Richwood might pursue maximum impact fee

To subsidize the strain new construction could place on the city’s infrastructure, the Richwood Capital Improvement Advisory Committee might pursue the maximum allowed impact fee, they said at a meeting this week.

It’s common to pursue the maximum fee or at least 75 percent of it, Freese and Nichols Engineer Kendall Ryan said.

The impact fee service unit would be 50 percent of eligible capital improvement project costs divided by growth in service units, The Facts previously reported.

The expected 10-year growth in service unit equivalents, or how much water an average household in Richwood uses, would be 1,708 additional water equivalents and 1,392 additional wastewater equivalents, according to previous reports. The city has a number of estimated multi-million dollar projects to support potential growth.

Committee member Mark Brown said an impact fee is part of the cost of doing business for new construction and will prevent further strain on Richwood residents. Interim City Manager Lindsay Koskiniemi said she was surprised to learn impact fees are almost expected in many cities.

The committee completed its second workshop Monday and will have a second public hearing July 8, according to meeting documents.

Brazoria Lions Club seeks donations for fireworks

The Brazoria Lions Club is taking over Celebrate America this July, and club members are asking for more donations to fund the event festivities.

The annual event, this year on July 6, provides a fun and a contemplative look at what it means to be an American while offering food, music and fireworks to commemorate the nation’s birthday, Lions Club President Gary Kersh previously told The Facts.

Celebrate America takes a lot of work to put on, and the Lions Club appreciates any donations, Kersh said.

It will cost about $20,000 in donations to fund the American-themed event, Kersh previously told The Facts.

Fireworks cost about $750 per minute, so he appreciates any donations, Kersh said.

Call Gary Kersh at 979-236-0499 to donate.

Angleton police encourage community meetings

The former Pastors’ Breakfasts hosted by the Angleton Police Department that began earlier this year have grown to include more members of the community and will now bear a new name.

The meetings, now The Public Safety and Ministry Alliance, will include nonprofits along with faith-based leaders, said Elizabeth Barr, administrative coordinator to Chief Aaron Ausmus.

The department hosts a gathering each month in different locations, usually a church building, and discusses public issues with the community’s faith leaders in order to build a bridge.

The event includes a meal and a speaker on various topics concerning the public, including mental health, crime trends, population growth and numerous other issues of importance.

The guest list now is expanding to nonprofits in the area that would like to be a part of the discussion.

“We want to have different organizations to be a part (of the gatherings). That way, the networking that happens in these events benefits the public,” Barr said.

The location of next month’s meeting has not yet been determined. Contact Barr at

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