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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to approve a proposed amendment to the current General Property Insurance Program to reinstate additional flood limits to the general property insurance policies, with a premium cost of $9,674,025, as recommended by the city's insurance broker, McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Inc.

The city council will also accept individual proposals from various insurance carriers that are participating in the layered flood limit insurance reinstatement recommended by McGriff. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor's appointment of Christina Morales and Ian Rosenberg and reappointment of Martha "Marty" Stein, Tafar Tahir, Mark Kilkenny, Lisa Clark, Bill Baldwin, Linda Porras-Pirtle, and Medardo "Sonny" Garza to the Planning Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor's appointment of Stephen McNiel to the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission of the City of Houston.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor's appointment of Mazen Baltagi and reappointment of Gordon J. Quan to the Board of Directors of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number 15, East Downtown.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the mayor's appointment of Peter M. Elgohary and Brandon Robert Kerr and reappointment of D. Bruce Fincher, Peter D. Johnston, and David W. Hightower to the Harris County Improvement District Number 4.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate up to $46.1 million in Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Affordable Housing Funds for single family and multi family affordable housing activities, including the administration of the city's affordable housing programs.

The city council voted 13-1, with Mike Knox opposed, to approve a professional services contract with Brainfuse, Inc. for live homework assistance services for the Houston Public Library Department.

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing vote on four items finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with public improvement projects.

The following two items were pulled from the agenda and not considered for action by the city council:

  • Recommendation from Chief Procurement Officer for Hurricane Harvey disaster debris removal services awarded to 15 contractors for the Solid Waste Management Department.
  • Ordinance appropriating $1,236,600.00 out of Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Fund; and $81,000.00 out of Contributed Capital Improvement Fund as an additional appropriation to the Small Contractors Rotation Pilot Program contract (as approved by Ordinance No. 2016-0145).

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Greg Travis and Larry Green absent. Dave Martin left early in the meeting. Agenda

City Controller Chris Brown and interim Finance Director Tantri Emo presented their reports on the financial status of the city to the city council. Listen (13:46)

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