By Nicole Jones
Friendswood City leaders are expected to canvass election results this Monday, Nov. 18, making the results official in a much discussed city bond package.
The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
Friendswood voters in both Galveston and Harris counties approved only half of six bond proposals on the ballot Nov. 5. Passing by the greatest margin was $41 million in drainage and flood control improvements, with 2,954 residents voting for and 1,398 voting against.
The next steps, city officials say, is to meet with regional and federal agencies to coordinate the drainage projects through a collaborative approach.
Also passing was Proposition A, earmarking $2 million for the first phase of a renovation of the public works building on Blackhawk Boulevard. A total of 2,202 voted for the proposition, with 2,137 against, according to results posted by the city.
Passing by more than 400 votes with 2,394 for and 1,959 voting against was Proposition B, allocating $9.1 million for public safety building upgrades. These include a municipal public safety building and a new fire station and training field to replace Fire Station No. 2.
Voters on Nov. 5 rejected three of the city’s six bond propositions.
Proposition C, which would have allocated $9 million for design, expansion and construction of a community center and emergency shelter on Morningside Drive. Voters rejected the measure 2,394 to 1,959.
Voters also rejected mobility and transportation improvements outlined in Proposition D, with 2,028 voting for and 2,313 voting against. That proposal included an extension of Friendswood Parkway and $2,1 million in sidewalks.
An $8 million plan to improve parks, trails and recreation facilities, including a new city pool, failed 2,206-2,121. Proposition E would have used bonds to purchase park land, make improvements to Stevenson, Old City, Renwick and 1776 parks, in addition to a new, $2.5 million city pool.
The Nov. 5 bond package was the largest in city history, with six propositions representing a combined $76.7 million.