Countdown to runoff election, Blue Ridge forum, fireworks bans: News to follow this week in Pearland, Friendswood June 10-16

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An earlier version of this story stated the incorrect ending date for the early voting period.

Don’t forget to vote: Early voting ends Tuesday in the Pearland City Council runoff. Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday for regular voting. Early voting times and locations are available on the city of Pearland website.

City & county

    • Pearland City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Pearland City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland.
    • The Clear Creek Watershed Steering Committee will hold a public meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 1605 Whitaker Dr., Friendswood.
    • Rep. Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) has organized a forum for residents to speak with officials from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about the Blue RIdge Landfill odor control plan that was implemented in April. The forum begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shadow Creek High School.
    • The Galveston County Commissioners Court will have a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 174 Calder Road, League City, to take action on proposed bans on fireworks and outdoor burning in all unincorporated areas of the county. 
    • The Brazoria County Commissioners Court meets twice this week. The commissioners continue their budget workshop discussion at 9 a.m. Monday and will then have a regular meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Both meetings are held at 111 E. Locust St., Angleton. The commissioners may also vote on a fireworks and outdoor burning ban.

Schools

  • Friendswood ISD will hold its monthly board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood, in the board room.
  • Alvin and Pearland ISD trustees both have meetings on Tuesday. The Pearland ISD meeting will be preceded by a public hearing at 5 p.m. at 1928 N. Main Street., Pearland. The Alvin ISD meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 301 E. House Street, Alvin.

Business news

  • A Costco Wholesale is coming to the Friendswood area next to Baybrook Mall at Jasmine Street and Interstate 45 in Webster, with an expected opening date of Oct. 9.
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  1. There are many stories listed here but why are we allowing a few officials to decide whether or not we can enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July? It is as American as apple pie and just like anything, we should not condemn the masses for the few individual mistakes that are made. Why not come up with a designated area or areas that we allow people to shoot fireworks and enjoy the evening? Why not have options instead of a small groups rules based solely on their opinions? And what about all of the stands that help little league or church’s or other worthwhile charities? We should allow fireworks all day on the 4th until 11pm and then allow the police to write tickets as needed. This is a slippery slope and no one is right or wrong but it is not necessary for anyone to tell the public they cannot have fireworks. What are next, hot dogs because they can cause weight gain or heart conditions? Will it be music because it might be offensive to a neighbor? It’s just fireworks folks. And it is one day a year. Enjoy the holiday and stop treading on our rights.

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Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. In her tenure as a reporter, she has primarily written about education, health care and transportation.
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