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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to name Alberto Espinoza as the city’s new chief of police.

Several council members spoke in favor of the appointment of Espinoza. Listen (4:13)

"What really means a lot to me is that you're from here, you live here, and so when you make decisions on what's going on in this department, it's not just a job, it affects your community, it affects where you live," Council Member Cody Ray Wheeler said. "I'm very happy to have you as our chief and I know our police department is in good hands."

Council Member Bruce Leamon thanked Mayor Jeff Wagner for his selection.

"I'm very happy that you, mayor, chose to appoint someone that has worked their way up through the ranks of our police department," Leamon said.

The city council voted 8-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to elect Leamon as mayor pro tem for one year. The item was amended to name Wheeler for the second term as mayor pro tem, following Leamon.

The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on several contracts underway in the city, including:

  • $252,182 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the Thornwood Drainage Improvements Project
  • Payments of $165,752 and $98,905 to RAC Industries, LLC for 2017 On Call Paving and Drainage Improvements
  • $59,646 to Reliable Signal & Lighting Solutions, LLC for the 2017 Annual Traffic Mobility Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve the payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices, with exceptions.

Council Member Cary Bass abstained on any items related to Bass & Meineke.

Sammy Casados and Wheeler voted in opposition to two payments to Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP for legal services related to the lawsuit involving the city’s redistricting plan. Listen (4:12)

The city council voted unanimously to grant, on final reading, a temporary right of entry and construction easement to Harris County for the pedestrian bridge replacement at Little Vince Bayou.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $128,100 contract to LMC Corporation for construction work on the Strawberry Park Concession Stand.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, an extension of a contract with DRC Emergency Services for emergency food services.

The city council deferred action regarding the designation of a portion of Crenshaw Road from Beltway 8 East to the road’s end at Holly Bay Court as “Mickey Gilley Boulevard.”

The city council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Herrera & Boyle, PLLC for legal services.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

The meeting was the first for newly-elected Mayor Jeff Wagner, and newly-elected and re-elected members of the city council.

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