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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to authorize a lease agreement with the Pearland Economic Development Corporation for a portion of a city-owned building that will also be leased to the University of Houston for the university's Pearland campus.

The city is leasing space in the 30,659 square foot building, located at 1200 Pearland Parkway, to the University of Houston for a period of 20 years, after which the city will transfer ownership to the university.  The Pearland EDC is leasing 3,281 square feet of the building as temporary space.  The university has an option to expand into the Pearland EDC space by providing a one-year notice.  The Pearland EDC is also leasing a 4,652 square food large meeting room with common areas and restrooms.  However, the large meeting room space may be rented to other parties to reduce the additional rent paid by the Pearland EDC.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $6.84 million bid to Industrial TX Corp. for the construction of a new surface water plant at the existing Alice Street Water Plant site.

Industrial TX Corp. submitted the lowest bid out of eight contractors who bid the project.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into a $66,000 contract with Null-Lairson to conduct an audit of the city's finances for the 2010 fiscal year.  Null-Lairson has completed audits for Pearland from 2006 through 2009.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a zoning change request to reclassify a 0.997 acre tract at 2201 Linda Lane from a Residential Estate District to a Single Family Residential District.  The change would have reduced the setback requirements for the front and back yards.  Homes in the area are zoned Residential Estate.

"Even though this would be in conformance with the current comprehensive plan, there may be a negative impact on the surrounding properties and character of the neighborhood," said Senior Planner Angela Gantuah.

The city council tabled action on a resolution to accept a report regarding the city's fire and EMS departments.  The city hired McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. to conduct a study of the departments.

"The study included such issues as possible merger of the Fire and EMS Departments as well as shift structure, and paid staffing levels in the Fire Department," City Manager Bill Eisen said.

The city council passed to a future agenda an item regarding a $66,300 contract with Hall, Barnum, Lucchesi Architects for architectural services associated with the city's renovation of the City Hall Complex.  The proposed contract includes design for the renovation of approximately 9,870 square feet of interior space at the west side of the city's community center building, and approximately 1,229 square feet of space on the third floor of City Hall.

The city council took no action regarding pending litigation associated with Othon.  The item was discussed during an executive session.

The city council took no action regarding pending litigation associated with Cole's Flea Market.  The item was discussed during an executive session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  All members were present.  Agenda

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