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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Houston Independent School District and Spark to provide $390,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds for the development of neighborhood parks on public school grounds under the Spark Program.

The agreement will fund parks at Milne, Whidby and Lockhart elementary schools, which are in low-income areas. Item Summary Listen (11:47)

Council Member Dwight Boykins mentioned that Whidby and Lockhart are in his district, adding he is a Whidby alum.

“It will make a difference with the kids in our community,” said Boykins.

Council Member Greg Travis expressed his support for the agreement, but criticized HISD for supposedly not providing shelters during Hurricane Harvey.

“I don’t have a problem with the Spark Program itself, I think HISD with all their tax dollars because they do have the highest tax, they need to start being more neighborly,” said Travis.

Council Member Robert Gallegos said the school district did open its doors and was providing free meals for a week.

The city council voted unanimously to approve and authorize third amendment to the contract with DRC Emergency Services, LLC for disaster debris removal services for the Solid Waste Management Department.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate $3.51 million out of the Equipment Acquisition Consolidated Fund for the purchase of Epic 3 communication equipment for the Houston Fire Department.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement for armored car services with Dunbar Armored, Inc. for various city departments.

The city council voted unanimously to rename Mercedes Drive, located between Interstate-45 Freeway and Kuykendahl Road, to Lamborghini Drive.

Jack Christie casted the lone opposing vote to an item authorizing an agreement between the city and Harris County Public Health regarding potential cases of Zika virus transmission among pregnant women and infants for the United States Zika Pregnancy Registry/

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing vote to the following three items:

  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the Arlington Heights Area Drainage Improvements (Sub Project 1).
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the Hillcroft Avenue and Court Road Extension Project.
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the acquisition of right of way for Clark Road Drainage and Paving Improvements Project.

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

  • 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, pulled from the agenda.
  • Recommendation from Acting Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $4,510,215.46 and acceptance of work on contract with Scohil Construction Services, LLC for Water Line Replacement in Sharpstown II Area, tagged by Jerry Davis.
  • Recommendation from Acting Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $1,720,187.81 and acceptance of work on contract with Reytec Construction Resources, Inc. for Rehabilitation to Large Diameter Water Lines, Valves and Appurtenances, Package No. 10, tagged by Larry Green.

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

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner reported that Houston Police Officer Nestor Garcia was injured in a traffic accident and asked that prayers be said for the 24-year-old Garcia and his family.

 




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