Pearland is pockmarked with gaps in its sidewalk system. To date, the city oversees 476.1 miles of sidewalk.
But not every main thoroughfare or pocket of development is accessible to pedestrians. To make the city more mobile and friendly to those on foot or bike, Pearland would have to invest $300,000 every year for the next 20 years, according to city documents. Additionally, the public works department has a 15 year backlog of sidewalks to replace, Pearland Public Works Director Eric Wilson said.
“The solution is money. That’s it, and it’s prioritization from council,” Wilson said.
In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the city budgeted $728,000 for sidewalk replacements. No money was budgeted for sidewalk gaps.
Pearland City Council is in the process of reviewing payment policies and funding for fiscal year 2017-18.
Pearland City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at City Hall, 6:30 p.m. www.pearlandtx.gov/government/agendas
Friendswood City Council meets on the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 4:30 p.m.
Brazoria County Commissioners Court meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. brazoriacountytx.gov
Galveston County Commissioners Court meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m. www.galvestoncountytx.gov