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Galveston County
Friendswood City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Friendswood City Council on Monday voted unanimously to designate Council Member Sally Branson as representative and Council Member Mike Foreman as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly and Board of Directors.

The city council voted 6-1, with Carl Gustafson opposed, to approve, on first reading, an ordinance allowing existing billboards to convert to Commercial Electronic Variable Message signs.

The city's current ordinance prohibits the installation of new billboards, electronic or otherwise.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Walter Lawson to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a Chapter 380 Business Incentive Grant application for the expansion of Familia Nunez Restaurant, Inc., doing business as Rancho Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant plans to expand and construct a new 5,000 square foot restaurant at 2131 West Parkwood Avenue. The city is providing $12,000 in reimbursements after the new restaurant is built and receives a certificate of occupancy.

The city council voted 6-1, with Jim Hill opposed, to table action regarding an agreement with the Gulf Coast Water Authority to replace the Mandale Bridge.

The city council voted 6-1, with Branson opposed, to approve, on first reading, an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance regarding fences.

The city council voted 5-2, with John Scott and Gustafson opposed, to approve, on first reading, repeal of an ordinance providing a sales tax exemption for telecommunication services.

Repeal of the tax would provide an estimated $438,000 to the city's General Fund, $109,000 to the Street Improvement Fund and $36,000 to the Downtown Economic Development Improvements Fund.

The city council voted 6-0, with Hill recusing himself from voting, to accept public paving an utility improvements associated with Sterling Creek Section 3.

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

During the meeting, the city council convened as the Friendswood Employee Benefit Trust, and voted 6-1, with Gustafson opposed, to accept a renewal offer from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas for Employee Medical and Pharmacy Insurance.

All other items on the Employee Trust Agenda were approved by unanimous vote. Agenda

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