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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $632,804 bid to Millis Development & Construction, Inc. for the construction of the first phase of the Trail Connectivity Project.

“The original scope of the design was a 10-foot trail along Mary’s Creek from Centennial Park to FM 1128,” City Manager Bill Eisen said.  “A trail head will be located at Centennial Park near the pedestrian bridge, and several picnic, seating, and signage nodes will be located along the length of the project. The construction scope was modified due to issues with property acquisition along the creek from McLean to Ryan Acres Dr. A section of 6’ sidewalk was added to the project along McLean from Centennial Park to Magnolia. The Magnolia sidewalk will be used as the trail connection for the segment taken out.”

The city council voted unanimously to approve a $66,000 contract with Null-Lairson, PC for auditing services for the audit of the city’s finances for fiscal year 2011.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the action plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program for 2011.

“The city has been awarded $277,102 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development – Community Planning and Development for the Community Development Block Grant program for FY 2011-2012,” Eisen said.  “This is $49,985 or 15 percent lower than last year’s award of $326,087.  Community Development Block Grant overall funding was reduced by more than $600 million, resulting in allocation reductions to grantees.”

The city will provide funds from the grant to the Adult Reading Center and the Pearland Neighborhood Center, as well as public infrastructure and facilities funding to Forgotten Angels for the installation of a fire sprinkler system at their Day Habitation Facility.

Grant funds will also be used for the installation of sidewalks and drainage along Westchester Circle.

The city council voted unanimously to reappoint Erin Garcia, Pamela Crawford and Mike Rozell to the Pearland Management District No. 1 Board of Directors.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance denying a cost of service adjustment rate increase of $82,000 by CenterPoint Energy Entex for providing natural gas service.

The city council took no action in removing from the table the final reading of a zoning ordinance amendment rezoning 22.77 acres at FM 518 and Pearland Parkway.  The item remained on the table.

The city council also postponed action on a similar item on the agenda for the second and final reading of a zoning ordinance amendment rezoning 22.77 acres at the northwest corner of FM 518 and Pearland Parkway from a Planned Development Zone to a General Business Zone.

The city council took no action to remove from the table the first reading of a zoning ordinance amendment  to rezone 30.57 acres of property at the corner of Pearland Parkway and FM 518 from a Planned Development Zone to a Single Family Residential Zone.

The city council took no action regarding the appropriate use of Roberts Rules of Order for rules and procedures for conducting the business of the city council.

The city council took no action regarding the sale, lease, purchase or exchange of real property.  The item was discussed during an executive session.

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




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