Friendswood will be looking for ideas for potential improvements for the Stevenson Park section

Residents of Friendswood will have three opportunities this fall to attend town hall meetings where they can suggest special features they would like to see in the parking lot at Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.

The city will hold a trio of public meetings, one in September, October and November, at the Friendswood Library, 416 S. Friendswood Drive.

The dates and times of the meetings have not been fixed. An online survey will be launched in September on the city’s website at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us for those unable to attend a meeting.

City Manager Morad Kabir told city council Aug. 1 that consultants Halff Associates will be present at public meetings with aerial photos of the area and give a presentation on potential landscaping work.

According to Halff’s documents, improvements could include specialized paving for pedestrians, paving for vehicles and crosswalks, an outdoor performance zone, plantings and benches.

Kabiri said nothing was determined at this stage.

“If there’s overwhelming support for leaving everything as it is, I’m totally fine with that, but this is your opportunity to come and commit,” he said.

Customer portal provided to provide information on water usage

Kabiri also provided an update on the city’s ongoing implementation of automated water meters to replace standard meters, a project which he said is about 46% complete and involves the replacement of over 14,000 meters.

“Although the user interface is not yet open to the public, technicians are now reading the meters remotely and checking them in the field to make sure they are accurate,” he said.

The city is setting up a customer portal where residents can access information on their water consumption via their smartphone, computer or tablet. They will also be able to set limits to warn of excessive or continued use, view usage history, and have access to better customer service, among other features.

In the meantime, Kabiri encouraged residents to contact the Friendswood Public Works Department if there are any issues or damage related to the meter conversion project or if they suspect they have a leak. The department can be reached at 281-996-3380 or [email protected]

“We have insurance, and if we (or the contractor) have caused damage, we will fix it,” Kabiri said.

Panel of authors coming to the library

In other town news, five local authors and their work are set to be featured in a panel Aug. 20 at Friendswood Library.

Panelists will include science fiction writer Michael Bolinger, who wrote “The Doxen”; fantasy and young adult author of “Embargo on Hope” Justin Doyle; Jan Duffy, who wrote “Teddy’s Space Adventure”; Stacey Morgan, author of “The Astronaut’s Wife”; and Harold Raley, author of “Lost River Anthology” and “Louisiana Rogue.”

The event will include a book discussion and signings as well as a question and answer session.

For more information, check out the Friendswood Library Facebook page.

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