Mayor Kevin Holland delivered the annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 9.

Mayor delivers annual State of City address

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Mayor Kevin Holland delivered the annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 9.

Mayor Kevin Holland delivered the annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 9.

Mayor Kevin Holland delivered the annual State of the City of Friendswood address on Thursday, March 9 at the monthly luncheon sponsored by the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce.

He started his speech off with the comment that Friendswood is the best place to live and that the state of the city is “building on progress.”

“We are not waiting for Washington to build and fix our infrastructure. We are not sitting back, just enjoying what previous, forward-thinking city leaders have accomplished for us,” Holland said. “We are carefully considering what needs to be constructed, repaired or developed, putting it to the voters, and following through on their wishes. We are building on progress.”

Since last year’s address, Holland reflected on completed or in-progress projects in the year’s timeline.

He commented on the new Kenneth M. Camp Fire Station honoring a member of the first City Council, a former mayor and longtime volunteer fire department leaders, upgrades to Fire Station 4, the library expansion, Lake Friendswood Park, updates to Stevenson and Centennial Parks and more.

The Mayor also shared the many new businesses and structures being added to the city, with many already in progress.

“As leaders in business, in ministry, in education, and in the community, I invite you to continue building on the progress, which makes Friendswood a better place. For culture, environment and as a community, Friendswood is the best,” Holland said in his conclusion.

Council members, city staff, area businesses and community leaders were in the audience for the address.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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