Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance making it unlawful to protest within 1,000 feet of funeral services.
The ordinance was requested for consideration on the agenda by council members Woody Owens and Scott Sherman, in response to protests at funerals in Texas and around the country.
The intent of the ordinance is “to serve the city’s compelling interest to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city by creating areas around locations where military, fire fighters, police, emergency medical service personal, and any and all first responders funerals are taking place to provide a safe and quiet area for families to mourn their loss”.
The city council voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of $2.64 million in bonds by Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 4. City council authorization is required before a municipal utility district within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction may issue debt.
According to City Attorney Darrin Coker, the district will become part of the city at the end of 2012.
“The bonds will primarily be used to maintain and repair aging infrastructure before the city takes ownership of the same,” Coker said. “The financial advisor for MUD 4 has worked with the city’s Finance Department to make certain the issuance of the debt is consistent with the financial model the city used when determining the timing of the annexation of MUD 4.”
The city council took no action regarding approval of a special events permit for the Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon. The item will be considered at a future meeting. The event, planned by Troika Promotions, is scheduled for July 17.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Felicia Kyle was absent. Agenda