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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to hold an election on November 7, 2017, in regards to the issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds, with proceeds to be delivered to the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System and the Houston Police Officers’ Pension System.

If approved by voters, the city will seek to issue and deliver net proceeds in the amount of $750 million to HPOPS and $250 million to HMEPS to address past city underfunding of the pension systems. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to approve agreements regarding Pension Obligation Funds with the Board of Trustees of the Houston Police Officers’ Pension System and the Board of Trustees of the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System.

The city council voted 14-1, with Greg Travis opposed, to confirm the mayor’s appointment of Dan Lipnick, Ndukwe “N.D.” Kalu, Adam Williams, Kenady Davis, Sakina Lanig, Carver L. Henry, and Sam Dike to the Board of Directors of Harris County Improvement District Number 23.

Travis expressed concern with Dike’s appointment because the latter serves as Jerry Davis’s Chief of Staff. Listen (:55)

“This is not disparagement of Sam himself,” said Travis. “He’s a very intelligent, smart guy. Very qualified. In fact, he’s awesome. At the same time, it puts him at an advantage over the others.”

The city council did not take action on the following five items:

  • Toter Incorporated for Recycling and Refuse Carts through the Interlocal Agreement for Cooperative Purchasing with the City of Tucson, Arizona for the Solid Waste Management Department - $897,700.00 - General Fund, tagged by Michael Kubosh, Robert Gallegos, and Mike Laster.
  • Ordinance finding and determining that public convenience and necessity no longer require the continued use of a 10-foot-wide water line easement, a 10-foot by 10-foot fire hydrant easement, and three 10-foot by 10-foot water meter easements, all being out of Unrestricted Reserve "A" Block 1, Energy Gateway Addition, George Bellows Survey, A-3, Houston, Texas; abandoning the easements to Lipex Properties, L.P., the abutting owner, in consideration of its payment to the City of $235,193.00, and other consideration, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2012-0702 to increase the maximum contract amount and to extend the contract term for contract design and implementation of Smartphone Applications for City's 3-1-1 Helpline between the City of Houston and SEECLICKFIX, Inc. - $195,000.00 - Central Services Revolving Fund, not received in time.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing first amendment to contract between the City of Houston and Search Homeless Services to provide up to an additional $133,883.00 in General Funds to assist in the continuing administration and operation of a Care Hub and Outreach Services Program, tagged by Brenda Stardig.
  • Ordinance ordering an election to be held jointly on November 7, 2017, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of the City of Houston, Texas, certain propositions for the issuance of public improvement bonds for various purposes; designating the location of each polling place and the hours that the polls shall be open, tagged by Steve Le, Kubosh, and Travis.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Karla Cisneros and Mike Knox absent. Agenda

Mayor Sylvester Turner paid tribute to late Texas Governor Mark White, who passed away on Saturday. Listen (2:29)

“He was a strong Texan,” said Mayor Turner. “I certainly will miss his sage advice.”

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