Council discusses flooding solutions model

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

A model to investigate flooding issue solutions has been chosen by a sub committee in the City of Friendswood and was presented to council at their regular meeting Aug. 6 at City Hall.

The subcommittee members reviewed a proposal by Rice University professor Dr. Philip B. Bedient. The proposal is designed to create a high level HEC-RAS model of the Clear Creek watershed in Friendswood.

The model will allow for the investigate of proposed theories into finding a solution for historic flooding. The model provides a needed methodology to investigate theories and provide justification for potential future funding for a long term solution.

The subcommittee was formed in June 2018 at a city council retreat. The subcommittee was given the task to investigate a solution to historic flooding issues in the city.

In other council meeting news, Alton Todd, president of the Friendswood Downtown Economic Development Corporation Board, presented their annual report to council.

The FDEDC met on July 10 and approved a $12,100 contract with Traffic Engineers, Inc. for grant writing assistance to prepare an application to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) for TxDOT’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) grant which is an 80/20-local match. TIP applications are due by Sept. 28 for 2019-2022 funding.

The Downtown Improvement Plan is nearing completion and has identified specific improvements that include continuous paved sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian mobility, signage, bike improvements, and more that could be possibly funded through the TIP.

Potential TIP grant funding could maximize FDEDC funds to help implement the Downtown Improvement Plan’s projects, and as a result help improve the overall appearance and economic vitality of the downtown area.

In August 2016, city council appointed a seven-member board to the Friendswood Downtown EDC, which includes Alton Todd – President, Dr. Pat McGinnis – Vice President, Arden “Trey” Hill – Secretary/Treasurer, Ron Cox, Elmer (Bubba) Johnson, Rebecca Hillenburg, and Paul Marx. The board was recently appointed for another two-year term.

Also at the council meeting, Judge James Woltz received the Oath of Office. At the July 2 city council meeting, the mayor recommended, and council approved, the appointment of Judge James Woltz and Associate Judge Robert Barfield to the City of Friendswood Municipal Court. These positions are appointed every two years.

Judge Barfield was officially sworn in prior to the meeting due to his not being able to attend the council meeting.

Several committee appointments were approved at the meeting.

Ashley Mannschreck was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Tamara Zurawski who resigned on the Keep Friendswood Beautiful committee.

The Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals received the appointment of Cody Owen and Tom Hinckley as alternate members to three year terms.

Alternate members on the Library Board, JoBeth Brizendine, Benette Rowley and Madeline Short were appointed to regular members.

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