Sign delays infrastructure work

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A plan to run water and sewer infrastructure along the south side of Hwy 6 is facing a delay as the city negotiates with Clear Channel Communications regarding a large billboard sign that sets in the direct path of the installation. Negotiations have resulted in a preliminary agreement to have …

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Academic Decathlon team state-bound

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In keeping with a tradition of academic achievement, Pearland Independent School District will once again send an Academic Decathlon team to the state meet in late February. After the Region V competition, the Pearland High School team is advancing to state in the large school division, while Turner College and …

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Slow and steady wins the race

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The 14th Annual Turtle Race and 3rd Annual Fun Run sponsored by the Alvin ISD Education Foundation featured 8,976 turtles swimming down Mustang Bayou and 489 runners in the 5K and 1K races. “It was a gorgeous day and hundreds of people showed up to watch the turtles race and …

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Police Chief discusses traffic stop data and needed communication upgrades

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Manvel Police Chief Keith Traylor delivered to City Council an annual report on racial profiling that is mandated by state law. At the end of every year the data must be compiled and reported to the state agency that governs police agencies. The department is considered a Tier Two category …

Council weighs infrastructure needs and tax rates

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Manvel City Council received a report from the city’s bond council regarding the financing options for a regional wastewater treatment plant as discussed at a previous meeting. Council agreed at that time to promote the construction of a plant in conjunction with the Lakeland developers and MUD 61 which provides …

Council considers a change to procurement policy

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Council member Adrian Gaspar requested a discussion and possible action item on the procurement policy currently in place for Manvel. Gaspar told his fellow members that most of them responded to a request from the recently disbanded charter commission that they were concerned with the policy used by city staff …

FISD lists goals, challenges for next school year

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Friendswood ISD began the budget process for the 2015-16 school year Monday night with an initial presentation on future needs and challenges. Based on Monday’s presentation, the superintendent’s priorities for next year’s budget include revising the teacher salary schedule to be competitive with other districts, returning Bales Intermediate to an …

Revised home business rules OKed

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City leaders last week put the final touches on rules it revised to prevent harassment of home businesses engaging in firearms sales. The final reading of an ordinance revising home-based businesses earned approval from City Council Feb. 2. The new version deals with more than firearms only. The latest version …

City expands park space

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Friendswood City Council recently approved earnest money contracts for tracts of land located near Stevenson and Old City parks. Council on Feb. 2 approved an earnest money contract for the purchase of a 1.05-acre tract at 1102 Winding Way, adjacent to Old City Park. According to city documents, the purchase …

Plans for Animal Advocates gala under way

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Planning for an annual casino night fundraiser for Friendswood Animal Advocates is under way. The fourth annual “Bets for Pets” Casino Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2320 Hatfield Road in Pearland. The fundraiser, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., includes gaming, a live …