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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

La Marque City Council, in a special meeting on Monday, voted unanimously to approve a contract with Mills Shirley, LLP for municipal prosecutorial legal services.

The city will utilize Megan S. Jones and Ashley Joyner, both attorneys with the firm, as the city's prosecuting attorneys.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of refunding bonds on first and final reading.

A public hearing was held prior to consideration of the item.

Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell asked questions regarding the bonds, noting that last week the city council had discussed a bond issuance for a Municipal Utility District, which had been denied.

Jim Gilley, with U.S. Capital Advisors, discussed the bonds, which he said would refinance approximately $2,500,000 at a lower interest rate.

“You would generate savings of over a quarter of a million dollars, roughly $20,000 per year, at today's rates,” Gilley said. Listen (6:04)

Gilley also stated that the refinancing would not alter the structure of the bonds, so they would be paid out in the same time period.

The city council, after a lengthy discussion, tabled action to authorize the negotiation of a contract with Siemens Industries to supply, install, and manage an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system.

Bell voiced concerns regarding the need to expend funds for the project, noting other concerns with the city.

“We cannot effectively drain rainwater from sections of our city, but we are going to go and retrofit, I guess that is what we're talking about, for 6,000 customers, an AMI system because it's state of the art,” Bell said. “I respect that, and I think that the time and place will come for that. But, I don't know that this is the time nor the place when we have other issues in our city.”

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a formal compensation plan for non-collective bargaining employees, excluding telecommunicators, effective October 1.

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

During the meeting, the city council was presented the FY2018 Budget. The city will meet in workshops regarding the proposed budget beginning Monday.

The city council also heard a status report regarding the city's wastewater treatment plant. The report was given by Public Service Director Les Rumburg. Listen (5:49)




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