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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Houston City Council today voted to confirm the appointment of Charles McClelland, Jr. as the city's new police chief.

McLelland has served as acting chief of police since the resignation of Harold Hurtt in December.  Houston Mayor Annise Parker nominated McClelland following an interview process with several candidates.  Announcement

The city council voted to approve three appointments to the Animal Advisory Committee Board of Directors.  Neil Sackheim was appointed to the board as a new member, while Dr. Chris Souders and Kappy Muenzer were re-appointed to the board.  The nomination of the appointment of Dr. Taffi S. Tippit as a new member was referred back to the city's administration by Council Member Anne Clutterbuck.

Award of a $242,097 construction contract to Millis Development and Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Fifth Ward Mult-Service Center Parking Lot was delayed by Council Member Jarvis Johnson through use of the tag rule.  The contract was to be financed through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The contract also includes a 10 percent contingency and $10,093 for materials testing services, bringing the proposed contract's total to $276,400.

The city council voted to approve a final contract amount of $3.608 million and accept work on contract with PM Construction & Rehab, LP for sanitary sewer rehabilitation work.  The final amount was $41,920, or 1.18 percent, above the original contract amount due to the project requiring additional pipe bursting of some sanitary sewers.

The city council voted to approve a final contract amount of $1.136 million and accept work on a contract with Troy Construction, LLC for citywide fire hydrant replacement and height correction.  The final amount was $555,958, or 32.8 percent, under the original contract amount of $1.692 million.

The city council voted to approve an ordinance denying a rate increase request by Entergy Texas, Inc. and ordering Entergy to reimburse all rate case related expenses incurred on the behalf of Entergy Texas, Inc. ratepayers in the city.  Entergy had filed a rate increase request with the Public Utilities Commission in December.

"If ETI's proposed rates were adopted, the monthly bill for the average residential customer using 1,000 kWh would increase by approximately $25.87 a month," Director of Administration and Regulatory Affairs Alfred Moran said.

Moran said that a review by rate consultants determined that Entergy had "failed to demonstrate cost increases or provide any justification for any rate increase at this time".

All other items were approved by majority vote of the city council members present.  Agenda






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