Join Local VFW to Walk for Mental Health on Veteran’s Day

2016-veterans-walk-sliderNo matter whether you’re a Fire Chief, Retired Paint Salesman, Writer or City Executive, you can participate in The Walk For Mental Health by gathering friends and co-workers to walk as a team and support Mental Health locally!

22 Men and Women commit suicide each day due to Mental Health Issues, but you can do your part to end this tragedy.

Funds raised stay local – no national overhead –  and all giving comes from the heart.

It’s time to create your team! Visit our web site for all the information and get fired up!

You’re not going to win a prize, but you’ll get a great BBQ sandwich lunch at the VFW Cook-Off after the Walk!

See ya at the starting line!

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Pearland Rec Center, 4141 Bailey Road

http://www.hikeformentalhealth.org/hike-schedule/pearland-walk/

City Online Services Unavailable Oct. 8

The City of Pearland will be relocating several servers on Saturday, Oct. 8. In order for the City to continue to provide superior service, regular system maintenance must be performed. This move will affect those wanting to:

  • make a payment on a water bill or a ticket with Municipal Court
  • check the status of a building permit or schedule an inspection on a project
  • register your alarm, inquire about an inmate or look up an accident report
  • use our GIS mapping applications
  • look for any city resolutions or ordinances

These systems will be down all day starting at 6 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience!

Rep. Ed Thompson encourages citizens to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day

It’s National Voter Registration Day!

For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website: www.votetexas.gov.

For more information on the requirements and process for obtaining an Election Identification Certificates (EIC), please visit:http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm.

To avoid delays or complications, DPS urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office, mobile station or alternate approved location.

Pearland PD recognized by Pearland Prays

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On Tuesday, September 27th, Pearland Prays hosted their Third Quarter Faith and Business Luncheon at Southwyck Golf Club. The luncheons are an opportunity for Christian leaders to gather together to share how they have successfully incorporated their faith into their businesses. At this luncheon, members of the Pearland Police Department were invited as special guests to receive a recognition award for service to the community. Assistant Chief Johnny Spires accepted the award on behalf of the department.

Independence Park Improvements in the Works

The Design for Phase 1 improvements planned for Independence Park are moving along. The $3.6 million project to modernize the park and bring it up to current service and safety standards will create a facility better equipped to meet the current and future needs of the Pearland community. The project construction will be competitively bid in March 2017, with construction expected to begin in May 2017.

Plans for the redesign include reorienting the park entry to Pearland Parkway, adding space for a shuttle bus drop off, creating additional parking on park grounds and making park modifications to streamline vehicular movement and expand pedestrian pathways. Additionally, the replacement and expansion of the existing playground equipment to create a larger, all-inclusive playground to provide recreation opportunities for children of all aged and all abilities are also being planned. The design will provide for updated electrical and utility systems for vendor access, additional lighting, pavilion enhancements, new landscaping and the creation of a stage and amphitheater.

According to a recent park utilization survey, Independence Park has the second highest utilization of all City parks. This project is part of the City’s efforts to ensure Quality Parks, Recreation and Events – one of Pearland City Council’s six Strategic Priorities and was included and approved in 2007 Bond Election. For more information on this project and other City Capital Improvement Projects, visit pearlandtx.gov/projects. To view a facility map for this projects and others, log on to the Capital Improvement Projects webpage.

288 Toll Lane Open Houses Sept. 27 and 29

f189c2a8-7fd2-4012-b0b8-e89c879aa38aAfter 3 years of collaboration, planning and extensive community input, the public is invited to meet the developer/contractor team and get the latest SH 288 Toll Lanes construction project information.

When this $815 million construction project is complete, motorists will have the option to use the Express Toll Lanes for a faster, more reliable commute, or the free general purpose lanes along 10.3 miles between US 59 and Harris/Brazoria county line at Clear Creek.

The construction project includes the construction of four new tolled lanes within the existing median, eight new tolled direct connectors providing connectivity with the Sam Houston Tollway, new tolled direct connectors connecting SH 288 to Holcombe Boulevard near the Texas Medical Center and the reconstruction of eight direct connectors at IH 610.

Harris County – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), with SH 288 Express Toll Lane Project team developer Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) and project contractor team Almeda-Genoa Constructors (A-GC), will host an open house at two (2) locations:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, 6117 Broadway Street, Pearland, Texas, 77581
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Hermann Park Golf Course Club House, 2155 North MacGregor, Houston, TX 77030

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Construction is anticipated to begin Fall 2016 with the project to be complete in mid/late 2019.

Pearland council OKs lower tax rate

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Pearland City Councilman Derrick Reed, left, City Manager Clay Pearson and Mayor Tom Reid talk on Sept. 12 when the council discussed lowering the property tax rate, which it did Sept. 19. (Photo: Kristi Nix)

Pearland City Council recently voted 5-1 to approve a property tax rate that is lower than this year’s rate but not low enough to satisfy some residents worried about rising home values.

The tax rate for next year – 68.12 cents per $100 of home valuation – represents a cut of 2 cents from the current rate of 70.53 cents.

Projections that many residents would pay more in taxes and the city’s approval of higher water and sewer rates have sparked debate on the council and in the community about the crunch on taxpayers.

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