League City City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1, with Dan Becker opposed, to elevate Mike Loftin to permanent city manager, and to direct staff to conduct a salary survey and create a benefits package for Loftin.
Loftin has served as acting city manager since February 14, when he was appointed to the position by city council following the resignation of Acting City Manager Rich Oller. Loftin previously served as League City’s assistant city manager of management services, and has served on city staff since 2009.
Loftin had not been a candidate for the permanent city manager position during a search conducted through consultant search firm The Mercer Group. That search had resulted in bringing 10 candidates, and interviews with three, and two interviews with John Whitson, town manager of Morrisville, North Carolina, who had been the apparent finalist for the position.
The city council discussed, but took no action, regarding items concerning the outstanding obligations of the city to former acting city manager Rich Oller, as well as discussion of terms of consulting agreements with Oller.
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first and final reading, an amendment to adjust the operating budget and capital budget for added and deleted projects under city’s FY2012 budget.
The item was amended to include a $225,000 expenditure for legal fees as agreed under a settlement in the matter of Paul Smith, et al vs. City of League city.
The settlement was approved by a vote of 4-1, with Dennis OKeeffe opposed, during a special executive session on Monday. Report
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading and with revisions, an amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances to provide for culpable mental state for general penalties for violations of code.
The city council voted to deny an ordinance revoking a specific use permit for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages and to allow eating and drinking establishments with live entertainment for Dempsey’s Sports Bar, located at 3612 West Main Street.
Revoking the permits was proposed due to the establishment’s owner failing to provide a parking agreement with an adjacent daycare business, a noise study, and proof of security for Friday and Saturday evenings. The items were conditions of granting the permit.
The city council voted 4-3, with Becker, Mike Lee, and Andy Mann opposed, to approve an interlocal agreement with the Gulf Coast Center to provide park and ride services between League City and Galveston Island. The city will also provide the local share of costs associated with the program for a period of three years.
The city council voted 6-1, with Dawson opposed, to deny an interlocal agreement with the Gulf Coast Center to provide demand response transit service to qualifying citizens of League City.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a professional services agreement with Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville for architectural and engineering design of the Fire Station No. 2 EMS Expansion and related site work.
The firm’s fee will total $138,300, or six percent of the total cost of the project, which is estimated at $2,277,800.
The second reading of an ordinance amending the boundaries of the Historic District was pulled from the agenda at the request of staff. Therefore, no action was taken on the item.
The second reading of an ordinance amending the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District was also pulled from the agenda.
The city council voted 6-0-1, with Mann not present at the time of the vote, to approve the purchase of a front end wheel loader for the Street and Stormwater Department.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda Supplemental
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