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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to approve six appointments and four reappointments to the Near Northwest Management District Board of Directors, with one of these being the appointment of Mayoral Chief of Staff Marvalette Hunter. Item Summary

Brenda Stardig originally sought to divide the question regarding Hunter’s nomination to Position Three on the board out of concern that the city already employs Hunter. Mayor Sylvester Turner said that a conflict of interest does not exist. Listen (28:08)

“Marvalette Hunter happens to be the largest property owner in the management district, and is currently serving on the board,” stated Mayor Turner.

Council Member Dwight Boykins gave an adamant defense of Hunter, for which he later apologized.

Despite acknowledging Hunter’s place on the board, Council Member Greg Travis called her appointment “bad optics.”

“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something,” said Travis.

Stardig ultimately withdrew their motion to divide because of her need for the board to move forward.

“I’m here to support to them, to do whatever we need to do to make this right,” she said. “We have a lot invested in this area.”

The board’s slate was rounded out by the following nine individuals:

  • Mazen Stieh, appointment
  • Kamal Hussein, appointment
  • Heidi Sheesley, reappointment
  • Gene Cripps, appointment
  • James Kilpatrick, reappointment
  • Ronald Richardson, reappointment
  • Valschkia L. Dabney, appointment
  • Robert R. Burchfield, reappointment
  • Dharamdas “Dan” Nankani, appointment

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s appointment of Jay Tatum, Ryan Martin, Sofia Androgue, Elizabeth Gonzalez-Brock, and Jay S. Zeidman and reappointment of Alex Brennan-Martin, Bobby V.P. Singh, and Paul J. Puente to the Houston First Corporation Board of Directors.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with Harris County for reciprocal library services.

Travis was the lone opposition vote on an ordinance delaying the distribution of the existing 180 permits until 2018 and delaying the 2017 permit computation and issuance processes to 2018.

The city council took no action on the following four items:

  • Recommendation from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering, for approval of final contract amount of $3,017,622.11 and acceptance of work on contract with DCE Construction, Inc., for Water Line in Kickerillo Area Project, tagged by Travis.
  • Bid from Outland Technology, Inc. regarding One Underwater Remote Operating Vehicle for the Houston Police Department, tagged by Jack Christie.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing a contract between the City of Houston and Career Step, LLC for an emergency medical tracking system for the Houston Fire Department, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • 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, referred back to the administration.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Steve Le absent. Agenda

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