By KAROLYN GEPHART
Annexation issues in Pearland are not over but the conclusion is coming quickly before Senate Bill 6 goes into effect Friday, Dec. 1. At that time, the new law will require that municipal annexations be approved by residents in a targeted area by a vote.
The Nov. 27, meeting of City Council had the second readings and possible voting for four areas being considered for annexation.
Area A passed with a 4-2 vote of Council. The city will annex approximately 895 acres of land generally located north of Brazoria County MUD 22, east of County Road 564, south of County Road 92, and west of County Road 48.
Area C passed with a unanimous vote of Council for annexation. This parcel is approximately 20 acres of land generally located north of McHard Road, abutting Clear Creek at the northeast corner of nearby Country Place subdivision.
Area L had Council tied 3-3 and the tie was broken by Mayor Tom Reid with a vote of 4-3 for annexation. Area L is approximately 983 acres of land generally located northeast of SH35, between Dixie Farm Road and County Road 129. The area had previously been 1002 acres but the amount was amended at the first reading earlier in the month.
In the final voting on Nov. 27, Councilman Little was absent.
For Area A, Carbone and Owens voted no. For Area L, Carbone, Reed, and Owens voted no. This made the 3-3 tie with Mayor Reid ending the tie with a vote for the annexation.
Area I did not receive its second reading. It was postponed and is on the agenda at a special meeting called for Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Building at 2555 Cullen Parkway in the Second Floor Training Room.
According to resident Bill Trahan who has been very vocal on opposing the annexations without letting residents vote, a temporary restraining order is still in place on Area I.
“They have a Special meeting set for Thursday in anticipation of the TRO being lifted,” Trahan said. “The people of Pearland had better start paying attention to the actions of their city council if they were willing to handle this annexation in this manner-appears is the epitome of spend and tax/borrow accordingly.”
Area I is approximately 338 acres of land generally located north of Southbelt Industrial Drive, west of Almeda School Road, south of Beltway 8, and east of FM 521.
Originally there was an Area P which consisted of 260 acres located just south of Magnolia Road, just north of Bailey Road, west of Manvel Road, and east of Webber Drive and Deerbrook Court. It failed at the first reading. It is no longer being considered for annexation.
The Council meeting was attended by many residents who oppose the annexations.
The agenda for the Nov. 30 Special Meeting is posted at www.pearlandtx.gov.