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WEST COLUMBIA — The West Columbia Chamber of Commerce will treat stakeholders to a state of the community breakfast with its annual Vision event Tuesday.

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The Columbia-Brazoria ISD School District is going full-bore to get the work done on time for their Columbia High School campus renovations, approved by voters last fall. 

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Many cities will be holding special meetings this week, either due to the MLK holiday the prior week or to discuss what they want to apply for with the county in regards to a $40 million pool of mitigation grants that will be up for grabs. 

BISD, Angleton, Jones Creek and Danbury will be meeting, as well as the County Commissioners. Freeport will have meetings of the City Council, Planning and Zoning and Charter Review Commission and the Oyster Creek EDC will also be getting together. 

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Sweeny senior Frank Carmona recently received a scholarship to Columbia University in New York City from QuestBridge, a national program that “connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to 48 of the nation’s best colleges.”

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A bridge on River Road— which also constitutes a portion of CR 400— near the intersection with San Bernard Street is planned for a shut down between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday next week. 

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Infrastructure will continue to be the theme of 2023. Brazoria, Sweeny and West Columbia are all seeking grants to help fund the expensive work of refurbishing, maintaining and upgrading basic city services.

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After New Years fell on a Sunday, there will be more meetings than usual with Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Sweeny ISD, Richwood, Danbury, Surfside Beach and the County Commissioners all gathering on Monday or Tuesday. 

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A Sweeny infrastructure project is seeing advancements, residents near Bridge Harbor will see another interruption in water service and one Pearland lawyer will be in charge of the theft case of another.

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A front-loaded week hits as Freeport will try to come together on redistricting, Lake Jackson will look at bids, the Commissioners’ Court will canvass the fall election and Sweeny and West Columbia will have special meetings before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Flags, streamers, salutes and parades will be the order of the day as Brazoria County celebrates Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11. Sweeny will be taking its turn hosting the county parade and other groups, schools and cities will be having their own observances.