League City City Council on Tuesday
voted unanimously to deny a resolution supporting the creation of the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.
Several people spoke in opposition to the proposal.
“They proclaim that preserving our wetlands will slow down and reduce repetitive losses associated with storm surges; at the same time they want to achieve a national recreation area status,” Kim Kitchen said, adding that the coastal spine proposed by Dr. William Merrell would provide better protection. “I don’t know about you, but unless there is a 200-foot rogue wave, I’ll take my chances with the Ike Dike, because I have more faith in Mother Nature than I do with the government and their organizations.” Listen (2:39)
The city council voted 5-3, with Heidi Hansing, Dan Becker and Todd Kinsey opposed, to table a decision on fees for the use of the city’s new swimming pool at Hometown Heroes Park, after hearing from several members of the Baracudas Swim Team.
The resolution, if approved, would have allowed the city to become a member of the partnership formed to implement the proposed recreational area, which includes portions of Matagorda, Brazoria, Chambers and Galveston counties.
The resolution also stated that the city would agree to "allow some or all of the properties that they own within the boundaries of the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area to be considered for use to achieve the recreation, conservation, and flood mitigation goals" of the proposed area.
“I’m here tonight to ask council to suspend just one line item in 11.G for the park fees, so the Barracudas can work with city staff and try to come up with a fair and reasonable fee for a nonprofit organization,” Fred Bogar said. Listen (1:41)
The city council took no action regarding adjustments to the city's water and wastewater fees. The proposed changes include reduction of the base number of gallons from 3,000 to 2,000 gallons for sewer usage, establishment of an increasing block rate structure for water, reduction of the cap of wastewater consumption from 11,000 gallons to 10,000 gallons for residential customers, and establishing multi-family customers as commercial customers.
The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing Senate Bill 343, which is under consideration by the Texas Legislature.
The city council voted unanimously to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire lots 1-5 and 7-11 in block 195, and lots 1-12 in block 194, and lots 1-12 in block 189 in the Dickinson Townsite addition for the Shellside Storm Water Management System Project.
The city council voted unanimously to approve an offer to sell and purchase agreement in the amount of $34,860, plus closing costs, for the purchase of 0.21 acres with all improvements of property at Lot 18, Division "C" of League City, together with the right-of-entry agreement for the construction of a portion of the Heritage Trail across the track, as discussed in closed session.
The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding pending litigation in the matter of City of League City vs. Standard Pacific Homes, et al.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda
Mayor Tim Paulissen presented proclamations recognizing April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month; and also presented a proclamation to Fire Marshal Wanda Martin who is retiring after 35 years of service to the city. Listen (3:55)
“I’ve known every mayor in League City,” Martin said, reflecting on her years with the city, adding that she also worked for 10 to 15 city manager/administrators. “But the number that strikes me the most is that when I first got here, there were 14,000 people in town; and now if we counted today, I’m thinking that we would hit probably 100,000 people.”