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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to rename Elder Street, located between Franklin and Washington Streets, to Mentor Way.

The city’s Planning and Development Department notified the police department, the fire department, CenterPoint Energy, AT&T, Greater Harris County 911, Houston Emergency Center, and the United States Postal Service. None of the agencies voiced objections. Item Summary

The item was the city’s way of honoring the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

“When you think of organizations that just do stellar work, Big Brothers Big Sisters save lives,” said Council Member Jack Christie. Listen (6:39)

Pierce Bush, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, thanked Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city council.

“This is a big deal for us,” said Bush. “We built a new building... Having the street named Mentor Way is a big deal for us.”

Several other council members commended Bush and Big Brothers Big Sisters for their work.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate $711,000 out of the Equipment Acquisition Consolidated Fund for the purchase of body armor vests for the police department.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a contract with the SPARK School Park Program, and the Spring Branch Independent school District providing $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for a school park at Woodview Elementary School located at 9749 Cedardale Drive.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into a concession agreement with Lenlyn Ltd., doing business as ICE International Currency Services USA, for foreign currency exchange and passenger amenities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.

Amanda Edwards casted the lone opposing vote on an item pertaining to the Greenbriar Street Paving and Drainage: Rice Boulevard to W. Holcombe Boulevard Project.

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

  • Ordinance amending Ordinance 2016-0574 to increase the maximum contract amount; approving and authorizing first amendment to agreement between the City of Houston and Hilltop Securities Inc. for Financial Advisory Services related to special projects during Fiscal Year 2018, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance to rename Mercedes Drive, located between Interstate-45 Freeway and Kuykendahl Road, to Lamborghini Way, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance appropriating up to $46,114,987.70 in Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Affordable Housing Funds for Single Family and Multi Family Affordable Housing Activities, including costs associated with the administration of the City’s Affordable Housing Program, referred back to the administration.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing third amendment for the contract between the City of Houston and DRC Emergency Services, LLC for Disaster Debris Removal Services for the Solid Waste Management Department, tagged by Larry Green.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

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