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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to approve, on first reading, a $1,490,000 contract with Brooks & Sparks, Inc. for design services related to the Richey Road Construction Project.

The project includes design for reconstruction of Richey Road from State Highway 225 to Southmore Avenue.

Council Member Cody Ray Wheeler noted past issues with design of projects that were never executed.

“From Pasadena Boulevard to rodeo arenas to fairgrounds to hotels, exceeding $11 million of design, those projects never came to fruition,” Wheeler said. “They never completed. They were never done.” Listen (6:08)

He stated that those projects had been designed in anticipation of funding through Harris County, which he said never arrived.

Wheeler said that this contract would be conducted in phases, with the initial phase to develop cost estimates for funding through the county, and the remainder of the contract to be expended following the provision of that funding.

“This is just being done to make sure that we don't essentially waste our budget in design fees without having money to actually do the projects,” Wheeler said.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein echoed Wheeler's statement on allocations.

“We're not writing a blank check for $1.5 million on this,” Schoenbein said.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a progress payment to D & W Contractors, Inc. for $118,707 in connection with the 2016 Witter Street Replacement Project.

The city council voted unanimously to approve miscellaneous claims and invoices to the city. Council Member Cary Bass abstained from any items relating to Bass & Meineke.

The city council voted 2-6-1, with only Bruce Leamon and Schoenbein voting in favor and Phil Cayten abstaining, to reject a motion to uphold the termination of Erik Sweet.

The termination of Sweet had been recommended by the Suspension Appeals Board.

Several council members spoke on the subject, some calling for periodic employee evaluations and seeking fair treatment of all employees. Listen (8:36)

The city council voted 8-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve the FY2-18 Budget of the Pasadena Second Century Corporation.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Bruce Leamon as mayor pro tem for a one-year term, and Cody Wheeler to serve as mayor pro tem following Leamon's term.

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

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