Council approves funding for Lake Friendswood Park

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Trails and other amenities were approved for construction at Lake Friendswood Park at the July 11 meeting of Friendswood City Council at City Hall. A contract with Tandem Services, LLC was approved for the construction.

Proposals from seven contractors were judged based on price, general experience, construction time, municipal experience, park construction experience, and Friendswood residency.

Appropriation in the amount of $781,300 was approved. The construction time for this project is 75 calendar days and allows for a Fall Opening for the Park, city officials said.

Preliminary Plans for this project began several years ago. The development of Lake Friendswood as a park was approved by voters in 2013. Project design was completed by Wilson H. McClain Landscape Architect PLLC. A concrete trail is planned to travel around the lake and there will be a fishing dock and a kayak launch along with fencing around the lake property and a decorative park entry archway, according to city officials.

Other actions during the meeting included Mayor Kevin Holland announcing that Council member Jim Hill will serve as Mayor Pro-tem. The appointment of the Mayor Pro Tem provides for a designee to support the Mayor in his duties and obligations and to act in the Mayor’s absence.

Associate Judge Richard P. Flake was officially sworn in at the meeting following Mayor Holland’s recommendation in June for reappointment of Flake and Judge James Woltz to the City of Friendswood Municipal Court. These positions are appointed every two years. Due to a planned absence at the Council meeting, Woltz was officially sworn in prior to the meeting.

An update on 2013 Bond Program Projects and Other Capital Projects was presented and featured the following topics: library expansion, Fire Station 4 Expansion and new fire station at the Public Safety Building, City Hall roof, Sportspark improvements, Centennial Park Improvements, Lake Friendswood Park, Stevenson Park Trails, Old City Park, Downtown Streetscape Project, Round 1 street improvements ((Mary Ann Drive, Shadowbend Ave, Townes Road, and Winding Road), Whispering Pines Ave/Friendswood Link Road Expansion, Water Plants 2 and 7 reconstruction, lift stations, and Blackhawk Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Council also returned to a topic that had previously been discussed. Council members were presented a revised land plan for the Friendswood Trails Planned Unit Development (PUD) after members of Council requested a further discussion on the topic. Because Friendswood Trails discussion was listed as a workshop item only, no action was taken on the proposed project.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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