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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve, on first and final reading, an ordinance prohibiting the use, purchase, possession and sale of products that could be used as synthetic marijuana.

“The Pearland Police Department recently contacted the Legal Department regarding the increased use of synthetic cannabinoid,” City Attorney Darrin Coker said.  “Specifically, the PD is concerned with the fact that the synthetic products are being sold ‘over the counter’ as incense, and not intended for human consumption. The synthetic products have proven to be as much as 800 times more potent that marijuana, and the effects of inhaling the products include seizures, anxiety, panic, rapid heart rate and rapid respiration.”

Coker said that the substances, such as K2 incense, are banned at the federal level, but that federal rules are targeting supply and trafficking of the substances.

“Local law enforcement agencies want the ability to target those individuals that use or possess the product as well,” Coker said.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding a memorandum of understanding associated with an all hazard mitigation team.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting legislation to grant Brazoria County customers with full voting member representation on the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board of Directors.

The legislation would add two positions to the board, which currently has seven members.
Brazoria County would be represented by one of the two new positions, while Fort Bend County would be represented by the other.

“The City of Pearland, currently with contracts for 30 MGD, should be considered a major customer of the authority,” City Manager Bill Eisen said.  “As a major customer, representation for Brazoria County on the board will enhance and improve communications with the authority.”

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Lance Botkins to the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Michael Miller to the Electrical Board.

The city council voted award a $2.858 million bid to Calco Contracting, LTD. for construction services associated with the Walnut Street and Drainage Project. Calco Contracting submitted the second lowest of five bids on the project. 

“Although Hassell Construction was the low bidder, upon review by the design engineer and based on the city’s experience with performance, responsiveness, and timeliness of this bidder on recent projects, they were not considered the lowest responsible bidder,” Eisen said.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize a $74,000 contract with Costello, Inc. for construction management services also associated with the Walnut Street project.

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




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