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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pearland City Council, in a special meeting on Monday, voted unanimously to canvass the results of the May 14 General Election.

Mayor Tom Reid took his oath of office for a new term.  The city council will meet on Thursday to call a runoff election for June 25 between Susan Sherrouse and Tammy Dexter for City Council Position 3. Agenda

Sherrouse and Dexter received the most votes in the five-way race, but neither received more than 50 percent of the total votes.  Thus, a runoff is required.

The city council took no action regarding the election of a mayor pro tem.

The city council took no action regarding economic development incentives during the special meeting.  The item was discussed in a closed session.  Agenda

During the regular meeting, which followed the special session, the city council voted unanimously to approve a $357,045 contract with Freese-Nichols, Inc. and a budget adjustment for engineering services associated with the Business Center Drive Project.   The budget was adjusted to designated funds for the contract.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with Brazoria County for the construction of an extension of County Road 59 through its intersection with Business Center Drive.

“In 2008, the City engaged Freese and Nichols to prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report for the section of Business Center Drive between the Pearland Town Center, just south of Broadway, and County Road 59,” City Manager Bill Eisen said. “The proposed project was to relieve congestion around the newly opened Pearland Town Center and to provide access to properties along the proposed road.

The project had been delayed, according to Eisen.  However, in February, the city was approached by Parkside 59/288 Limited about starting the project to “facilitate the development of property they were considering purchasing”, Eisen said.

Under the agreement, the county will extend County Road 59 from State Highway 288 through the intersection of Business Center Drive, as well as re-align Southfork Parkway south of County Road 59 to match the cross-section of Business Center Drive.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $66,496 bid to Asplundh Tree Expert Company for right-of-way clearing services associated with the Bailey Road Project.

The city council voted unanimously to move forward with an economic development incentive agreement.  The item was discussed during a closed session.

The city council took no action regarding the final reading of the rezoning of a 22.77 acre tract of property at the northwest corner of Broadway and Pearland Parkway from a Planned Development District to a General Business District. The request is being made to allow an HEB grocery store to be developed at the property.

The city council took no action regarding the first reading of the rezoning of 30.57 acres of property in the area of Broadway and Pearland Parkway from a Planned Development District to a Single Family-Residential District.

The city council took no action on the first reading of an ordinance annexing property into the city.  The area includes property located west of State Highway 35 and east of the railroad, south of Hastings Field Road and North of Hastings Cannon Road.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Council Member Scott Sherman was absent for the special and regular meeting, and Council Member Steve Saboe was absent for a portion of the regular meeting.  Agenda

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