League City City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Tim Paulissen and Phyllis Sanborn opposed, to approve a motion directing staff to conduct inventory and identify owners of items in the Butler Longhorn Museum, and to develop a timeline for the appraisal of the value of artifacts in the museum to bring back to city council for consideration.
The item was to consider bids for inventory services for the museum. The city had received bids from Separation System Consultants and Hometrack, USA.
The city council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinance regarding solicitors on first and final reading. According to League City Police Chief Michael Jez, the ordinance had "failed to address canvassers" when it was written.
"As a result, the Police Department has received a number of complaints from citizens in reference to canvassers placing handbills on the doors of their homes," Jez said. "These changes will not prevent canvassers from distributing handbills, but it will require them to abide by the same regulations as solicitors and peddlers."
The city council voted 6-0, with Jim Nelson absent, to approve a motion authorizing the city attorney to offer employment for an interim director of public works to an individual that was not named during open session. The item, to discuss the hiring of a public works director, was held during executive session.
The city council voted unanimously to set a proposed tax rate for 2009 of $0.63 per $100 valuation, which is also the city's current tax rate. The rate is below the rollback rate of $0.659892 per $100 valuation. Adopting a tax rate that exceed the rollback rate allows citizens to file a petition to "roll back" the tax rate. The proposed rate is above the effective rate, the rate needed to generate revenues equal to the previous budget year, which is $0.622123.
The city council voted unanimously to set September 22 and October 6 as dates for public hearings on the tax rate.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution in support of federal grant applications for commuter rail along the Highway 3 corridor.
The city council voted 6-0-1, with Nelson abstaining from the vote, to excuse Nelson's absence at a previous meeting.
The city council took no action regarding consultation with the city attorney in reference to litigation in Vincent McGahee, et al vs. City of League City, Paul Smith, et al vs. City o League City and threatened litigation by the League City Glen Cove Home Owners Association. The item was pulled from the agenda.
The city council took no action regarding a petition from Gulf Streams Townhomes Association requesting the city assume the costs for transfer, maintenance, and operation of street lighting for Masters Court.
A request to set a public hearing for September 22 to hear a zoning change request for 2.8 acres at 920 Texas Avenue from Single-Family Residential to Limited Industrial was pulled from the agenda.
A request to set a public hearing date for September 22 to consider a Special Use Permit for mining and drilling use in a Limited Industrial zoning district at 4.7 acres of land located at 920 Texas Avenue was pulled from the agenda.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present with Nelson absent for one item. Agenda Supplemental