City leaders talk about needs

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How to fulfill Pearland’s more pressing needs was the topic of discussion Monday during the first in a series of public budget workshops for the city.

“We need to address expenses. We need to address what we’re spending and what we’re spending it on,” Councilman Trent Perez said.

Among needs discussed were that of a full-time traffic engineer and addressing coordinator. Perez asked if one or both positions could be contracted out.

“What we tend to forget is unless our numbers are wrong, we’re going to double in size in the next 10 to 15 years,” Councilman Keith Ordeneaux said. “I don’t see us anytime soon not needing an addressing coordinator. We’re going to continue to name streets and address those new houses and businesses.”

Councilman Gary Moore said while both are needed, an addressing specialist edges out a traffic engineer in priority right now.

“There is constant, ongoing maintenance on the addresses,” he said. “New tenants come in and take two spaces vs. one, and you have to go in and fit a new address on something that didn’t have room for it. It really is a very full-time demanding job.”

Also discussed was a 10-day, $174,000 marketing package, funded largely through the Convention and Visitors Bureau, to take place during Super Bowl week. It includes $35,000 for trolley car transportation during the weekend, shuttles to and from hotels and NRG Stadium. The package also includes an expansion of the Winterfest festival and entertainment in Pearland. None of the funds would come from the city’s general fund, staff said.

“The demand is so high, will they not be here anyway?” Councilman Tony Carbone asked.

“The idea the committee had was give them something in Pearland instead of going into Houston in their free time,” Ordeneaux said.

The city is set to finalize a budget by the last meeting of September before the fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The council meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information and agendas, visit pearlandtx.gov.

Story by Nicole Jones

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