PUBLISHED BY THE CITY OF PEARLAND VOLUME 13 • NUMBER 3 • FALL 2010
This month in our
Recreation Center and
Read about Mayor Reid’s recent
City recognitions . . .
Natatorium Ready for Fun
Learn about the latest news in the
City’s fire department . . .
PARKS & RECREATION
Discover the full schedule of up-
coming Fall activities . . .
Read about the City’s plans for
flood control and how to plan ac-
cordingly . . .
Get the latest news on incentives
for existing and new businesses
in our community . . .
Find out the latest ordinances
regarding disability parking . . .
T he new Recreation Center and Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road opened to great fanfare
this past August, with local residents getting a free sample of what the facility has to offer. A
ribbon cutting ceremony opened the doors to various demonstrations and public use of the facility.
CITY BEAUTIFICATION The center provides fitness and aquatic opportunities for the entire Pearland area. The 107,000
Learn about KPB’s upcoming Tour square foot Recreation Center and Natatorium is a joint partnership between the City of Pearland,
De Lites and other events . . . Pearland Independent School District and the Pearland Economic Development Corporation.
Pearland Parks & Recreation offers numerous events during the year - for details on the information
Continued on Page 3 . . .
. . . and much more!
FIRE PROTECTION CITY HALL
Pearland Seeks Volunteer Firefighters Employees and
for Pension/Stipend Pay Citizens Recognized
Consider Becoming a Firefighter!
for Their Efforts
earland Fire Department is seeking volunteers
A number of individu-
P for recruitment and training. No experience
als & organizations
required. Benefits include pension, free fire-fighter
were recognized for
training, stipend pay (contingent on training gradua-
their efforts over the
last few months, in-
tion), camaraderie, and satisfaction of giving back to
cluding (top to bottom)
Employee of the Quar-
Apply via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop
ter Ian Clowes, Hurri-
by Fire Station 1 (2020 Old Alvin Rd.) or Fire Station 4
cane Awareness Week,
(8333 Freedom Dr., Behind Kroger 518/Cullen) to pick
Services Week, Certifi-
up an application.
cate of Election to
Thompson and re-
New Alarm elected Councilmem-
ber Woody Owens,
Amateur Radio Week,
Ordinance Presentation to former
An alarm ordinance went into effect this May affecting
Cole recognizing his
registration of current permits and excess false alarms.
services and contribu-
The permit application is available online at
tions, and Parks and
http://p2c.pearlandpd.com/crywolf/. Landlord or
management firms should pass this information on to
tenants that have their own alarm system(s). Any ques-
tions or concerns should be addressed to the Pearland Po-
lice Department at 281-997-4315. Shown is a fee schedule
showing the permit cost and false alarm fine.
Fire Station 1 firefighters were recent proud winners of a local
“Feed a Hero” radio contest, upon nomination by a Pearland citizen.
TYPE OF PROTECTION RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL
Combination Burglar, Hold-up Panic, Permit Cost, $15.00* See chart below
Fire Alarm Permit
Permit Duration 12 month term 12 month term
Reckoning Period Preceding 12 months Preceding 12 months
Fine for 4th & 5th False Alarm (Burglar) $50.00 Each $50.00 Each
Fine for 6th & 7th False Alarm (Burglar) $75.00 Each $75.00 Each
Fine for 8th and more (Burglar) $100.00 Each $100.00 Each
Fine for 3rd False Alarm (Hold-up/Panic) $50.00 Each $100.00 Each
Fine for 4th False Alarm (Hold-up/Panic) $75.00 Each $200.00 Each
Fine for 5th + False Alarm (Hold-up/ Panic) $100.00 Each $300.00 Each
Fine for 4th False Alarm (Fire) $50.00 Each $100.00 Each
Fine for 5th False Alarm (Fire) $75.00 Each $200.00 Each
Fine for 6th and more (Fire) $100.00 Each $300.00 Each
TYPE OF PROTECTION COMMERCIAL
Burglar Alarm Permit Cost $30.00
Combination Burglar & Hold-up/Panic Permit Cost $40.00
Fire Alarm Permit Cost $20.00
* Annual fee is waived after first year if permit holder had three or fewer false alarms in the prior year.
PARKS & RECREATION
(Continued from Page 1) Costume Contest: Will begin at 6:30 p.m. for chil-
listed below, please visit the center, go online at dren 12 years old and younger – no registration nec-
www.pearlandparks.com, or call 281-412-8900. For all essary. Food vendors will be on-site selling tasty treats
the latest sports and league information, please con- and beverages. Or bring your own reusable water bot-
tact Chris Warnick at 281-412-8900 or visit the website tle for free drinking water during the event!
listed above and select the 'Leagues' link. We’ll also have a variety of games and inflatables!
For more information or to reserve your business or or-
Specialist Angie Sanders at 281-412-8907 or
email@example.com. For sponsor opportunities re-
Date: October 16, 2010 gardingthisevent,pleasecontactSpecialEventsCoordinator
1st ANNUAL FLASHLIGHT CANDY HUNT!
Time: 5-7 p.m. Carry Capers at 281-412-8906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Pearland Community Center Rain Plan: In the event of rain Trick or Treat Trail
Ages: 2-10 years will be relocated to the Bailey Road Campus, 4717 Bai-
Cost: $10 resident / $15 non-resident ley Road. Call 281-412-8979 for weather updates
(Pre-registration is required)
Participants can hunt for sweet treasures in the fol-
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
1st Annual Community Garage Sale/Arts & Craft Sale
lowing age divisions: 2-5 years and 6-10 years. This event
is designed for the entire family and will feature treats, Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
prizes and a costume contest. Remember to bring your Location: Bailey Campus Parking Lot
Pearland Parks and Recreation received a $4000 flashlight and wear your favorite costume (parents too)! Cost: $25/booth
‘Take Me Fishing’ grant from the National Recreation We will be making candy bags to place all of your (Booths are approximately 10’ wide x 17’ deep)
and Parks Association (NRPA) in early July. Pearland loot in during the hunt. Parents, make sure to bring It’s time to clean out your garage, attic, and closets
was one of 70 agencies selected to receive the grant. your camera! Parent participation is required during or gather your homemade arts & crafts projects and
the hunt for those ages 2-5. Light refreshments will be join Pearland’s Community Garage Sale / Arts &
New activities are being offered at the recently opened provided. For more information, call 281-652-1807. Crafts Sale! Come to sell or come to shop! The event
Recreation Center and Natatorium, including Musketeers will be held outdoors in the Bailey Campus Parking
Fencing, Lego Engineering, Rec N' Roll kids night out, Lot. Registration for the event will begin September 3,
Racquetball, SCUBA, Spring Board Diving, and other fit- 2010 and applications will be available online at
ness and athletic programs for all ages. www.pearlandparks.com. For more information, call
281-652-1807. Come shop ‘til you drop!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDE:
Attention Parents! The Pearland Community Cen-
FRIDAY NIGHT FUN NIGHTS
ter is offering three Friday Night FUN NIGHTS this
fall for those parents that need a night out! All FUN
NIGHTS include a pizza dinner and light refresh- Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010
TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL
ments. Activities include games, brain teasers, songs, Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
experiments, arts & crafts, movies and more! Get that Location: Pearland High School Visitor Parking Lot
last minute shopping done for the holidays! For more 3775 S. Main St. Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
information, call 281-652-1807. Ages: All ages welcome Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SCIENCE NIGHT: September 17, 2010 Cost: FREE ADMISSION Location: Pearland Bass Pro Shops
ART NIGHT: October 22, 2010 FREE parking available on-site 1000 Bass Pro Drive
CHRISTMAS FUN: December 17, 2010* Calling all ghosts and goblins! Join us for a SPOOK- (Corner of Hwy 288 & Beltway 8)
Time: 6-10 p.m. tacular time! Ages: 3-16 years
Location: Pearland Community Center Trick-or-Treaters of all ages are invited out to this Cost: FREE ADMISSION
3523 Liberty Drive FREE community-wide event. Local businesses and Come get caught fishin’! Kid Fish Fest is an out-
Ages: 6-10 years organizations will line the “trail” to pass out candy reach program designed to educate and provide
Cost: $20 per child/resident and $15/sibling and other goodies. hands-on fishing experiences. Kid Fish Fest provides
$40 per child/non-resident and NEW! Pumpkin Art Gallery: Show off your pump- kids the opportunity to participate in and learn about
$20/sibling kin carving talent! To enter your pumpkin in the art fishing, conservation and respect for the environment.
(*Extended care from 10-11 p.m. is available for $5 per gallery and competition, or for more information, visit The Bass Pro Shops’ pond is generously stocked
child on this date). www.pearlandparks.com. (Continued on Page 4)
PARKS & RECREATION (CONTINUED)
(Continued from Page 3) clude your return address. Santa’s helpers will pick up his
prior to fishing in order to increase children's odds of a mail each day and deliver it to the North Pole. If you prefer,
memorable fishing experience. Fishing poles and bait are Santacanbereachedviaemail:email@example.com.
provided while supplies last or bring your own! Volun-
teers will also be on hand to assist participants.
Children with special needs and their families are Date: Saturday, December 11
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
invited to join us during the regular event time for Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
fishing in portable tanks. Location: Melvin Knapp Senior Center
For more information or to volunteer, please con- 2424 South Park Drive
tact Special Events Specialist Angie Sanders at 281- Ages: 3-6 years
412-8907 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $10 per child/resident
Pearland’s 29th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010 $30 per child/non-resident.
“A Hawaiian Christmas”
Time: 5:30 p.m. Come spend your morning eating breakfast with
Route: FM 518 from Pearland Parkway to Santa! Enjoy juice and treats while making crafts and lis-
Old Alvin Road tening to holiday music. It’s an event your child will not
The City of Pearland is proud to announce the 29th An- want to miss. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Parent
nual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4, participation and pre-registration is required. For more
2010beginningat5:30p.m..Theparadebringsoutdozensof information, call 281-652-1807.
holiday spirit. And with this year’s theme, “A Hawaiian
classic cars, company floats and many other community
Date: Friday, December 3 - Sunday, folks.
Hometown Christmas Festival
December 5, 2010 To help ring in the season, we invite YOU to join us as a
Location: Pearland Town Center participant in the parade! Entries can be from businesses,
11200 W. Broadway Street non-profit organizations, families, individuals, etc. The pa-
(Corner of Hwy 288 & FM 518) rade route will travel west on FM 518 from Pearland Park-
Cost: FREE ADMISSION way to Old Alvin Road.
Feel the Christmas spirit come alive as Pearland Prizes will be given in the following four categories:
Parks and Recreation teams up with the Pearland • Best Overall
Town Center to host the City’s Annual Hometown • Best Use of Lights
Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony. • Best Theme ~ "A Hawaiian Christmas"
On Friday evening, Mayor Reid & Santa Claus will • Best Walking Group
NEW THIS FALL!
light up the sky as they plug in the City’s Christmas Floats and walking entries will be accepted at $10 per
PEARLAND PARKS AND RECREATION
tree at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony. A live band entry/group. For more information, visit www.pearland-
AFTER -SCHOOL PROGRAM
will perform and many activities will be on hand for parks.com or call 281-412-8900. The program is designed for 5th and 6th grades only, of-
the whole family, including: fering a safe, social, fun and active outlet for the Middle
• Complimentary family photos in front of a festive School students enrolled in Alexander Middle School, Sam
backdrop (Photos with Santa will only be available Jamison Middle School, Leon Sablatura Middle School, and
on Saturday and Sunday). Rogers Middle School.
• 30,000 pounds of snow, including a sledding hill Students are provided with a healthy snack, an opportu-
• Horse & Carriage Rides nity to complete homework, a variety of fun and dynamic
• Much more! activities,artsandcrafts,andindoorandoutdoorrecreational
OnSaturday,startafamilytraditionbyhaving“Breakfast play. The After-School program will also partner with
with Santa” from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Have a pancake breakfast Pearland ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) pro-
withSantaforjustafewdollarsperperson. Proceedswillgo gramtopromotecareereducationopportunitiesavailablefor
to benefit a local charity. each student. We will open the doors for students, and give
On Sunday afternoon, families are invited to join Santa themaninsighttotheskillsnecessaryfortheirfuturesuccess.
for Milk & Cookies and great entertainment. Itwon’tbelongbeforeSantawillbedeliveringhisspecial For the first session (August/September 2010) students will
Join us for an exciting weekend of Christmas enter- mailboxes all around Pearland. If you want to send your discover the careers and education tracks involved with the
tainment, live music, movie nights, promotions, great ChristmaswishesstraighttotheNorthPole,dropyourletter Health Science field.
food and more! Visit www.pearlandpaks.com or off at the Community Center, Pearland Public Library or Please Note: This program is not licensed by the state.
www.pearlandtowncenter.com for more information in- Westside Event Center. Letters will be accepted December 1 HoweveritdoesfollowStandardsofCare.Formoreinforma-
cluding the most current schedule of events. to December 17. No stamps needed! Just make sure to in- tion, call 281-412-8900 or visit www.pearlandparks.com.
The following is a reprint from the Fall 2008 issue but the information is still accurate.
CITY OF PEARLAND, TEXAS
City of Pear land 3519 Liberty Drive Pearland, Texas 77581
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
In May of 2005, the City of Pearland was accepted into the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System
(CRS) as a Class 8 community. Under the CRS, citizens receive flood insurance premium discounts of up to 10% because
Pearland is working to reduce flood risk and meet the goals of the CRS: reduce flood losses; facilitate accurate flood insurance
rating; and promote the awareness of flood insurance. In support of these goals, we have developed the following information
about flood risks and flood insurance in the City.
Flood maps and property maps show that some properties within the City are located in the floodplain of Clear Creek, Cowart
Creek, Hickory Slough, and Mary's Creek or one of the smaller streams. Read the following notes and call us if you have questions.
You can learn more about the flood risk at your property by reviewing flood maps. Stop by the Pearland Branch of Brazoria
County Library or visit the Engineering Department at 3523 Liberty Drive. Everyone who wants to look at the flood maps will
be helped. The floodplain map (shown on next page) was prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. However,
these are not the only areas that may flood.
Some of our flood-prone areas are not shown on the flood map because they are due to local storm drainage problems. During
heavy rain storms, drainage problems may cause flooded roads, local ponding, and/or overflowing ditches.
Our worst and most frequent flooding occurs along Clear Creek, but other waterways also rise out of their banks and can flood
homes. The last major flood in June, 2001, damaged more than 900 homes. A look back at our history of flooding indicates
that the most likely period for flooding is during hurricane season, from April to October, but it can happen any time.
BE FLOOD SAFE!
Floodwaters can be dangerous. Keep children out of floodwater, especially
where they can be sucked into culverts and storm drains. Just 18” of water
can float a car (see diagram), and most people who die in floods are trapped
in flooded cars. The water doesn't have to be moving fast to wash a car off
If your home or business is in the floodplain, you need to think ahead about
what to do the next time a big flood is predicted. For safety's sake, you may be
advised to evacuate. Learn now how to turn off your electricity safely and
which flood-prone roads to avoid. Local flood warnings are carried by Hous-
ton television stations 2, 11, and 13, and 740AM radio. To learn more about
flood warning, call the Office of Emergency Management at (281) 652-1954.
FLOOD INSURANCE PROTECTS YOU
If your home or business is in the floodplain or an area where stormwater collects,
flood insurance is recommended. Flood damage is not covered by your standard prop-
erty insurance policy or your renter's policy. Some mortgages require you to buy flood
insurance, but you can buy a policy even if your lender doesn't require it. Most insur-
ance agents can sell you a policy. This important financial protection can pay for
cleanup costs and to repair damage to your building. Be sure to ask about coverage to
help replace your personal belongings or building contents. Note! There is a 30-day
waiting period before coverage takes effect– don't wait for the next storm to protect
Just because you haven't had flood damage in the past doesn't mean you will be safe the
next time the water rises. Don't make a big mistake and think that disaster assistance or federal loans will be your best solution.
The average flood insurance policy for $100,000 coverage costs about $500 each year ($42 a month). Disaster assistance
grants average less than $6000, which certainly is not enough to clean up or repair after a big flood. More importantly, repay-
ing the average federal loan costs about $300 per month… or about $3600 each year for 10 years!
LEARN ABOUT THE ELEVATION CERTIFICATE
The Elevation Certificate, prepared by a registered engineer or land surveyor, is an important piece of paper. If your home was
built after Pearland started issuing floodplain permits, your builder should have prepared a certificate. The City has some cer-
tificates on file; call Permits & Inspections at
(281) 652-1633 to see if one is available for
your house. For new buildings, the certificate is
used to show that your building complies with
the regulations and is required to get a flood in-
surance policy. For older buildings that just hap-
pen to be elevated above the predicted flood
level, the Elevation Certificate may help you get
lower cost insurance.
ACT NOW TO PROTECT
It's always good to protect your property be-
fore the next flood. Call the City's Floodplain
Administrator at (281) 652-1637 to ask for a
site visit to discuss flood hazards and what you
can do to reduce future damage. Depending on
the severity of flooding, you might be able to retrofit some aspects of your house or take a simple, permanent step such as
raising your air conditioner on an elevated platform. At a minimum, know how to turn off the electricity and be ready to
move valuable furniture, carpets, and small appliances. Some materials to help you consider flood protection can be found
in the Library. Learn more at FEMA's website (www.fema.gov) and order a free copy of “Repairing Your Flooded Home”
from the American Red Cross and check for clean-up tips on www.redcross.org.
AFTER A FLOOD
If your home or business is damaged, you may be required to get a permit in order to make repairs.
If repairs cost more than 50% of the market value of your building, FEMA regulations require you
to bring the building “into compliance” with the floodplain regulations. This could mean elevating
the building on a higher foundation or other measures to satisfy the rules.
If you experience major flood damage and are covered by flood insurance, in addition to the regular
insurance payment you may be eligible for up to $30,000 more (called an ICC claim). This money
is to pay for property protection and compliance. Be sure to call the City for a damage estimate and
remember: to qualify for this money you must get a permit. This money is to pay for property pro-
tection and compliance (see box to right).
FLOODPLAINS MAKE GOOD OPEN SPACE
Creeks and drainage ditches naturally tend to flood. That's why it makes sense to keep development away from waterways so that
floodplains can function as nature intended. Anyone thinking about building in a floodplain should consider locating back from
the waterway to leave the floodplain open. Subdivisions can be laid out to leave the floodway as neighborhood open space. Any
development that involves bringing fill dirt into the floodplain must also include an equal amount of “compensating” removal of
earth in order to keep the flood level from increasing.
Many wetlands are found in floodplains and have many types of plants and wildlife. A permit from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers is required to alter a wetland. Call the City's Floodplain Administrator to discuss the best way to minimize impacts
on our floodplains.
DEVELOPMENT PERMIT REQUIRED FOR FLOODPLAIN ACTIVITY
A permit is required to do any of the following in a floodplain: build, rebuild, bring in fill dirt, regrade the land, excavate, add on to or
improve your home or business, place a manufactured or mobile home unit, install an underground or above-ground tank, subdivide
land, and place accessory buildings and temporary structures. New and improved buildings and additions, including manufactured
homes, must be elevated above the predicted flood level. Buildings that are damaged more than 50% of their market value – whether
the damage is due to flood, fire, wind or other cause – must be made compliant with the City's floodplain management requirements.
Before you start any activity that requires a permit, stop by or call the Floodplain Administrator. Failure to get a permit is a violation
and citations, fines, and legal action may be taken against people who do not get a permit before they start building. Check with the
City to see if someone who is working in the floodplain has a permit.
HELP PROTECT OUR DRAINAGE
Our creeks, ditches, gutters, and stormwater ponds must be clean and open so that water
can move downstream. Do not dump or throw anything into them, including grass clip-
pings, leaves, tree branches, or trash. Dumping is a violation of State Law and should be NATIONAL
reported to the Fire Marshal's Office by calling (281) 652-1637. FLOOD
Pearland Floodplain Administrator: (281) 652-1637
Pearland Permits and Inspections: (281) 652-1633
Pearland Emergency Management: (281) 652-1954
PEARLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Pearland City Councilmembers, PEDC Board
Members, Mayor Tom Reid, and City Manager Bill
Eisen were among several honoring Brask Inc., Neela
at their June groundbreaking. The company is build-
ing a state of the art manufacturing complex totaling
an approximate $6 million of capital investment in the
community, and employing 27 people in its first full
(Photo: Palmer Construction, LLC)
year of operation with a projected growth of upwards
The Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) has moved to a new location at the UHCL to 100 employees.
Pearland Campus, 1200 Pearland Parkway Suite 200, Pearland, Texas 77581. PEDC’s new phone number is
281-997-3000. CODE ENFORCEMENT
tarting August 2, any Pearland restaurant with
S what is considered ‘critical violations’ will be
issued a citation. The ‘Pearland Restaurant Report’
can be viewed anytime online at www.cityof-
pearland.com. Select the following links on the left
side of the page to view: ‘Department >Code Enforce-
ment>Health Scores/Restaurant Report’.
Mark your calendar for the next Planning Day Pres-
entation, the Planning Department’s 14th in a series,
since 2005. It will be held in the Council Chambers of
City Hall, located at 3519 Liberty Drive, on Thursday,
September 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. Topics to include:
• Amendments to Unified Development Code and
Pearland Lumber was awarded the first grant from the Old Townsite Redevelopment grant program. Funds Comprehensive Plan
were used to upgrade signage at the corner of Orange and Main streets. John Loessin, Vice President of • Update of Developments in Old Town Site
Pearland Lumber, Kyler Cole of Pearland EDC, and Larry Loessin, President of Pearland Lumber, present the For additional information, please contact Judy
new Pearland Lumber sign. Krajca at 281-652-1768.
FINANCE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Finance & Utility Billing Updates
• Pearland City Council awarded 19 bids between February – June of 2010. To see a detailed list, please visit the Purchasing Department online at www.city-
• The City has applied for 9 federal, state, local and private grants, and is currently allocating a US Department of Housing & Urban Development Community
Development Block Grant for $326,000 benefitting low and moderate income persons; a Texas Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Manage-
ment grant for $42,243 in support of providing emergency preparedness resources; and a National Parks & Recreation Association grant of $4,000 for the City’s
“Take Me Fishing” youth program.
• Please update contact information on the back of the customer water bill, to ensure successful attempts in reminding customers of past-due accounts. This will
help customers avoid unexpected service terminations. The fee is $25 for the first termination, $50 for subsequent terminations, and an additional $75 deposit
if service is terminated twice in 6 months. Reconnections are done Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For a list of payment locations, hours and op-
tions – including automatic payment - please visit the Utility Billing Dept. online at www.cityofpearland.com.
• Donations to Parks & Recreation and/or the Westside Library can made via the water bill stub. This voluntary donation program allows for parks develop-
ment and improvements, and development of the Westside Library. These donations accumulate in the City’s Donation Fund, and can only be spent on the
“Wow, that’s an expensive parking space!”
Disabled Parking Enforcement Explained by Officer Michael Pace, Community Service Officer for the Pearland Police Dept.
Disabled parking spaces are designed to provide equal opportunities of access sion to enforce parking violations”. Handicap enforcement patrol receives not
to public or private facilities for those with documented disabilities. The right to only academy training; they undergo drug screening and must complete a four
access is granted by TxDOT (Texas Dept. of Transportation) in the form of special hour training session every year. All violations submitted by the CPA are reviewed
license plates and/or disabled parking placards. Those with those specially as- by a member of the Pearland Police Dept. Only if the officer agrees with the find-
signed privileges are legally allowed to park in spaces des- ings are they turned over to the court.
ignated by the wheelchair symbol of which most of us are Not only is it a violation to park in a designated spot
familiar. without properly displaying a valid placard or license
However, surveys conducted in major Texas cities de- plate—it is a violation to park in the “striped” area adjacent
termined that approximately 50% of vehicles parked in to the disabled spot. Numerous instances occur when driv-
spots designated for persons with disabilities are illegally ers, even with a placard, are cited for a violation as their ve-
parked! hicle does not leave proper access/clearance to the striped
Chapter 681 of the Texas Transportation Code (TC) area.
spells out the legal use of placards and plates. Responsibil- The 81st regular session of the Texas Legislature got
ity for enforcement is assigned to duly licensed peace offi- tough on those who unlawfully park in designated handi-
cers or persons designated by a political subdivision to cap spots. House Bill 3095 increased the minimum fine for
enforce parking regulations. Two prevalent violations out- a first offense to $500 plus court costs. Second and subse-
lined in TC681 are parking in a space designated as disabled quent violations require increased fines and a requirement
parking without proper authority or park blocking access for community service hours. These fines are not discre-
to a designated spot. tionary on the local courts. Pearland judges have set the
Accessible parking violations in the City of Pearland are window fine for first offense disabled violations at the min-
handled by the Pearland Police Dept and the Pearland Cit- imum of $511.
izen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. Violations are Approximately 700 violations are cited in a year. Often
filed with the Pearland Municipal Court. The Citizens Police Academy is a group it is discovered that the cited vehicle had the right to access to the designated spot,
of citizens who have completed the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and have vol- but failed or forgot to display proper placcarding. Those cases can be dismissed
unteered to join the Alumni Association and become part of the Citizens on Patrol upon presentation of valid documents to the court. Approximately 200 people are
Program. One of the duties of that program is looking for handicap violations and declared guilty of handicap parking in Pearland Municipal Court and pay fines.
reporting them to the court. For more information on the Pearland Citizen’s Police Academy contact Ofc.
The authority for CPA members to volunteer in this capacity comes from Texas M. Pace at Pearland PD 281-997-4171. To inquire about a disabled parking viola-
Transportation Code Sec. 681.0101, “person’s designated by a political subdivi- tion contact the municipal court at 281-997-5900.
Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon &
Plant Sale October 8
eep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) invites all to the 7th Annual Plant Thyme
K Fall Luncheon & 6th Annual Herb and Plant Sale Oct. 8 at the Pearland
Community Center, 3523 Liberty Dr. Tickets are $30, with proceeds benefiting
KPB projects and the new Environmental Education Center Building Fund.
This year’s speaker will be Brenda Beust Smith, the Houston Chronicle’s “Lazy
Gardener”. Those time-saving “lazy” gardener techniques are today a banner Celebrating in Pearland
for those concerned about the environment and indiscriminate use of pesti- November 13, 2010
cides. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to view silent auction items. Call 281-652-
1659 for ticket or plant sale information. (Plants will also be available October
Special gifts and activities!
9 at the Pearland Farmers Market, located at Zychlinski Park, 2243 Grand Blvd.) Come and celebrate
Texas Recycles Day with
Brenda Beust Smith, the Houston Chronicle’s “Lazy Gardener”, will be the guest speaker
at the Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon and Plant Sale.
Keep Pearland Beautiful at the
City of Pearland’s
Tour de Lites Stella Roberts Recycling Center
Bicycle Ride and Christmas Carols Volunteers will be on hand
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
oin family and friends for the 17th Annual Tour de Lites
J Family Bicycle Ride on Saturday, December 11, hosted by
Check the website
KPB. The 1 ½-hour ride begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the pavilion
in Independence Park for a spectacular tour of the Green Tee for more details.
subdivision’s Christmas lights. Riders then return to Independ-
ence Park for hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas Caroling.
Can’t ride a bike? – no problem! Hayride spaces are available,
first come first served. All event proceeds will go toward Hike &
Bike Trails in Pearland. The ride includes a contest for the best
decorated bicycles and/or rider. Prizes will be awarded for first
place in adult and youth categories and ribbons for second place.
Judging will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The registration fee for the ride is $15 for the first member of
a family and $5 for each additional family member. Those regis-
tering the day of the ride will pay a $25 fee. The fee includes one
ride T-shirt per family, a ride packet, route map, ride and re-
freshments. Additional T-shirts are available at $10 each.
Registration forms are available online at www.keep-
pearlandbeautiful.org after September 15, 2010. For more infor-
mation contact Keep Pearland Beautiful at 281-652-1659.
Got a Street Light Issue?
CenterPoint Energy will fix any problems reported, by calling 713-207-2222 and selecting option #4 , or reporting problems
online at www.centerpointenergy.com/outage. Please be ready to provide the name of the nearest street, and the light pole
number (found on each pole about 6' off the ground).
U.S. Postage PAID
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City of Pearland
3519 Liberty Drive
How to Reach Us
• The Knapp Senior Center, located at 2424 South Park Ave. in the
Following is a list of City departments and their phone numbers:
heart of Pearland’s Old Townsite is open M – F, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. for
Animal Control 281-652-1970 Library 281-652-1677
independent seniors 50 and older. For more information on the
City Hall 281-652-1600 Municipal Court 281-997-5900
full range of activities offered, visit www.pearlandparks.com or
City Manager 281-652-1662 Parks & Recreation 281-412-8900
City Secretary 281-652-1651 Pearland Economic Dev. 281-997-3000
• City Council – Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Mon-
Crime Victim Assistance 281-997-4304 Permits 281-652-1638
day of each month at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise posted).
EMS 281-652-1951 Planning & Zoning 281-652-1768
• Planning & Zoning (P&Z) – 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at
EMS Station 4 (Cullen) 281-412-6205 Police Department 281-997-4100
6:30 p.m. P & Z Joint Public Hearing – 3rd Monday of the month
Engineering 281-652-1637 Project Manager 281-652-1734
at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise posted).
Finance 281-652-1755 Public Affairs 281-652-1625
• City Facilities Closed: NewYear’s Day (Jan. 1); Good Friday (Friday
Fire Department 281-412-4186 Public Works 281-652-1900
before Easter); Memorial Day (Last Monday in May); Independence
Fire Marshal 281-652-1950 Purchasing 281-652-1668
Day (July 4); Labor Day (First Monday in Sept.); Thanksgiving Day
Human Resources 281-652-1618 Recycle Center 281-489-2795
(Fourth Thursday in Nov. & the next day [Friday]); Christmas Eve
Job Line 281-652-1621 Water Department 281-652-1603
(Dec. 24); and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Please note: If NewYear’s
Keep Pearland Beautiful 281-652-1659 Emergency 911
Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day fall on a
Legal Department 281-652-1664
Saturday,City facilitieswill be closed the day before (Friday); if dates
fall on a Sunday, facilities will be closed the day after (Monday).
• City Hall Hours – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Please refer to the monthly and back pages of your Pearland An-
nual Report and Calendar for additional information. Visit
www.cityofpearland.com for detailed information of council VO L U M E 1 3 • N U M B E R 3 • FA L L 2 0 1 0
meetings, workshops, public hearings, and special city events. Mailing Address
City of Pearland
Click on the Citizen Action Center link to ask questions on City 3519 Liberty Drive Mattie Culver
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