By KAROLYN GEPHART
Voting and the future of Friendswood were a large part of the State of the City Address given by Mayor Kevin Holland at the March Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently.
This was his farewell luncheon address. Holland will not seek re-election.
He told the large audience that Friendswood is growing, building and Friendswood strong but he stressed a fourth characteristic, transitioning.
He spoke fondly of his years of service and praised Jim Hill for his 12 years of service on the Council. Hill has reached his term limit.
There will be a new mayor, and for sure, two new members on Council. The voters will decide if there is transition in Position one. He also complimented Roger Roecker’s job as city manager and stated his confidence on the skills of new City Manager coming in April, Morad Kabiri who he said will lead the city in excellence for years to come.
“So the State of the City is in transition. That’s also a good time to examine the course we are on and the obstacles and opportunities ahead. I think we should proactively confront some of the biggest obstacles we have in Friendswood. Two of them are mobility and healthcare,” Holland said.
“With both mobility and healthcare, I think it’s in Friendswood’s best interest to develop our own solutions, not wait for the State or Federal government to decide for us. Just as we did with Hurricane Harvey recovery, we need to plan, prepare and then, act smart; not waiting for people in Austin or Washington to show up,” Holland said.
The Mayor’s State of the City address is posted and can be read at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us.
Holland has served six years as mayor and nine years on the Planning and Zoning Commission.