Friendswood to close all city facilities to the public
The city of Friendswood will close all city facilities to the public. (Community Impact Staff)
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Starting the morning of March 26, the city of Friendswood will close all city facilities to the public, according to a press release from the city. This is being done to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the release.
City staff will continue to work and will be able to answer citizen inquiries via phone or email, according to the release.
Utility billing and the Galveston County Tax Office both have drop boxes for payment, according to the release. Community development will have a drop box on the Stevenson Park side of City Hall for permit applications and plans, the release stated.
District safety officials briefed trustees at a board meeting Feb. 22 about the extent of damages and gave other details related to CCISD’s storm responses. Of the 42 campuses, 37 sustained damages requiring immediate action, officials said.
The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.
Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.
“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.