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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors today voted unanimously to approve a Code of Ethics for METRO employees and the board of directors and approval of a policy for the creation and enforcement of employee policies, and approval of an amendment to the Procurement Manual to incorporate the new ethics provisions.

The item was approved to allow non-substantive word changes in the documents.

Board Member Jim Robinson, who made the motion to approve the item, stated that the code of ethics was “critically important.”

“It has been fully vetted with the committees,” Robinson stated. Listen (2:11)

Board Chair Carrin Patman also called the code a “significant milestone”, noting that no changes had been made to the code of ethics since 1992.

“This gets us in compliance with current statutes, and also with current best practices,” Patman said.

The board voted 4-0, with Sanjay Rahmabhadran recusing himself from the vote, to modify a contract with Motiva Enterprises, LLC for diesel and gasoline for FY2018.

The board voted unanimously to establish a separate investment account exclusively for proceeds from the sales of METRO's surplus real estate properties.

The board voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with the Harris County Toll Road Authority to provide tolling services on all of METRO's HOV/HOT lane network.

The board voted to approve a contract with Sun Life Financial for life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, disability and medical leave management contracts.

The board met in executive session to consult with METRO's attorneys regarding advice on legal matters, and matters concerning real porperty and personnel. The board took no action resulting from the items discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Board Members Christof Spieler, Cindy Siegel, Troy Taylor and Don Elder were absent. Agenda

During his report, METRO President and CEO discussed the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, noting Board Member Lex Frieden's role in drafting and passage of the law. Lambert also recognized the Leadership Development Class and college interns and participants in the Houston Mayor's Hire Houston Youth program. Listen (3:40)

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