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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to authorize publication of a notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation to finance improvements within the city.

Harrison stated his opposition to certificates of obligation, which do not require a vote.

“Voters don't like that, they never did,” Harrison said. Listen (4:43)

He also stated the projects to be funded through the proposed $37 million in certificates of obligation are “band aids.”

“The majority of them are buildings on the south side,” Harrison said.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein stated that the city's credit rating is one of the strongest in the state.

“We're the exception to the rule here in Pasadena,” Schoenbein said.

He also countered that $20 million would go to street improvement projects throughout the entire city, not only the southern portion.

“In order to have a better quality for our citizens we need to use these funds to be able to support the infrastructure,” he said.

Council members Phil Cayten and Bruce Leamon also spoke in support of the issuance of the debt, and stated the city had a strong financial position for its debt.

The city council voted unanimously to approve payments on several contracts for projects underway within the city, including:

  • $121,773 to Cruz Tec, Inc. for the second phase of the Citywide Sewer Rehabilitation Program
  • $208,959 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the Thornwood Drainage Improvements Project
  • $104,537 to McKinney Construction, Inc. for the Eagle Avenue Waterline Replacement Project
  • $129,473 to McKinney Construction for the State Highway 225 Waterline Phase I Project
  • $512,319 to O'Donnell/Snider Construction for the Interior Remodeling of 1149 Ellsworth
  • Payments of $78,918 and $167,746 to RAC Industries, LLC for the 2017 On Call Paving & Drainage Improvements
  • $49,508 to Reliable Signal & Lighting Solutions, LLC for the 2017 Annual Traffic Mobility Project
  • $304,489 to Transtex Construction, LLC for the Jasmine Street Paving & Drainage Improvements Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve miscellaneous claims and invoices, with exceptions.

Council Member Cary Bass abstained on items related to Bass & Meineke.

The city council voted 7-2, with Sammy Casados and Cody Ray Wheeler opposed, to approve payment to the firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP.

The city council voted 8-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve, on final reading, a $1,490,000 contract with Brooks & Sparks, Inc. for design services associated with the Richey Road Reconstruction Project from State Highway 225 to Southmore Avenue.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, an interlocal agreement with Harris County to provide the services of a Youth Service Specialist.

The city council voted unanimously to schedule a public hearing for August 15 regarding the proposed FY2018 Budget. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Proposed Budget

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

During the meeting, the city recognized Jabriel Rodriguez for his 40 years of service in the Water Distribution Department.


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