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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to approve the purchase of traffic signal hardware and software from Paradigm Traffic Systems, Inc. for the Department of Public Works & Engineering in the amount of $180,500.

The purchase is being made through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative.

This procurement will consist of traffic signal hardware and software that will be used to operate signalized intersections and communicate to the new central communications system by improving data processing in the signal controllers, and establishing effective communications capabilities between traffic signals and the central communication system. Item Summary

Council Member Dave Martin said the purpose of the items is to “get an answer” pertaining to problems with synchronization, especially along a certain four-lane street that runs perpendicular to a Union Pacific railroad in Kingwood where, according to him, 75,000 people travel every workday. Listen (5:10)

“Looks like we’re going to have an August 31 completion date right in time for school when the traffic builds up,” said Martin.

Several other council members lauded the purchase, thanking ‎Deputy Public Works & Engineering Director Jeffrey Weatherford for his work.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Midtown Management District.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate $5,000 out of the Contributed Capital Project Fund for the development of the paddle trail launch sites on Brays Bayou within City Council District I.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s appointment of Christine Stewart and reappointment of Randy Sim and Bill Hutz to the Board of Directors of Reinvestment Zone Number One.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor’s reappointment of Denise Castillo-Rhodes to the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System Board of Trustees.

The city council did not take action of the following four items:

  • Patterson Veterinary Supplies, Inc. - $175,530.30; Bayer Healthcare LLC Animal Health Division - $384,616.44; MWI Animal Health - $543,176.03 and HSB Veterinary Supplies, Inc. - $554,578.58 for Veterinary Supplies for the Department Administration and Regulatory Affairs - 3 Years with two one-year options - $1,657,901.35 BARC Special Revenue Fund, tagged by Greg Travis.
  • Ordinance authorizing the Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security to electronically submit an application for acceptance, and management of a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the FY2016 Program to prepare communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program), tagged by Brenda Stardig.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing sole source contract between the City of Houston and Rapiscan Systems, Inc. for X-Ray Screening System Maintenance Services for the General Services Department; providing a maximum contract amount - 3 Years with two one-year options $344,605.00 - Maintenance Renewal and Replacement Fund, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance appropriating $1,253,709.00 from Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF; approving and authorizing Public Highway At-Grade Crossing Agreement between the City of Houston and Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Company for Market Street Paving and Drainage Improvements from McCarty Road to the North Wayside Drive, pulled from the agenda.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Mike Laster, Karla Cisneros, and Larry Green absent. Agenda

City Controller Chris Brown and Finance Director Kelly Dowe presented their reports on the current financial status of the city to the city council. Listen (22:09)

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