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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $4.148 million contract to Huff & Mitchell, Inc. for construction services associated with the city's 30-inch waterline interconnect.

The project will connect the city's new surface water plant at the Alice Street Water Plant to water lines from the City of Houston to take in surface water from Houston's southeast water purification plant.  The water capacity was purchased by Pearland through an agreement with the Gulf Coast Water Authority.

The city council voted to award a $57,054 bid to Matula & Matula Construction, Inc. for construction services associated with the Cullen Lift Station.

"This project will replace corroded and failing piping within the lift station, allowing the lift station to return to full operational status," Public Works Director Danny Cameron said.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance responding to a rate increase application by CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC and to participate in the Texas Coast Utilities Coalition of Cities in intervention against the rate increase.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric has proposed increasing its retail transmission and distribution rates by approximately $76 million and wholesale transmission rates by $18 million.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance denying a rate change requested by CenterPoint Energy Entex for natural gas utility services.

The company had filed to increase its natural gas rates for the Texas Coast division by $3.6 million through a Cost of Service Adjustment.  The adjustment would increase residential rates by $0.70, and small commercial and large volume customer rates by $0.66 per month.

The city council voted unanimously to renew a contract with John Hargrove for engineering services.

"The scope of services for this contract includes quality control review of all subdivision and capital improvement plans, plat review, project engineering for certain projects, and consultant services for other specific city matters," City Manager Bill Eisen said.  "The contract proposes to continue utilizing Mr. Hargrove for these particular services as well as involving him on complex engineering matters that pertain to areas of historical flooding. In addition to this Mr. Hargrove’s services will be expanded to provide more detailed scopes on selected projects within the Master Drainage Plan."

The city council took no action regarding scheduling a regular city council meeting to be held on the city's west side.

The city council took no action regarding scheduling a joint workshop with Brazoria County Commissioners Court, Brazoria County Drainage District No. 4, Alvin Independent School District and Pearland ISD.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Council Member Felicia Kyle was absent.  Agenda




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