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Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to deny the issuance of tax refunding bonds, in an amount not to exceed $2.3 million, by Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 32.

The district is for the Delaney Cove subdivision, and were to be issued to refinance existing debt at a projected cost savings of $98,968.

Council Member Robert Michetich made the motion to deny the issuance, noting several issues he had with the bonds. Listen (23:50)

Michetich stated his issues with the private issue of the bonds, and said that the bonds could receive a lower interest rate. He also noted the costs of the issuance of the bonds, which would impact the savings of the bonds.

“Basically you're looking at spending $62,000 to save $36,000,” he said.

Attorneys representing the district for the proposed bond issuance spoke in response to Michetich's concerns, stating that the savings are net of all costs, and that the bonds would be competitively placed.

However, Michetich maintained his motion to deny the ordinance.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, an ordinance prohibiting engine braking in the city and declaring it as a public nuisance.

The city council voted unanimously to submit projects to Galveston County Commissioners Court to be included in the county's 2017 bond election.

The submission included street repairs for approximately 20,000 linear feet of streets in various locations around the city, as well as the extension of Autry Road, and various drainage improvements.

The city council voted unanimously to establish an action plan delineating the La Marque Police Department's efforts to combat the criminal element and expanding relationships with citizens of the community.

The motion was approved to add a section to the plan outlining City Manager Caroll Butler's directing the chief of police to have a public relations officer engage social media with communications that will be beneficial to the health and safety of citizens of La Marque.

The city council took no action regarding appointments or reappointments to various boards and commissions.

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

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