By KAROLYN GEPHART
Friendswood being named one of the Safest Cities in Texas in 2018 was a key component of City Manager Roger Roecker’s report at the recent City Council meeting March 5, at City Hall in Friendswood.
Roecker reported to the Council that the National Council for Home Safety and Security has named Friendswood one of the Safest Cities in Texas-2018. Friendswood was ranked eighth safest in Texas and the safest in the Greater Houston area.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. Cities with populations under 10,000 or ones that failed to submit a complete crime report were not considered.
Roecker also reported about Youth Sports Day March 24 and provided a Hurricane Harvey Update to the Council.
In other areas of the meeting, a joint public hearing was held to consider zoning classification changes for Fountains of Friendswood subdivision.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Rhonda Neel gave the annual report from the Commission.
Approval of Friendswood Downtown Economic Development Corporation expenditure was requested for services to remove wooden utility poles and bury cable along the west side of Friendswood Drive from Spreading Oaks to Heritage Drive.
A resolution was discussed authorizing aerial spraying over Friendswood by the Galveston County Mosquito Control District for the County-wide Mosquito Control Program.
A second and final reading was given for the addition of credit card convenience fees included in the schedule of fees in the city.
The January 2018 Property Tax Report was approved by Council in Consent Agenda.
The agenda and minutes of all Council meetings are posted in a timely way on the city website where videos of the Council meetings can also be viewed. The site is http://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/.