Bringing “attraction-based” businesses and entertainment to Pearland is among the recommendations of a recent committee formed to study citizen feedback.
A Citizen Survey Task Force was appointed to examine recent survey results from the firm National Research Center, with whom the city contracted late last year.
Made up of a diverse group of city employees, the task force was created to analyze the results and incorporate them into the city’s goals.
Among its recommendations were bringing in entertainment-based businesses that also included key strategies that include recruiting such businesses and pursuing an alcohol ordinance policy change to add entertainment options and increase sales tax revenue. Also among strategies listed is the continuance of a “Pear Art Sculpture Project” within the city, a suggestion that draws mixed reviews from residents.
“I don’t think 30 or 40 giant pears around Pearland is the best idea,” Pearland resident Lance Voss said during the citizen comment period. “It’s an idea.”
Another priority recommendation from the task force is improving traffic flow and mobility. Strategies include partnering with a local agency on a city-initiated, city-wide ride sharing system and meeting the goals outlined in the city’s Capital Improvement Program.
“Not all of this will be a budget initiative – some will just be work programs or creating better awareness,” City Manager Clay Pearson said. “This is something I’ve asked the group to do on top of their regular jobs, so we’ve got to keep that in mind as we progress through this.”
Councilman Tony Carbone added that a “public safety plan” discussed by council a few weeks ago should be priority, particularly given the emphasis on improved mobility.
Other recommendations from the group is increasing participation at libraries and other city-sponsored events and boosting citizen engagement and volunteerism.
Mayor Reid described the results as “composite statement from our citizens to all of us.”
“These are things we’d like to see in our community,” he said. “How can we take this and make it materialize into something we want to see? It will be done a little bit at a time, and some will require monetary support.”
“It’s a good plan,” Reid added. “It’s something we need to follow and execute.”