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Guidry News Gazette Houston Maritime Museum
Bay Area Houston
La Porte City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

La Porte City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $2,715,000 bid to Summit Builders for the construction of Fire Station 1.

The new station will replace the existing station on South 2nd Street.  Summit Builders submitted the lowest of 11 bids received on the project.  A three percent contingency was added to the contract, bringing the total maximum bid cost to $2,796,450.

The city council voted 8-1, with Daryl Leonard opposed, to reject a special conditional use permit for a 30-acre industrial complex with a turbo machinery repair services facility, shops and offices, as well as an administration building.  The permit was requested by ACT Independent Turbo Services for development of the facility on property located west of Bay Area Boulevard, south of the Spencer Highway intersection.

The city council voted unanimously to discontinue all concerts at Five Points Town Plaza.  The item was discussed due to concerns about noise levels generated in the area by concerts at the plaza, which has primarily been used as a passive park in addition to a venue for the city’s concert series and other special events.

The city council took no formal action, but directed staff to continue mediation with the Port of Houston Authority regarding noise levels at the Bayport Terminal.  The city council discussed the issue of installing a permanent outdoor sound meter in the area of La Porte adjacent to the terminal.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a resolution to issue refunding bonds in an approximate amount of $9,230,000 to refinance the city’s outstanding bond debt.

“Refunding debt during the current market conditions will yield the city a significant amount of savings,” Finance Director Michael Dolby said.

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




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