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Houston City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Houston City Council today, meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center due to Hurricane Harvey, voted unanimously to transfer $20 million from the city's Budget Stabilization Fund to the Disaster Recovery Fund for recovery efforts from the storm.

The transfer also declares the city's intent to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other eligible sources for expenditures related to recovery.

The city is expecting reimbursements from FEMA to total 75-to-90 percent of costs, but that the timing of the payments are uncertain.

Early in the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner noted the importance of receiving payments quickly, and urged the federal government to waive reimbursement in favor of up front payments.

“If we have to wait for reimbursements to come, it's going to be very, very difficult for us to move as quickly as we need to move," Turner said. Listen (2:41)

He said removing debris and transitioning people out of shelters as quickly as possible was a priority.

"We cannot do that without our federal partners," he said, while acknowledging members of Congress who were at the convention center assisting during the storm.

The city council voted unanimously to rename the 2015 Flood Disaster and Recovery Fund as the Disaster Recovery Fund for use in disaster recovery, including from Hurricane Harvey.

The city council voted unanimously to extend the city's proclamation of a local state of disaster.

The city council voted unanimously to accept the receipt of the Tax Year 2017 Appraisal Roll from the Harris County Appraisal District and to calculate and publish the city's effective and rollback tax rates in accordance with state law.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, with amendments, an ordinance related to facilities in the public right-of-way. The ordinance deals with the deployment of wireless network nodesin public rights-of-way.

Council members discussed their issues with the ordinance, but approved the ordinance due to the upcoming effective date of state law regarding the placement of network nodes in public rights-of-way.

Turner stated he would bring back the ordinance for further consideration as soon as possible.

Several items on the agenda were tagged, including:

  • A recommondation from Acting Director Department of Public Works & Engineering to purchase Parcel AY16-097, located at 4701 West 34th Street, owned by HUE JWR LLC, a Texas limited liability company (Thu Binh Si Ho, Owner), for the Watonga Paving and Drainage Project was tagged by Amanda Edwards
  • An amendment to a previous motion to increase spending authority from $2,318,400 to $2,898,000 for the purchase of Airfield Lighting for the Houston Airport System, awarded to Globe Electric Co., Inc, was tagged by Jerry Davis
  • A resolution authorizing submission of a Loan application to the Texas Water Development Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program was tagged by Edwards
  • An ordinance approving and authorizing Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Houston, Texas, Seller, and Trailhead Managmeent, LLC, purchaser, for the sale of approximately 12.83 acres of land located at the southwest quadrant of Fuqua Street and Freehill Street, in the G. P. Burnett Survey, Abstract No. 1062, Houston, Harris County, Texas (Parcel No. SY14-137), for $994,800.00 was tagged by Edwards
  • An ordinance relating to the Fiscal Affairs of the South Post Oak Redevelopment Authority on behalf of Reinvestment Zone Number 9, City of Houston, (South Post Oak Zone); approving the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget for the Authority and the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Projects Budget for the Zone was tagged by Larry Green
  • An ordinance relating to the Fiscal Affairs of the Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Redevelopment Authority on behalf of Reinvestment Zone Number 25 (Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Zone); approving the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget for the Authority and the Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan Budget for the Zone was tagged by Green
  • An ordinance awarding a contract to RBEX, Inc., doing business as Apple Towing CO., for Towing and Storage Services for Seized Vehicles for Houston Police Department; providing a maximum contract amount 3 Years with two one-year options, for $2,459,575, was tagged by Edwards
  • An ordinance appropriating $17,971,000.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund, awarding contract to Manhattan Construction Company for Ardmore Maintenance Facility; setting a deadline for the bidder's execution of the contract and delivery of all bonds, insurance, and other required contract documents to the City; holding the bidder in default if it fails to meet the deadlines; providing funding for testing services, CIP Cost Recovery, construction management and contingencies relating to construction of facilities financed by the Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund was tagged by Dwight Boykins, Davis and Green

Several items did not make it to the council table and were not considered:

  • Award of contracts to Sam Pack's Five Star Ford, LTD, $1,454,733.75, Caldwell Automotive Partners, LLC, doing business as Caldwell Country Chevrolet, LLC, $265,116.00 and Silsbee Ford, Inc., $38,248.41 for Five Police Interceptor Sedans, Seventy-Five Investigative Sedans, Seven Utility Vehicles and one Pick-up Truck through the Interlocal Agreement for Cooperative Purchasing with the Houston Galveston Area Council and the State of Texas Procurement and Support Service Contract for the Houston Police Department
  • An amended motion to purchase additional vans through the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) for various departments, awarded to Silsbee Ford, Inc., $80,531, Caldwell Automotive Partners, LLC, doing business as Caldwell Country Chevrolet, LLC, $11,626, and Cowboy Dodge, $7,530
  • An ordinance approving and authorizing the submission of an electronic application for grant assistance to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (CJD) FY2018 Rifle Resistant Body Armor Program; declaring the City’s eligibility for such grant; authorizing the Chief of the Houston Police Department to act as the City’s representative in the application process, to accept the grant and expend the grant funds, as awarded, to apply for and to accept all subsequent awards, if any, pertaining to the grant program
  • An ordinance approving and authorizing Professional Services Contract between the City of Houston and the Brainfuse, Inc. for Live Homework Assistance Services; providing a maximum contract amount - 3 Years with two one-year options - $852,000
  • An ordinance approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and The Olson Group, LTD, for Houston Regional Exercise Planning and Implementation Support; providing a maximum contract amount - 1 Year with two one-year options - $109,848
  • An ordinance awarding contract to All Pump & Equipment Co. for Non-Submersible Pump Repair and Replacement Services for the Department of Public Works & Engineering; providing a maximum contract amount - 3 Years with two one-year options - $13,617,439
  • An ordinance appropriating $3,277,000.00 out of Fire Consolidated Construction Fund for the In-House Renovation Revolving Fund for Renovations for the Houston Fire Department facilities during FY2018; providing funding for the Civic Art Program financed by the Fire Consolidated Construction Fund
  • An ordinance appropriating $535,000.00 out of the Parks Consolidated Construction Fund and $57,962.50 out of Parks & Recreation Dedication Fund; awarding construction contract to Times Construction, Inc. for Glenshire Park; setting a deadline for the proposer's execution of the contract and delivery of all bonds, insurance and other required contract documents to the City; holding the proposer in default if it fails to meet the deadlines; providing funding for engineering and materials testing, Civic Art Program and contingencies relating to construction of facilities financed by the Parks Consolidated Construction Fund and the Parks and Recreation Dedication Fund
  • An ordinance authorizing the transfer of $645,840.00 from the NEWPP Expansion – Swift Fund into the PWE - NEWPP Construction Fund, appropriating $645,840.00 from the PWE - NEWPP Construction Fund, and approving the expenditure of said sum from PWE - NEWPP Construction Fund for the purchase of Wetland Mitigation Credits necessary for the Northeast Water Purification Plant (“NEWPP”) Expansion Project (“Project”); appropriating $3,390,660.00 from the Water Authorities Capital Contrib - NEWPP Fund, and approving the expenditure of said sum from PWE - NEWPP Construction Fund for the purchase of Wetland Mitigation Credits necessary for the Project; approving and authorizing Purchase and Sale Agreement for Mitigation Credits between the City of Houston, Gin City Resotration, LLC and Mitigation Solutions USA, LLC
  • An ordinance appropriating $350,000.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund as an additional appropriation; approving and authorizing first amendment to Professional Construction Management and Inspection Services Contract between the City of Houston and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for Large Diameter Water Line Construction Project 
  • An ordinance appropriating $4,215,122.00 out of Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF and $2,896,878.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund, awarding contract to Harper Brothers Construction, LLC for Market Street Paving and Drainage Improvements from N. Wayside Drive to McCarty Road; setting a deadline for the bidder’s execution of the contract and delivery of all bonds, insurance, and other required contract documents to the City; holding the bidder in default if it fails to meet the deadlines; providing funding for testing services, CIP Cost Recovery, construction management, and contingencies relating to construction of facilities financed by the Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF and Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Dave Martin was absent attending to issues in the Kingwood area. Agenda

Several council members spoke at the beginning of the meeting to discuss the impact of Hurricane Harvey and thanking emergency officials and the mayor for their efforts in the response to the storm.

United States Senator Ted Cruz, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who were both in attendance at the meeting, addressed the city council. Listen (10:52)

Turner ended his comments in his report speaking on moving forward. Listen (1:27)

"We have to move from where we are, back to where we need to be," Turner said.

He said he wanted activities to start back, including games by the Houston Astros, and for the city to get back to business while rebuilding.

"If I have anything to say to the Astros and others, 'let's play ball', and to the people in the City of Houston, let's play ball," Turner said.




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