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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance adopting a 2010 tax rate of $0.6651 per $100 valuation.

The rate is a $0.0125 increase over the 2009 tax rate of $0.6526 per $100 valuation. 

"The increase in the tax rate is needed to support debt service on projects approved by the voters, such as Magnolia Road, Cullen Road, Cowart Creek Diversion, Fire Station No. 5, and the Recreation/Natatorium Center to name a few," City Manager Bill Eisen said.

According to Eisen, the new tax rate is below the city's effective tax rate, which is the amount required to draw revenues equal to the previous budget year. 

The city council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance adopting a revised budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year and adopting a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

"The operating budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 totals $122,768,625, and the capital improvement program totals $20,679,673, including transfers," Eisen said.

The budget includes a reduction of three General Fund, full-time positions, and the addition of 36 part-time staff positions.  According to Eisen, 18 of the part-time positions are associated with a pool for paid part-time firefighters to assist in the staffing of two fire stations, 15 positions are for staffing the city's new recreation center/natatorium facility, and four part-time positions are converted full-time staff to part-time.

The city council voted 1-4, with Woody Owens voting in favor, to deny a motion to approve the first reading of a zoning ordinance to reclassify approximately three acres of property located at 6301 Broadway Street from a Planned Development District to a General Business Retail District at the request of Crown Warehouse Services, the property owner.

The property was previously occupied by a landscaping business, but a new tenant is seeking to open a fine arts studio at the location.

"The underlying zoning for the Planned Development is stated as General Business, but because of the nature of the Planned Development, only landscape businesses may occupy the site," Assistant City Manager Mike Hodge said.

The city council voted unanimously to award a bid of $934,242 to John Reed and Company, Ltd. for construction services associated with the McHard Road Sound Wall Project.

The city received nine bids on the project, of which John Reed and Company's was the lowest bid received.

The city council voted unanimously to award an $84,783 bid to Statewide Traffic Signal Company for construction services associated with the installation of a interim traffic signal located at Mykawa Road and Brookside Road.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance amending the city's Code of Ordinances regarding the discharge of firearms to allow for the construction and operation of indoor firing ranges.

"The city’s current ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms in the city, so the proposed revision would allow the discharge of firearms at a properly permitted indoor facility," City Attorney Darrin Coker said.  "I previously provided the council a draft ordinance, and did not receive any feedback in favor or against the proposed revision. Since that time, I have added additional language restricting any weapon discharged in such a facility from being audible beyond the property lines of an indoor range."

According to Coker, any developer seeking to build an indoor firing range would require a conditional use permit, allowing the city to "control the location and manner of operation of such facilities".

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




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