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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to name Vance Riley as Fire Chief.

The item was discussed during an executive session. Glenn Turner has been serving as interim chief of the department.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution urging the Texas Congressional Delegation to request and support funding for the United States Army Corps of Engineers general re-evaluation report on Clear Creek for FY2011.

City representatives will be in Washington, D.C. on March 30-31 to advocate for funding to complete the report, according to City Manager Bill Eisen. Resolution

The city council voted unanimously to approve a sales and service agreement with EnerNOC for an emergency interruptible load service to reduce consumption when the reliability of electricity is in jeopardy.

“EnerNOC works directly with grid operators and utility companies to lower demand through application driven demand response,” Assistant City Manager Jon Branson said. “In essence, they pay customers to reduce electricity and/or to be taken off the grid in emergency situations such as, transmission line failures or when demand is at its highest levels.”

Under the agreement, the city would allow EnerNOC the ability to take seven of the city’s facilities “off the grid” during high demand periods or during times of system failure.

Those facilities include the Far Northwest Waste Water Treatment Plant at Reflection Bay Boulevard, the Kirby Water Well, the South Down Waste Water Treatment Plant, the Cullen Water Well, the Southeast Water Well, the Barry Rose Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Longwood Waste Water Treatment Plant.

EnerNOC would provide notice to the city 10 minutes before taking a facility offline. 

“Each proposed location has back-up generator power and has automatic transfer switches that allow the generators to automatically start up in the event of a loss in power,” Branson said.

For its participation in the program, the city will receive a minimum payment of $45,557 per year.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a $70,000 contract with Atser Systems for the purchase of PM Software, a project management software package.

The city council voted unanimously to direct City Attorney Darrin Coker to proceed in ongoing litigation associated with Othon Engineering.  The item was discussed in an executive session.

The city council took no action regarding economic development incentives in the city.

The city council also took no action regarding the annual evaluation of City Attorney Darrin Coker. Both items were discussed in an executive session.

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




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