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Jim Guidry Commentaries
League City Mayor's Report
by Mayor Tim Paulissen
Friday, February 17, 2012
The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. with all members present with the exception of Mike Lee.
Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council
two residents spoke about the Compton Oak, one resident spoke about the Main Street Implementation Plan, two residents spoke about Park St, and one resident spoke about red light cameras.
Councilwoman Sanborn wished a happy birthday to Helen Hall Library. The library is celebrating 40 years of service to League City. She also spoke about upcoming events at the Helen Hall Library. You can view a complete list on their website at
. She also spoke about the resignation of former acting city manager Rich Oller. Councilman Okeeffe talked about a water conservation seminar that was held this week in Houston. Councilwoman Dawson spoke about former acting city manager Rich Oller. Councilman Mann wished his daughter a Happy Valentine's Day. Councilman Phalen invited residents to attend a public meeting regarding Robinson Bayou at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center on February 20th at 6:30 p.m.
I spoke about meeting with City's directors and department heads and how we all plan to move forward to make League City a great place to live and work.
Reports from Staff Members
City Librarian Jeannie Kunzinger spoke about Helen Hall Library's 40th Birthday. Assistant City Manager of Management Services Mike Loftin presented the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending September 30, 2011 and for the period ending December 31, 2011. He also presented the Section 4B Industrial Development Corporation's Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Acting Police Chief Doug Wologo presented the League City Police Department Annual Racial Profiling report for 2011.
Items 10D and 10F were pulled from the
for discussion, all other items passed 6-0.
Item 10D Council considered and took
action on the rehabilitation of three water wells to ensure a reliable supplemental water supply during drought and emergency conditions. This item passed 6-0.
Item 10F Council considered and took action
on acceptance of the League City Master Mobility Plan. This item passed 6-0.
Council considered and took action on a resolution encouraging application by Galveston County, Texas for Texas Community Development Block Grant Program 2008 supplemental disaster recovery fund. This item passed 4-3 with Councilmen Becker, Okeeffe and Mann opposed. I cast the tie-breaking vote.
Council considered and took action on a resolution approving the dates for conducting regular meetings during the month of March 2012 due to the Clear Creek Independent School District Spring Break schedule. Councilman Okeefe made a motion to move the meeting to March 6. The motion passed 6-0.
Council also considered and took action on adoption of the Main Street Implementation Plan. This item passed 6-0.
Council considered and took action on a resolution in support of the application for a continuation grant from the Office of the Governor of Texas, Criminal Justice Division for the League City Police Department Crime Victim Assistance Program. This item passed 6-0.
Council considered and took action to authorize City Attorney to pursue collection action against Professional Redfish Series for breach of sponsorship agreement. This item passed 6-0.
First Reading of Ordinances
Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 114 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City, entitled “Utilities” by repealing Article VI entitled “Drought Contingency Plan” and incorporating a new plan. Staff pulled this item and Council requested for staff to place this proposed plan on the city's website for citizen review. The plan is available at
, just click on the water information link.
Items Added after the Electronic Agenda Completed
Council considered and took action to direct the City Secretary to place the following proposition on the November Special Election ballot: Shall the City of League City amend the City Charter to preclude further deployment of photographic traffic enforcement systems on the City’s public right of way in year 2015. This item passed 6-0.
Council considered and took action to instruct staff to prepare ballot language affecting photographic traffic signal enforcement systems for a Special Election concurrent with the November 2012 General Election and schedule public hearings regarding proposed ballot proposition, the first of which to occur on or before March 30, 2012. This item passed 6-0.
Executive Session and Action Item from Executive Session
Council consulted with the City Attorney regarding the following pending litigation: Cause No. 10-CV-4113; Michael Shane Brinegar vs. City of League City, Texas, et al; In the 405th Judicial District Court of Galveston County, Texas. No action was taken on this item.
Council also considered and took action on discussion concerning acquisition of property. Councilman Okeeffe moved to instruct the City to begin in imminent domain proceedings for 0.896 acres as discussed in Executive Session. This motion passed 6-0.
Council considered and took action
on discussion concerning donation of property. Councilwoman Dawson moved to table this item until the next meeting. This motion passed 6-0.
Council considered antook action arising from consultations with City Attorney and from the deliberation of the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer, to-wit: City Manager, including adoption of memorandum of suspension. Councilwoman Sanborn moved to instruct the City Attorney to proceed as discussed in executive session. This motion passed 6-0. Councilwoman Dawson moved to appoint Mike Loftin Acting City Manager. This motion passed 6-0.
There have been a lot of changes taking place in the leadership of the City and we are actively seeking a permanant City Manager for the City of League City. In the meantime, staff and council will continue to move forward with the plans and work that we started. Our goal is to continue to provide our residents with the world-class customer service they have come to expect from League City. I'd also like to remind all of you about the City's 50th Anniversary. We will be celebrating the City's 50th birthday with a community-wide celebration and chili cook-off on March 3 at League Park from noon to 4. More information can be found at
. We also invite residents to reminisce with us. Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary by sharing your League City story. Staff will be filming your League City or Helen Hall Library memories on Tuesday, February 21 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m at Helen Hall Library. Stories will be shared on LCTV-16, Facebook and the City's websites. You can also share your stories or photos on our Facebook page.
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