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Friendswood City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Friendswood City Council on Monday voted 5-2, with Mayor David Smith and Billy Enochs opposed, to approve action regarding access to back-up documentation for city council meetings.

The item was placed on the agenda by Patrick McGinnis, who noted that the agenda packet is not available on the city’s web site until Monday morning, while agendas are available on the Friday before the meeting.

McGinnis noted that residents had concerns regarding an item in August concerning seismic testing by Denbury.

“During this time, it was noted that residents did not have access to the full suite of documents about the issue, until the morning of the meeting,” McGinnis said.

The item was amended by a vote of 5-2, with Smith and Enochs opposed, to “post the agenda packet for public viewing as expediently as possible based on staff resources and city secretary discretion”, as opposed to by Friday in the original motion.

The city council took no action regarding an amendment to the city council’s rules of procedure to limit council member comments to five minutes on any one item on the agenda.  A motion to approve the item was withdrawn.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement in the matter of Amanda Tatum vs. City of Friendswood.

Tatum had filed claims against the city concerning her employment.

“The city expressly denied, and continues to deny, all of the allegations in her lawsuit and was prepared to try the case,” City Manager Roger Roecker said.  “The city was confident that it had legitimate and non-discriminatory reasons for all decisions it made regarding Ms. Tatum’s employment.  Nevertheless, to prevent the disruption and cost associated with the litigation, the city’s risk pool, Texas Municipal League-Intergovernmental Risk Pool, has entered into a preliminary agreement to settle the lawsuit with Ms. Tatum subject to obtaining the approval of city council.”

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Todd Mendenhall to the Keep Friendswood Beautiful Committee.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Mary Giles-Wise to the parks and Recreation Board.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding a finance agreement for the purchase of a Class A Pumper Truck for the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department.

The city council took no action regarding the matter of ongoing litigation involving Wight Realty Interests, Ltd.

The city council voted 6-1, with Deirdre Carey Brown opposed, to approve several items on the consent agenda.  The items included:

  • Disposal of items from the property/evidence room of the police department using PropertyRoom.com
  • A banner permit for Friendswood Fine Arts Institute for the Autumn Arts Festival
  • The July 2011 Property Tax Report
  • Minutes of the August 1 and August 8 city council meetings

The city council took no action on the rescheduling of the September 26 meeting to September 19.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote.  All members were present, except Jim Hill left the chambers during the vote on two items – the authorization of water and sewer service from the city to 1112 West Edgewood, and acceptance of a water line and drainage easement from Yellowstone Hill Country Ranch.  Agenda




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