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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to approve and authorize an amendment to the municipal maintenance agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for reimbursement of costs to the city for mowing and litter clean-up within certain state highway underpasses.

The amendment provides that the state shall grant the city authority to enter certain highway underpasses to perform mowing and litter clean-up. In exchange, the state shall reimburse the city for up to three mowing cycles per year at a rate of $34.29 per acre and up to 26 litter clean-up cycles per year at a rate of $15.00 per acre. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to approve first amendment to the interlocal agreement with Harris County for the purchase of surveillance cameras for monitoring and preventing environmental crimes.

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposition vote to the following two items:

  • Ordinance for the Lift Station Renewal and Replacement – Macgregor Way North No. 1, Westpark No. 1 and Magnet Lift Stations Project be passed approving and authorizing the acquisition of parcels by dedication, purchase, or condemnation.
  • Ordinance for the easement acquisitions for 108-inch water line from Milner Road to Aldine Westfield Project be passed approving and authorizing the acquisition of parcels by dedication, purchase, or condemnation.

The following five items were delayed using the tag rule:

  • Ordinance approving, authorizing and awarding a Single Stream Recycling Agreement between the City of Houston and Fomento De Construcciones Y Contratas, Inc. d/b/a FCC SA for the Solid Waste Management Department, tagged by Greg Travis, Mike Knox, Steve Le, and Edwards.
  • Amend Motion #2014-868, 9/24/2014, to increase spending authority from $572,146.00 to $715,182.50 for John Deere Tractor Replacement Parts and Repair Services for the Fleet Management Department, awarded to Doggett Heavy Machinery Services, LLC, tagged by Dave Martin.
  • Ordinance relating to the issuance of taxicab permits; delaying the distribution of the existing 180 permits until 2018 and delaying the 2017 permit computation and issuance processes to 2018, tagged by Larry Green.
  • Ordinance amending City of Houston Ordinance No. 2013-713 to increase the maximum contract amount for agreement between the City of Houston and A.C.C.P., Inc (Contract No. 4600012204) for Pick-Up, Removal and Disposal of Regulated USDA Garbage Services for the Houston Airport System, tagged by Green.
  • Ordinance appropriating $1,134,126.00 out of Metro Projects Construction DDSRF and $2,646,294.00 out of Street & Traffic Control & Storm Drainage DDSRF; approving and authorizing Professional Engineering Services Contract between the City of Houston and Data Transfer Solutions, LLC for Street Data Collection and Pavement Management Program Update, tagged by Brenda Stardig.

The city council voted 16-1, with Mike Laster opposed, to approve the amended Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present.
Agenda

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner discussed the upcoming soccer game between Manchester City and Manchester United at NRG Stadium in his report to the city council.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña introduced his new command staff.




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