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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

League City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a motion to reflect the city's intention, at a future date, to request a reappraisal to be conducted by the Galveston Central Appraisal District and the Harris County Appraisal District on all properties in League City damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Also included in the motion was a request that the Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector and the appraisal district to request clarification from the state regarding the reappraisal process by the city council's next meeting, which takes place on October 10.

The motion came after lengthy discussions and questions by the city council with Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson and Chief Appraiser Tommy Watson concerning the possibility of moving forward with a reappraisal of storm damaged properties for a reduction in taxable values. Listen (98:53)

Discussions include the matter of costs of reappraising properties, and the inclusion of other taxing entities in the county in the reappraisal process, as well as concerns regarding rules from the state in such a process.

After the vote, Mayor Pat Hallisey thanked the public for their patience.

“We have not given up helping our citizens,” Hallisey said. “We just want to make sure we've got the right program to make that work.”

The city council voted 6-1, with Dan Becker opposed, to nominate Clay Morrison for election to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The city council cast a vote on a nomination to the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors, However, a motion was not made for the vote, and therfore may require action to be taken at the next meeting.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Joyce Zongrone to the Library Board.

The city council voted 6-0-1, with Keith Gross abstaining, to approve an amendment to the professional services agreement with Zuitt-Hollars, Inc. for the Downtown Redevelopment Project to add supplemental services in the amount of $97,130.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first and final reading, an ordinance amending the purchasing policy to allow assistant city managers further signatory authority and other related matters.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance revising regulation of Manufactured Homes and Recreational Vehicles to clarify requirements for the placement and occupancy of manufactured homes and recreational vehicles.

The city council adopted a revised version of the ordinance presented at the meeting.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Greg Gripon was absent. Agenda  Supplemental

During the meeting, the city council received a presentation from various officials concerning “Unprepared: A Nation at Risk”, a video highlighting the need for a coastal spine, such as the Ike Dike, to combat storm surge from hurricanes.

Dan Seal, with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, addressed the city council first, asking the city to distribute the video to be viewed by the public.

“It's a very good video, it doesn't do us any good sitting in a file somewhere,” Seal said. Listen (3:10)

He also thanked the city for assisting in funding the video.

Morgan City Mayor Michel Bechtel also address the city council, noting that the video was geared to show the national economic impact of a storm impacting the Houston Ship Channel. He also said that a “public roll-out” of the video would be shown at Space Center Houston on October 24 at 6 p.m.

Colonel Len Waterworth spoke, opening with a declaration. Listen (1:14)

“Recovery sucks,” Waterworth said. Listen (1:40)

Waterworth discussed the impact of recent storms, following more than a decade of a lack of storms striking Texas.

“It's time to be bold and say we need to protect and not recover,” Waterworth said. “It costs so much money to recover, if you ever recover at all from these kinds of things.”

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