Friendswood City Council on Monday voted 6-1, with Deirdre Carey Brown opposed, to approve the city’s FY2013 Budget.
The budget includes total planned expenditures of $37,670,672. Total revenues for the year are projected to reach $33,558,037. The city will draw $4,112,635 from its budget sources, with the city’s fund balance ending at $22,582,269 in 2013. The city’s beginning fund balance is $26,694,904. Budget Summary
The city council voted 6-1, with Brown opposed, to adopt a 2012 property tax rate of $0.597061 per $100 valuation.
Revenues from $0.5307 per $100 valuation of the tax rate will be designated to fund maintenance and operations of the city. The revenues from the remaining $0.0663 per $100 valuation will be used to make payments on the city’s bonded indebtedness.
The city council voted 6-1, with Brown opposed, to amend statutory cross-references contained in the City Charter in order to make various corrections.
The city council voted unanimously to award a $95,500 contract to Musco Sports Lighting for the purchase of lighting for a field at Centennial Park.
Staff had recommended the lowest bidder, Qualite Sports Lighting of Texas, LLC. However, Director of Community Services James Toney noted that Musco’s bid included a 25-year warranty that differed from Qualite’s standard 10-year warranty, and also offered features that would assist in long-term energy savings.
The city council voted 5-2, with Jim Hill and John Scott opposed, to seek bids for fencing in and around Lake Friendswood.
The city council directed staff to seek bids for an option to install either six-foot cyclone fence, or a four-foot high cattle fence around the lake, including fencing of portions of the eastern perimeter of Windemere Road, consisting of wooden posts and steel cables.
The city council voted unanimously to endorse the reappointment of John Konikowski, Steven Leach, Bernard Milstein to the Galveston County United Board of Health; and the appointment of Michael Ehrat, Keith Casey, and Scott Johnson to the board.
The city council voted 6-1, with Scott opposed, to adopt a resolution for a plan to comply with the Housing and Urban Development Act as it applies to the city’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds.
The plan to comply with the HUD Act is a requirement placed by the Texas General Land Office in order for the city to receive $4,509,549 in round 2.2 disaster recovery funds for the Friendswood Link Road/Whispering Pines Project.
The city council voted unanimously to endorse the reappointment of Paul Maaz to a two-year term on the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District Board of Directors.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda