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Paying City bills with a credit card and other news

CREDIT CARD FEES Friendswood City Council has approved passing on credit card fees incurred when paying city services to the credit card user. In Fiscal Year 2016-17, credit cards were used by customers in almost 33 thousand transactions with the City. As a result, the City paid approximately $100,000 in credit card fees. Most of those transactions were utility payments.

Beginning in early April, people using credit cards to pay utility bills, or any other city fees (recreation fees or court fees, for example) will have 2.5 percent of the amount added to their payment total. The effect is that credit card users will now pay the credit card fee to help offset the expenditure in the City’s budget.

Customers can avoid the credit card fee by paying with cash, check, or in the case of utility bills, setting up an automatic draft from their checking or savings account. If you have questions about your utility payments, please call the City of Friendswood Utility Billing Office at 281-996-3232. For other City departments, please call 281-996-3200.


PARK CLOSED FOR IMPROVEMENTS Construction of the dog park and other improvements to Old City Park are now underway. Old City Park will be closed until late summer. Upon completion, the dog park will have separate areas for large and small dogs, a doggie splash pad, and covered seating. Thanks for your patience during the construction period.


TUESDAY NIGHT 6:30 p.m. at the Friendswood Library-Skywarn spotter training. It is free to anyone with an interest in severe weather and providing these critical reports that contribute to public safety. No registration is necessary.


YOUTH SPORTS PARADE ROAD CLOSURES MARCH 24 FM 518 and FM 2351 will be closed for a short time on Saturday morning beginning at 8:50 a.m.
FM 518 Beginning at 8:50 a.m., northbound traffic on FM 518 will be diverted at East Shadowbend, to Morningside Drive, to Pecan Drive and then FM 2351, rejoining FM 518 northbound at FM 2351. At 8:50 a.m., southbound traffic on FM 518 will be diverted east or west at FM 2351. Westbound drivers on FM 2351 go to Sunset Drive, to FM 528, and left to FM 518. Eastbound drivers on FM 2351 go to Blackhawk, to FM 528, and right on FM 518. As the parade passes, sections of FM 518 will be opened to traffic.
FM 2351 Just before the parade reaches FM 2351 (approximately 9 a.m.), FM 2351 will be closed to traffic from FM 518 to Stadium Lane. Traffic going east on FM 2351 will take Sunset Drive to FM 528, then rejoin FM 518. Westbound traffic will be momentarily stopped, then follow the parade until the last parade unit is on Stadium Lane.
Uniformed officers will be at major intersections to direct traffic. Pedestrians are urged to exercise caution near the roadways.
Following the parade, at Renwick Park (approximately 9:30 a.m.), Girls Softball and Little League Baseball will have their ceremonial “first pitch.”

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