The November approval of a city bond election creates much anticipation for the improvements expected to be funded, and Friendswood officials say citizens need not wait long to find out a timeline for the first projects.
“People are wondering what we’re doing,” Mayor Kevin Holland said that the city council’s most recent meeting. “We’ve had a retreat with council. We’ve laid out a plan to the best of our ability with the information provided us. We’re still working on prioritizing them.”
City Manager Roger Roecker said a plan for bond funding should be complete by the end of January.”
Another council workshop retreat is planned Jan. 11.
“We should have something to you before that time as far as scope of work,” Roecker told the council.
The successful bond election included four separate items to fund previously identified fire station improvements, expand the city’s library, add more park space and finance road and street improvements.
Opinions vary widely on the use of funds, especially when it comes to green space. One potential site, a lake long closed to the public but partially owned by the city, has drawn many suggestions regarding turning it into green space. Friendswood resident and retired engineer Fred Kerr suggested at the December meeting the city consider an efficient and oft used material to create floating dock and pier systems: Styrofoam.
“If you think Styrofoam will decay, I guess you haven’t looked at the Syrofoam cups you find along the beach. Syrofoam has a long life, and the technique and engineering is here and done.”
He told of a neighbor who trespassed on the lake to go SCUBA diving years ago, describing it as stocked with fully grown catfish.
“I’ve been complaining for years and years I want to go fishing there, and I don’t have too many years left to wish about it,” said Kerr, who turned 92 in November.
The council usually meets on the first Monday of the month, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Dr. The next scheduled meeting is set Jan. 6.