Council approves SROs for PISD, discusses H-GAC projects

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Pearland City Council met Oct. 8 for its regularly scheduled meeting.

The School Resource Officer Program contract was up for renewal. The interlocal agreement is with the Pearland Independent School District.

In the new SRO contract, the city will provide 11 SROs to the district comprised of 10 Police Officers and one Sergeant to perform SRO duties for the 2018-2019 school year.

The agreement between the city and PISD for providing police officers has been annually approved since 1994.

In other council news, resolutions regarding the Call for Projects by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) for the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) were considered.

Five project applications to H-GAC for inclusion in the TIP were discussed. Each would have allocating matching funds provided for their construction.

The five projects include the Max Road Expansion Project (Hughes Ranch to McHard), the Harkey Road Expansion project (Broadway to Bailey), Kingsley Drive Expansion of approximately 150 feet of four lane bridge across Clear Creek, Independence Trail, and Bailey Road Expansion.

According to H-GAC specifications, this year’s TIP will program four years of the eight county region priority projects and will include identification of viable projects to receive funding beyond the four year time frame. The process will select projects ready for implementation to receive federal or state funding in amounts up to 80 percent of project costs.

Pearland Council also discussed a resolution supporting the Texas Department of Transportation’s submission of the FM 518 Widening Project, from SH 288 to SH 35, to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for inclusion in its 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Plan. They also discussed a Resolution of the City Council supporting Brazoria County’s submission of the Pearland Parkway Extension Project, from Dixie Farm Road to CR 129 (FM 2351), to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for inclusion in its 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Plan.

The roadway is planned to be a four-lane concrete curb and gutter roadway with raised median and underground storm sewer system. This segment of Pearland Parkway will help alleviate traffic on CR129, SH35, and Hastings-Friendswood Road. Additionally, future extensions by others will connect the corridor to IH-45 via League City Parkway. The project will also significantly improve access to Pearland Regional Airport, according to city officials.

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