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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a traffic signal assumption agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.

“As expected, once the official census results were available the city would be responsible for maintenance and operation of the 52 traffic signals and a combination of 20 flashing advance warning and school zone beacons located along TxDOT roadways,” City Manager Bill Eisen said.

Under the agreement, the city will be responsible for operations and maintenance of all traffic signals and advance warning and school zone flashing beacons located on TxDOT roadways, according to Eisen.  TxDOT will remain responsible for maintenance and electric costs for traffic signals at freeway locations, and will reimburse the city for those expenses.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a reimbursement agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for traffic signals at freeways.  The signals included are located at the interchanges of FM 518 and State Highway 288 and FM 2234 at State Highway 288.  The city will conduct maintain the signals and receive reimbursement from TxDOT for the costs.

The city council voted unanimously to establish the boundaries of Reinvestment Zone No. 21, which is being created to enter into a tax abatement agreement with Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a prospective business.

The city council voted 3-2, with Felicia Kyle and Steve Saboe opposed, to table action on the final reading of a zoning change for 22.7711 acres of property at the corner of FM 518 and Pearland Parkway from a Planned Development District to a General Business District.

The city council voted 2-3, with Woody Owens and Ed Thompson voting in favor and Saboe, Kyle and Scott Sherman opposed, to deny a motion to remove an ordinance from the table for consideration.

The previously tabled ordinance is the first reading of a zoning change request for 30.5709 acres of property at the corner of FM 518 and Pearland Parkway from a Planned Development District to a Single Family Residential District.  Therefore, the item remains on the table for a future meeting.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding the first reading of an ordinance to annex an area generally west of State Highway 35 to east of the railroad, and south of Hastings Field Road to north of Hastings Cannon Road.

The city council voted unanimously to grant as special events permit for the Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon on July 17.

The event planner, Troika Promotions, is planning a 14.5 mile bike ride, 3.2 mile run and 500 meter open water swim.

The city council voted unanimously to renew a contract with National Sign Plazas, Inc. for the development and administration of a comprehensive builder sign program.

“The purpose of this program was to provide directional signs for subdivisions, homebuilders, developers, and municipal facilities,” Eisen said. “The program also helped the city to manage bandit signs.”

The city originally entered into the agreement in 2006.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $115,175 bid to Brooks Concrete for sidewalk construction at Hawk Road, Veterans Drive and the Old Townsite area.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an election services agreement with Brazoria County for the June 25 runoff election for City Council Position 3.

The city council took no action on a contract for design services associated with the trail connectivity project.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  Mayor Tom Reid was absent.  Agenda

 




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