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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $2.128 million bid for construction of the Hillhouse Satellite Service Center to Hassell Construction, Inc.

“The Hillhouse Satellite Service Center project materialized out of the need to locate a city vehicle fueling facility closer to the new Public Safety Building on Cullen Parkway, the need to house a Traffic Operations function, including a sign shop, and the need to support Public Works and Parks Maintenance crews working in the west end of the city,” City Manager Bill Eisen said. “The initial investment in the facility is limited to a single building providing for crew support and traffic operations. The building is planned to house the traffic operations activities including Signal Maintenance and Sign Shop, a lunch room and locker room / shower facility for crews and the fueling facility along with required parking.”

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the Cities Aggregation Power Project, Inc. to negotiate an extension to the current electric supply and related services.

The city had signed a five-year agreement with CAPP in 2008 for the city’s electrical usage.

“CAPP’s energy supplier recently offered to liquidate the natural gas futures contracts from 2008 to purchase new gas futures thereby allowing them secure fixed pricing through 2018 at a lesser amount than the current rate,” Eisen said.  “The estimated savings to the City would be approximately 10% annually, $375,000 per year or $1,125,000 over a three year period.”

The contract would continue through 2018, as opposed to 2013.

The city council voted unanimously to renew a destination marketing agreement with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

According to Eisen, the services are funded through the city’s hotel occupancy funds. The renewal is for one year with a proposed budget of $268,100.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 6 to issue $1.36 million in bonds. The district is required to receive authorization from the city before it can issue bonds. The bonds will be used to fund infrastructure improvements within the district.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a change to the scope of work utilizing United States Department of Energy- Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program funds.

According to Eisen, the city had received $685,000 through the grant, of which $262,850 has been utilized in the installation of energy efficient lighting at the Centennial Park ball fields. The second program proposed for the funds involved the installation of an on-site renewable energy water turbine at the Alice Street Water Plant. However, due to regulatory issues, the project was completed with other funds, according to Eisen.

The city will instead use the funds for traffic synchronization work at 10 intersections.

The city council voted unanimously to table the appointment of Aletheia Lawry to serve on the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.

The city council voted 4-1, with Ed Thompson opposed, to table the award of a bid for the purchase of capital equipment.

The city council voted unanimously to hold only one regular meeting in December, which will be held on December 13, due to the holidays. No meeting will take place on December 27.

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




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