La Porte City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a purchase and sale agreement with the La Porte Development Corporation for the transfer of property at 908 West Main Street to the corporation as part of a plan to sell the property to K. Belle Interests, which will develop the building into office space.
The transfer of the property from the city’s ownership to the development corporation allows for an exception to bidding requirements.
“This exception provides that a city can negotiate and sell property to a desired end user without public bid procedures provided that the land is developed by contract and sold through the independent foundation,” Assistant City Manager Traci Leach said.
K. Belle Interests is purchasing the property for a total of $275,000.
The city council voted unanimously to terminate a lease for 908 West Main Street with the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.
The city entered into the lease agreement in 2008 to lease the alliance the property at 908 West Main Street as part of an economic development services agreement. Due to the impending sale of the property, the city is terminating the lease, and will seek a standard membership agreement with the alliance.
The city council took no action regarding the appointment of members to the Citizens Charter Review Advisory Commission. The item will be considered at a future date.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a refund to La Porte Real Property, LLC in relation to the rail spur agreement. La Porte Real Property had provided a deposit of $200,000 as part of the rail spur agreement, and is now requesting a refund of $175,000 of the deposit.
The city council took no formal action, but directed staff to include $90,000 in funding in the FY2013 proposed budget for regional bus service.
The bus service is provided through the Harris County Transit Authority, with Pasadena, La Porte and San Jacinto College providing portions of the funding. The current agreement for the bus service expires on August 31, but service will continue through September 30.
The city council took no action regarding evaluation of Municipal Court Judge Denis Mitrano. The item was discussed during an executive session.
The city council voted unanimously to pay a settlement of $138,898 to the City of Houston through the La Porte Area Water Authority contingency reserve in connection to true-up costs for water purchases made from the Southeast Water Purification Plant.
“Recent attempts by the City of Houston to reach back and collect up to four years of ‘true-up’ costs have been the subject of a dispute between Houston and the remaining Southeast Water Purification Plant owners for the past 16-months,” Public Works Director David Mick said. “In an attempt to resolve the dispute, Houston has now submitted a proposed settlement agreement to each of the co-owners with the basic terms of the agreement consisting of Houston agreeing to relinquish any future claims for additional costs associated with FY2007, FY2008, and FY2009 in consideration of the co-owner agreeing to pay the FY2010 true-up claimed by Houston.”
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Louis Rigby, John Zemanek and Daryl Leonard were absent from the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Engelken presided over the meeting. Agenda