Thirst for resources: Population boom brings need for multimillion-dollar water infrastructure development

The development boom in Pearland and Friendswood has attracted more health care options, retailers and tax dollars to improve the quality of life for residents, but the additional rooftops mean increasing pressure on water and sewer infrastructure.

The city of Pearland is trying to stay ahead of the population curve as developers snatch up undeveloped plots. But the city may be unable to quench the thirst of its growing population within five years without massive investments in its water and sewer infrastructure.

“At the end of the day, water is going to dictate growth in the area,” Pearland Public Works Director Eric Wilson said.

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Pearland man accused of using Craigslist to commit string of motorcycle thefts

920x920A suspected serial motorcycle thief is in custody after Pearland police say he sped off on several after telling the owners he was going for a test drive.

When local motorcycle groups started to notice a rash of thefts with a familiar pattern, they contacted police.

The suspect, 23-year-old Chaisson N. Porche of Pearland, was going online through Craigslist and Ebay looking for sellers with dirt bikes, police reported.

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SYLVIA GODINICH JOINS PEARLAND MEDICAL CENTER AS CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

PRESS RELEASE

sylvia-godinich-pearland-medical-center-chief-nursing-officerHCA-affiliated Pearland Medical Center Chief Executive Officer David Wagner announced that Sylvia Godinich, RN, BSN, MHA has been named chief nursing officer of Pearland Medical Center (PMC). Godinich comes to PMC from HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, where she served as the associate chief nursing officer for the past four years.

“We are very happy Sylvia has agreed to join us at Pearland Medical Center,” said Wagner. “She marked many great achievements at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, and we look forward to seeing what she accomplishes in Pearland. She was involved in the growth of The Woman’s Hospital’s maternal services with over 11,000 babies born annually, and was instrumental in helping implement protocols to reduce elective deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy to help babies be born healthier.”

Godinich also helped develop a Total Body Cooling program in the NICU, led the hospital’s successful drive for Baby Friendly designation, championed the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery and the reaccreditation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She assisted in opening the new pediatrics service line, and helped open a new Maternal Assessment Center and an intermediate care area to support growing volumes. Godinich was also influential in quality improvements, reducing employee turnover and improving employee engagement.

Godinich holds a diploma in nursing from Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada, a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing in Galveston, and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Phoenix. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Pearland PD Bulletin 2/13 – 2/19/17

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Shadow Creek Ranch Sports Complex prepares to open

CITY RELEASE

showimageConstruction of the Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch is almost complete and the complex will open soon. To kick it off, adult kickball and adult softball spring leagues are being offered and residents can sign up now.

The $10.1 million facility includes amenities such as lighted softball/baseball fields, turf field, volleyball courts, a playground paved walking paths, covered pavilion, concessions and an amphitheater.

The 65-acre park will provide an opportunity for Pearland to host regional, statewide and national athletic contests and tournaments for a variety of sports. It also has the capacity to host multiple tournaments/events simultaneously. It is the first of its kind for the City of Pearland and Parks & Recreation Department as an athletic provider.

Field lighting, HVAC installation, pavilion and playground installation, turf placement and perimeter fencing and bleachers were completed in previous months along with the installation of a traffic signal at Trinity Bay and FM 2234.

For more information on the Shadow Creek Ranch Sports Complex and other City projects, view the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. This project is in line with City Council’s Strategic Priority of Quality Parks, Recreation and Events.

FREE Legal Services for Vets and Spouses

FREE legal services offered to Veterans or spouses of deceased Veterans on Friday, February 17th!

Where: Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite 206, Texas City

When: 9AM until Noon

Receive one-on-one counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including: family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and TX law, as well as disability and Veteran benefits. For more information contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at (713) 759-1133.

Vallensons’ Brewing Company opening on Pearland’s Rice Drier Road this April

breweryLori and Valle Kauniste are set to open Vallensons’ Brewing Company at 4081 Rice Drier Road, Pearland, in April. The 2,000-square-foot brewery will feature a rotating tap selection along with several flagship beers on tap. Patrons will be permitted to bring in food and there will also be food trucks on-site.

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