land up from that point. When the creek oods during heavy rain, water spills into

Bend and Heritage Park. Both subdi- visions suered the worst ooding in the city during Hurricane Harvey, Haritos said. Additionally, the project would reduce the risk of the nearby Black- hawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant ooding, which

“I DO FEELWE HAVE A CHANCE. THE CITYREALLYHOPES TOMITIGATE FOR LARGE STORMS GOING FORWARD.” SAMANTHA HARITOS, FRIENDSWOOD DEPUTY ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, ON A $78 MILLION DRAINAGE PROJECT GRANT THE CITY APPLIED FOR

would have severe consequences for all of Friendswood and beyond, Haritos said. “If the wastewater treatment plant were to ood, it would be devastating to the ecosystem and communities downstream as well,” she said. “It could take weeks, possibly even months with a storm as big as Harvey to get the plant up and running again for those users.” Friendswood will not hear back about its grant application until 2021 and possibly not until late in the year. If the city is not awarded a grant, sta will apply for a second round of funding, Haritos said.

the terraced area instead of surround- ing streets and neighborhoods, Haritos said. Terracing is similar to channel widening, which is when engineers dig up part of a creek or bayou to make it wider and hold more water. Terracing has the same concept, but because it starts at the high-water mark, it often does not aect nearby wetlands, Haritos said. “It’s often a more environmentally friendly option than just at-out channel widening,” she said. Farther south, three existing deten- tion basins drain into one another

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Shuford said the state department will monitor Texas hospital capacity over the coming months. She said while COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout Texas decreased in September, increases during the fall and winter may again lead to capacity issues throughout the state. “We don’t feel like we’re out of the woods,” Shuford said. “We feel like our health care system is safe at this moment in time, but that any addition of u in our communities or even COVID-19 in our communities could start to impact and stress our healthcare system.” In Harris County, general hospital bed usage has remained below the county’s operational capacity of

Health ocials are preparing for a seasonal wave of inuenza they said could compound public health and health care system capacity concerns this year. Dr. Jennifer Shuford, infectious disease medical ocer for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said that while u season typically peaks between December and March, the timing and severity of the u’s spread every year is uncertain. “Getting the u shot is the single most important thing that a person can do to prevent themselves from getting the u or from severe u and its complications,” she said. Shuford said that while DSHS

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SOURCES: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER HOSPITAL CAPACITY Hospital bed use in Harris County remains in the 7,000 range as of late October.

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COVID-19 infections will be present in the late fall and early winter,” Barnes said in an email. “If Houstonians wear their masks, physically dis- tance, wash their hands, and get a u shot, we would anticipate a manage- able rate of infection and a modest

rate of illness requiring hospitaliza- tion. If community members don’t maintain vigilance, we are at risk for surge level hospital demands for both COVID-19 and u.” Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.

in addition to communications from the state organization, she also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing u vaccines for residents of all ages this year in addition to the department’s ongoing Texas Vaccines for Children Program.

Ocer, the ability of local hospitals to handle patients with other conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic will depend on how county residents adhere to guidelines on mitigating the spread of COVID-19. “We believe that both u and

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CITY NOTES

News from Pearland & Friendswood

Friendswood City Council aims to adopt newood standards for development

City of Pearland moves forward on sports complex

QUOTEOFNOTE “WHAT USED TOBE THE 100YEAR STORM IS NO LONGER THE 100YEAR STORM...” DEPUTY ENGINEERING DIRECTOR SAMANTHA HARITOS engineered, constructed [and] buried before those kids come back out there in the spring and look for something to swing on.” approve the adoption of Harris Coun- ty’s standards. The city is working on drainage projects, and if the city were to not adopt the new standards, Harris County would pull support. “This is something that needs to happen,” she said of the new standards. Council voted unanimously for both readings. for developers going to the 500-year ood plain.” Finally, the county requires a minimum elevation be established at the 500-year ood plain for new developments. This also will not aect Friendswood much because many new developments are being built 24 inches above the 100-year ood plain, which, in some instances, is already higher than the 500-year ood plain, Haritos said. All these changes are interim stan- dards until FEMA releases new ood maps for 100- and 500-year storms, she said. Haritos encouraged council to

BY JAKE MAGEE

unfortunately, it’s going to be a process to update the FEMAmaps, so they had to come up with something ... in the interim.” Under old ood maps, a 100-year stormwas 13.5 inches in Friendswood. Under Atlas 14, it is now 18 inches, which means that when it rains 13.5 inches in Friendswood, it is now con- sidered more common than a 100-year storm, Haritos said. “Because the maps are showing that old 13.5-inch rainfall depth, we have to do something to address that, really, the 100-year rainfall is more than it is,” she said. One of Harris County’s new stan- dards is that cities must use Atlas 14, not old data, to calculate howmuch stormwater runs into drains and culverts, Haritos said. Additionally, the county will require 0.55 acre-feet of detention per 1 acre of new development. This will not aect the city much because Friendswood already has similar detention rates in place, Haritos said. One of the most signicant changes is the requirement of no net ll in the 500-year ood plain. Right now, the city’s requirement is only the 100-year ood plain, she said. “This one’s a big one,” she said. “That’s going to be a big adjustment

BY HALEY MORRISON

PEARLAND The city of Pearland passed several motions regarding the Shadow Creek Ranch Park Sports Complex at its Nov. 9 meeting, including awarding a construction contract to Forney Construction for Phase 2 of the project. The project is expected to cost $9.35 million. Phase 2 will expand the playing elds to include space for rugby and cricket, as well as the Miracle Field, which will allow people of all physical abilities to play baseball. The city has already received interest in a cricket eld, according to city sta. “I’m glad we were able to get this wrapped in the [tax increment reinvestment zone] so we are able to accelerate this project and get it out there for the west side [of Pearland],” Council Member Tony Carbone said. The city is expecting to submit the notice to proceed for the project in December with the project completed in August 2021. The elds would open for leagues in early spring 2022. Phase 1 of the project, which included the construction of the restrooms, the concession building, the lawn amphitheater and more, was completed in 2016.

FRIENDSWOOD On Dec. 7, afer a second reading, Friendswood City Council updated city ordinances related to ood and drainage stan- dards in accordance with Harris County standards. Atlas 14, which was released in 2017, is a study of rainfall data, including in Friendswood. As a result of Atlas 14, the ood maps Friendswood and many other cities use have become outdated, as Atlas 14 shows much more rain falls in the area than the maps indicate. The maps are in the process of being updated using Atlas 14 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, though this process takes years, according to a city memo. In the meantime, Harris County has adopted stricter development standards related to Atlas 14 data. The county is requiring other cities within the county, including Friendswood, to adopt the same standards; the county will no longer work on ood control projects with the cities that do not comply, Friendswood Deputy Engi- neering Director Samantha Haritos said. “What used to be the 100-year storm is no longer the 100-year storm, and

Friendswood City Council approves engineer for utility bridge relocation

IMPORTANTDATE SPRING 2022 is when the elds will open.

UTILITY BRIDGE

BY JAKE MAGEE

have made the erosion worse. “I don’t know if y’all have been out there, but Tropical Storm Beta eroded it considerably,” she said. The work will be funded with $1.1 million from a $2.7 million Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery grant Friendswood was awarded earlier this year. The bridge is popular spot for chil- dren to spray grati and play around, council members said. “We’re looking for a pretty quick turnaround,” Mayor Mike Foreman said. “We’d like to get this thing engineered, constructed [and] buried

PEARLAND City Council voted unanimously, with one member absent, to allow engineering rmKim- ley Horn and Associates to relocate a utility bridge carrying water lines over Clear Creek near the Blackhawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The bridge will be demolished and the water lines moved underground, ocials said. The bridge has several erosion issues near its base, prompting the need for the demolition and reloca- tion, Deputy Engineering Director Samantha Haritos said. Recent storms

CLEAR CREEK

Pearland City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council meets the rst Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. MEETINGSWECOVER

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before those kids come back out there in the spring and look for something to swing on.”

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For the artist 1 One Glance Looking for some last-minute gift ideas while trying to shop local? Here are small businesses in the Pearland and Friendswood area oering gift-worthy items this holiday season. For the collector 6 Arkham Comics ArkhamComics sells toys, statues, comics books and games on topics ranging from anime to superheroes. 5074 Broadway St., Pearland 2814068899 https://stores.comichub.com/ arkham_comics_games  Bricks and MiniFigs This holiday season, One Glance is selling kits for making a stretch bracelet. The DIY project comes with all of the tools tomake the bracelet, as well as information for One Glance’s YouTube tutorial. The store also sells premade jewelry. 607 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 30,

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Bricks andMiniFigs sells both new and used Lego sets that all make great holiday gifts for all ages and skill levels. The shop also sells Lego gifts under $20 for those looking for a stocking stuer. Customers can shop online at www.bampearland.com. 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 710, Pearland 2817410279 www.bricksandminigs.com/pearland-tx For the gamer 8 Player 1 Video Games Player 1 Video Games specializes in retro video games, or any games 20 years old or older. The store also sells collectors’ merchandise, includ- ing key chains, plush gures and stickers. 101 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood 2819924263 www.facebook.com/ player1videogamesretroshop For the home decorator 9 The Funky Monkey The Funky Monkey sells health and wellness goods, fashion items and gifts for the home. One of the store’s most popular items is a Sweet Grace ower diuser that lengthens the life span of cut owers. 607 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 27, Friendswood 2819965007 www.thefunkymonkeyfriendswood.com 10 Legacy Home Staging For those who love to decorate the home, Legacy Home Decor sells indoor signs, candles and Christmas decorations. 1715 N. Main St., Pearland 832-328-5551 www.shoplegacydecor.com

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The business sells gadgets for bikers, in- cluding a GPS bike computer, bike carriers and bike lights. The store also sells some bicycle novelty items, including a bike- shaped pizza cutter. 9330 Broadway St., Ste. 422, Pearland 281-741-2115. www.pearlandbicycles.com 3 Wild Pear Running The business sells all the gear a runner could need, including shoes, recovery sandals and socks. For higher-end gifts, Wild Pear Running sells GPS watches, which track runs and include a heart ratemonitoring system. The store also sells AfterShokz bone conduction headphones, which sit in front of the ear, making them gentler on the ear canal and safer for runners, as they allow full awareness of a runner’s surroundings. 9330 Broadway St., Ste. D400, Pearland 2813726305. www.wildpearrunning.com For the beer lover 4 Vallensons’ Brewing Co. Vallensons’ sells beer, along with store merchandise, including hats, koozies and pint glasses. For those looking for stocking stuers, the store also sells beer tokens which never expire. 4081 Rice Drier Road, Pearland 2816177537. www.vallensons.com 5 BAKFISH Brewing Co . BAKFISH Brewing Co. sells six-packs and 16 oz. four-packs of its canned craft brews. The business also sells shirts, hats and gift cards. 1231 Broadway St., Pearland 281-993-8658 www.bakshbrewing.com

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Legacy Home Staging

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