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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $412,000 bid to Siemen’s Industry, Inc. for the installation of adaptive traffic signal improvements along FM 518 between Kirby Drive and FM 1128.

The project is part of a plan designed to alleviate traffic issues along FM 518 between Cullen and Kirby Drive, which is a major retail area of Pearland.

“The dynamics of the traffic along this portion of FM 518 fluctuate considerably, so staff has been exploring the benefits of implementing an Adaptive Traffic Signal system along this corridor,” City Engineer Narciso Lira said.  “This type of system will allow for the signal timings and patterns to adapt as traffic changes throughout the day. Staff has researched these types of systems and believes that implementation of this pilot program would help improve traffic flow along this portion of FM 518.”

The city council voted unanimously to award a $107,650 bid to Sectron Technologies, Inc. for the purchase and installation of an Interactive Voice Response System.

The purchase will provide a new system for the Utility Billing Department and a replacement system for Inspection Services Division.

“For Utility Billing, the purchase of this system would allow city customers to initiate service requests, obtain pertinent customer service information, make payments, check payment status and last payment made, and will allow Utility Billing to send shutoff notifications via telephone prior to service terminations,” City Manager Bill Eisen said.  “At this time, Utility Billing averages 350 calls a day, with the largest percentage being payments from customers via credit or debit card. The IVR system will provide a more secure payment environment and also allow payment by e-checks. The purchase of this system will enhance the city's ability to comply with Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security requirements.”

The city council voted unanimously to award a bid to Waukesha Pearce Industries, Inc. for standby generator maintenance services.

The city council tabled action regarding the reappointment of Ronny Hecht, Christopher S. Klein and Shareen Larmond to the Spectrum Management District Board of Directors.

The city council met in executive session to discuss various items, including municipal utility districts, the annual evaluation of the city attorney and the city manager’s evaluation and performance goals for 2010-2011. No action was taken on any of the items.

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




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