League City City Council on Tuesday voted on several charter amendment propositions to place on the November 6 election ballot. The city council also approved a motion to request that Harris County include League City's ballot items on the Harris County ballot.
The election will include four seats on the city council and various charter amendments. The city had the option of allowing the city’s Harris County residents to vote in Galveston County, keeping all voting for the city in one county’s ballot. However, the move would require Harris County voters to visit two separate voting locations, as voting on national election issues would still be in Harris County for those voters.
The council also approved holding a runoff election, if required, at Fire Station No. 4 for Harris County voters.
Each of the seven proposed charter amendments was voted on separately by the city council. Ballot Language
The city council voted unanimously to place Proposition 1, which provides for biennial elections in even-numbered years and extend council terms from three years to four, on the ballot with additional language.
The city council voted unanimously to place Proposition 2, which would reduce mayoral and council member term limits from three consecutive terms to two consecutive terms, on the ballot, with changes and additional language.
The city council voted unanimously to place Proposition 3, which would authorize the mayor to vote on items and be counted for establishing a quorum, on the ballot with changes.
The city council tabled action regarding Proposition 4, which would reduce the number of council positions from seven seats to six seats.
The city council voted to place Proposition 5, which would define a quorum as consisting of five voting members of the council, on the ballot as presented.
The city council voted to place Proposition 6, which pertains to the city’s red light traffic camera system, on the ballot with additional language.
The city council voted to place Proposition 7, clarifies that a super majority vote consists of a four-fifths majority vote of city council, including the mayor if the mayor is given the right to vote, on the ballot with no changes.
The items will require approval for an additional reading, due to changes that were made to the items.
The city council voted unanimously to name Geri Bentley and Todd Kinsey to the Growth and Development Advisory Committee. Bentley was nominated by Dan Becker, and Kinsey by Andy Mann. Council Member Dennis OKeeffe asked to nominate himself to the board, but the nomination was not made part of the motion.
The city council previously named Chuck DiFalco, Penny Ignazio, Yvette Jones, David Hake, Ernie Randall and Jason Ebey to the nine-member committee. Only the position to be nominated by OKeeffe remains vacant.
The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution for the redemption of combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation issued in 2010.
The city had issued $10 million in certificates of obligation to reimburse developers for Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2, which included Victory Lakes subdivision.
The city council took no action on an item to direct staff to define a process to provide a $3 million property tax rebate to the 2012 property tax payers of League City. The item was pulled from the agenda.
The city council voted 5-1, with OKeeffe opposed, to approve, on first reading, an ordinance amending the city’s Code of Ethics.
The ordinance was approved with changes, and will be presented for a second reading for final approval.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a professional services agreement with Sander Engineering Corporation for the Countryside Pump Station and Well Project. Council Member Mike Lee was not present at the time of the vote.
The city council took no action regarding executive session consultations with the city attorney related to contemplated legal action associated with a title issue on city property.
The city council took no action regarding the grant or denial of water well permits. The item was discussed in executive session.
The city council voted unanimously to direct city staff to move forward with requests for qualifications for a municipal court associate judge.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Andy Mann was absent. Agenda