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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pearland City Council, during a special meeting session on Monday, canvassed the results of the January 14 runoff election for Council Position 5, and administered the oath of office to Greg Hill as council member for the position.

Hill defeated Kevin Cole in the runoff to serve the unexpired term for Position 5 previously held by Mayor Pro Tem Ed Thompson.  Thompson resigned his position in order to pursue his campaign for state office.

The city council voted unanimously to elect Scott Sherman as the new mayor pro tem.

During a regular meeting following the special session, the city council voted unanimously to terminate the city’s contract with RBC Capital Markets for financial advisory services, and authorized a new contract with BOSC, Inc.

The city was notified in December that the personnel assigned to the city’s account were being moved from RBC Capital Markets to BOSC, Inc.

“While our current agreement is with RBC Capital Markets, it is the personnel assigned to our account that are knowledgeable about the City of Pearland and whom city staff directly work with,” City Manager Bill Eisen said. “Ryan O’Hara, Frank Ildebrando, and John Robuck have been our financial advisors for years with Ryan 10 years, and Frank working with the City of Pearland for 25-plus years.”

Eisen recommended that the city “stay with the financial personnel who know the city best and contract with BOSC, Inc. for financial advisory services”.

The fees and structure for the contract with BOSC, Inc. are identical to the city’s contract with RBC Capital Markets.

The city council voted 4-1, with Felicia Harris opposed, to approve a contract with Methodist Wellness Services for a health risk assessment and biometric screenings, and contract with Kelsey-Seybold for ancillary services as part of a wellness initiative program for city employees.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $1,336,710 contract to Freese-Nichols, Inc. for engineering services associated with the McHard Road preliminary engineering report and design of the McHard water line project.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $172,964 contract to Binkley and Barfield, Inc. for design, engineering, construction management and inspection services associated with the Far Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant Decanter and Ultraviolet System Replacement Project.

The city council postponed action regarding the award of a bid for grounds maintenance services.

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




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